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October 14, 2020

Announcing New Classes at CMCB

Community Music School Offerings

We are excited to announce that we have new class offerings for this fall. These are group glasses that teach students all about music and composition. The max number of students for each class is 8, so make sure to sign up today if you are interested!

Cost of the these special classes is $460 per student for the 12 week semesterStudents enrolled in Private Lessons would receive a 20% discount on this class. Financial Aid is available.

All About Music

This is a General Music class that will introduce students to many general concepts about music. It is part of an elementary music curriculum.  Some of the activities students will participate in include: singing folksongs, creative movement, rhythm games and imitation. The class has been designed for everyone, whether beginners or advanced, and will build social, emotional and cultural values. Students will learn the basic skills, knowledge and understanding needed to make music. The final project will be creating an individual “Musical Driver’s License”.

A headshot of Vannessa Schukis
ONLINE with Vanessa Schukis
Duration: 45 mins
Time: Wednesdays at 4:00PM
Class starts on Wednesday, October 21
Max. number of students: 8
Recommended ages: 7-10

Introduction to Music Production

This class will guide students through the process of creating a song, from writing a simple drum groove to the arrangement and production of a fully fleshed song. No previous knowledge of either composition or music software is required. The class has been designed in a way that a total beginner will be able to complete it but with enough flexibility so also more advanced students can learn at their own pace. The class will have two big projects. The final project is the creation of a fully fleshed song, produced completely by the students.

ONLINE with Manuel Garcia-Baro
Duration: 45 mins
Time: Wednesdays at 5:30PM
Class starts on Wednesday, October 21
Max. number of students: 8
Recommended ages: 10+

Writing Music 101

This class will introduce students to the most common techniques used by composers over the years as well as providing them with tools to develop their own musical ideas. It will include some basic production concepts but it will go deeper into harmonic and compositional concepts. This is  a class intended for beginners, although a basic notion of music fundamentals is preferred (note reading, rhythmic comprehension, and knowledge of basic chords/harmonies). The final project will be writing a piece for a solo instrument and piano. The music will be recorded by professional musicians and/or the students themselves.

ONLINE with Manuel Garcia-Baro
Duration: 45 mins
Time: Wednesdays at 6:15PM
Class starts on Wednesday, October 21
Max. number of students: 8
Recommended ages: 12+

Early Childhood Classes

Beginning Instruments for ages 4-7

Small group classes focused on music appreciation, fundamentals, preparing students for private instruction and building community through learning to play a musical instrument. Each class is limited to 4-8 students and is designed to train the child’s ear to recognize melodic sounds and rhythm. Students then translate this recognition to their chosen instrument. The students will begin to visually identify notes and play simple melodies.
Beginning Instrument classes are open to beginners with no experience unless otherwise noted. Current offerings: Beginning Piano, Strings, Guitar, Voice, Instrument Exploration, and more. Full class offerings at register.cmcb.org.
Current ECH In-Person Classes:
Beg Piano I – Tuesdays 4:30PM, Saturdays 11:30AM
Beg Piano II – Tuesdays 5:15PM – Must have taken at least 1 semester of Piano I to enroll
Beg Guitar – Saturdays 1:30PM
Instrument Exploration – Thursdays 4:30PM
Current ECH Online Classes:
Beg Strings I – Saturdays 9AM
Beg Piano I – Thursdays 3:45PM & 5:15PM
Instrument Exploration – Wednesdays 5:15PM

Elementary Classes

Continuing Group Classes for ages 7-12

Small group classes for young musicians ages 7-12 who seek to explore new instruments, engage in innovative creative arts classes, and/or continue on from Early Childhood instruction. Ideal for students to take alongside or as a bridge to private instruction. Must be age 7 or older to enroll. Prior experience is not required, but an evaluation may be requested prior to placement.
ELEM In-Person Classes (ages 7-12):
Pop/Rock Guitar Accompaniment – Wednesdays 4:30PM
Pop/Rock Guitar & Accompaniment focuses on rhythm guitar chords to get young musicians playing along quickly. New students are welcome. Class is ideal for continuing students from Beginning Guitar who wish to explore guitar outside of the classical repertoire.
ELEM Online Classes (ages 7-12):
Percussion Fundamentals – Wednesdays 5:15PM
Percussion Fundamentals is ideal for the older beginner or continuing drums student who is interested in pitched percussion instruments (marimba, etc.), intro to snare drum, and all percussion in a middle school band. Ideal as a precursor to private instruction on the full drum set.