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Community Music Classes and Adult Programs

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 Edith.Auner@tufts.edu or (617) 627-5616. The application for the program, due two weeks before each new semester, is below.

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Community Music Programs at Tufts
Saturday classes; September to June every academic year.

Please right-click the appropriate application below and click "Save Link As...". After filling out the application, please save it to your computer and send it as an e-mail attachment to the address listed on the application.

Community Music Classes for Children, Teenagers, Adults
The Granoff Music Center and Tufts Music is proud to present and offer the following Community Music Offerings in 2014 and 2015.

Calendar for Community Music at Tufts: September 2014 – May 2015

First Semester
September 20, 27
October 4, 11, 25 – no class October 18 (Tufts parents' weekend)
November 1, 8, 15, 22 – no class November 29 (Thanksgiving)
December 6, 13, 20 – no class December 27 or January 3
January 10, 17
Saturday, January 17, 2015: First semester Community Music Concerts

Second semester
January 24, 31
February 7, 21 28 – no class February 14 (public school winter break)
March 7, 14, 21, 28
April 4, 11, 25 – no class April 18 (public school spring break)
May 2, 9
Saturday, May 9, 2015: Second semester Community Music Concerts

Classes for young children ages 2 - 6
(Policy sheet >)

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 Kulya Potistityuenyong
$215 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.

Fall Schedule:

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

Classes for Children 6 - 8
(Policy sheet >)

Group Recorder Class
45 minute classes. 10am-10:45am, 10:45am-11:30pm
Instructor: Alyssa San Pedro
$215 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 7 - 10
(Policy sheet >)

Performing Arts of Ghana: A Cultural Group for the Youth
2 hour class 1-3 pm on Saturday afternoons, beginning on January 31
ages 6-18
Instructor: Attah Poku
$225 per semester
Attah Poku, lead drummer of the Asante palace and the Centre for National Culture (Kumase), will teach drumming, singing, and dancing from Ghana. The course will be designed for immigrant families but is open to everyone interested in the arts and culture of Ghana. Come and learn with one of Ghana's best teachers and performers!

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-12pm
Instructor: Emma Daniels
$185 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. Saturdays 11am – noon
$215 per semester
Instructor: Lauren Caso
Join us in our fun and exciting introduction to musics of the world! This class provides an excellent introduction to various rhythm and percussion traditions from around the globe. Students will learn songs, rhythms, and instruments from a variety of musical cultures from Africa, Southamerica, Northamerica, the Caribbean, the Middle East and more. This is a great opportunity for younger students to engage with new musical ideas that they may not have encountered before. This class can also help prepare younger students who may be interested in taking African Drumming when they are older. We will provide the instruments for every class. Students only have to come prepared to have fun while learning!

Group Violin Class
One hour classes. 9am-10am, beginning class; 10am-11am, intermediate class; 11am-12pm, level two
Instructors for beginning violin: Laura Kozachek and Noralee Walker
Instructor for level two and intermediate violin: Laura Kozachek
$215 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 duet 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 string ensemble, which meets 10am-11am.

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

Group Cello Class
One hour classes. 9am-10am, beginning class
Instructor: Meghan Carye
$215 per semester
Beginning cellists will be introduced to the instrument in a fun and creative class. Students will learn basic skills on the instrument and will gain confidence playing alone and with others. They will work on repertoire, including solo pieces and ensemble pieces; theory, including note reading, rhythms, and key signatures; technique, and ensemble skills.

Students are highly encouraged to sign up for string ensemble, which meets 10am-11am.

String Ensemble
One hour classes. 10am-11am
Instructor: Meghan Carye
$150 per semester
String Ensemble is offered to students with previous experience on a string instrument. All members must have a foundation of technical proficiency that will allow them to develop the skills necessary to perform in a small ensemble. Everyone will experience the joy and love of music in a small ensemble setting and realize that people can work together for a common experience. We will study and perform challenging string chamber and orchestra music of varying periods.

