Community Music Program

Community Music Classes

Community Music at Tufts offers Saturday classes for kids, teenagers, and weeknight programs for adults. For information on any aspect of the program, classes, scholarship information, or to be placed on our mailing list, please contact Edith Auner at 617-627-5616 or by email. The application for the program, due two weeks before each new semester, is below.

Community Music Programs at Tufts

Saturday classes; September to June every academic year.

Calendar for Community Music at Tufts
September 2017 – May 2018

First Semester - Fall 2017
September 23, 30
October 7, 21, 28 (no class on October 14, Tufts Parents Weekend)
November 4, 11, 18 (no class on November 25, Thanksgiving weekend)
December 2, 9, 16 (no class on December 23 or 30, winter vacation)
January 6, 13, 20
First semester concert: January 20
Second Semester - Spring 2018
January 27
February 3, 10, 24 (no class on February 17, President's Day weekend)
March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
April 7, 21, 28 (no class on April 14, Patriots' Day weekend)
May 5, 12
Second semester concert: May 12

Class Schedule

Classes for Young Children ages 2-6

Music and Movement based on Dalcroze Eurhythmics
45 minute classes for 2-, 3-, and 4-year-old children, 1 hour classes for 5-6-year-old children
Instructors: Jill Gleim and Holly Stumpf
$225 per semester
The Dalcroze method teaches musical concepts through movement, storytelling, folk songs and dances. The process emphasizes body awareness, self-expression, exploration and control. This experience is particularly exciting in the development of musical training for young children.

  • 2-year-old class – 9:00am
  • 3-year-old class – 9:45am
  • 4-year-old class – 10:30am
  • 5-6 year-old class – 11:15am

Classes for Children ages 6-8

Group Recorder Class
45 minute classes. 10am-10:45am, 10:45am-11:30pm
Instructor: Alyssa San Pedro
$225 per semester
The recorder is an excellent instrument for children as an introduction to music making. In this beginning recorder class, we will learn tone production and basic fingerings on the recorder as well as how to read music and play by ear. Simple tunes will be learned by the whole group in addition to duets and rounds.

Classes for Children ages 7-10

Group Piano Class
One hour class. 9am-10am, 10am-11am, 11am-12pm, 12pm-1pm, 1pm-2pm, 2pm-3pm, 3pm-4pm, 4pm class if needed
Instructor: Nando Michelin
$275 per semester
Taught in our piano/computer lab with touch sensitive keyboards.

Choral Singing and Musicianship Class
One hour classes. 11am-12noon
Instructors: Megan McCormick
$195 per semester
Life's A Song, So Let's Sing!
Music is a lot of fun, but do you know what the big words mean that make songs "go"? Melody, Harmony, Rhythm? Come find out in the context of singing. Through the use of music from a variety of cultures and styles, we will explore how songs are formed and what they mean to people by singing them together - madrigals, folk songs, spirituals, chant, blues, show tunes, rock and roll, and even pop music of today! Along the way, we learn about music notation as well. But mostly, we will find songs we like and make music together!

Introduction to Rhythm
One hour class. 12noon-1pm
$245 per semester
Instructor: Lauren Caso
Everyone is musical! Come and feel the beat in this lively class. Hands-on experience includes rhythms and songs on instruments from around the world. Music literacy will be addressed, as well as enhancing aural skills. Using fun games and innovative instruction, students will prepare for an end of the semester performance. All instruments and materials will be provided.

Fundamentals of West African Music
One hour class. 11am-12noon
$245 per semester
Instructor: Lauren Caso
Ages 9 and up, or with instructor's recommendation
Students will learn basic patterns and techniques of traditional West African drum and dance music. Come explore the rhythms, instruments and songs of this exciting culture! This fundamental class will help prepare students for more advanced level of study. All materials provided.

