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It's Back to [Music] School!
by Ginevra Ralph, Director of Education
It’s "Back to [Music] School" time for all ages, and we have a great line up of private lesson Faculty and 11 different classes for you to choose from this term. We offer private and semi-private instruction on most instruments, voice and a variety of dance classes – and encourage families and friends to make music together with design-your-own lessons. You can start private lessons at any time.
Beginning classes (piano, guitar, tap and musical theatre dance) are a fun way to get introduced to an instrument or dance, while making friends along the way. Once you have a few skills under your belt and want to make music with others, then join in on the more advanced classes, or “design your own” bluegrass band, saxophone quartet, violin trio, or a cappella group, and we’ll match you with the right coach.
Parents: especially for your younger students you may be wondering where to start. The Shedd’s Music Box is great way to let kids first explore a wide range of options so that they have some hands-on knowledge about what an instrument actually feels and sounds like. The weekly Music Box class does just that – each week featuring some basic music skills, plus a hands-on introduction of a different instrument by a guest instructor. We encourage parents or grandparents to stay, and even participate, in order to have a special conversation over dinner! Who knew that trumpet was the “right” instrument for your child? Or that a saxophone can really tickle at first? Or what fun a ukulele can be? You do not have to sign up for the whole term with this unique Wednesday afternoon class, but can drop in at any time.
No one ever “quits” making music at The Shedd – they just try something different!! We encourage life-long music-makers who do it for the fun of it!
Term Announcements
- Fall classes begin Sunday, September 15.
Begin private lessons anytime!
- No classes scheduled: Thursday, November 28 (Thanksgiving Day)
Focus on the Classes...
kids playing violin
The Music Box
Music Box provides a beginning foundation in music education with hands-on explorations of different instruments, songs and musical styles to help students discover the right “fit” for their musical interests and pick a favorite instrument for further study. Each week introduces a new song from our Music Box CD (from spirituals, folk, bluegrass and more) followed by a hands-on introduction to a new instrument led by a Shedd Faculty member! Read more...
kid playing piano
Basic Piano
Piano is a great instrument for anyone to start music lessons on and a fundamental tool for all instrumentalists, singers, and songwriters. It provides a strong foundation for reading music, manual coordination, and ear training all at the same time. In our Basic Piano courses students will learn basic keyboard orientation and simple melodies. We have one Basic Piano sections this term, Basic Piano for grades K-3 on Tuesdays.
The Vaudeville Hour
MTTA Vaudeville!
The Shedd Institute’s Musical Theatre Training Academy VAUDEVILLE HOUR program was established to provide a regional training opportunity for young performers grades 5-8 with fundamental skill building in the areas of acting, voice, and dance towards the pursuit of their craft. The Ragozzino Scholarship If you are thinking of attending the Musical Theatre Training Academy, we encourage you to apply for an Ed Ragozzino Merit Scholarship. Read more...
The Eye Center
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