Student Curriculum

Semi-Private Lessons & Group Classes
These classes are designed to reinforce the education received by both the studio teacher and the parent.  Students should be prepared to play a polished piece for the first semi-private lesson on Monday.  For the group class, pieces will be chosen from the repertoire list included in your registration packet.

Elective Classes
In addition to daily masterclasses and group classes, each student will choose two elective class (included in tuition). Additional elective classes can be added for $80 per class. See descriptions below.

Music Theory I
Instructor: Jonathan Schmidt
This is an introduction to music theory for beginners and will include: music staff, symbols (notes-music alphabet, rests, time and key signatures, tempi, dynamics).

Music Theory II
Instructor: Jonathan Schmidt
After a brief review of music notes, rests, and dynamics, this course will include music terms, tempi, time and key signatures, scales,  circle of fifths, rhythmic and melodic dictation, as well as composers and periods of music history.  Students must have staff paper and pencil.

World Drumming (ages 7 and up)
Instructor: David Dickens
Dr. David Dickens will introduce students to the music and drumming techniques of different cultures using a variety of percussion instruments.

Chamber Music
Instructors: Alex Perry & Pam Wilensky
Violin students must be in at least Suzuki Book Four.  Piano, viola, cello and recorder students must be in at least Suzuki Book Three.  Students must have advanced reading skills and the recommendation of their private teacher.  This class will replace a technique class in the student’s schedule.

Beginning Ukulele
Instructor: Wendy Nations
In this class, participants will learn basic ukulele chords and technique.

Fiddle (string students only)
Instructor: Kristy Lynn Robinson
Traditional American fiddling. Students will learn standard fiddle tunes and techniques. Students should be at least mid-way through book one.

Instructor: Andrew Smith

Students will learn basic conducting skills and patterns. There will be group conducting, as well as each student having the opportunity to conduct the entire class. The goal is for students to be able to conduct songs and instruments once they complete the course.

Intro to Suzuki Recorder (piano and string students)
Instructor: Mary Halverson Waldo
This class is an introduction to Suzuki recorder playing for students, ages 3 – 8, with zero to some recorder experience. The daily sessions will include group recorder playing, games, and activities to provide the foundations for further training.

Music Theory Games
Instructor: Mary Ann Mears

In this introduction to note reading class, students will make their own musical games that will give them the basics of note reading, rhythms, dynamics, and musical terms in a fun and playful atmosphere.

Instructor: Ali Michael

Students will create projects exploring different techniques and materials. Students will get a list of supplies needed for the class.

Graphic Arts Photo Imaging
Instructor: Patsy Fancher
Introduction to photographic image editing and manipulation using Adobe Photoshop. Emphasis is placed on electronic photo retouching, image manipulation, painting using channels and layers. Topics include working with clipping paths and using channels and layers. Mastering selection, painting, and editing tools is a basic for this course. In addition, you will be introduced to the basics of Macintosh computers. One Macintosh computer per student is assigned for the course. Maximum 20 students per class. Ages 8 & up.

Suzuki Creative Movement
Instructor: Elizabeth O’Connell

Stretch, strengthen, and move to familiar Suzuki themes. Students will be introduced to basic dance principles and steps. Participants are requested to wear comfortable clothing and socks. Dance wear is encouraged, but not necessary.