Classes and Ensembles

Fall 2021 Classes and Ensembles

The Music Academy has several group class and ensemble offerings to MANC families and the community throughout the year. These may be used to supplement current private study or as a great introduction to a new instrument!

All class fees include books and materials, unless otherwise specified.
All classes must meet a minimum enrollment of students.

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Songwriting: An Exploration

Instructor: Brad Dickerson

Description: This class will explain how to compose chord progressions within a song structure and add a melodic line for voice. It will cover how to write a “hook” and what constitutes good lyrics. Students will be able to record a version of their song in the MANC recording studio at the end of the session.

Ages 12 and up

Day, Time, and Start Date:  TBD

Fee: $116


Pre-Twinkle Suzuki Group Class

Instructor: Katherine Miller

Description: In this class we will go over proper violin position, bow hold, posture, learning to play on open strings, and eventually with fingers. Once a student has learned to play all of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star with the Suzuki variations, they will be eligible to join the Suzuki Book 1 class. Private lessons may not be required for the first trimester, however they are strongly encouraged. The combination of group and private will aid your child in learning more efficiently. Practicing at home as well as listening to the Suzuki violin recordings is an integral part of the class. A parent must attend with their child so they know what needs to be practiced at home.

This class is for beginners who are interested in learning to play the violin or those who have just begun lessons. (Ages 4 & up)

Day, Time, and Start Date: Tuesday, 4:30-5:15 pm, beginning August 31 and meeting on 8/31, 9/14, 9/28, 10/12, 11/2, 11/16, 12/7, and 1/4

Fee: $90

         Optional Parent Orientation:  Tuesday, August 24, 4:30-5:15 pm


Suzuki Group Class – Book 1

Instructor: Katherine Miller

Description: This class will cover the entire Suzuki repertoire in Book 1, reinforcing what students are learning in their private lessons. We will continue to work on proper playing position, as well as working on intonation and playing together as a group. This class offers every student the opportunity to learn from and become motivated by their peers, no matter what age or where they are in the book. Parents are strongly encouraged to attend, but not required.
Students in Suzuki Violin Book 1. (Ages 5 & up)
Day, Time, and Start Date: Tuesday, 4:30-5:15 pm, beginning September 7 and meeting on 9/7, 9/21, 10/5, 10/26, 11/9, 11/30, 12/14, and 1/11
Fee: $90
         Optional Parent Orientation:  Tuesday, August 24, 4:30-5:15 pm


What is the IPA?

Instructor: Charlene Marchant

Description: The International Phonetic Alphabet! Understanding the IPA will help you analyze how you are shaping your vowels and consonants and help you become a more thoughtful singer. Begin to learn it online with Charlene Marchant who has taught it successfully for over twenty years. The IPA Introductory course will consist of a quick review of the IPA for English and the remaining 7 weeks will “introduce” the IPA for the following languages: French, German, Italian, Latin, and Spanish.

Additional Requirements: Printer

Students 8th grade and up may enroll (ages 13 and up).

Day, Time, and Start Date: TBD

Fee: $90



How Do They Sing Like That?

Instructor: Stephanie Foley Davis

Description: Have you ever wondered about how everyone has their own unique singing voice? Well, now’s your chance to learn about a few famous voices and their unique sounds! “How Do They Sing Like That?” is back with two new singers to explore: David Bowie and Christina Aguilera.

A virtual interactive lecture for rock and pop enthusiasts; voice teachers; and singers of all genres.

Day, Time, and Start Date: TBD

Fee: $10


Making Friends With Your Metronome

Instructor: Christy Wisuthseriwong

Description: If practicing with the metronome is difficult or confusing, this is the class for you! In this one-hour workshop, we will discuss how we can use the metronome in practicing to help us develop our sense of internal pulse, better understand subdivisions, and build a stronger, more confident rhythmic frame for our music.

A virtual interactive lecture for students 8-14 years of age

Day, Time, and Start Date: TBD

Fee: $10




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