Virtual Course Offerings (Beginning/Intermediate)

These courses are for beginning and intermediate students ages 10+ (including adults). They are offered in a hybrid group class/private lesson format so that students can benefit from the community aspects of a group class as well as the individualization of one-on-one instruction. Students will be placed into class sections based on age, experience, and musical interests. Separate sections of the classes will be available at multiple skill levels for adults.

EXPLORATIONS IN MUSIC THEORY

1 hour per week, divided into group and private sessions by instructor; students of all ages

Discover properties of music and sound through instrument playing, singing, improvisation, composition, and more! Structured around fun and engaging musical activities designed specifically for a virtual setting, Explorations in Music Theory combines traditional musical concepts, aural skills, and general musicianship class with creative projects. Students can discover their own musical voices while building skills and fluency in music theory topics. Sections of this class will be offered at a beginner level (no experience reading music notation necessary) and multiple intermediate levels for students with prior music theory experience. A keyboard instrument or piano is recommended but not required for this class (MIDI keyboards and melodicas also welcome!). 

INTRODUCTION TO COMPOSING 

1 hour per week, alternating weeks between group classes and private lessons; students of all ages

Have you ever wanted to write your own music? This class is a fun and engaging way to jump into music composition—no experience with music notation or playing an instrument required! The class is structured around a mix of collaborative group projects and at least one final individual composition to be shared with the class and families in a final musical event. An emphasis is placed on teacher and peer feedback, listening to and discussing repertoire, and—most importantly—helping students find their own compositional styles and voices. Anyone can be a composer, and students will leave this class with a new appreciation for sound and music as well as a brand new piece to call their own. 

BEGINNING SONGWRITING

1 hour per week, alternating weeks between group classes and private lessons; students of all ages

Jump into songwriting by making music with your friends! Students of all levels of experience are welcome (no knowledge of music notation or instrument playing is required). Students will lead and participate in collaborative group projects and will compose at least one project to be shared with the class and families in a final musical event. An emphasis will be placed on teacher and peer feedback, as well as discovering students’ unique musical styles and voices. All styles and genres of music are welcome and encouraged!

ELECTRONIC MUSIC

1 hour per week, alternating weeks between group classes and private lessons; students of all ages

Have you ever wanted to make your own electronic music? Or to record and arrange your own sounds in creative ways? Are you curious about how music producers create high energy, electric sound worlds or lush, echoey spaces? Then this is the class for you! Students will learn how to find and record sounds from the world around them and arrange them into compositions to be shared with the class and families in a final musical event. Students will also learn the basics of editing, mixing, and audio effects using free software. An emphasis will be placed on teacher and peer feedback, as well as discovering students’ unique musical styles and voices through the vehicle of electronic music. Access to a computer as well as some method of recording sound (iPhone, tablet, laptop, voice recorder, etc.) is necessary for this class.