Group Violin Class
One hour classes. 9am-10am, beginning class; 10am-11am, level two; 11am-12pm, level three
Instructor: Laura Kozachek and Yank'l Garcia
$260 per semester
Beginning violin students will improve technically and musically in a group environment that fosters teamwork and encouragement. Each class will include time spent learning how to read music and a session on playing position in addition to practicing repertoire. Solo and group material will be equally emphasized so that students learn how to play by themselves and with other musicians.

Students in level one and level two are highly encouraged to sign up for beginning ensemble, which meets 10am-11am.

Students in level 3 are highly encouraged to sign up for chamber music ensemble, which meets 11am-12pm.

Classes for Children ages 8-12

Intermediate Chamber Music
One hour classes. 11am
Instructor: Miriam Eckelhoefer
$245 per semester
Chamber music for strings and piano, open to students with at least two years of lessons. Each class limited to one pianist. Children love chamber music, where they play in groups but where each player gets his or her own part. The class will incorporate musical games and improvisation designed to encourage listening, nonverbal communication and other chamber music skills. Students will work on and perform a variety of classical, folk, and popular music. Maximum six students per class.

Semi-Private Cello Lessons
Beginner – Intermediate
45 minute classes. 8:30, 9:15, and 12noon
Instructor: Miriam Eckelhoefer
$395 per semester
Beginning cellists will be introduced to the instrument and will learn basic skills on the instrument while advanced beginner and intermediate cellists will continue to develop their skills on the instrument focusing on musicianship, intonation and sight reading techniques. All classes will work on varying repertoire, including solo pieces and ensemble pieces and major and minor key signatures. Students will be grouped together based on experience and level.

Semi-Private Clarinet Lessons
Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced
One hour classes. 9am (beginning), 10am (intermediate), 11am (advanced)
Instructor: Karen Luttik
$345 per semester
Beginning clarinetists will be introduced to the instrument in a fun way, learning fundamental 'good habit' skills such as good tone production, articulation, fingerings for tricky passages and breath support.

Intermediate clarinetists will continue to hone these essential skills while branching out to focus on musicianship, intonation, sight-reading techniques and ensemble playing.

Advanced students will be challenged to rise to their absolute highest potential in accuracy, musical interpretation, orchestral excerpts, audition repertoire and performance strategies.

All level classes will feature scales and exercises, etudes, repertoire pieces and duets or ensemble pieces. All lessons are semi private; Students will be grouped together in groups of 2 based on experience and level. Bring a friend!

Semi-Private Violin Lessons
45 minute classes
Instructor: Emil Altschuler
$395 per semester
Semi-private violin lessons are intended for beginner-intermediate violin students. They will learn one-two octave scales in major and minor keys, etudes, pieces, and duets. They will also continue learning about key signature, meters, bowings, articulations and building their ensemble skills. Students are encouraged to study piano and singing as well. For students 9-17 years old.

Beginning/Intermediate Class for Ukulele
One hour classes. 9am, 10am, 11am, or noon in conjunction with guitar classes
Instructor: Jerry Bussiere
Tuition: $295 per semester
No prior experience needed, but if you have played guitar, you can easily transfer your skills and knowledge to the ukulele. We will learn basic chords and/or melodies to popular and traditional songs, which the students will help to choose. Note reading is not necessary, but we will use basic chord charts that are simple to follow.

Classes for Children ages 9-12

Flute Class
One hours classes, including 30 minutes small group lesson, and 30 minute ensemble, 12noon-1:30pm
Instructor: Nicholas Southwick
$275 per semester
Designed for beginner to intermediate flutists, the Flute Class is a great opportunity for young students to develop strong fundamentals on the instrument including tone, rhythm, and intonation in a small group setting. Each class will include small ensemble rehearsals, group warm-ups and technical exercises. Come join in the fun for the love of music and flute!

