music class
The Music Box
Great fun with a real purpose!
by Ginevra Ralph, Director of Education
How many instruments have you played in your life? My hunch is that most have adults have probably played piano, guitar, and something you blow, bow, or beat on. But what about all the others? Each instrument has a distinct sound, of course, but they also have a distinct feel. Some tickle. Some even hurt a bit until fingers or lips get accustomed. But how can a student possibly choose an instrument to play without ever trying one out?
We know that a lot of people stop making music because they got “stuck” with the “wrong” instrument – it was the last one the band teacher needed you to play to round out the ensemble, or it was grandma’s up on the closet shelf, or you got one for Christmas because you thought you liked the sound…
The Music Box is a chance for students to try 20-30 different instruments. Led by Maribeth Soderberg, she welcomes a different guest faculty member and instrument each week. It might be accordion, ukulele, harmonica, trombone, drums, bagpipes, and even tap dancing. These students know how to make a sound on a flute, saxophone, or trumpet. They know the differences between violin, viola, cello and bass. (Parents learn something too!)
It’s a special drop-in class for $8, or you can enroll for a discount. It’s different each term. It’s a great class to “buy some time” for your child who is really interested in music but may be on the young side to delve into regular lessons. Kids can join in even if they are in lessons – it’s great fun!
Term Announcements
- Spring classes begin Sunday, April 5th.
Begin private lessons anytime!
- No classes scheduled: Sunday, April 12 (Easter) or Monday, May 25 (Memorial 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...
Musical dancers
Dance at The Shedd
The Shedd Institute Music School offers two dance classes this term, both focussing on dance training for the theatre:
Continuing Tap Tue (grd 9-adult)
Basic Tap Wed (grd 9-adult)
Continuing Musical Theatre Dance Thu (grd 9-adult)
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...