Bay Chamber music school

Posted Sept. 12, 2011, at 12:58 p.m.

ROCKPORT, Maine — Bay Chamber Community Music School is celebrating its first anniversary and is enrolling students for the fall and spring semesters.

Come learn more about the Community Music School at the Open House noon-3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24.

Just one short year ago, the Bay Chamber’s Community Music School opened in its current location — the fifth floor of the historic Shepherd Building. As demand for new classes and programs has grown, the school now is offering several new instruments to the private instruction classes. John Mehrmann had joined the music school faculty, offering percussion.

Bay Chamber Community Music School also is offering a number of group classes.

• Introduction to Music, ages 5-7: This class will set the stage for a future instrumental and vocal study. Children will explore note values, rhythmic patterns and beginning music reading, as well as explore different types of instruments. This class is offered 3-4 p.m. Mondays in the fall and spring semesters.

• Piano Group Class: $15 drop-in through fall and spring semesters, 3-5 p.m. the third Friday of the month. Taught by Patty Stowell, these group classes are for adults and youth including instrumental and voice students. Stowell will address a different topic each week, including piano technique and producing tone without tension.

• Music Together: Music Together offers a variety of classes, specifically designed for mixed aged classes, birth to age 5, preschool programs, and infant classes. The Music Together experience includes songs, rhythmic rhymes, movement, instrument play and more.

• Reading Music: 6:30-8 p.m. Thursdays, six weeks, $150. Mary Anne Driscoll offers this course to music lovers and performers who feel rusty or unfamiliar with reading conventional notation. Learn how notes are translated into music. Materials provided.

• Music Composition — How to Create Melody and Rhythm from Spoken Words with Malcolm Brooks: 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesdays, six weeks, $150. A course in composing music collaboratively in a small class, using experiences and memories to inspire melodies and rhythms.

• Music Appreciation with Glenn Jenks: 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesdays, six weeks, $150. Would you like to gain some skill at telling one musical period from another, just by listening to the music? This course is an improbably broad survey of Western music from the Renaissance to the turn of the last century, focusing on the evolution of musical style. The emergence of tonality, the concepts of musical form and texture, and the tell-tale characteristics of the period of common practice (c. 1700-1900) will be examined by listening to the music of Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Brahms and many others.

• Great Performances: Eight Wednesdays in fall and spring semesters, dates and times TBD. A listening class comparing performances of great artists.

• Early Music Ensembles with Myles Jordan: Eight Wednesday in both the fall and spring semesters, dates and times TBD. A hands-on practical course studying early chamber music.

• Intro to Jazz Theory-Improvisation, dates and times TBD. Glen Sargent will lead this class in an exploration of the basic building blocks of “classical” music and adapting this material to improvise in various jazz styles.

For further information, call 236-2823 or email shaunna@baychamberconcerts.org.

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