Classes for Children ages 10-17

Semi-Private Piano Lessons
Thirty minute classes offered every half hour between 9am and 12 noon;
Instructors: Arminé Karapetian Donato and Alice Xu
$295 per semester.
Semi-private piano lessons are intended for students between the ages of 10-13 with a minimum of two years of class piano. The students will be paired by level and will work on piano technique; repertoire, including some pieces for piano duet; sight-reading; and keyboard theory. Students must have access to a piano for daily practice.

Semi-Private Voice Lessons
30 minute classes offered every half hour between 10am and 2pm
Instructor: Elizabeth Sterling and Megan McCormick
$295 per semester
Semi-private voice lessons are intended for students between the ages of 10-17. Students will work on all aspects of vocal technique, solo songs and duets.

Classes for Middle and High School Students

African Drumming
One hour classes. 10am-11am
Instructor: Lauren Caso
$275 per semester
Come and play traditional drumming music from Ghana, West Africa. In this class we will learn to play rhythms and sing songs from the Ga people of Ghana. We will also learn how to play hand drums, bells, rattles and other instruments of the Ga. Playing the music will also help us to understand the culture of the Ga people. You don't need previous drumming experience, you just need to be ready to have fun!

Drumset Class
One hour classes. 10am, 11am, noon
Instructor: Renato Malavasi
$295 per semester
There are three levels to this class, and students are grouped according to experience. We will work on basic technique, reading notation, improvisation, and performance for drum set. The class will work on individual pieces as well as ensemble works. No experience is necessary but you do need access to a drum set for practice during the week. Join us for a fun group learning experience.

Chamber Music
One hour classes.
$275 per semester
Musicians in small groups, playing one on a part, explore some of the greatest music ever written, with weekly coachings. String quartets, piano trios, piano quartets, brass quintet, etc.

Beginning/Intermediate Course for Non-Classical Guitar
One hour classes. 9am-10am, 10am-11am, 11am-12pm, 12pm-1pm
Instructor: Jerry Bussiere
$295 per semester
Students will be introduced to the fundamentals of the guitar as played with a pick and/or fingers. The focus will be on learning to play popular songs, which will be chosen by the instructor and students together. Song arrangements will be created for the students in each class and rehearsed for performance at the final concert. The emphasis will be on playing music together. We will make simple chord charts to follow and some note reading may be introduced for students who are interested.

Javanese Gamelan Ensemble
One hour classes. 10am-11am, 11am-12pm
Instructor: Barry Drummond
$250 per semester
Enroll to learn the music of the island of Java, Indonesia. Gamelan are orchestras consisting primarily of gongs, metallophones and other percussion instruments. Students will learn the different instruments while learning pieces of the traditional repertoire of the court cities of Surakarta and Yogyakarta. The music is at once beautiful, rich in texture, and immediately accessible to those experiencing it for the first time.

Music Theory and Composition
One hour classes. 12noon-1pm
Instructor: Phillip Grannan
$275 per semester
The primary goal of this course is to nurture your child's creativity—both in composing music and in ways of thinking about music—while instilling the basics of music theory, including melody, rhythm, harmony, and form. As appropriate, we will work with learning and composing by ear as well as using Western notation. The class is geared towards students who have little or no experience with composing and music theory; however, intermediate levels will be offered for students with prior experience.

A Cappella Singing Class for students ages 10-14
One hour class. 12pm-1pm
Instructors: Diana Galeano and Ian Rumsey
$165 per semester
This course is designed for students interested in singing and ultimately forming an a cappella group. Singing a cappella means that all elements of a song (melody, harmony, instrument sounds, rhythmic beats, etc.) are produced vocally. No prior singing experience is necessary, but being able to work and sing together as a group is essential. Each class will begin with an introduction to various a cappella music styles including jazz, pop, r&b, hip hop, rock, soul, etc. Students will develop certain vocal techniques and expand their understanding of pitch, rhythm, melody, harmony, and note recognition. Songs will be selected by the class and arranged for future performances throughout the semester.

