Academy of Music and Arts
Specializing in Music, Theater, and Art
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PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS

Piano

Piano instruction is offered for all ages in the form of private lessons or group classes. Voluntary recitals are held in December and June. Students may also elect to enter the Piano Guild auditions held at our facility each spring.

Individual study is offered year round and consists of a thirty or forty-five minute lesson followed by thirty minutes in the music lab. Student preferences are taken into account in planning a course of study in a variety of styles, including jazz, popular and classical. Technique and music theory support and accelerate the learning process. Piano parties for ages 6 to 12, held two times a year, allow for informal performing, learning games and socialization.

Group classes are offered in the fall semester, the spring semester and during the summer session. Classes are groups of 3-4, closely matched in age and level. Students learn solid rhythm and ensemble skills as well as comfort in playing for others. Learning games are popular in classes.


Harp

Private Harp instruction is offered for ages 6 and up. The school owns a harp which may be used to facilitate “trying out” a new instrument. Our harp program is offered during the summer, however, arrangements may be made for winter study.


Clarinet, Flute, Saxophone, Violin, Viola, Guitar, Ukulele

Individual study is offered year round and consists of a thirty minute lesson followed by thirty minutes in the music lab. Student preferences are taken into account in planning a course of study. Technique and music theory support and accelerate the learning process. Voluntary recitals are held in December and June.


Voice

Private voice instruction is offered primarily for junior high and high school students as well as adults. Voice lessons are based upon the individual student’s needs and may include popular and classical literature. Correct breathing techniques and development of a bel canto vocal line are emphasized along with proper singing diction in English and other languages. Confidence and overall performance skills are stressed.


Computer Lab

Lab is an integral part of music study at the school. For most students, this takes place in the thirty minutes following a lesson. Although computer theory programs provide the heart of theory study and drill, students may be found practicing on digital keyboards or listening to a tape or CD of a piece in progress. Computerized chord practice and ear training is found on a digital piano. Various software applications allow study of rhythm, note reading, musical terminology, scales, chords and chord progressions, and for composing music.


Music Theory Classes

Music Theory Classes are offered for teen and adult musicians. There are two levels: Theory 1, Basic Music Theory; and Theory 2, The Theory of Modern Music. Each level is covered in a series of 8 classes during a quarter, and each is offered twice per year, in the fall and again in the spring. Acceptance in either theory class is by instructor permission.


Workshops

Workshops are announced before the coming school year. A variety of music workshops are set up for students of the Academy of Music and Arts, The Piano School, and the cost is included in the yearly tuition. Outside students may also, for a fee, join the workshops appropriate to their current knowledge and with approval of the workshop teacher. Some workshops which have been held and others suggested are: songwriting, composition, building sight-singing skills, basic piano for singers, guitar circle, jazz theory, crash course in music theory fundamentals, string ensemble, playing for church or synagogue, accompanying, and playing in a rock or jazz band.


Theater

Drama and musical theater instruction provides a systematic study of the art of acting, coaching for specific roles, and preparation for auditions.

Private lessons are offered for teens and adults who need preparation for monologues or acting an audition song for professional and/or college auditions.

Small group lessons are offered for students ages 5 and up. In 8 classes per quarter, or during summer theater camp, students work on acting skills appropriate for the students’ levels. The students also create props, sets and other materials necessary to put a show together. The classes culminate in a presentation for family and friends, and also the opportunity to perform in the community.


Art

Art classes are offered for children, teens and adults. In 8 classes per quarter, drawing, painting (all media) as well as photography composition are taught. Students are given individualized attention.


Spring Break Music/Theater/Arts Workshops for School Age Children

Music/Theater/Art Workshop is offered for one day, two days, or three days from 9 AM to 3 PM during the week of spring break. Students bring a bag lunch; and morning and afternoon snacks are provided. Materials are included in the daily fee. Extended care is available at an additional cost.


Summer Creative Camps and Classes for Children Ages 7 to 13

Art, Music, and Theater camp is designed for your child to experience all three! We are dedicated to providing the best kinds of learning environments and teaching. The core faculty are highly trained and experienced. We ask you about YOUR interests in and out of the arts. Arts experiences are interspersed with activities our campers and parents request, for example: nature walks, picnics, scavenger hunts, cooking lessons, crafts, games, computer lab. Camp classes start at 9:00 AM and end at 3:00 PM. Materials are included in the daily fee. Extended care is available at an additional cost.