Music Classes

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Winter Music Classes on Sale Nov. 27! 

Musical training helps develop brain areas involved in mathematics, language, reasoning, and spatial intelligence.

Piano, guitar, violin, and voice are all part of the music program. With yearlong conservatory and fall seasonal classes available, there are a variety of options for your student to choose from.

Members of BlackRock get to enjoy great benefits such as discounts on classes. By joining at the Family Fan level, you can save $15 per class per student, plus the multitude of other benefits members at this level receive. Join today!

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Winter Class Registration Opens
Nov. 27th! 

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WINTER MUSIC CLASSES

West African Drumming
This class is presented through a partnership with Soul in Motion Players, Inc. Learn to play West African drum rhythms from Guniea and Senegal along with folklore songs in this fun and exciting class. Students will review basic hand technique with emphasis on the 3 basic tones: slap, open, and bass. Students will also have chance to learn the basic stick technique for playing the following drums: djundjun, songba, and kenkeni. The class will discuss the meaning of each rhythm and how it is traditionally performed in Africa, and is taught at the same time as West African Dance, so students will have the opportunity to collaborate together. Students should bring their own djembes and dunduns drums if possible, however a minimum number of drums will be available on a first-come, first-served basis at each class.

Ages 14 and up | Sundays | 3:00 PM-4:00 PM
218.1451.1 | 8 Weeks | Meets 1/14-3/4
Level: Beginning-Advanced
Season Pass for all 8 classes: $100
Drop In: $15 per class payable day-of at the Front Desk
Instructor: Michael Friend and Soul in Motion Players, Inc. Instructors


Guitar

Guitar classes are taught for both acoustic and classical guitars. Students must provide their own guitars, a pick, folding music stand, folder, pencil and the text “Everybody’s Guitar Method Book 1 (with CD).” Other optional but useful supplies include a guitar strap, tuner and metronome.

Classes are taught by Dr. Candice Mowbray, who has earned her Doctorate of Musical Arts in Classical Guitar Performance and has been profiled in Classical Guitar Magazine. She has appeared at many prestigious music festivals and concert series as a soloist, chamber musician, and guest lecturer.

Beginning Guitar Youth
Do you have a budding guitar player at home? Get them to put down the Guitar Hero video game and pick up the real thing for this fun and engaging class.  Students will learn to strum chords, read music, finger pick and more in this class designed for beginners. A variety of musical styles will be taught.  During the final class, there will be an open demonstration where students will perform pieces for family and friends.

Ages 10-14 | Wednesdays | 6:00-7:00 PM
218.1511.1 | 10 Weeks | Meets 1/10-3/14
Level: Beginner Early Registration: $225 | Regular Registration: $235
Instructor: Dr. Candice Mowbray

Beginning Guitar Adults
Have you bought a guitar that’s gathering dust in the basement? Have you always wanted to learn how to play your favorite song on the guitar?  This is the class for you.  Learn to strum chords, read music, finger pick and more.  This group class is a fantastic way to learn the basics of guitar and be introduced to a variety of musical styles, while having a great time.  Register with a friend, make it family time and register with your teenage son or daughter, or come on your own and make new friends while you start your new favorite hobby.

Ages 14 and up | Wednesdays | 7:00-8:00 PM
218.1501.1 | 10 Weeks | Meets 1/10-3/14
Level: Beginner Early Registration: $225 | Regular Registration: $235
Instructor: Dr. Candice Mowbray


Ukulele
Learn to play the ukulele in this enjoyable and engaging class. Students will learn all about the ukulele, how to strum chords, and play a number of great songs. You will be guided through the process of learning this delightful instrument in a fun, casual, and educational setting.  Students will be encouraged to practice at home.

Ages 14 and up* | Sundays | 2:00-3:00 PM
218.1581.1 | 10 Weeks | Meets 1/14-3/18
Level: Beginner-Elementary
Early Registration: $225 | Regular Registration: $235
Instructor: Russell Kramer

*If someone younger than the required age is interested, please call our Front Desk at 301-528-2260.


