Take a look at our catalog for information on lessons, ensembles, and faculty!
Call (603) 228-1196 to schedule orientation sessions for individual instruction, offered in more than 20 instruments and voice or register on-line for the following classes and ensembles:
Music and Movement with Heather Oberheim
Purple Finches Children’s Chorus with Maria Isaak
Songweavers and Songweaver Drummers with Peggo Horstmann Hodes/Lindsey and Grace Schust
Ukulele Group Class with David Surette (ages 6 - 8 and adults)
The ukulele is a fun and easy-to-learn instrument that is experiencing a surge in popularity. Students will develop musicianship through learning basic chords, simple strums, and fun songs. The ukulele can stand on its own or serve as a stepping stone to other stringed instruments. Meets Wednesdays at 4:15 p.m. (ages 6-8) and 6:30 p.m. (adults) for 45 minutes. Begins 9/24.
Wiimote Ensemble with Jason Crigler (ages 14 - 18)
This ensemble will use the revolutionary game controller by Nintendo for the spontaneous creation of music. Though designed for gaming, the Wiimote’s highly intuitive and accurate way of interacting with a computer makes it an ideal tool for music creation. Students will each operate their own Wiimote, which will be configured to control a different instrument or element of music. Spontaneous group improvisation will lead to the creation of a group composition. Limited to 6 participants. Meets Mondays; Time TBA. Meets for 8 weeks.
Songwriting with Jason Crigler (ages 14 - adult)
Learn different ways to turn musical and lyrical ideas into finished songs. Explore a variety of techniques for writing lyrics and melodies, and discover how to develop interesting harmonic accompaniments. At the end of the semester, students will learn how to use the recording studio to create finished recordings of their work. Limited to 6 participants. Meets Mondays; Time TBA. Meets for 8 weeks.
Women’s Vocal Ensemble with Dorothy Yanish (adults)
Members of this ensemble will explore the art form of a cappella singing in a small group setting. Selections will include many genres from Classical to Gospel to Contemporary. Sight reading recommended, but not required. Limited to 15 members. Meets Tuesdays at 6:00 p.m. for 60 minutes. Begins 9/23.
Introduction to Recording with Jason Crigler (teens and adults)
Offering the opportunity to study the equipment and techniques of the recording studio, this class provides students a hands-on experience with live recording and mixing down to the final CD. Limited to 6 participants. Meets Mondays; Time TBA. Meets for 8 weeks.
Other opportunities offered this fall are:
Suzuki Violin Program with Lissa Thomas and Michele Ordorica (beginning at age 4)
The Suzuki curriculum is based on the mother tongue method; most children learn to speak their native tongue with fluency and comfort, and music is a language that can be learned in the same manner. Musical ability is developed through listening and imitating the teacher and parent, so that students become comfortable with the instrument before learning to read music.
Group class meets Thursdays (time and start date TBA). Please call Lissa Thomas at (603) 228-1196 ext. 56 for more information. Group classes meet on Thursday.
Take Three with Heather Oberheim, Nancy Shillaber and Katy Gibney (ages 4 - 6)
This experiential class, team-taught by three of our faculty members, is designed as an introduction to individual instruction in piano (though students are welcome to move on to any other instrument). Designed to seamlessly integrate the elements of rhythm, ear-training, and reading, each class will include a combination of creative movement, singing, recorder, and piano. The keyboard component will give children a chance to learn about the piano through games, duets, listening, and learning their first songs on the keyboard. Begins 9/25. Please call Rebecca Herst at (603) 228-1196 ext. 79 to register.
Beatles Ensemble with David Tonkin (mixed ages)
If you love the Beatles, this is your group. The ensemble will play original arrangements of Beatles songs such as Strawberry Fields Forever and A Day in the Life. It will practice weekly and record each semester. All instruments and ages are welcome; participation is by permission of the instructor. Meets Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. for 60 minutes. Please call David Tonkin at (603) 228-1196 ext. 97 to register.
Adult Piano Class with Jacqueline Morin
Group classes are an ideal way for adults to learn in a comfortable and supportive setting, alongside their peers. Course content is geared to adults who are new to the piano or who are returning to their musical studies after some time away. Class size is limited to four, with the goal of helping students develop their confidence, listening skills, musicality, and technique. Please call Rebecca Herst at (603) 228-1196 ext. 79 to register.
Scholarship Ensembles with faculty (high school students)
Woodwind, vocal, jazz, string, folk, and chamber – are designed for highly motivated and advanced high school students seeking a challenging experience. Auditions are in September and those selected receive full scholarships funded by corporate and foundation sponsors. Members must make a commitment to weekly coaching sessions and frequent performances. Scholarship Ensembles have performed in New York, Boston, and at high schools and community events across New Hampshire, including governors’ inaugurations and national showcase concerts. Call (603) 228-1196 to schedule an audition.
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