Summer Classes 2019

Summer Course Descriptions

Beginner Band Class – Maggie Thompson

Class Dates – Mondays – June 3, 10, 17, 24, Thursday July 4, Monday July 8

Time – 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Minimum Registration – 10 participants

This course is designed to introduce new musicians (or those returning to music after a long absence) to the band instrument of their choice.  Our first class will explore the different instrument options in the band and allow members to choose the instrument that is right for them.  Please note: participants will be required to have their own instrument.  Rental/purchase options will be discussed.  As the class continues, participants will learn to hold, care for, and make a sound from their chosen band instrument.  Reading music from the staff will also be introduced.  This class is a great opportunity to see if band is the right place for you!

 

Rudiments – Maggie Thompson 

Class Dates – Mondays – June 3, 10, 17, 24, Thursday July 4, Monday July 8

Time – 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Minimum Registration – 10 participants

Each week this class will study a topic of music theory, including: Notation, clefs, the Grand Staff, the piano keyboard, Key Signatures and the Circle of Fifths, Major Scales, Time Signatures, Intervals, Form and Musical Vocabulary.  This is a non-performance course. 

Level – All 

 

Level 1-2 Sight Reading – Maggie Thompson

Class Dates – Mondays – June 3, 10, 17, 24, Thursday July 4, Monday July 8

Time – 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Minimum Registration – 15 participants

This class will allow members at the Beginner-Concert Band level to develop their sight-reading skills.  Pieces will be chosen from our library, along with some prospective repertoire for next season.  This is a great class for those who are returning to band music after an absence and already know the basics of playing their instrument.

Level – Beginner-Concert Band 

 

Repertoire Class – Donna Dupuy 

Class Dates – Tuesdays June 4, 11, 18, 25, July 2, 9

Time – 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. 

Minimum Registration – 10 participants

Each week this class will study and play a different piece of music from the Concert Band repertoire.  Class members will explore the history, form, harmony, and intent of the piece to inform a more accurate performance.  The class will culminate with an “open rehearsal” for family and friends. 

Level – Advanced Beginner – Symphonic Band  

Instrumentation – open to all 

Special Requirements – access to recordings, staff paper  

 

Theory 101 – Donna Dupuy 

Class Dates – Tuesdays June 4, 11, 18, 25, July 2, 9

Time – 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

This class is for those who have a basic understanding of music rudiments and want to learn more about how music is constructed.  Each week this class will study a different music theory topic: Review of Rudiments, Major Scales, Intervals, Minor scales and the Circle of Fifths, Triads, Introduction to Harmony and Progression, Basic Transposition, Form. 

Level – Any with basic understanding of Rudiments  

 

Level 2-3 Sight Reading – Donna Dupuy 

Class Dates – Tuesdays June 4, 11, 18, 25, July 2, 9

Time – 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Minimum Registration – 15 participants

This class will allow members at the Concert Band and Symphonic Band level to develop their sight-reading skills.  Pieces will be chosen from our library, along with some prospective repertoire for next season.  This class is ideal for those who are experienced on their instruments and for those adventurous beginners who are considering moving up a level next year.

Level – Advanced Beginner II – Symphonic Band  

 

Beginner Jazz – Patricia Wheeler 

Class Dates – Wednesdays – June 5, 12, 19, 26, July 3, 10

Time – 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Minimum  Registration – 15 participants

This class will start with listening to classic jazz models, i.e., Miles Davis “Kind of Blue”, discuss the stylistic features of the music, and the role each instrument plays in a mainstream, bop/post bop ensemble.  Members will learn basic rhythms and style patterns on their instruments.  For this ensemble, the drummer must be able to work 3 limbs independently (in time), and pitch players must know, and be able to play, full compass, concert Bb, Eb, C, F and G scales.  

Note: Rhythm section is limited to 2 bass players, 1 piano and guitar, and 1 drummer.  

Intermediate Jazz Improv – Patricia Wheeler 

Class Dates – Wednesdays – June 5, 12, 19, 26, July 3, 10 

Time – 12:30 – 2:00 p.m. 

Minimum Registration – 15 participants

This class is suitable for those who have already been studying/playing jazz, and improvising in the Jazz Orchestra or the Big Band. We’ll drill chord/scale/rhythm concepts, so an understanding of these elements is required, without necessarily being able to execute them. An ability to interpret a lead sheet, and an understanding on the part of the rhythm section regarding stylistic matters is needed. 

Note: Rhythm section is limited to 1 bass player, 1 guitar and piano, and 1 drummer.