Community Music Classes and Ensembles

ukulele-circleUkulele Social Club
The ukulele is quickly becoming one of the most popular instruments around.  Playing four strings is simpler than playing a six-string guitar and the small size and cheaper cost mean everyone can have one and take it with them.  Whether you are a novice or have been playing for years, join friends and neighbors at the CMA to make music together. Each session includes both group instruction and playing time.  Bring your own ukulele or rent one from CMA, pending availability.

Ages:  High school and up | Day: Thursdays | Time: 5:45pm-7:15pm
Fall Term: September 5-October 17 (no class Sept. 19) (6 classes) | Winter/Spring: February 6-March 13 (6 classes)
Tuition: $70/term | Instructor: Sarah Goodroad


KidUkulelePhotoAfter 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 common in many songs.  Bring your own ukulele or rent one from CMA, pending availability.

Ages:  8-11 | Day: Fridays | Time: 3:30 pm-4:30 pm
Fall: September 20-October 25(6 classes) | Winter: February 7-March 14 (6 classes) | Spring: April 4-May 9 (6 classes)
Tuition:  $60/term | Instructor:  Michael Quam

Rounds and More for Strings
One of the joys of learning to play an instrument is sharing the experience.  String students will develop ensemble-playing and note-reading skills using rounds, canons, and duet/trio arrangements.  Music will be distributed before each class and unfamiliar compositions will be read at each session.  The whole class will perform one piece near the end of each term.  One year of private lessons (or instructor approval) and basic level note-reading is required.

Ages: 9 and up, Suzuki equivalent of  late Book 1 to Book 4 | Day: Fridays | Time: 5:30pm-6:30pm
Fall:  September 27, October 18, November 15 | Winter/Spring: January 17, February 21, March 21, April 11, May 9
Tuition:  Fall – $40.  Winter/Spring – $65. | Instructor: Sarah Murray


This women’s ensemble explores mostly a cappella repertoire of all styles, with an emphasis on ear training and vocal technique.  Community outreach performances are scheduled regularly.  New members are accepted through the third rehearsal of each term.  Singers must be able to match pitches to join.

Ages:   Adult | Day: Mondays | Time: 7pm-9pm
Fall:  August 26-December 9 (12 classes) | Winter/Spring: January 6-May 12 (16 classes) Full
Concert: Sunday, May 18, 3:00pm | Tuition: Fall – $140.  Winter/Spring – $200 | Instructor:  Faye Nepon


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 and up | Day: Thursdays | Time: 7:15pm-9:15pm (will meet at 7pm when room schedule permits) | Fall: September 12-December 12 (13 classes) | Winter/Spring: Jan 16-May 1 (15 classes) | Tuition:  Fall – $50.  Winter/Spring – $60 | Concerts: December 15 & May 4, 3pm
Instructor: Walt Kehn

Holiday Sing and Play-A-Long  Potluck – Free!!!
We are very excited to collaborate with Lafayette’s Home for the Holidays program to offer an evening of holiday merriment.  Join us after the Plaza tree lighting ceremony to sing or play 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 7 | Time: 5:00pm



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