Community Music Classes and Ensembles

Suzuki Group Classes
Suzuki group classes reinforce concepts and repertoire introduced in private lessons. Depending on the level of the group they may include pre-Twinkle songs, instrumental position games, an introduction to note-reading, and/or review of the Suzuki repertoire in an ensemble setting. Students enrolled in Suzuki lessons are required to also enroll in the appropriate group class. For more information, visit the Suzuki Education page.

C’s Jazz: Improvisation & Combo for Seniors
This class explores jazz improvisation techniques using the small group format. Instruments may include saxophone, flute, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, guitar, violin, viola, cello, bass, and piano. Materials (Aebersold Play-Along Series) are included in the tuition. Each session concludes with an informal performance for family and friends during the last class of each session.

Ages: Seniors, at least one year of experience on the instrument | Day: Mondays | Time: 11:00am-12:00noon
Falls: September 15-December 15 (13 classes) | Winter/Spring: January 5-May 18 (including February 16) (18 classes)
Concerts: Last class of each term
Tuition: Fall – $160. Winter/Spring – $210. | Instructor: Steve Christopher


CMA Jazz Combo for Adults
The combo setting provides an in-depth study of jazz improvisation. Combos will be formed based on experience and ability. Performance opportunities will be a part of each session. The Advanced Combo will travel to Dazzle and the UNC Greeley Jazz Festival in April 2015. Every participant should plan to attend the first Monday and Wednesday times as an audition for group placement. Mr. C will contact you with more details. *Parallel ensemble required for public school students.

Ages: High School and up

Day: Mondays | Time: 7:00pm-8:00pm.
Fall: September 15-December 15 (13 classes) | Winter/Spring: January 5-May 18 (including February 16) (18 classes)
Concerts: Monday, May 20, 2015
Tuition: Fall – $140. Winter/Spring – $190 | Instructor: Steve Christopher

Day: Mondays | Time: 6:00pm-7:00pm
Fall: September 15-December 15 (13 classes) | Winter/Spring: January 5-May 18 (including February 16) (18 classes)
Concerts: Monday, May 20, 2015
Tuition: Fall – $140. Winter/Spring – $190 | Instructor: Steve Christopher

Day: Wednesdays | Time: 6:00pm-7:00pm
Fall: September 17-December 17 (13 classes) | Winter/Spring: January 7-May 13 (18 classes)
Concerts: Dazzle-Denver, December 10 and Spring TBD | UNC Greeley Jazz Festival-Greeley, CO, April 16-18, 2015 | CMA, May 20, 2015
Tuition: Fall – $140. Winter/Spring – $210 | Instructor: Steve Christopher

CMA_Catalog_final-25SMALLERCMA Jazz Ensemble
This large group will explore all forms of jazz with an emphasis on improvisation. Instruments may include saxophone, trumpet, trombone, guitar, bass, piano, voice, and drum set. Depending upon instrumentation, the group will play standard jazz charts and/or use fake book material. Participants should have some background in jazz ensemble playing. New members are accepted through the third rehearsal of each term. The CMA Jazz Ensemble will travel to Dazzle and the UNC Greeley Jazz Festival in April 2015. *Parallel ensemble required for public school students.

Ages: High school and up, intermediate playing level and up | Day: Wednesdays | Time: 7:00pm-8:30pm
Fall: September 17-December 17 (13 classes) | Winter/Spring: January 7 – May 13 (18 classes)
Concerts: Dazzle-Denver, December 10 and Spring TBD | UNC Greeley Jazz Festival-Greeley, CO, April 16-18, 2015 | CMA, May 20, 2015
Tuition: Fall – $130.  Winter/Spring – $195 | Instructor: Steve Christopher

CMA Vocal Jazz Ensemble
Jazz is a divine showcase for the voice. When you combine several voices at once, the reward is that much greater. This small, select vocal ensemble will explore challenging jazz arrangements, both a cappella and accompanied, with a performance at the end of each session. Participation is invited after an audition and/or discussion with the director. Contact the registrar to speak with the director, 303-665-0599 x100,

