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Group Lessons

 

AMUSE offers group lessons in the following areas:

  • A Step Ahead (beginning brass, woodwinds, and strings)
  • Early Childhood Music
  • Guitar and Ukulele
  • Performance Ensembles (strings and voice*)
  • Piano

 AMUSE group lessons must have a minimum of four students and a maximum of twelve. Please note that group classes that do not meet the minimum enrollment requirements may be subject to a shorter class time or cancellation.

 

*The vocal performance ensemble is for adults only.

 

 

NEW FOR SUMMER 2020: VIRTUAL GROUP CLASSES

To enroll, select "Summer Camps" under the Group dropdown menu on the next page.

 

Music History for Kids!: 1800s to Present Day

Monday/Wednesday 1:30-2:00pm (via Zoom)

July 6 - July 29

Ages 8+, Beginning to Intermediate

This course will explore the history of music from the Romantic Era (1800s) to present day and everything in between! Have you ever wondered how classical, jazz, and folk tunes influenced some of today's most popular songs and bands? Sign up to find out!

This course is for new and continuing students.

 

Beginning Music Theory for Instrumentalists, Level 1

Monday/Wednesday 12:00-12:30pm (via Zoom)

July 6 - July 29

3rd-8th grade, Beginning to Intermediate

This class will focus on the needs of instrumental musicians that have some previous experience in their school band/orchestra programs. Topics will include: the keyboard, notation, major scales, intervals, rhythm, durational symbols, beat and tempo, meter, simple time signatures, and the circle of 5th. The class will culminate in the writing of a simple melody!

 

Beginning Music Theory for Instrumentalists, Level 2

Monday/Wednesday 1:00-1:30pm (via Zoom)

July 6 - July 29

5th-10th grade, Beginning to Intermediate

This class is meant for continuing band/orchestra students. Topics will include: scale degree names, minor scales, minor key signatures, minor intervals, augmented and diminished intervals, consonant and dissonant intervals, eighth note triplets, division of the beat, compound time signatures, more durational symbols, and more tempi.

Prerequisite: Beginning Music Theory for Instrumentalists, Level 1, or teacher placement

 

Introduction to Conducting

Monday/Wednesday 3:00-3:30pm (via Zoom)

July 6 - July 29

8th grade and up, Intermediate to Advanced

Ever wonder what it is that Gustavo Dudamel is doing in front of the LA Phil, or what it is that your band/orchestra director wants? This course is the first step towards unlocking those mysteries. Students will learn the basics of conducting, improve their rhythm, learn score reading, and improve their music reading.

  

Breathing and Sound for Brass and Woodwinds

Monday/Wednesday 2:00-2:30pm (via Zoom)

July 6 - July 29

All ages, Beginner to Advanced

This course will focus on refining and developing the breathing techniques required by all wind players to create the best sound possible. It is ideal for any student who wishes to play with more control, better dynamics, and better tone.

 

Summer Violin Workshop

Monday/Wednesday 1:00-1:30pm (via Zoom)

July 6 - July 29

Ages 8+ with at least one year of instruction

This course will focus on playing positions, counting, ear training, bowings, basic dynamics, and more!  It will build on and supplement fundamentals taught in many school music programs in a format specifically designed for young violinists. 

 

Performance Workshop for Strings

Monday/Thursday 3:30-4:00pm (via Zoom)

July 6 - July 30

Ages 10+, Intermediate to Advanced

This course will focus on intermediate and advanced playing techniques. Class time will be split between lecture format & masterclass format. This class is great for students who wish to increase their stage presence, improve their phrasing, and learn from their peers! Open to violin, viola, cello, and bass students.

 

Summer Ukulele Camp

Tuesday/Thursday 12:00-12:30pm (via Zoom)

July 7 - July 30

Ages 8-108, no experience required

Strum and sing summertime and great American campfire songs! This course will teach basic chords and strumming techniques in a fun, beginner-friendly way.

 

Guitar Techniques

Monday/Wednesday 11:00-11:30am (via Zoom)

July 6 - July 29

Ages 12+, Beginner to Advanced

Come and explore the wonderful world of guitar techniques! Learn a wide palette of tools for guitar expression; examples range from rudimentary to face-melting guitar madness!

 

"Peter and the Wolf" Piano Workshop

Monday/Thursday 2:00-2:30pm (via Zoom)

July 6 - July 30

Ages 8+, Intermediate to Advanced

Explore Prokofiev's orchestral masterpiece arranged for piano! While having fun with the storyline, students will learn the particular rhythms and come to understand how orchestral instruments can turn feelings and emotions into sounds that flesh out the characters.

 

Jazz Theory: Tasty Harmony

Tuesday/Thursday 2:00-2:30pm (via Zoom)

July 7 - July 30

Ages 13+, Advanced Middle School, High School, and above

This class will dive into the sounds of Jazz Theory! The course covers chords, progressions, scales, and ear training in order to enhance the students' understanding of jazz harmony. By the end of the class, students will be able to identify common chords and progressions in jazz, understand and play a variety of scales used in jazz, and continue to develop their ears through ear training exercises.

 

Jazz Improvisation: Creativity Unleashed!

Tuesday/Thursday 2:45-3:15pm (via Zoom)

Ages 13+, Advanced Middle School, High School, and above

This class is an introduction to the world of Jazz Improvisation! The course will explore how to create and perform and improvised jazz solo. By the end of the class, students will be able to perform the melody and an improvised solo for a few jazz standards, taking their musical creativity to another level. Prior Jazz Theory knowledge or concurrent enrollment in the Jazz Theory course strongly recommended.

 

   

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