Introduction to Piano – Non-Conservatory
This class is designed for those families with students who wish to start learning piano but are not necessarily ready to commit to a full academic year of study. Students will study the fundamentals and start developing note-reading skills, learning to play some of their favorite songs. These are group classes where students will experience both group and individual instruction. Students must bring headphones, ¼ inch audio adapter, and book to each class.

Grades K-2

Tuesdays | 5:30-6:30 PM
218.1011.1 | 10 Weeks | Meets 1/9-3/13
Level: Beginner
Early Registration: $225 | Regular Registration: $235
Instructor: Paul Buehler

Sundays | 1:00-2:00 PM
218.1011.2 | 10 Weeks | Meets 1/14-3/18
Level: Beginner
Early Registration: $225 | Regular Registration: $235
Instructor: Paul Buehler Grades 1-6

Grades 1-6
Saturdays | 1:30-2:30 PM
218.1011.3 | 10 Weeks | Meets 1/13-3/17
Level: Beginner
Early Registration: $225 | Regular Registration: $235
Instructor: Robert Shann

Sundays | 2:00-3:00 PM
218.1011.4 | 10 Weeks | Meets 1/13-3/17
Level: Beginner
Early Registration: $225 | Regular Registration: $235
Instructor: Paul Buehler


Intro to Piano for Teens and Adults

Ages 14 and up| Tuesdays | 7:30-8:30 PM
218.1171.1 | 10 Weeks | Meets 1/9-3/13
Level: Beginner
Early Registration: $225 | Regular Registration: $235
Instructor: Barbara Kober


CONSERVATORY MUSIC CLASSES

Piano and violin conservatories are our offerings for the focused study of music. The piano program is meant to be taken in sequence over a five-year period and covers all basic levels of experience. There is also an advanced class for students who have completed Level 4. All music conservatory classes culminate in our spring conservatory recitals.

PIANO

Students must bring headphones, ¼ inch audio adapter, and book to each class.
Early Registration: $650 | Regular Registration: $660

Introduction to Piano
For beginners in the lower grades to develop basic piano skills, fundamental note reading with emphasis on keyboard typography, simple rhythms and preparation for reading and identifying notes.
Level: Beginner

Grades K-3 | Tuesdays | 6:30-7:30 PM
618.1014.4 | Meets 9/12-12/5, 1/9-3/13, 4/3-6/5
Instructor: Paul Buehler
618.1014.4

Grades 1-5 | Tuesdays | 5:30-6:30 PM
618.1024.1 | Meets 9/12-12/5, 1/9-3/13, 4/3-6/5
Instructor: Barbara Kober
618.1024.1

Grades 1-5 | Wednesdays | 4:30-5:30 PM
618.1024.2 | Meets 9/13-12/6, 1/10-3/14, 4/4-6/6
Instructor: William Chang
618.1024.2

Grades 1-5 | Saturdays | 9:30-10:30 AM
618.1024.3 | Meets 9/16-12/9, 1/13-3/17, 4/7-6/16
Instructor: William Chang
618.1024.3

Grades K-3 | Fridays | 4:30-5:30 PM
618.1014.1 | Meets 9/15-12/8, 1/12-3/16, 4/6-6/15
Instructor: Barbara Kober
618.1014.1


Piano Level 1

For students who have had a year of piano study and are ready to expand their musical vocabulary, rhythmic abilities and reading skills through simple pieces from method books designed for teaching.
Level: Elementary

Grades K-2 | Tuesdays | 6:30-7:30 PM
618.1074.1 | Meets 9/12-12/5, 1/9-3/13, 4/3-6/5
Instructor: Paul Buehler
618.1074.1

Grades K-2 | Saturdays | 2:30-3:30 PM
618.1074.2 | Meets 9/16-12/9, 1/13-3/17, 4/7-6/16
Instructor: Robert Shann
618.1074.2

