Community Music Classes

Community Music at Tufts offers a year-long program of Saturday classes for children who are in kindergarten to age 18 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

September to June every academic year

Saturday Classes for Kids & Teenagers (Kindergarten - age 18)

Apply for Saturday classes Policy sheet for all classes and programs

Weeknight Programs for Adults

Apply for the Adult Program

2021-2022 Calendar

First Semester - Fall 2021

  • September 25
  • October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
  • November 6, 13, 20  (no class on November 27)
  • December 4, 11, 18  (no class on December 25 or January 1)

2022, first semester through January 15

  • January 8, 15
  • First semester concerts: January 8 and 15

Second Semester - Spring 2022

  • January 22, 29
  • February 5, 12, 26 (no class on February 19, President’s Day weekend)
  • March  5, 12, 19, 26
  • April 2, 9, 23, 30  (no class on April 16, Patriots Day weekend)
  • May 7
  • Second semester concerts: April 30 and May 7

Class Schedules

  • Music and Movement based on Dalcroze Eurhythmics
    1 hour classes for 5-6-year-old children (must have started kindergarten in the fall of 2021). 11am to noon
    Instructors: Jill Gleim
    $260 per semester
    Dalcroze Eurhythmics is an approach to musical learning which integrates the ear, mind, and body through movement, singing, and improvisation. Children actively engage in music-making and internalize elements of rhythm and ear-training through meaningful movement.

    Dalcroze Eurhythmics prepares the body as an instrument, developing coordination, attention, flexibility, focus, vocal and rhythmic precision. It increases the student's capacity for cooperative learning, and it prepares a deep and solid base for instrumental and vocal studies. Each class includes eurhythmics movement, ear-training, improvisation, and music notation.

    KG Mini Fingers
    11:45am-12:30pm for children in Kindergarten
    Instructor: Adriana Ausch-Simmel
    $290 per semester
    Master the first steps in playing a keyboard!

    This is a two-semester course combining rhythm games with movement, basic notation and learning the fundamentals of playing the keyboard.

    • Develop coordination between hands
    • Learn basic music notation
    • Learn finger exercises
    • Master short songs on the black keys and on the white keys
    • Connect with you peers through rhythm games

    At-home practice will be expected. Maximum six students per section.

    Eurhythmics and Intro to Piano I
    45 minute class. 11-11:45am for children age 6 by 9/1
    Instructor: Adriana Ausch-Simmel
    $320 per semester
    Your child will experience Dalcroze Eurhythmics activities that will enhance their piano playing. By learning to play simple songs, students are introduced to piano basics, coordination, keyboard geography, and to the musical grand staff. Homework is expected; parents are invited to participate in developing practice habits outside the classroom. Full year class. Maximum of five students per section.

    Eurhythmics and Intro to Piano II
    45 minute class. 10:15am-11am for children age 6.5 by 9/1 to 8 years old
    Instructor: Adriana Ausch-Simmel
    $320 per semester
    Your child will experience Dalcroze Eurhythmics activities that will enhance their piano playing. By learning to play simple songs, students are introduced to basic rhythmic notation and to the musical grand staff. Homework is expected; parents are invited to participate in developing practice habits outside the classroom. Full year class. Maximum of four students per section.

    • Eurhythmics and Intro to Piano I
    • Or Permission from the Instructor

    This class is a continuation of group exploration of the piano basics.
    New material includes:

    • Learning major/minor scales
    • Duets
    • Expanding music reading skills
    • Movement exploration of different musical concepts
  • Group Piano Class for children ages 7-12
    One hour class. 9am-10am, 10am-11am, 11am-12pm, 12pm-1pm, 1pm-2pm, 2pm-3pm, 3pm-4pm, 4pm class if needed
    Instructor: Nando Michelin
    $290 per semester
    Taught in our piano/computer lab with touch sensitive keyboards.

    Foundations of Rhythm in World Percussion
    One hour class. 12noon-1pm
    $260 per semester
    Instructor: Lauren Caso
    Students will learn fundamental skills and rhythms on percussion instruments from around the world. Completion of this class will help prepare younger students for African Drumming and other higher level classes. Various stick and hand techniques, as well as aural skills, will be addressed in this lively and innovative class as students prepare for an end of the semester performance. All instruments and materials will be provided. Come and feel the beat!

