Community Music Classes and Ensembles

Ukulele Social Club
Level I – Beginner
If you’ve ever wanted to play an instrument but were worried that the learning curve might be too much…think again. The ukulele is one of the easier instruments to learn and is rapidly becoming one of the most popular instruments around. Come join friends and neighbors at the CMA to make music together in a relaxed setting and become a part of the fast growing, world-wide community of ukulele enthusiasts. Each session includes both group instruction and playing time – you’ll be happily strumming in no time. You can bring your own ukulele or rent one from CMA (pending availability).

Ages: High school & up
Day: Fall – Fridays. Winter/Spring – Thursdays
Time: Fall – 10:00am-11:30am. Winter/Spring – 5:45pm-7:15pm
Fall Term: October 17-November 21 (6 classes)
Winter/Spring: January 8-February 12 (6 classes)
Tuition: $70/term
Instructor: Sarah Goodroad

Level II – Advanced Beginner-Intermediate
You’ve learned the basics, now take your playing to the next level. Lessons in this class include more advanced strumming techniques, reading tablature and music notation, and how to jazz up your playing with riffs, chords up the neck, improvising, and more! Each session includes both group instruction and playing time, and of course, the social element of Social Club where you get to share ideas and learn from fellow classmates.

Ages: High school & up
Day: Thursdays
Time: 5:45pm-7:15pm
Fall Term: October 16-November 20 (6 classes)
Winter/Spring: February 26-April 23 (8 classes)
Tuition: Fall – $70. Winter/Spring – $90
Instructor: Sarah Goodroad


After School Beginner Ukulele Group
If you have ever wanted to learn to play the ukulele, this six-week class is for you! No prior musical experience is necessary. You will learn to strum basic chords that are common in many songs. Bring your own ukulele or rent one from CMA (pending availability).

Ages: 8-11
Day: Fridays
Time: 3:30pm-4:30pm
Fall: September 19-October 24 (6 classes)
Winter/Spring: February 27-April 10 (6 classes)
Tuition: $60/term
Instructor: Michael Quam

Beginning Adult Guitar Group Class
Introduction to the basics of guitar playing in a relaxed group environment. This class will cover guitar technique, including holding the instrument, tuning, using a pick, basic finger-style, strumming common chords, and playing melodies.

Ages: High school & up
Day: Wednesdays
Time: 7:30pm-9:00pm
Fall: September 3-October 8 (6 classes)
Winter: January 14-February 18 (6 classes)
Spring: April 22-May 27 (6 classes)
Tuition: $90/term
Instructor: Michael Quam


Guitar Ensemble
Students will hone ensemble-playing skills using three-part arrangements. Develop note reading, listening, following a conductor, sight reading, practice strategies, and guitar technique.

Ages: Grades 5-12, classical guitar technique required – one year private lessons or instructor approval.
Day: Saturdays
Time: 1:30pm-2:30 pm
Fall: September 27-November 8 (no class October 11)(6 classes)
Winter: January 24-February 28 (6 classes)
Spring: April 11-May 16 (6 classes)
Concerts: November 8, February 28, & May 16, 2:30pm
Tuition: $100/term
Instructor: Michael Quam


Guitar Performance Class
This class provides CMA guitar students the opportunity to develop performance skills in a supportive environment. Students will perform for their peers and provide feedback for each other to help improve performance technique.

Ages: All
Day: Mondays
Time: 6:30pm-7:30pm
Fall: September 22, October 20, November 17, & December 8
Winter/Spring: January 12, February 23, March 30, & April 20
Tuition: $60/term
Instructor: Michael Quam


Fundamentals of Clawhammer (Frailing) Banjo
Learn the foundations that will allow you to play basic old-time banjo tunes. Topics covered include: basic clawhammer rhythm, drop-thumb, Round Peak Style, and how to read tablature. Students are encouraged to bring audio/video recording devices, paper, and their banjos! This class is crafted for the five-string banjo, the traditional old-time instrument, as opposed to the tenor or “guit-jo.” The ability to read music is not required as most instruction will be done by ear.

