CONCORD, NH – Opportunities to learn and grow through music are available for all ages at Concord Community Music School. January 30 marks the start of the spring semester. Financial aid is available for all programs.
Programs for children and teens:
Music & Movement
New students are invited to sample Music & Movement during the first week of classes starting January 30 on a trial basis with no obligation:
Swinging Siblings (6 months - 4 years)
Encourages bonding between siblings by using music and finger-plays.
Bouncers (6 - 18 months) and Movers and Shakers (18 - 30 months)
Each child participates with a parent or caregiver to learn songs, finger-plays, stories and movement games.
Musical Travelers (30 months - 4 years)
This class encourages a child’s musical creativity through imagery activities and child-composed tunes and rhythms.
Dance and Move (30 months - 4 years)
Children use props and create body shapes while listening to a wide range of musical styles.
Stompers, Singers & Drummers (ages 2 - 5)
Children dance, sing and march to the beat of their own drum. This class emphasizes rhythm, using Native American and African songs.
Creative Story Makers (ages 3 - 6)
Children explore music, instruments, books, dance and drama. Activities include creating stories through music, creating scenes through dance, and bringing a book to life.
This experiential class for ages 4 to 6 in the Musical Bridge program is 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, students will begin each class with a combination of creative movement, singing and percussion and finish the class at the piano.
There are three sections to the Purple Finches: Fledglings, Fliers and Finches. Each section is taught musical literacy through regular rhythm, solfege and ear-training, based on Kodaly methods. The choruses, for children in grades K to 8, rehearse on Monday afternoons beginning January 30 and are accepting new members.
Teen Vocal Ensemble
Open to all students in grades 9 to 12, and with a focus on musical friendships, this ensemble performs a wide variety of repertoire while focusing on group vocal technique including blend, pitch and appropriate musical style. This ensemble meets on Wednesdays beginning February 1.
Adult programs include:
Adult Piano Class
Group classes are an ideal way for adults to learn in a comfortable and supportive setting alongside their peers. The content of this course is geared toward 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.
Open to fiddlers of all levels, these monthly workshops led by internationally known fiddler Lissa Schneckenberger will explore a variety of topics, including New England fiddling, Scottish fiddling, improvisation for traditional musicians, playing for dancing, and arranging. For a complete listing of workshops, visit www.ccmusicschool.org.
Based on the belief that everyone can (and should) sing, the members of this women’s chorus learn songs by ear in the African-American tradition; music-reading skills are not expected or required. Songweavers rehearse in two groups (Tuesday evenings and Wednesday mornings) and will present a concert on Sunday, April 15 at 4 p.m. at South Congregational Church. Singers with young children are welcome to bring them to the Wednesday morning sessions.
This chorus brings together adults with developmental disabilities and their care providers from across central New Hampshire to sing familiar songs, accompanied by spontaneous harmonica and percussion playing. This joyful sing-along meets Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m. and is free of charge, thanks to the generosity of its funders.
Individual instruction for children and adults, offered in more than 20 instruments and voice, begins the week of January 30.
For class times/dates or to register online, visit www.ccmusicschool.org.