All classes are offered in ten weekly hour-long sessions and require
a minimum enrollment of four students. Enrollment fee for each
class is $150.
Under special circumstances, students may join a class after the
term has begun and will be charged a pro-rated fee.
Preparation for Performance
The most effective way to overcome performance anxiety is to perform
frequently. This class provides students a forum in which to perform
pieces for each other. Students are welcome to try out pieces in
the early stages of preparation as well as pieces that are ready
for public performance. Students will receive feedback from each
other and from the instructor regarding their musicianship and
stage presence. The instructor will lead simulations of a variety
of performance environments as needed.
The performance of music is greatly enhanced by the understanding
of the harmonic structure of music. This class guides students
through the building blocks of the musical language developed
by classical composers of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
Students will be assigned music-writing and analytic exercises
designed to help them gain mastery over the fundamental concepts
The development of the ear’s ability to recognize pitch relations
and rhythmic patterns is crucial to any performer. Students in
this class will develop their ability to notate melodies and
rhythms, to identify melodic intervals, harmonic intervals, and
chords, and to sing melodies at first sight.