Grades 1-6 | Wednesdays | 5:30-6:30 PM
618.1054.1 | Meets 9/13-12/6, 1/10-3/14, 4/4-6/6
Instructor: William Chang
618.1054.1

Grades 1-6 | Thursdays | 4:30-5:30 PM
618.1054.2 | Meets 9/14-12/7, 1/11-3/15, 4/5-6/7
Instructor: Barbara Kober
618.1054.2

Grades 1-6 | Saturdays | 10:30-11:30 AM
618.1054.3 | Meets 9/16-12/9, 1/13-3/17, 4/7-6/16
Instructor: William Chang
618.1054.3

Grades 1-6 | Sundays | 3:00-4:00 PM
618.1054.4| Meets 9/17-12/10, 1/14-3/18, 4/8-6/17
Instructor: Paul Buehler
618.1054.4


Piano Level 2

Prerequisite: Piano Level 1 or permission from instructor. This class introduces students to more complex musical ideas, note-reading and basic theory and technic with an aim toward graduating from method books and beginning to learn more advanced teaching pieces and simple classical repertoire.
Level: Elementary

Grades 2-7 | Tuesdays | 6:30-7:30 PM
618.1094.1 | Meets 9/12-12/5, 1/9-3/13, 4/3-6/5
Instructor: Barbara Kober
618.1094.1

Grades 2-7 | Tuesdays | 7:30-8:30 PM
618.1094.2 | Meets 9/12-12/5, 1/9-3/13, 4/3-6/5
Instructor: Paul Buehler
618.1094.2

Grades 2-7 | Wednesdays | 6:30-7:30 PM
618.1094.3 | Meets 9/13-12/6, 1/10-3/14, 4/4-6/6
Instructor: William Chang
618.1094.3

Grades 2-7 | Thursdays | 4:30-5:30 PM
618.1094.4 | Meets 9/14-12/7, 1/11-3/15, 4/5-6/7
Instructor: Alan Hart
618.1094.4

Grades 2-7 | Thursdays | 5:30-6:30 PM
618.1094.5 | Meets 9/14-12/7, 1/11-3/15, 4/5-6/7
Instructor: Barbara Kober
618.1094.5

Grades 2-7 | Saturdays | 11:30-12:30 PM
618.1094.6 | Meets 9/16-12/9, 1/13-3/17, 4/7-6/16
Instructor: William Chang
618.1094.6

Grades 2-7 | Saturdays | 3:30-4:30 PM
618.1094.7 | Meets 9/16-12/9, 1/13-3/17, 4/7-6/16
Instructor: Robert Shann
618.1094.7

Grades 2-7 | Sundays | 4:00-5:00 PM
618.1094.8 | Meets 9/17-12/10, 1/14-3/18, 4/8-6/10
Instructor: Paul Buehler
618.1094.8


Piano Level 3

Prerequisite: Piano Level 2 or permission from instructor. This class integrates technique, music theory and classical pieces beyond method books and students begin to learn early intermediate repertoire and simple classical repertoire plus, theory and technique.
Level: Intermediate

Grades 3-8 | Wednesdays | 7:30-8:30 PM
618.1114.1 | Meets 9/13-12/6, 1/10-3/14, 4/4-6/6
Instructor: William Chang
618.1114.1

Grades 3-8 | Thursdays | 6:30-7:30 PM
618.1114.2 | Meets 9/14-12/7, 1/11-3/15, 4/5-6/7
Instructor: Alan Hart
618.1114.2

Grades 3-8 | Fridays | 5:30-6:30 PM
618.1114.3 | Meets 9/15-12/8, 1/12-3/16, 4/6-6/15
Instructor: Barbara Kober
618.1114.3

Grades 3-8 | Saturdays | 12:30-1:30 PM
618.1114.4 | Meets 9/16-12/9, 1/13-3/17, 4/7-6/16
Instructor: William Chang
618.1114.4


Piano Level 4

Prerequisite: Piano Level 3 or permission of instructor. Students learn late intermediate repertoire of the highest quality and rhythmic variety by major classical composers. They learn scales, key signatures and advanced music theory and technique.
Level: Intermediate

