Guitar for the Complete Beginner | This class is designed for guitarists of all
ages who have very limited playing experience. Basic guitar skills such as positioning, tuning,
chords, strumming, and single note playing are learned. Songs from a
variety of styles including, rock, blues, folk and others are studied while
applying skills learned in class.
Bass Guitar | Bass players of all levels will benefit from this course.
Bass skills needed to play many styles including jazz, rock, funk, Latin,
and blues are covered. Topics include chord progressions, creating bass
lines, improvisation, ear training, and theory. Bass techniques such as
slapping, popping, and chords are also explored. Students enrolled in
this course will have extensive ensemble performance opportunities.
Drums/Percussion | Designed for drummers of all levels,
this intensive course covers all styles of music. Conducted in group
and private lessons, students will study groove, technique,
syncopation, polyrhythms, brush technique, soloing, reading,
and other drum and percussion concepts. Students enrolled
in this course will have extensive ensemble performance
Keyboard | Keyboard players of all levels will work with
instructors in a setting that enables students, including those
classically trained, a chance to explore improvised and popular
contemporary music styles including jazz, blues and rock.
Curriculum topics include triads, intervals, chord voicings &
progressions, inversions, scales and modes, soloing, rhythm
section fundamentals, synthesis and midi recording. Students
enrolled in this course will have extensive ensemble performance opportunities.
Vocals | For vocalists of all levels, this course is designed to develop individual vocal
style, expand vocal range and increase overall vocal ability while learning to sing the songs
you enjoy. Learn techniques that are used in singing pop,
jazz, blues, rock, country, and folk. Topics include chest,
middle, and head voice, breathing, vibrato, licks and trills,
and daily warm ups. Also explore diet, body movement and
overcoming stage fright. Students enrolled in this course
will have extensive ensemble performance opportunities.
Songwriting | Through a combination of individual
and interactive in-class study and performance, this course
will introduce students to the basics of the art—and
business—of song writing. Open to students of various levels, the course will be divided into
three main study areas: lyricwriting, song structure, and the business of songwriting. The
course will focus on popular or mainstream genres, and the class will analyze songs from a
wide range of popular song-writers, including Bob Dylan, Sheryl Crow, and Avril Lavigne.
Students will be encouraged to collaborate with their classmates and perform songs created
in class as an ensemble.