Classes for Children 8 - 12
(Policy sheet >)

Beginning Chamber Music
One hour classes. 11am
Instructor: Meghan Carye
$215 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.

Group Cello Class
One hour classes. 12noon-1pm, intermediate class
Instructor: Meghan Carye
$215 per semester
Intermediate cellists will continue to develop their skills on the instrument focusing on musicianship, intonation and sight reading techniques Students will also begin to learn basic shifting patterns and vibrato. They will work on repertoire, including solo pieces and ensemble pieces and major and minor key signatures. Advanced Beginner is for those who have previously taken beginning cello or who have studied cello in the past. Please call the office to confirm availability and level before registering.

Students are highly encouraged to sign up for chamber music ensemble, which meets 11am–12pm

Semi-Private Violin Lessons
45 minute classes
Instructor: Emil Altschuler
$275 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 9-12 years old.

Beginning/Intermediate Class for Ukulele
One hour classes. 11am
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 9 - 12
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Flute Class
90 minute classes, including 30 minutes small group lesson, and an hour ensemble, 10am-12noon
Instructor: Ashley Addington
$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 10 - 17
(Policy sheet >)

Semi-Private Piano Lessons
Thirty minute classes offered every half hour between 9am and 12 noon;
Instructors: Casey Hannan, Katherine Chi
$275 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
Thirty minute classes offered every half hour between 11am and 2pm
Instructor: Elizabeth Sterling
$275 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
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Performing Arts of Ghana: A Cultural Group for the Youth
2 hour class 1-3pm on Saturday afternoons, beginning on January 31
Ages 6-18
Instructor: Attah Poku
$225 per semester
Attah Poku, lead drummer of the Asante palace and the Centre for National Culture (Kumase), will teach drumming, singing, and dancing from Ghana. The course will be designed for immigrant families but is open to everyone interested in the arts and culture of Ghana. Come and learn with one of Ghana's best teachers and performers!

African Drumming
One hour classes. 10am-11am
Instructor: Ian Gendreau
$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. 11am-12pm
Instructor: Ian Gendreau
$275 per semester
This is a fun introductory drum set class for beginners. 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
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. 12:15pm-1:15pm
Instructor: Will Myers
$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.

Jazz and Improvisational Music Ensemble
One hour classes, 3pm-4pm
Instructor: Nando Michelin
$250 per semester
In this class we'll work in performing and improvising mainly in the Jazz idiom, focusing on group interaction. Music can be learned by ear (reading skills helpful but not a requisite). We'll work towards preparing a repertoire to be performed at the end of the term.

A Cappella Singing Class for students ages 10-14
One hour class, 12pm-1pm
Instructors: Lukas Papenfusscline and Dorian Pistilli
$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

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: samanyangambira@gmail.com

Chamber Music for Adult Chamber Musicians (adults only)
Study and perform chamber works with the outstanding applied faculty at Tufts. The workshops will be offered in the fall and spring semesters and will be 8 weeks in length and 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 at Edith.Auner@tufts.edu 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 inamerica, 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 at barry.drummond@tufts.edu.

Introduction to Voice Class (adults only)
Instructor: Kathleen Flynn
$275 per semester
Monday evenings, 7-8pm and 8-9pm
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
Mondays: March 30, April 6, 13, 20, 27, May 4, 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 Edie Auner at Edith.Auner@tufts.edu or 617.627.5616 for more information.

African Drumming
One hour classes.
Instructor: Ian Gendreau
$130 per 8-week session, Fall session dates to be posted soon
This is a class in African Drumming for adults of various levels of experience. We will learn hand drumming techniques associated with Kpanlogo drumming from Ghana as well as other Ghanaian styles. We will focus on technique, rhythm, and ensemble performance as we learn both rhythms and songs from Ghana. We'll provide the drums for this relaxed learning experience.

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.