Group Classes

Voice (Grades 1-4)

Time:  Wednesday 4:30pm-5:15pm
Teachers:
Nicole Bower
Course Size: up to 12 students
Cost:
$7 for 45mins

This class focuses on beginner level songs, musical concepts and skills.  Students will learn a variety of repertoire, including rounds, popular and traditional songs. This class will incorporate beginning music theory concepts, sight singing skill building, and circle games that would focus on rhythm, listening and cooperation.  Each student will have a binder that will include theory homework, warm-ups, songs and sight singing sheets.

Voice (Grades 5-8)

Time:  Wednesday 5:15pm-6pm
Teachers:
Nicole Bower
Course Size: up to 12 students
Cost:
$7 for 45mins

This class focuses on an intermediate level musical concepts and skills and songs.  Students will learn a variety of repertoire, including rounds, popular and traditional songs.  This class will  incorporate intermediate music theory concepts, sight singing skill building, and circle games that would focus on rhythm, listening and cooperation.  Each student will have a binder that will include theory homework, warm-ups, songs and sight singing sheets.

Music and Movement (Grades 1-3)

Time: Tuesday 4pm to 5pm
Teachers: Juan Carlos Medrano
Course Size: 10 students
Cost: $7 for 55mins

 

Our Music and Movement Class is an Orff-based approach to explore the elements of music through singing and playing Orff and percussion instruments. Children will enjoy learning traditional songs from Brazil, Columbia and Canada. Musical games involving both movement and body percussion nurture each child’s creative capacity. Students will learn to play accompaniments on both the hand drums and xylophones , which involve mallets. This approach will develop each students’ technical, listening and collaborative skills.

 

Hand Drumming (Grades 4-8)

Time: Tuesday 5pm – 6pm
Teachers: Juan Carlos Medrano
Course Size: up to 13 students
Cost
: $7 for 55mins

The Hand Drumming Course will introduce students in grade 4-8 students to West African, Brazilian, and Cuban musical traditions. Participants will experience a hands-on approach singing and playing drums, rattles and bells.
Students will acquire specific percussion techniques as well as working on fundamental musical skills, such as listening, keeping steady time, developing musical dialogue, and improvisation.
See Course Schedule for course dates and times.

Our instructor Derek Gray is a widely recognized drummer who also specializes in hand drumming traditions. Here’s Derek Gray’s website.

Guitar For Beginners (Ages 8-15)

Time: Wednesday (Time: TBA)
Teachers: Peter ALbis
Course Size: up to 10 students
Cost: $10 for 55mins

The first 4 weeks will be toward preparing the students to focus on developing efficient technique for Right Hand Flatpicking and proper Left Hand Posture. Students will develop a sense of rhythm in regards to quarter, eighth and sixteenth notes while learning to play a C-Major Scale in the Open Position.
After the Preparatory Period students will begin learning how to read simple melodies and eventually chords in the Open Position. The goal is eventually to couple up students to playing popular songs together and having fun.

Keyboard Lab (Grades 1-8)

Time: Tuesday 6pm-7pm / 7pm-8pm
Teacher: Joseph Hsieh
Course Size: up to 12 students
Cost: $10 for 55mins

Piano Keyboard Lab offersJosephHsieh instruction in piano keyboard skills (beginner to Grade 5 Conservatory level) using portable keyboards and laptop computers with fun and interactive software. Up to 12 students per class. The software is designed with graphics, cartoon characters, games and a music library to make the learning experience fun and appealing to all age groups. The teacher guides students through the use of the software and provides additional musical activities to complement the program.

Private Lessons

Piano (Grades 1-8)
Time: Tuesdays and Wednesdays 4pm-7pm
Teachers:
Cathy Lambert, Brad Lovatt, Phyllis Coulter
Cost: $10 for 20mins / $13 for 30mins

Taught by qualified teachers. Preparation for Conservatory exams on request.

Guitar (Grades 1-8)
Time: Tuesdays and Wednesdays 4pm-7pm
Teachers:
Peter Albis and Evan Buckland
Cost: $10 for 20mins / $13 for 30mins

Beginners start with open position, and learn one string at a time. Students are introduced to note reading and apply open position notes, open position chords and strumming patterns. With these basic materials students begin learning songs and progress at their own pace in a variety of styles from folk and classical to pop and rock .