Ages: Adult | Day: Wednesdays | Time: 8:00pm-9:30pm
Fall: September 17-December 10 (12 classes) | Winter/Spring: January 7-May 13 (18 classes) | Concerts: December 12 and May 15, 7:30pm
Tuition: Fall – $250. Winter/Spring – $360 | Instructor: Faye Nepon

BB_Sat (57 of 57)Broadway Boomers
Adults, come and play! Many of you have raised kids, paid taxes, worked hard, walked your dogs over hills and dales, and now it’s your time to let loose. This unique class is for older adults who love to sing and are inspired to perform Broadway musical theater. Whether you’ve sung opera, musical theater, jazz or you prefer vocalizing in the shower, you will receive expert guidance and support as you perform solos, duets, trios, and larger group numbers.

Ages: 40 and up | Day and Time: Saturdays, 10:00am-12:30pm, 2:00pm-4:30pm; Tuesdays, 6:30pm-9:00pm
Fall: Saturdays: September 20-December 6 (11 classes) ; Tuesdays: September 16-December 9 (no class October 14) (11 classes) | Winter/Spring: Saturdays: January 10-April 11 (dress rehearsal for AM class on Tuesday, February 17; dress rehearsal for PM class on Tuesday March 3) (no class February 21, March 7, or April 4) (11 classes) ; Tuesdays: January 6-April 7 (no class February 17 or March 3) (11 classes)
ConcertsSaturday am class: February 20 & 22 ; Tuesday: February 27 & March 1 ;  Saturday pm class: March 6 & 8
Tuition: $600/year.   This program is underwritten by a private grant which contributes another 30% toward the cost of tuition.
Instructors: Faye Nepon, director; Deborah Schmit-Lobis and Christina Lalog, musical collaborators

CMA Showstoppers Glee Club
CMA is offering this new and exciting Glee Club for anyone age 14 to 104 who loves to sing Broadway musical songs in an ensemble. No audition is required, but gleeful passion is a must!

Ages: 14 & up | Day: Mondays | Time: 7:00pm-8:30pm
Fall: September 15-December 8 (12 classes) | Winter/Spring: January 5-May 11 (16 classes) | Concerts: December 12 and May 15, 7:30pm
Tuition: Fall – $175. Winter/Spring – $230. | Instructor: Faye Nepon, director; Katie Couch, musical collaborator

“Musical” Conversations with Faye
Oscar Hammerstein described musical theater as “a nightly miracle.” It is a truly indigenous American theatrical form and audiences continue to be thrilled, entertained, and impassioned night after night, show after show. While musical theater can be traced back to its European roots, the American form has its own lush history and narrative that is as captivating as its productions.

Join Faye Nepon for interesting conversations about American Musical Theater, its history, and fascinating development.

Ages: Adults | Day: Wednesdays | Time: 10:00am-11:00am
Fall: September 10 & 24, October 8 & 22, and November 5 & 19 | Winter/Spring: March 11-April 22 (6 classes)
Tuition: $60/term | 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* & 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; extra rehearsal on December 2, 7:00pm (12 classes) | Winter/Spring: January 15-May 14; dress rehearsal on May 16 at 9:00am (16 classes)
Tuition: Fall – $60. Winter/Spring – $80 | Instructor: Walt Kehn
Concerts: December 7, 3:00pm and May 17, 2:30pm

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: 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: October 16-November 20 (6 classes) | Winter/Spring: February 26-April 23 (8 classes)
Tuition: Fall – $70. Winter/Spring – $90 | Instructor: Sarah Goodroad

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

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: 5:30pm-7:00pm
Fall: September 19-October 21 (no class October 7) (6 classes) or October 28-December 9 (6 classes)
Winter/Spring: January 27-March 3 (6 classes) or April 7-May 12 (6 classes)
Tuition: $90/term | Instructor: Andy Reiner

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 19-October 21 (no class October 7) (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

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

Introduction to Clawhammer (Frailing) Banjo
Learn the fundamentals 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 A-Long Potluck – Free!!!
We are very excited to continue this new 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! 


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