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Class offerings at Concord COmmunity Music School

Current Offerings

Faculty: David Surette

David mando on beachThe Mandolin Almanac is a new, online, participatory class being offered this fall through the Concord Community Music School. Developed and taught by acclaimed mandolinist and guitarist David Surette, Mandolin Almanac is based on last year's extremely successful String Band Symposium.

The Almanac is a 60-minute every-other-week interactive Zoom class presenting different aspects of the basic elements of music as they pertain to the mandolin. Each lesson will focus on a single topic and a single musical selection, and will provide exercises and tunes/accompaniments to which the concept can be applied. The Zoom chat format allows for interactive questions and discussion, and lessons will be recorded and archived for use by registered students.

Unlike last year’s multi-instrument class, the Almanac will focus specifically on the mandolin, which will allow us to go a bit more into detail as the topic, the tune, and the exercises are presented. This is not a beginner class – but mandolin doesn’t have to be your primary instrument! It is in the nature of an almanac to present a variety of interesting tidbits, sidebars, obscure and lesser-known topics, forgotten heroes, and any number of tunes that may be languishing off the beaten path, so be ready to explore, discover, and greatly expand your mandolin knowledge and playing with David!

The Mandolin Almanac starts on Wednesday, September 29, from 5:45-6:45pm, and will run for 8 sessions on the following dates:
Sept. 29, Oct. 13, Oct. 27, Nov. 10, Dec. 1, Dec. 15, 2021, Jan. 5, and Jan. 19, 2022.

Online registration has closed. Please call 603-228-1196 to register.

Date 09-29-2021 5:45 pm
Event End Date 01-19-2022 6:45 pm
Cut off date 01-19-2022
Individual Price $120.00

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If you have ever wished:

  • You could revisit your high school band days
  • You could play for fun in a band at a relaxed pace
  • You could have fun making music with new friends

...Now's the time to join the Music School’s New Horizons Band! 

New Horizons Band - Thursdays, 7:00 - 8:15 pm, **now starting Oct. 28, 2021** (Tuition is $140 for 10 weeks)

A community band that welcomes adults of all ages who play woodwind, brass, or percussion instruments. No auditions, no requirements, just reasonable comfort on your instrument to get started.

New Horizons Beginner Band - Thursdays, 5:45 - 6:45 pm, starting Sep. 30, 2021 (Tuition is $195 for 14 weeks)

Always wanted to join a band but your mom wouldn’t let you play a loud instrument? This weekly group class of mixed band instruments will start at the very beginning and help you gain enough comfort to play in an ensemble, including the New Horizons Band!

About the Director
Maria Isaak performs as a bassoonist with a number of ensembles throughout New England. As director of the Purple Finches choral program, she has enabled her students to win highly competitive auditions each year for the OAKE National Choir, to appear in prominent community events, and to collaborate with Eastern Ballet, Suncook Valley Community Chorus, and Concord Chorale. Maria received a master’s degree in bassoon performance from the New England Conservatory and studied choral music at the International School for Kodály Studies in Hungary. She is also on the faculty at St. Paul’s School.

Maria has decades of experience teaching band instruments and directing public and private school band programs, including the San Francisco public schools and multiple school districts in New Hampshire and Maine. At the Concord Community Music School, she teaches bassoon, coaches woodwind chamber music ensembles, and has led the 60-voice Purple Finches Youth Chorus program for 17 years.

Date 09-30-2021
Event End Date 01-20-2022
Registration Start Date 10-01-2021
Cut off date 11-01-2021

Movement and Song for Parkinson’s

Instructor: Heather Oberheim, R-DMT

Meets Tuesdays from 2:00-3:00 from October 26 - December 7, 2021 (6 weeks) | $75 for the series

Enjoy moving to music especially selected to help with balance, flexibility, regulation of walking gait, and daily joy! No dance or musical experience is necessary; walkers, canes, and wheelchairs are welcome, as are family members, friends, and caregivers. We will warm up our joints and our bodies with fun music and colorful scarves that enhance the flow of the movement and use fine motor and gross motor skills. Make new friends as you greet each other around the circle and laugh as you recall favorite songs.

Participants must be vaccinated for Covid-19 in order to participate in this in-person class. Masks are required, regardless of vaccination status.

Please visit our Covid Response Update page for a full list of protocols.

To register, call 603-228-1196.

Date 10-26-2021
Event End Date 12-07-2021
Registration Start Date 09-01-2021
Cut off date 12-07-2021
Individual Price $75.00

Noony Tunes

noony tunes group oct19Welcome to NOONY TUNES, the Music School's weekly folk jam sessions -- happening each Wednesday, from 12:00 noon to 1:00pm, 9/29/21 - 6/1/22.

Location: Recital Hall at CCMS

Faculty leader: Audrey Budington

Gather at the Music School on your lunch hour for a folk fiddle tune jam! All instruments welcome, especially fiddles, guitars, mandolins, banjos, basses, accordions, flutes and whistles, bagpipes, bombardes, harps, dulcimers, harmonicas, bodhrans, even pianos! Open to the public.

All players must be vaccinated to participate.

Pre-registration required: register online at ccmusicschool.org or call 603-228-1196. $5-10 suggested donation. 

Date 10-27-2021
Event End Date 06-01-2022
Cut off date 06-26-2022

Jazz Jam Sessions

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Join us at the Music School for monthly jazz jam sessions!

When: First Tuesday of each month from October to June, 7:00-8:00pm (first session: Oct. 5, 2021)

Who: Instrumentalists who want to play jazz together! All instruments welcome, and all levels of experience.

Location: Studio A at Concord Community Music School, 24 Fayette Street in downtown Concord, NH

Faculty Leader: Eric Klaxton

Pre-registration is required; click on "register now" at the top of this page, or call 603-228-1196.

Suggested donation: $5-10 per session

Note: All players must be vaccinated.

Photo of Eric Klaxton by Elizabeth Frantz

Date 11-02-2021
Event End Date 06-01-2022
Cut off date 06-26-2022