    Group Violin Class
    One hour classes. 9am-10am, beginning class; 10am-11am, level two; 11am-12pm, level three
    Instructor: Yank'l Garcia
    $290 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.

  • Group Drumming (9 and up)
    One hour class. 11am-12noon
    $290 per semester
    Instructor: Lauren Caso
    Experience the challenge and fun of traditional drumming and music from Ghana, West Africa. Stick and hand techniques will be applied to hand crafted percussion instruments in an ensemble format. Songs and chanting may accompany various pieces in this ongoing series. New pieces are added to the repertoire based on the ability of the group. Prior completion of Foundations of Rhythm in World Percussion is highly recommended for the new beginner. Through the study and performance of the music, this ensemble helps build self-confidence, peer interaction and community engagement!

    Intermediate Chamber Music
    One hour classes. 11am
    Instructor: Miriam Eckelhoefer
    $290 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. A more advanced section may be added.

    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 Violin Lessons
    45 minute classes
    Instructor: Yank'l Garcia and Mary Reynolds
    $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. 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: $310 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.

    Semi-Private Piano Lessons
    Thirty minute classes offered every half hour between 9am and 2pm
    Instructors: Arminé Karapetian Donato and Alice Xu
    $310 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
    $310 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.

    Drumset Class
    One hour classes. 9am, 10am, 11am, noon
    Instructor: Renato Malavasi
    $310 per semester
    There are several 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.

    Beginning/Intermediate Course for Non-Classical Guitar
    One hour classes. 9am-10am, 10am-11am, 11am-12pm, 12pm-1pm
    Instructor: Jerry Bussiere
    $310 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
    $290 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
    One hour class. 12pm-1pm
    Instructors: Isaiah Hawkins
    $180 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.

  • Fridays afternoons, 4:00-6:30pm
    Conductor: John Page

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  • 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
    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 spring semester if Community Music is able to meet in person at that time and will include six 90-minute coached sessions, group rehearsals, and will culminate in recitals in Distler Recital Hall in 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 $250. Applications are due 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, email Barry Drummond.

    Introduction to Voice Class (adults only)
    Instructor: Susan Davies
    $290 per semester
    Wednesday evenings, 7pm, maximum of eight students
    This class is designed to improve each student's singing voice and develop the ability to sing successfully in front of others. Throughout the semester, students will be taught the fundamentals of healthy vocal production, which includes the following principles: alignment and breath management, tone production, diction (clear pronunciation of text), expression, musicality, and stage confidence. Individual vocal problems will be assessed and exercises will be given to help strengthen and improve the voice. Students will sing together and also individually in class. (In order to take this class, students MUST be able to match pitch, or sing in tune.)

    Piano Class for Adults
    Instructor: Nando Michelin
    Mondays, 6-7pm; September 28; October 5, 19, 26; November 2, 9
    $150 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. The application form is at the top of this page. Contact Edith Auner by email or 617-627-5616 if you have any questions.

    Adult Guitar Class
    Instructor: Jerry Bussiere
    Saturday afternoons, 1-2pm
    $310 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.

    Eurhythmics and Music Appreciation for Seniors I
    Instructor: Adriana Ausch-Simmel
    Saturday afternoons, one hour class 1-2pm
    $290 per semester
    Designed specifically for Seniors! Whether you have a life-long love of music or are curious to learn a little more about what makes music so enjoyable, this class will enrich your relationships with music. In Dalcroze Eurhythmics, students learn to move in simple and elegant ways to express what the music is communicating to them. This wonderfully social class incorporates work work with partners and interdisciplinary projects. Among other benefits, Eurhythmics for seniors improve balance. coordination, focus, attention and concentration.

    Eurhythmics and Music Appreciation for Seniors II
    Instructor: Adriana Ausch-Simmel
    Saturday mornings, one hour class 10:30-11:30am
    $290 per semester
    Designed specifically for Seniors who already had experience with Dalcroze Eurhythmics
    Through new interdisciplinary exercises and experiments, the students will deepen and expand the musical skills learned through previous experiences. Different collaborative projects will explore the connections between movement, music and the arts and expand the students' esthetic horizon. Through Dalcroze Eurhythmics experiences, students learn to move in simple and elegant ways to express what the music is communicating to them. Among other benefits, Eurhythmics for seniors improve balance. coordination, focus, attention and concentration. Full year Class