Grades 4-9 | Thursdays | 5:30-6:30 PM
618.1124.1 | Meets 9/14-12/7, 1/11-3/15, 4/5-6/7
Instructor: Alan Hart
618.1124.1

Grades 4-9 | Thursdays | 6:30-7:30 PM
618.1124.2 | Meets 9/14-12/7, 1/11-3/15, 4/5-6/7
Instructor: Barbara Kober
618.1124.2

Grades 4-9 | Fridays | 6:30-7:30 PM
618.1124.3 | Meets 9/15-12/8, 1/12-3/16, 4/6-6/15
Instructor: Barbara Kober
618.1124.3


Piano Level 5

Prerequisite: Piano level 4 or instructor’s permission. For serious music students ready to deepen their knowledge of the classical repertoire through analysis and interpretation, this course continues the study of the building blocks of Western classical music, with scales, chords, more complex rhythms, modulation and pieces by the leading composers of Western music.

Grades 5 and up | Tuesdays | 4:30-5:30 PM
618.1144.1 | Meets 9/12-12/5, 1/9-3/13, 4/3-6/5
Level: Intermediate-Advanced
Instructor: Barbara Kober
618.1144.1


Advanced Piano

Prerequisite: Piano level 5 or students who have completed level 4 with instructor’s permission. This class is for advanced students ready to learn classical repertoire of the highest quality and rhythmic variety by major classical composers. They will focus on advanced analysis and interpretation, structure and repertoire. In this level, students receive reinforcement and development to make them confidant intermediate pianists.
Level: Advanced
Instructor: Barbara Kober

Grades 5 and up | Tuesdays | 7:30-8:30 PM
618.1154.1 | Meets 9/12-12/5, 1/9-3/13, 4/3-6/5
618.1154.1

Grades 5 and up | Thursdays | 7:30-8:30 PM
618.1154.2 | Meets 9/14-12/7, 1/11-3/15, 4/5-6/7
618.1154.2

 

Violin

Students must bring to class a violin, bow, rosin, shoulder rest, and designated book.
Early Registration: $650 | Regular Registration: $660
Instructor: Natalia Vladimirova

Introduction to Violin
This class covers proper bowing and fingering technique in first position, learning short pieces and reading music. Students must bring to class Essential Elements – Book #1 for Violin.
Ages 5 and up | Saturdays | 10:30-11:30 AM
618.1354.1 | Meets 9/16-12/9, 1/13-3/17, 4/7-6/16
Level: Beginner 618.1354.1

Violin Level 2
Students will strengthen violin skills by playing different sharps and flats positions with a lot of rhythmical difficulties and duets. Student must be able to play G and C major scales in first position and bring to class Essential Elements – Book #1 and 2 for Violin.
Ages 7 and up | Saturdays | 11:30 -12:30 PM
618.1374.1 | Meets 9/16-12/9, 1/13-3/17, 4/7-6/16
Level: Intermediate 618.1374.1

Violin Level 3
This class is for students who have taken Violin Level 2 and are ready to move on to the next level. Explore vibrato, second and third position in violin. Students must be able to play one octave scales with 3 sharps and two flats and bring to class Essential Elements – Book #1 and 2 for Violin and Essential Technique – Book #3 for Violin.
Ages 7 and up| Saturdays | 12:30-1:30 PM
618.1384.1 | Meets 9/16-12/9, 1/13-3/17, 4/7-6/16
Level: Intermediate 618.1384.1

Advanced Violin
Students will learn to play with vibrato in second, third, and higher positions. This class will help you continue to master the techniques and skills of the violin. Students must bring to class Essential Elements – Book #1 and 2 for Violin and Essential Technique – Book #3 for Violin.
Ages 8 and up | Saturdays | 1:30-2:30 PM
618.1404.1 | Meets 9/16-12/9, 1/13-3/17, 4/7-6/16
Level: Advanced 618.1404.1