Small vocal ensembles

  • A cappella ensemble will introduce you to the world of contemporary popular a cappella music. You will prepare and perform a piece of a cappella music at the gala concert, and throughout the week you will learn about a cappella basics including audition tips, vocal tone and stage presence.
  • Barbershop music is known for its tight and vibrant harmonies and its iconic repertoire from the mid-20th century. Join the barbershop ensemble if you're interested in learning about this exciting and classic style of singing!
  • Madrigals are secular choral works from the Renaissance and Baroque eras. The madrigals ensemble is right for you if you're interested in learning about repertoire and performance practices from different eras of music history.
  • Vocal Jazz is right for you if you love funky harmonies and syncopated rhythms! As a member of the vocal jazz ensemble, you will learn interesting repertoire that highlights the vocal jazz genre.

Musicianship electives

  • Songwriting  will help you develop or refine skills necessary to write your own music. In this course you will learn about musical form, style and basic chord structures that will help you be able to compose in a variety of genres.
  • Conducting is perfect for you if you want to learn the basics of conducting a musical ensemble. The instructor will guide you through the beginning steps of developing a unique and artistic conducting gesture including patterns, body language and expressive movements.
  • Group piano is the perfect class to learn the basics of understanding a piano keyboard, musical notation specific to the piano and learning to play a few simple songs.
  • Beginning music theory is designed for individuals who have little to no music reading experience and will cover the basics of music literacy, music notation and sight reading.
  • Intermediate and advanced music theory is designed for individuals who have a little more experience with music reading and notation. We will examine more advanced subject matter such as intervals, chord functions and basic harmonic structure.

Instrumental ensembles

  • Beginning Ukulele ensemble is designed for students who have always wanted to learn how to play the ukulele but have had no prior experience. We will provide the instruments, teach you the basics and set you free!
  • Advanced ukulele is we will teach students who already play the ukulele how to better understand their instrument, focusing on  learning more difficult repertoire than the beginning ensemble. Instruments will be provided but you are free to bring your own if you have one!
  • World music drumming will provide you with a chance to explore a variety of percussion instruments from a variety of cultures while learning the proper technique to play each of the different drums. If you like making loud noises this might be the class for you!
  • Pitched percussion ensemble is a comprehensive and exciting introduction to boomwhackers (pitched plastic tubes) and barred instruments such as xylophones and metallophones, where you will enjoy a multi-dimensional musical experience.
  • Hand-bell ensemble will provide you an opportunity to work collaboratively with other ensemble members to create beautiful and resonant melodies and harmonies with our full hand-bell set.

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