Classes

STUDENT COURSES

Master Class: Students meet daily with a private teacher, each student receiving individualized instruction. Students should be prepared to play their most recent polished piece at the first class. Students stay for the entire class to learn from each other’s lessons. Parents are expected to attend this class with their student to take notes, observe, and help their student prepare for the next day’s classes.

Technique Group Class: Students focus on the technical aspects of playing, such as posture, tone, intonation, bowing, vibrato, and shifting depending on their level.

Repertoire Group Class: Students focus on polishing pieces from the repertoire list for performance, focusing on musicality and phrasing.

Dalcroze Eurhythmics: Teaches concepts of rhythm, structure, and musical expression using movement. It focuses on allowing the student to gain physical awareness and experience of music through training that takes place through all of the senses, particularly kinesthetic.

Choir: This class is designed to brighten your day through singing!  Students 8 years of age and older are encouraged to participate.  We will learn a variety of songs that are engaging while developing our musicianship.

Adventures in Song – This class is designed for younger students, ages 4 – 7.  Students will engage in singing games and singing stories that instill the joy of music and help lay the foundation for rhythmic and melodic learning.

Fiddling: Come enjoy playing traditional and contemporary bluegrass and celtic music on fiddle/violin, mandolin, guitar, bass, banjo, or old-time percussion instruments. Musical selections will include tunes suited for musicians of a variety of skill levels with more challenging parts for advanced players. Technical curriculum include picking and bowing exercises as well as basic improvisation.

Dance: Hip-Hop Dance Class: Come get your groove on in the Hip-Hop Dance Class! Learning how to move your body to the beat of the music will in turn enhance your musical experience. So come have some fun learning new tricks and cool moves that you can show off to your friends! (ages 8 and up)

World Dance Class: Curious about other cultures? Come learn some fun dance styles from around the world including Bollywood from India, Russian trick steps, Irish reels and much more! (ages 8 and up)

Children’s Creative Dance Class: Come get your wiggles out and learn dance technique through fun activities involving nursery rhymes, creative movement games, exploring movement to different music styles, etc. (ages 4-7)

Art Class: Students will explore their creativity while learning about art history and creating their own masterpieces. New artists to advanced artists will learn basic techniques and refine their skill. This class is full of learning, creating and lots of fun!

Art Explorations (Ages 3-6) – Every child is an artist! 3-6 year olds will have fun painting with trucks, fingers or brushes! We will explore art and create masterpieces in exciting and different ways while learning the basics of art elements and art appreciation. This is a fun class younger kids are sure to enjoy!

Emerging Artists (Ages 7-10) – In this class, 7-10 year olds will be encouraged to engage, explore, experiment and create their own art. They will make art in fun ways with color mixing, lines, shapes and composition using paints along with other mediums. Learning the basics of art elements and principles. This class also incorporates art appreciation and we will explore links between music and visual arts!

Art Techniques (Ages 11+) – This class is designed for students ages 11+ who love to create and want to improve their artistic skills. Students will focus on technique, art appreciation, and more advanced elements and principles of art. They will use ink, charcoal, paints and other mediums to create their own masterpieces and build confidence in themselves!

African Drumming: Get your groove on!  Using the methodology of Carl Orff, students 9 years of age and older, will use speech association to learn many rhythms and rhythm layering while strengthening their musical independence.

Music Philosophy and Performance Strategy: What is the purpose of music? Why should we invest in it? How does it contribute to our society? What does it do for our character? Having a sense of purpose in any of our various life endeavors is key to creating motivation and a driving passion to realize potential in whatever that particular endeavor may be. This class will focus on the philosophy of music and help students recognize their part to play not only as musicians but as contributing members of society; they will each work on their own, personal philosophies throughout the week.  In addition to discovering our purpose in music, we will also be studying the characteristics of deliberate practice and learning techniques for coping with performance anxiety (this is not limited to music performance, but also applies to any type of performance—athletic, academic, or otherwise).  This class will be offered for students 12-18 no matter their level or instrument.

 

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