Group Classes

Group Classes

Group classes in the Community Music School allow students to brush up on fundamentals, explore new topics and fine tune their technical skills in group settings with their peers. Discounts for group piano classes are available for students enrolled in full semester private lesson plans.

Guitar Fundamentals

Grades 3-5
Wednesdays, Sept. 13–Dec. 13, 2017, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Musikgarten Room, Stevens Center
Cost: $290 for 14 weeks

Guitar Fundamentals is a 14-week group class that teaches the basic skills needed to play music on any instrument: reading and playing simple melodies and rhythms with a steady beat, a working knowledge of chords and scales, and the focus and awareness needed for group and solo performance. Students also learn to tune their guitar and implement correct posture, hand position, and other technical issues related to their instrument. Participation in our weekly children’s chorus class is included at no additional charge. Semester-end recital performance required.  Students must provide their own acoustic guitar. Class size: 8 to 10 students.

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Intro to African Ensemble Drumming

Ages 9–13 (adult group classes and private lessons available based on interest)
Mondays, Oct. 2–Nov. 20, 2017 (8 weeks), 6:30-7:15 p.m.
Cost: $175

This 8-week session of weekly 45 minute group classes, led by West-African Percussion specialist Lamar Lewis,  provides a fun and supportive environment perfect for learning the fundamentals of African drumming. Students develop proper technique, hand coordination, and traditional rhythms in an ensemble. Additionally, students will learn the cultural and historical significance of the djembe drum, the oral history of each rhythm and song, and the geography of regions specific to the tradition of the djembe. Students will present a recital for parents and guests at the end of the course.

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Group Piano for Young Beginners

Ages 7 to 12
Saturdays, Sept. 9, 2017–Jan. 13, 2018, 
11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Mondays, Sept. 11, 2017–Jan. 15, 2018, 6:30–7:30 p.m.
16 total classes
Cost: $320 ($200 for students enrolled in full semester private lesson plans)
Instructor: Alek Wasserman

These courses meet one hour per week and each section is limited to 8 students. Required materials: keyboard or piano at home, textbook as assigned by faculty, staff paper, pencil, eraser.

Classes meet in the Keyboard Lab at UNCSA. Parking is available behind the Gray Building in spots marked "guest/visitor" or beside the Welcome Center. (See the Campus Map.)

Topics are listed below and do not reflect weekly progress. Actual progress depends on class composition. A topic must be accomplished before moving on the next one.

  1. Hand position, proper posture. Basic one-finger exercises for engaged fingertip and moving wrist. Fundamentals of note reading. Textbook – must line up with CMS theory.
  2. Transition from one-note to two-note motion on different finger pairs. Note reading uses middle C as a connector between two clefs. Every element played is also sung (foundations of ear/hand, ear/eye coordination.
  3. Transition to three, four and five-note patterns. Clapping short-long (two-to-one) rhythms, singing unstable/stable pairings (C, D-C, F-E, A-G, b-c; also in harm. Minor). Singing pentascales up and down, playing the same, transposing to include black keys to F, D, A, E.
  4. Engaging both hands: alternating pentascales, alternating notes with connective wrist motion leading from hand to hand AND staccato. Playing RH pentascales on a held bass, transposing the same. Singing major and minor pairings and pentascales.
  5. Continuing the same, transposing to more keys, increasing the familiarity with black keys.
  6. Scales: one hand, single octave, correct fingering. Introducing the B Major scale first as Th – 2-3 – Th – 2-3-4 (clusters on black keys as aid to learning). Singing the scale up and down. Introducing half-steps and whole-steps in scale context.
  7. Introducing three-to-two-to-one rhythmic constructs. At this point methods like the Mikrokosmos can be used, separate hands first.
  8. Sharp major scales, in this order: E, A, D, G. separate hands. Eventually, two octaves.

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Group Piano for Adult Beginners

Tuesdays, Sept. 9, 2017–Jan. 9, 2018, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
16 total classes
Cost: $320 ($200 for students enrolled in full semester private lesson plans)
Instructor: Alek Wasserman

It is recommended that students in group piano have prior study at the Community Music School to include our Music Theory I class.

This course meets one hour per week and is limited to 8 students. Required materials: keyboard or piano at home, textbook as assigned by faculty, staff paper, pencil, eraser.

Classes meet in the Keyboard Lab at UNCSA. Parking is available behind the Gray Building in spots marked "guest/visitor" or beside the Welcome Center. (See the Campus Map.)

Topics:

  1. Hand position, proper posture. Basic one-finger exercises for engaged fingertip and moving wrist. Transition from one-note to two-note motion on different finger pairs.
  2. Transition to three, four and five-note patterns. Singing unstable/stable pairings (C, D-C, F-E, A-G, b-c; also in harm. Minor). Singing pentascales up and down, playing the same, transposing to include black keys to F, D, A, E.
  3. Engaging both hands: alternating pentascales, alternating notes with connective wrist motion leading from hand to hand AND staccato. Playing RH pentascales on a held bass, transposing the same. Singing major and minor pairings and pentascales.
  4. Continuing the same, transposing to more keys. Scales: one hand, single octave, correct fingering. Introducing the B Major scale first as Th – 2-3 – Th – 2-3-4 (clusters on black keys as aid to learning). Singing the scale up and down.
  5. Sharp major scales, in this order: E, A, D, G. separate hands. Eventually, two octaves, hands together. Pieces at the level of Mikrok. Book 1, 1-10.
  6. Chords: triads and inversions, major and minor, all keys
  7. Melodies with held LH tones, fifths, triads. Scale degree, harmonizing melodies with I and V, transposing.
  8. Pieces at the level of Mikrok. Book 1, 11-20.