(September - December & February - May)
Grow roots to nourish and sustain your passion!
For the majority of the school year, we polish instrument-specific skills, learn music from a wide variety of genres (including student requests), improve melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic audiation, and pursue topics of interest suggested by the students. On a weekly basis, most beginners and intermediates have one-on-one mini-lessons, small group classes with other students playing the same instrument at a similar level, and Story Club, Teen Group, or Adult Group. Some beginners/intermediates and all advanced students have weekly private lessons and Story Club, Teen Group, or Adult Group; some may attend a small group single instrument class as well.
At the end of each semester, we play multi-level, multi-instrument ensembles together and record solos and ensembles for online performance. Working in ensembles offers a profoundly enriching experience! Students gain rhythmic and harmonic sophistication and develop the ability to focus on their own part and the rest of the ensemble simultaneously. Students also get together for "playdowns" (playing backwards through our core repertoire from hardest to easiest) and those who have finished a repertoire book recently may choose to polish and present their end of book recital during these months. We also consider January and June to be our checkpoints in the year: a chance to reflect, brainstorm, and ensure everyone is being challenged the right amount, receiving the support they need, and enjoying their lessons and classes.
(July - August)
Plant the seeds of inspiration!