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Beginning Band

Day/Time: Fridays, 3:30 - 4:30 PM
January 4 - March 29 (NO CLASS Feb. 22)
Grades: 3-5
Tuition: $192/winter term
Director: Monica Allen

In this course, students will begin their study of instrumental music and standard performance practices on woodwind and brass instruments. Instruction areas include ensemble rehearsal and performance techniques, musicianship, tone production, performance and sightreading, and music literacy. A big part of our success will involve individual study/home practice as well as public performances are required as part of the evaluation process. This course is designed for students with fewer than two years of experience on their instrument.

Students will need the following:

  • Instrument in working condition

  • Pencil

  • Book: Essential Elements 2000 Book One (This series in instrument specific. Please purchase the book for your instrument. Here is a link to the trumpet book.)

  • Music folder with two pockets

  • Bring all distributed music to each class meeting

  • Accessories: Brass Players (Trumpet, Trombone, French Horn): Valve or slide oil, mouthpiece brush and a soft cloth. Woodwind Players (Flute, Clarinet, Saxes): at least 3 reeds; a cleaning swab, cork grease, and a neck strap (for saxophone players).

 
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Beginning String Orchestra

Day/Time: Tuesdays, 3:30 - 4:30 PM
January 8 - March 26 (NO CLASS Feb. 19)
Grades: 3-5
Tuition: $176/winter term
Director: Kerry Bollinger Blanton

In this course, students will begin their study of instrumental music and standard performance practices on string instruments. Instruction areas include ensemble rehearsal and performance techniques, musicianship, tone production, performance and sightreading, and music literacy. A big part of our success will involve individual study/home practice as well as public performances are required as part of the evaluation process. This course is designed for students with fewer than two years of experience on their instrument.

Students will need the following:

  • Instrument in working condition

  • Electric Tuner, either an app on the phone or physical tuner.

  • Pencil

  • Book: Essential Elements 2000 Book One or Essential Elements for Strings Book One, both are compatible. (This series in instrument specific. Please purchase the book for your instrument. Here is a link to the violin book, viola book, cello book, and bass book)

  • Music folder with two pockets

  • Bring all distributed music to each class meeting

  • Accessories: Violin and Viola: Shoulder Rest, Soft Cloth, Rosin, and Electric Tuner (either an app on the phone or physical tuner.) Cello and Bass: Rockstop, Soft Cloth, Rosin, and an Electric Tuner (either an app on the phone or physical tuner.)

 
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Ukulele for Kids

Day/Time: Saturdays, 11:00 - 11:45 AM
January 5 - March 30 (NO CLASS Feb. 23)
Age: 5-8
Tuition: $240/winter term
Instructor: David Shere

Group classes act as an excellent springboard to private lessons. Group Ukulele for Kids provides children ages 5-8 with the opportunity to learn basic chords and strumming in a social environment. Students should to bring their own soprano ukulele (ask the office for recommendations!) 

This is a drop-off class, parents and caregivers also have the option of attending with their student.

Parents of new students are encouraged to contact David Shere, your class instructor, to learn more about this class before enrolling.

Email: davidshere@musiccenternw.org

 
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Youth Rock Band

Day/Time: Saturdays, 12:00 - 1:00 PM
January 5 - March 30 (NO CLASS Feb. 23)
Grades: 6-8
Tuition: $240/winter term
Director: David Shere

Guitar, bass, drums, keys, vocals, and any other instruments are welcome! Please have a minimum of 1 year experience on your instrument.

 

Bluegrass Ensemble

Day/Time: Saturdays, 2:15 - 3:15 PM
January 5 - March 30 (NO CLASS Feb. 23)
Grades: 6-8
Tuition: $240/fall term
Director: David Shere

Learn to play traditional fiddle melodies and improvise in an acoustic bluegrass group! Traditional instrumentation includes: violin, guitar, acoustic bass, mandolin, banjo, flute, and hand percussion (including "bodhran" or Celtic hoop drums).