Group Classes

Group class curriculum is designed for students who love to learn and work with others in a professional, fun, and encouraging environment. Through group activities, discussions, and assignments the students will have a chance to acquire the knowledge and share it with others. Each group class will end with a class demonstration, recital, or an exam to demonstrate the skills that were learned during the period of the class.

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Theory

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History

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Performance

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Toddler & Preschool

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Art

Music Theory

music-theory-notationMusic Theory I:

12-weeks one hour per week course that will introduce the fundamental aspects of music theory through written, aural, and singing skills. During the duration of the class there will be assessments in the forms of quizzes and a final exam.

  • Understand the meaning of pulse and meter
  • Read and write musical notation
  • Play notes on a piano keyboard
  • Use scales, intervals, and chords
  • Write a melody

Music Theory II:

12-weeks one hour per week course will further develop your background in music theory in the areas of music notation, harmony, analysis, part-writing , sight singing, and aural skills. During the duration of the class there will be assessments in the forms of quizzes and a final exam.

  • Understand rhythmic anticipation and articulations
  • Understand diatonic triads and seventh chords in major and harmonic minor
  • Understand the II V I chord progression
  • Understand the melodic and harmonic use of tensions
  • Understand the blues form and style

Minnesota Music Teachers Association Theory Exam Prep Classes:

Level I: a 12 weeks prep theory course for Level I MMTA Theory Exam.

Level II: a 12 weeks prep theory course for Level II MMTA Theory Exam.

Level III: a 14 weeks prep theory course for Level III MMTA Theory Exam.

Level IV: a 16 weeks prep theory course for Level IV MMTA Theory Exam.

Level V: a 18 weeks prep theory course for Level V MMTA Theory Exam.

Level VI: a 20 weeks prep theory course for Level VI MMTA Theory Exam.

Level VII: a 22 weeks prep theory course for Level VII MMTA Theory Exam.

Level VIII: a 24 weeks prep theory course for Level VIII MMTA Theory Exam.

Advanced Placement (AP) Music Theory Prep Course:

This course is designed to prepare the students to take an Advanced Placement (AP) Theory Exam in May of each year. The curriculum of the course covers all the necessary requirements of the exam. The score of 4 and above on the test will give students college credits for the course. It is an excellent opportunity for students pursuing career in music or for students to get elective credits. The curriculum of the course covers all the necessary requirements of the exam.

Music History

books-music-historyMusic History of the Western World I: Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque (Music in Western Civilization, Media Update by Wright).

The 12 weeks one hour per week course will explore the development of Western European music from the Antiquity and Middle Ages, through the Renaissance and the Baroque periods. During the duration of the class there will be assessments in the forms of quizzes and a final exam.

  • recognize the major composers of each era studied and a few of their principal works
  • identify the representative musical forms and genres used during this time period
  • identify the representative musical forms and genres used during this time period
  • identify some of the technical aspects of music from each era studied such as melody, harmony, rhythm, musical instruments, and performance techniques
  • associate the key aspects of culture, society, history, and geography that relate to music in Western Europe during the Antiquity, Middle Ages, Renaissance, and Baroque periods

Music History of the Western World II: Classical, Romantic, Modern

The 12 weeks one hour per week class will take you on a guided study of music in the Western World during the periods of time that encompass the Classical, Romantic, and 20th Century. During the duration of the class there will be assessments in the forms of quizzes and a final exam.

  • identify the music of the major composers of the classical, romantic and 20th century
  • identify the elements that define each of the major style periods from the Age of Enlightenment to the present
  • recognize the representative musical forms and genres in the classical, romantic, and 20th century
  • use terminology associated with each style period
  • identify the key aspects of culture, society, history, and geography that relate to music in Western civilization over the last 250 years

Performance

Introduction to Conducting

*Conducting available as group or individual lessons.

The 10 weeks one hour per week course will introduce students to basic conducting patterns, score analysis, baton technique, podium presence, and the role of the conductor. The students will have an opportunity to conduct a string ensemble and a small choir.

The class is intended for the students ages 10 and up. A student has to be able to read music in both treble and bass clefs, understand rhythmic patterns and beats, dynamic symbols, and expression marks.

The class culminates with students’ performance conducting a choral or a small ensemble group.

Choir

We are offering a choral program for boys and girls ages 7 to 18. Each class includes sight –reading, vocal technique, musicianship, singing in unison and in two/three part, learning a variety of repertoire. The weekly rehearsals will be split into age appropriate sessions to get more personalized attention.