Ages: All
Day: Wednesdays
Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm
Winter: January 21-March 11 (8 classes)
Spring: April 1-May 20 (8 classes)
Tuition: $150/term
Instructor: Dusty Rider


Viola da Gamba
Courses for Violists da Gamba will be offered during 2014-15. Please contact the office for more details.

3rd Annual Holiday Sing-Along Potluck
We are very excited to continue this tradition! Sing with CMA faculty members as we enjoy classic carols. Sheet music and lyrics will be provided. Bring a dish to share in our potluck dinner. Crockpot chili will be provided.

Ages: All
Day: Saturday, December 6
Time: 5:00pm
Tuition: FREE!

 

Rocky Mountain Concert Band
Whether you have been playing for a short time, a long time, or a long time ago – this group is open to woodwinds, brass, and percussion instrumentalists. No formal audition is required but participants are expected to know major scales and be comfortable with intermediate repertoire that will encompass all genres, including popular, march, and symphonic. At least two public performances are held during the year.

*A parallel ensemble is required for public school students.

 Ages: High school* & up; Middle school* considered with audition and approval of school music and/or private lesson teacher.
Day: Thursdays
Time: 7:00pm-9:00pm
Fall: September 18-December 4; dress rehearsal on December 2, 7:00pm (12 classes)
Winter/Spring: January 15-May 7; dress rehearsal on May 9, 9:00am (16 classes)
Tuition: Fall – $60. Winter/Spring – $80
Concerts: December 7 and May 10, 3:00pm
Instructor: Walt Kehn


Improvisation for All Instruments
Andy Reiner (fiddle) will guide musicians of all abilities through free and restricted improvisations. In a fun and safe environment we’ll use improvisation as a means to communicate musically, explore different sounds, crystallize our voices, tackle tough issues that hold us back, and expand the possibilities of how we think about our instruments – melodically, rhythmically, and harmonically.

Ages: High school & up, one year of playing experience
Day: Tuesdays
Time: 7:00pm-8:30pm
Fall: September 9-October 21 (6 classes) or October 28-December 9 (6 classes)
Winter: January 27-March 3 (6 classes)
Spring: April 7-May 12 (6 classes)
Tuition: $90/term
Instructor: Andy Reiner


Fiddle-From-Scratch
Award-winning fiddler Andy Reiner will patiently take new fiddlers from “how do I hold this thing” to playing common tunes authentically and laying a foundation for future musical success and happiness. Learn what makes fiddle tunes groove and embark on an inspiring new musical journey!

Ages: High school & up, one year of playing experience
Day: Tuesdays
Time:  5:30pm-7:00pm
Fall: September 9-October 21 (6 classes) or October 28-December 9 (6 classes)
Winter: January 27-March 3 (6 classes)
Spring: April 7-May 12 (6 classes)
Tuition: $90/term
Instructor: Andy Reiner


Recreational Music Making
This is a beginner group class for adults who have always wanted to play the piano – No previous musical training is necessary. This class will include singing, movement, and drumming in a stress-free, fun environment. Benefits include social connection with others, exercise for the brain to fight memory loss, creative expression, stress reduction, and increased self-esteem. Book and CD included.

Ages: Adults
Day: Fridays
Time: 10:00am-11:00am
Fall: September 26-November 21 (no class November 7) (8 classes)
Winter/Spring: January 23-March 13 (8 classes)
Tuition: $140/term
Instructor: Barb Grout


Meet the Instruments for Seniors
Explore the instruments of the woodwind, brass, percussion, and string instrument “families” with various CMA faculty members. Not only will you get to see and hear the instruments, but you will get a chance to play them too! This is a wonderful introduction to the instruments for the senior who may have appreciated orchestras and bands from afar, or played many years ago and is ready to give it another go!

Ages: Adults
Day: Fridays
Time: 11:00am-11:45am
Spring: April 3-April 24 (4 classes)
Tuition: $60
Instructor: Margaret Romero, faculty coordinator

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