Group Classes

Hand Drumming for Beginners

Time: Tuesday 4:30pm – 5:15pm
Teachers: Juan Carlos Medrano
Course Size: up to 13 students
Cost: $7 for 45mins

Description: In the Beginner Hand Drumming class students will learn about the origins of the instrument, how a drum is built and how to produce different sounds on it. Using exercises like “Call-and-respond” they will be introduced to basic rhythmic theory and group playing. Students will acquire fundamental musical skills, such as listening and keeping steady time.

 

Hand Drumming Master Class (Advanced)

Time: Tuesday 5:15pm – 6:00pm
Teachers: Juan Carlos Medrano
Course Size: up to 13 students
Cost
: $7 for 45mins

Description: The Hand Drumming Master Class will introduce students in grade 4-8 to West African, Caribbean, Columbian and Venezuelan musical traditions. Playing as a group, students will learn about different percussion techniques and understand the role of every single instrument. Participants will experience a hands-on approach to singing and dancing while playing the drums, improvisation and developing musical dialogue.

 

Keyboard Lab (Grades 1-8)

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

Piano Keyboard Lab with our teacher Joseph Hsieh teaches piano keyboard skills (beginner to Grade 5 Conservatory level) using portable keyboards and proven method books. Students receive class instruction and individual attention. Each student will have a keyboard for work during class..
Music and Movement (Grades 1-3)

Time: Wednesday 4:30pm to 5:15pm
Teachers: Derek Gray
Course Size: max. 10 students
Cost: $7 for 45mins

 

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.

 

Instrumental Ensemble (Grades 3-8)

Time: Wednesday 4:30pm to 5:15pm
Teacher: Derek Gray
Course Size: max. 10 students
Cost: $7 for 45mins

Using Orff/Kodaly teaching methods this class is a continuation of Music and Movement. With more challenging games/exercises for students focus on playing instruments (xylophones & recorders), learning and performing songs. They will also be introduced to improvisation and jazz repertoire.

Voice (Ages 7 and up)

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

This class focuses on beginner/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 beginner/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.

Guitar For Beginners (Ages 8-15)

Time: Wednesday (6:15-7:10pm)
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.

Private Lessons

Piano (Grades 1-8)

Time: Tuesdays and Wednesdays 4pm-7pm
Teachers:
Cathy Lambert, Brad Lovatt, Joseph Hsieh
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 .