While private instruction is the foundation for elite music education, group instruction and classes can be an invaluable tool to aid that process. Learning in a group environment provides a fun, interactive approach to many musical ideas that can benefit many students all at once, and save valuable private instruction time.
Twice a semester, each teacher holds a class for members of their studio. This interactive class is to allow frequent and instructional performance opportunities. Students are required to attend. Students learn how to give their best personal performance, while learning necessary skills like critical listening, verbalizing ideas, and receiving/implementing constructive criticism. Teachers benefit from being able to teach broad concept ideas to all students in the studio at one time, while allowing students to perform their pieces in a safe and comfortable environment.
At least once a semester, Hammer & Strings invites a master teacher to come give a masterclass at our school. Students who are performance-ready will be selected by teachers to perform for our guest. Being selected to perform is an honor that students are able to put on resumes for life.
Theory and Music History Classes:
Theory and Music History classes are offered as demand dictates. Qualified teachers will teach a one-semester class that can help students prepare for college exams and courses.
High-school aged students will have the opportunity to participate in the Apprenticeship program. This will be for students who are serious about developing their teaching and collaborative skills. Students in the program will receive one-on-one instruction from a mentor, who will then guide them into some of their first money-making opportunities. Imagine the benefits of having students being able to work in a field that they already devote so much of their lives to, all while getting focused, professional guidance. This often translates into easily finding jobs in college, and learning the ins and outs of navigating a profession in the music field.
We are thrilled to announce auditions for a cello and violin performing group, Brilliante! Brilliante will be touring Tanzania, Africa next summer 2020! We will perform, serve in the community, and enjoy an African safari. The dates for the tour are July 15 - Monday July 27. READ MORE!
Music and Movement: (1-5)
This is a class for young musicians that helps children develop a love for music. We dance, sing, move, and create music together in this weekly 45-minute class. Held weekly on Wednesdays 9:30-10:15 AM (subject to change). Two 8-week terms offered, beginning Aug. 7. Tuition: $120/term. * Click HERE to register.
Music and Movement 2: (K-1st Grade)
This is for children who are ready to start learning about how to make beautiful sounds with their voices. We will prepare group numbers from familiar sources, while learning the basics of music theory in this weekly 45-min class. Held Wednesdays as demand dictates. Tuition: $155/term*. Click HERE to register.
Group voice lessons: (2nd-6th graders)
This group class is for students who are interested in private voice lessons, but whose voices have not yet matured. These groups begin to focus more intently on correct singing technique, performance, and learning individual songs with solos. They will also have theory assignments and opportunities to perform in this weekly 1-hour class held Wednesdays from 3-3:50 PM. Two 8-week terms offered, beginning Aug. 7. Tuition $225/term* Click HERE to register.
* All students receive 45-minutes of theory lab with their monthly tuition at no additional cost. Theory lab includes access to computer stations and help from a theory mentor when needed.