MUSIC PROGRAMS are offered at both our Catalina Foothills and Oro Valley Schools
Our Group Classes Include:
For our youngest students, music and movement activities have a powerful impact on the development of such fundamental elements as language enhancement, literacy development, motor coordination, creativity, concentration, and social cooperation. Kindermusik and Orff classes offer proven curriculum together with individual lessons providing the best in a well-rounded music education.
More advanced students reinforce skills learned in private lessons and develop other more difficult musical skills such as listening. This reinforcement, along with a chance to play with other students at the same level, motivates the student and accelerates and broadens the learning process.
For teens and adults, ensembles and chamber groups are a great opportunity to play with other instruments and meet other musicians.
Theory courses are offered in all levels of the Arizona State Standards curriculum in addition to the Royal Conservatory (RCM) curriculum. Testing is scheduled for these exams yearly.
Recitals and Concerts
Students are given the opportunity to perform at over ten recitals including two Gala Concerts each year. The whole family and friends can attend to enjoy the performances. Our students have made it a tradition to bring food bank donations to our bi-annual department recitals, making the event both enjoyable and meaningful.
Guitar Explorers (ages 7-11)
Introduced in this class are the fundamentals of guitar playing including note reading, open chord positions, tuning, and simple chord patterns. Along with these fundamentals, children’s songs, folk songs and easy classical repertoire make this class a wonderful foundation for future private lessons.
Piano Explorers (ages 7-11)
This class is designed to provide early inter-related music experiences with melody, harmony, and rhythm. Ear training, notes, rhythm, and keyboard familiarization are introduced through the use of songs and creative movement.
Violin Explorers (ages 7-11)
In a group setting, children will discover the joy and excitement of learning the violin, utilizing basic Suzuki principles. Topics to be covered include: ear training, the parts of the violin and proper care and handling of the instrument. With a carefully guided approach, this class will create the foundation for advanced learning and musical enjoyment.
MUSIC THEORY CLASSES
Creative Music Theory Level 1: Through fun activities and Music Mind Games, beginning students are introduced to such music theory fundamentals as reading, and writing notes in treble and bass clefs, time signatures and rhythms, scales, intervals, and triads. Ear training and Solfege are introduced.
Creative Music Theory Level 2: A continuation of learning basic theoretical concepts such as meter, rhythmic values, major and minor scales, intervals and chords. Ear training and Solfege implement the new intervals, scales, chords and music dictation.
Creative Music Theory Level 3: Further study of theoretical musical terms and definitions, intervals through the octave, perfect intervals, new major and minor scales including black key scales. Introduction to inversions, cadences, primary triads, compound time signatures versus simple. Ear training: intervals through octave, scales, triads, inversions, and melodic dictations. Solfege: vocalization of theoretical materials listed above
Creative Music Theory Level 4: Continuation of Level 3 including major and minor scales, key signatures and the circle of 5ths. Introduction to enharmonic scales, diminished and augmented triads, inversions and more complex cadences. Further rhythmic study and dictation with added emphasis on syncopated rhythms. Musical terms and definitions, introduction to periods and styles from music history. Ear training and Solfege of materials listed above.
SUZUKI GROUP CLASSES
(Guitar, Violin, Cello, Flute)
- The Suzuki group experience gives the student the opportunity to become a soloist, perform in chamber music groups, and improve different techniques each session.
- Listening and imitation becomes second nature, as well as coordination and discipline, in order to be able to play together with the ensemble.
- Review of the “old” pieces is a must in order to improve and master the different techniques.
- Each student has the opportunity to perform in front of a live audience more often, in order to help improve stage presence and build confidence.
- Group class is the perfect environment to build skills and it provides an excellent social experience, motivating students of all levels.
Violin Pre-Twinkle Ensemble: Students practice proper posture, correct bow hold, learn different rhythmic patterns, be introduced to the twinkle, twinkle little star variations, be introduced to tone exercises, learn names of the notes, rhythmic values and other theory skills
Violin Advanced Ensemble: students practice group tone and tonalization exercises, practice correct notes, learn more complicated rhythmic patterns, work in different chamber music pieces (duos, trios, quartets), tempo changes, dynamics, articulations, bow strokes, etc., review “old” pieces, preview new pieces, perform in front of the group at least once a month.
Guitar Ensemble (Beginner): This course will reinforce basic technical and musical concepts. In addition, students will improve their listening skills as they learn to play their Suzuki pieces as a group. Students will also have the opportunity to perform their solo pieces for the rest of the class. Beginners are welcome!
Guitar Ensemble (Intermediate to Advanced): This Course is for more experienced guitar students. In addition to reinforcing technical and musical concepts, students will begin to explore the classical guitar repertoire as a group. Different parts will be assigned to small groups of students within the class to be played together as an ensemble. Students will also have an opportunity to perform their solo pieces for the rest of the class.
Cello Ensemble: Join cellists ranging from the novice to intermediate levels. Students will study music history, theory, and perform in a cello choir, developing ensemble playing and listening skills.
Flute Ensemble: This course is for all flutists who study at the Academy, and also welcomes non-Academy flute students who wish to have an opportunity to play together with other flutists. Participants will work on and perform pieces that involve varying levels of difficulty, allowing for students of all ages to be able to work together, to be inspired by each other and ultimately, to have fun making music. This class is a requirement for Suzuki flute students who can play Mary Had a little Lamb.
Adult String Ensemble: A broad cross section of classical, folk and even jazz repertoire. Group interaction builds both independence of the individual performer and collaborative skills within a group setting. Minimum one year experience with a private teacher, all ages welcome.
Chamber Groups: Chamber groups are formed based on interest and skill level. Students meet weekly or bi-monthly with a teacher. Chamber groups offer an excellent opportunity for collaboration with other instruments.
MUSICAL THEATRE (ages 7-15)
The Music & Dance Academy provides a unique environment where the best music and dance instructors teach in collaboration. The world of Broadway comes to life in this 90 minute class, consisting of two basic components: music and dance! Students learn how to bring characterization to a song and choreography, define a character, vocal techniques, and become acquainted with various musical theatre techniques and styles. Our musical theatre classes enjoy performing in our annual concert! All Musical theatre students are recommended to take additional ballet, jazz, and voice classes.
FUN-damentals of Singing (ages 6-12)
This class helps to develop music knowledge and singing abilities. Topics including proper vocal technique, posture, tone production and diction are stressed. Folk songs, musical theater and classical selections are taught, as well as elements of music theory and sight singing.
Have you always wanted to sing with others? Join the Community Chorus every Monday afternoon to learn fundamental vocal techniques while singing fantastic pieces from Broadway Show Tunes and Classical Compositions. Exercises will develop strong vocal skills. Sessions will culminate in an optional performance. No auditions are required.
CREATE YOUR OWN GROUP CLASS
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We will open a class for you and four of your friends (depending on studio availability).
Call the front desk (520-219-9950 or 520-327-2303) for more information. Please visit the front desk to pick up a ‘Class Request Form’ today.