Tufts Youth Philharmonic

Fridays afternoons, 4:00-6:30pm
Conductor: John Page
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Musical opportunities for Adult Musicians and Advanced High School Students

Samanyanga Mbira Club (adults and advanced high school students)
Instructors: Kaia Kaukeinen, Prof. Peter Kvetko (Salem State), Prof. David Locke (Tufts)
1-3 pm on the third Sunday of each month, Granoff Music Center Room 271
In this music from the Shona people of Zimbabwe, metal keys on a hand-held soundboard are plucked with the thumbs and forefinger in repeated patterns. Mbira songs traditionally communicate with ancestral spirits for healing, to promote peace, to bring answers to questions, and to reduce worries in life. In the first half of each meeting, we learn a new song in semi-private instruction. In the second half, we do some "heavy grooving" on pieces as everyone is invited to clap, sing, or play (or dance!), as encouraged by our Zimbabwean teachers. You may attend either or both parts of the class. Instruments are provided. Absolute beginners are always welcome. Contact the club.

Chamber Music for Adult Chamber Musicians (adults only)
Study and perform chamber works with the outstanding applied music faculty at Tufts. The 8-week long workshops will be offered in the fall and spring semesters and will include six 90-minute coached sessions, group rehearsals, and will culminate in recitals in Distler Recital Hall in January and May. Each group will work intensively with an experienced chamber music coach at a mutually agreed upon time. Groups for strings, woodwinds, brass, and piano will be formed based on experience and repertoire options. Pre-existing groups are also welcome. The fee for the workshop is $235.00. Applications are due on October 10 for the fall workshop and on March 1 for the spring workshop. For more information or to arrange an audition, please contact Edith Auner by email or 617-627-5616.

Boston Village Gamelan (adults and advanced high school students)
The Boston Village Gamelan (BVG), one of the first independent gamelan ensembles in America, was established in 1979 and has been in residence at Tufts University since 1994. The ensemble performs regularly in the New England area; its focus the traditional repertoire of Surakarta and Central Java. BVG rehearsals are open to the public and new participants are always welcome. For further information, contact Barry Drummond.

Introduction to Voice Class (adults only)
Instructor: Sara Bielanski
$275 per semester
Monday evenings, 7-9pm
This small group class for adult beginners will introduce students to vocal technique through warm ups and exercises, and the singing of vocalise, arias, and songs chosen by the class. There will be optional culminating performances at the end of each semester.

Piano Class for Adults
Instructor: Nando Michelin
Tuesday evenings, March 13, 20, 27 and April 3, 10, 17: 8-9pm
$125 per six week session.
Group piano classes are taught in our piano/computer lab with touch sensitive keyboards. This is a class for adult beginners. Contact Edith Auner by email or 617-627-5616 for more information.

West African Hand Drumming for Adults
One hour classes
Instructor: Lauren Caso
$125 per six-week session. Minimum of five participants. Tuesday nights: November 3, 10, 17, 24, December 1, 8.
This adult class will explore West African rhythms on the Djembe and Dundun drums. Participants will learn basic hand techniques, traditional rhythms and song in an engaging ensemble format. Come express yourself in this community building activity that has benefited Africa for ages! Drums provided or bring your own. All abilities welcome!

Adult Guitar Class
Instructor: Jerry Bussiere
Saturday afternoons, 1-2pm
$295 per semester
This class will explore the basics of harmony as applied to the guitar. Students will learn note locations and how to construct basic chords and melodies on guitar. We will also focus on gaining strength, agility and coordination of both hands and learn how to create effective rhythmic and dynamic performances. We will apply these skills and knowledge to various forms of mainstream popular music and use simple lead sheets and recordings as a guide. Students may influence which songs and artists will be considered. We will have a sound system at hand to which we can connect iPods and CD Players. This class will be geared to beginner to elementary level students. If there is interest in an intermediate level class we will consider adding a second section. The program has a limited number of guitars to loan while students are taking classes.