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Music Department


   Receive private instruction in piano, guitar and band instruments.


Musicianship and Music appreciation (ages 5-11)

   In the early years of development, we focus on basic musicianship skills and familiarity with many forms of music. Students will learn keyboard skills, music literacy, basic music theory, and sing simple songs, with an emphasis on enjoyment of all forms of music. Lessons will usually be one half-hour a week. 

Beginner Voice (0 years of formal training or ages 12-14)

   At this stage, young singers generally have had no formal vocal training, so emphasis is placed on the development of concepts of breath management and flow, posture, and on establishing a clear understanding of the vocal mechanism. Repertoire at this age will likely stay within a small range, focusing on singing correctly and freely without straining or pushing the voice. Basic keyboard skills and "music literacy" will also be a part of lessons if the student does not yet read music. Generally a beginning student will take for thirty or forty-five minutes a week.

Intermediate Voice (1 - 2 year(s) of formal training or ages 14-16)

   Intermediate voice students begin to take on more challenging repertoire musically and vocally than their “beginner” counterparts, applying the concepts of breath and vocal freedom that they have learned. Emphasis remains on singing in the middle voice with few excursions into the upper and lower parts of the voice, not trying to “stretch” or “extend” range. The intermediate student will work on more sophisticated concepts of vocal registers, sight singing, and vowel shapes in the principal singing languages, including English. Intermediate students generally study for forty-five minutes to an hour each week. 

Advanced Voice (4 or more years of formal training or ages 16-18)

   Advanced voice students are generally those pursuing careers in the arts, in musical theatre or classical music, and are generally preparing audition repertoire for school shows, colleges, and community theatre. These older students focus on maintaining the vocal freedom and breath concepts developed in earlier years while learning more difficult repertoire. Some slight range extension and exploration may be undertaken at the discretion of the teacher. Advanced students should ideally have some keyboard skills, and a basic grasp of music theory. They generally take one one-hour lesson a week.




   According to the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA), “music therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program.” 

Music therapy interventions can be designed to:

  • Promote Wellness

  • Manage Stress

  • Alleviate Pain

  • Express Feelings

  • Enhance Memory

  • Improve Communication

  • Promote Physical Rehabilitation

  • Improve social interaction

  • Teach academic skills




   These lessons that are uniquely tailored to the needs of the student. If you have a strong desire to learn an instrument but have struggled with learning in the traditional manner, adaptive lessons may be more successful as they are individualized and unique to the student. 

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