Community Music Program

Community Music Classes

Please note: Due to ongoing developments with COVID-19, all Community Music Classes will be offered virtually only through at least the beginning of December.

Community Music at Tufts offers year long 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 2020 – May 2021

First Semester - Fall 2020
September 26
October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
November 7, 14, 21 (no class on November 28, Thanksgiving weekend)
December 5, 12, 19 (no class on December 26 or January 2, winter vacation)
January 9, 16
First semester concerts: January 9 and 16 if we are able to have in person concerts at this time
Second Semester - Spring 2021
January 23, 30
February 6, 20, 27 (no class on February 13, President's Day weekend)
March 6, 13, 20, 27
April 3, 10, 24 (no class on April 17, Patriots Day weekend)
May 1, 8
Second semester concerts: May 1 and 8

Class Schedule

Classes for Young Children ages 2-8

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
$240 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.


  • 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

Eurhythmics and Intro to Piano I
45 minute class. 9-9:45am 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 Percussion and Melodica
45 minute class. 9:45-10:30am for children age 5 by 9/1 to 6 years old
Instructor: Adriana Ausch-Simmel
$290 per semester
This multi-faceted class will develop your child's musical sense by combining Dalcroze Eurhythmics experiences with singing and playing small percussion instruments as well as the melodica. The experiences in this class provide a solid base to prepare the students to successfully join group or private instrumental classes next school year. The tuition includes a brand new melodica fee. The students bring the melodica to every class and use it for in-home practice. Maximum 8 students per section.

Eurhythmics and Intro to Piano II
45 minute class. 12:15-1:00pm 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.

Classes for Children ages 7-10

Hello, Music Notes!!
45 minute class. 11:30am - 12:15pm for ages 7-10
Instructor: Adriana Ausch-Simmel
$220 per semester
Let's learn to decipher the music code of dots and lines dancing on the score! This class is designed for children who are planning to learn an instrument for the first time . This interactive and engaging class will give the students a comprehensive introduction to music notation and listening skills essential to learn any instruments. Homework to be expected. Limited to 8 students/class.

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
$290 per semester
Taught in our piano/computer lab with touch sensitive keyboards.

Choral Singing and Musicianship Class
Visit the Tufts Children's Choir page to learn more about our newest program conducted by Jamie Kirsch, Director of Choral Activities at Tufts.

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: Laura Kozachek and Yank'l Garcia
$280 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.

Classes for Children ages 9-18

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: Melany Piech and Yank'l Garcia
$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.

Flute Class
One hours classes, including 30 minutes small group lesson, and 30 minute ensemble, 12noon-1:30pm
Instructor: Nicholas Southwick
$290 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!

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.

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
$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: Neil Baker and Tucker Donelan
$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.

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
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 $250.00. 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, contact Barry Drummond.

Introduction to Voice Class (adults only)
Instructor: Sara Bielanski and Letitia Stevens
$290 per semester
Wednesday evenings, 6:30-8:30pm, 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 afternoons, 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