The choir works on a wide range of musical styles. The students will perform in our school recitals. Choir rehearsals are 45 minutes, ones per week. The enrollment will be done by school semesters.

String Ensemble

Explore ensemble playing in this class for young musicians. String Ensemble is open to the students of intermediate level and higher in violin, viola, cello, and bass. The admission to the ensemble will be based on auditions. Over the course of the semester, the students will learn a variety of repertoire in different styles. The class will culminate in the performance at the school recital. Other performance opportunities will be available. String rehearsals are 45 minutes, ones per week.

Guitar Ensemble

Guitar Ensemble is open to the students of intermediate level and higher. The admission to the ensemble will be based on audition. Students will learn to use their classical guitar skills in an ensemble setting. Over the course of the semester, the students will work on pieces specifically written for guitar orchestra, as well as arrangements of pieces in the classical and contemporary repertoire. The class will culminate in the performance at the school recital. Other performances will be available. Guitar rehearsals are 45 minutes, ones per week.

Performance Classes

Performance Classes are intended for late intermediate and advanced students. The students will be performing in front of their peers and the teachers. After each performance there will be a discussion of the performance. Each student will be given feedbacks. Every month, there will be a guest musician invited to the performance classes. Performance Classes are great opportunities for students to perform prior to upcoming competitions, piano exams, and festivals.

Toddler and Pre-School Music Lessons

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Toddler Music Enrichment Class

We are excited to announce a new class that will be offered starting this Fall!

This will be fun and rewarding opportunity for your toddler to experience the joy of music and movement!

Research reveals that there is a strong connection between rhythm skills and pre-reading ability

In toddlers, music enrichment also enhances fine and gross motor development. Research also reveals that test scores are higher in both math, reading, and language among students who have musical education. Musical enrichment is very therapeutic and healing for children with special needs.

This class is a great opportunity for toddlers to learn how to interact with their peers.

About our teacher and class

Julie Palm’s enthusiasm for teaching the very young is reflected in the energy and joy she brings to the classroom as she invites each toddler to join her in musical discoveries!

This class uses a wide variety of activities to help keep the active toddler engaged for the entire duration of the class each week
There will be the use of many fun rhythm instruments to encourage rhythmic development.

Julie will play her guitar and lead the children in familiar children’s songs to encourage memorization, speech development, and movement. Finger plays and rhyming games will be used in each class to help promote fine motor skill development. Julie will also use her colorful parachute in each class to encourage large motor skill development.

Toddlers will be introduced to musical concepts such as:

  • High and low pitches
  • Long and short sounds
  • Loud and soft sounds
  • Playing and stopping
  • Major and minor sounds
  • Musical familiarity

This class is a great way to prepare your toddler for more individualized musical education on a specific instrument.

This is a fun and engaging experience for the Toddler to interact with their parent or care-giver in class as they participate in the joy of learning music.

Preschool Pals Music Prep Class

This fun and engaging class is a fantastic way to introduce your 4-6 year old to Music! In this small group setting, your preschooler will enjoy games that encourage rhythmic development, movement, singing, memorization, and ear-training.

Musical concepts covered:

  • Pitch (High and low sounds)
  • Dynamics (different volumes of music)
  • Articulation (different touches such as Legato and staccato)
  • Notation (writing and reading notes)
  • Rhythmic values (how long to hold a certain note)
  • Musical expression (the way music makes us feel)

This all takes place in a class with 4-6 students. Activities will keep the student excited to learn with the use of fun rhythm instruments and the central focal point being the piano.

This is a great readiness class for a child considering individual music instruction on a specific instrument. Your child will learn how to work and play with their peers as well as create and experience the joy of Musical expression!

It is very important to know that your child does NOT have to read in order to participate in this class!

Remember: It is never too early to introduce your child to music education! Children are naturally inclined towards music and will soak up information like a sponge if introduced at an early age! Music education also assists greatly with preschool and kindergarten readiness, language development, speech, and emotional well-being!

Art Classes

art-paint-banner-imageBeginner class. Children age 4-6 y.o.

Developing of motor skills, introduction to different media, learning color theory.
In our program variety of themed projects from sea life to 4 seasons, from fairy tale illustrations to space.

Beginner class. Children 7-9 y.o.

Option one – deeper introduction to different media and techniques. Variety of projects.

Beginner/advanced students – children/teenagers 9-12 y.o.

Introduction or continuous development of academic drawing and watercolor.