Enroll Now for Lessons & Ensembles in Voice or Any Instrument, Starting in September
“Back To School” isn’t just for the little ones! Students of every age and ability are encouraged to register now for the Concord Community Music School’s fall semester, which starts Monday, September 10. Want to add your voice to a chorus, take up the trumpet, beat a drum, strum a guitar, make new musical friends? The Music School offers a wide range of opportunities for every musician (and aspiring musician) to pursue their interests.
Offerings include private lessons and ensembles, as well as early childhood programs, music therapy programs, and choruses. Financial aid is available for all programs. For class times and dates, to request a copy of the brand new school-year catalog, or to register, call 603-228-1196 or visit www.ccmusicschool.org.
Here are some of the many opportunities available at Concord Community Music School:
The Music School’s multi-level curriculum provides a well-rounded musical education, including weekly lessons, regular evaluation, and frequent performance and ensemble opportunities. The Music School’s faculty members are as ready to gently guide a beginner—whether six or 60 years old—as they are to help a conservatory-bound young adult advance towards a music career. Instruction in more than 25 musical instruments is available, in addition to voice training for every style. New this semester, the Music School offers one-on-one or small-group training in Alexander Technique, an educational practice that addresses habits of movement that may be interfering with your high function as a musician (or as a human being!). New students are introduced to the Music School through an individual orientation with their department chair. Costs and details are shown HERE. For individual instruction, click here to download a print-and-mail registration form (PDF), or call the Registrar, Kristin, at 603-228-1196.
Early Childhood Programs
In Music & Movement, children from 4 months to five years and their caregivers can explore musical concepts through singing, movement, and play. Take Three (ages 4-7), an experiential, team-taught class, combines creative movement, singing, recorder, percussion, and piano, giving young children a solid foundation for later individual instruction. Recorder classes (ages 5-8) are an excellent way for kids to develop note-reading melodic, and rhythmic skills. Percussion classes (ages 6-8) help children develop fundamental percussion techniques using hand drums, xylophones, and other instruments. A semi-private “Keyboard Connection” class (ages 4-8) explores musical concepts to build a sturdy foundation upon which a young child can fearlessly explore their unique way of expressing musicality. For more information or to register, see the links at left or call the Registrar, Kristin, at 603-228-1196.
The Purple Finches Youth Chorus (grades K-12) includes three age levels—the Fledglings, the Fliers, and the Finches. All teach musical literacy through regular rhythm, solfege and ear-training, based on Kodaly methods. In the pop/a cappella Teen Vocal Ensemble (grades 8-12), which is open to all, group members will focus on dramatic intent, ensemble work, blend, vocal technique, and appropriate style. Sunflower Singers brings together adults with developmental disabilities and their care providers from across New Hampshire each week to sing familiar songs, accompanied by spontaneous harmonica and percussion playing. Members of the WOWS ensemble for adult women will explore singing music of many genres in a small group setting. The Songweavers women’s community chorus, a group based on the belief that everyone can sing, learns songs by rote and present an annual spring concert. And the Canterbury Singers is an inclusive, harmonizing singing ensemble; in partnership with Canterbury Shaker Village, this group presents authentic Shaker music as well as inspired arrangements by a variety of composers. To get started, see the links at left, or call the Registrar, Kristin, at 603-228-1196.
Small ensembles in the wind, string, piano, folk, and jazz departments enable students to grow with musical friends as they mature in skills and understanding. In each department, faculty members work together to place students in the level that will be most comfortable for them. See the left-hand column on this page for links to info & registration for many of these. Or, you may click here to fill out an inquiry form, or call the Registrar, Kristin, at 603-228-1196.
Expressive Arts Therapies
Music therapy addresses specific physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs, in sessions tailored to the clients’ and caregivers’ individual goals. Dance movement therapy sessions use body movement to release emotional or cognitive issues, using movement to further the emotional, cognitive, physical, and social integration of the individual. Please contact the Music School at 603-228-1196 to see if expressive arts therapy is a good fit for you or a loved one!
About the Concord Community Music School
Concord Community Music School is a member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education and is recognized nationally for program innovation and management excellence. Welcoming adults, teens, and children of all musical abilities, 50 teaching artists reach more than 33,000 people in four states with educational programs, concerts, workshops, and community partnerships. CCMS has received major funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Hearst Foundation, New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, Jane’s Trust, and the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. The Music School has earned honors including the Governor’s Arts Award for Cultural Access Leadership; Riverbend’s Champion for Mental Health; Greater Concord’s Favorite Musical Instruction from Parenting New Hampshire Magazine; and New Hampshire Magazine’s Best Music School for Everyone. Visit www.ccmusicschool.org.