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Marion Music Academy  319-377-3343

Westside Music & Dance   319-364-4341

Group Music Lessons

Please choice one of the following:

Guitar Classes

Guitar Classes

Guitar Boot Camp: 8 45 minute sessions, $100/session

Come see how fun and easy it is to learn to play the guitar. Students will be introduced to fingerstyle playing, note reading, common chords, ensemble playing and more. In a short time students will be able to explore the guitar and build a foundation for lifelong skills in music playing. Students should bring their own guitar. This is a beginning guitar class designed to have fun with the fundamentals of popular guitar technique. Basic chords, accompaniment styles, standard notation and tablature reading will be introduced. No prior experience necessary. Each student must have an acoustic guitar for the class.

Blues Guitar 101: 8 45 minute sessions, $100/session

If you have always been curious about Blues this is your chance to dig in and give your music some blues feeling. We will present an overview of the history of blues, both acoustic and electric and hear some of the great players. We'll learn how to play a blues and work on some soloing basics. (open to all)

"If you don't know the blues... there's no point in picking up the guitar and playing rock and roll or any other form of popular music." --Keith Richards

Fingerstyle Guitar 101: 8 45 minute sessions, $100/session

Do you know your basic chords? Do you want to do something besides strumming? Fingerpicking can add a great tool to your musical tool box. We'll start with some basic picking techniques and then move on to John Denver's classic song "Take Me Home Country Roads" and learn to play it several ways. (open to all)

Fingerstyle Guitar 102 - Freight Train: 8 45 minute sessions, $100/session

This class will learn two fingerstyle classics; Freight Train and Blackbird. The Elizabeth Cotton song "Freight Train" was a big hit for Chet Atkins and is a great first fingerpicking song that covers playing melody and accompaniment at the same time. The Beatles song Blackbird was a first fingerpicking song for many and is easy and fun. (prereq; Fingerstyle Guitar 101)

Basic Theory for Guitar 101: 8 45 minute sessions, $100/session

Have you ever seen those book that say "10,000 Chords for Guitar"? In this class we will look at the nuts and bolts of how chords are built with the goal of not needing that book. Once you see how chords work you will be able to start finding your own voicings of chords. This is a must for every guitar player! (open to all)

Voice Classes

Voice Classes

Acting for Singers: 10-18 yrs old, 45 minute class, twice a month, $40/mo; OR Four 90 minute classes in the summer, $125

In this class we will be holding classes which incorporate acting and improvisation exercises, teaching each student acting and movement techniques. Each student will be assigned a monologue and scene in which they will perform at the end of the class. The goal of the class is to provide a safe environment in which they can learn to perform and act more comfortably in front of others. The class will aid in acting knowledge with a hope to help the student acquire knowledge needed for acting in plays, going to auditions, singing in show choir, etc.

Intro to Voice: 8 – 11 yr olds, Weekly Classes, 45-60 minutes, $60/month

This class will be comprised of younger students, whose voices are not physically developed enough to healthfully study advanced vocal technique. The students will be instructed in the basics of vocal music literacy, posture, breathing, and vocal tone. Through the learning and performance of a technically appropriate song, students will gain proficiency in song memorization and performance techniques. This class will be structured to provide the students a healthy way to prepare for more advanced vocal student once they are more physiologically mature.

Chamber Music

Chamber Music Ensembles

Chamber Music, 8 coaching sessions, $120/session

Consider becoming a part of a chamber music ensemble! Chamber music gives musicians the opportunity to develop musical independence while playing in a duo, trio, quartet or quintet. There are many different instrument combinations possible; however, some common ones would be a duo, piano trio, string quartet, or small jazz group. We will help make suggestions and match you with other students of similar skill levels.

When studying in a chamber ensemble, you are given the opportunity to build close friendships with the other members of your group while developing musical independence and skills. In chamber ensembles, the absence of a conductor allows the individual members to make their own musical decisions. The benefits of studying chamber music include: the development of a strong sense of responsibility and commitment in group projects, as members are responsible for their own part and the ultimate success of the ensemble; learning to listen carefully to the other parts in an ensemble and balance their own parts accordingly; greater precision in intonation, rhythm, and dynamic range; and an even deeper understanding of tone color and production. Chamber music, originally composed for recreation before later developing into performances at both private parties and public concerts, is a very enjoyable activity, linked often to a conversation among individual musicians.

During the academic year, these chamber music ensembles will consist of an 8 week session once in the fall and once in the spring with a weekly coaching for 30 minutes for duos and 45 minutes for all other groups. At the end of the session, we will hold a performance for all groups to share what they have been studying and provide a recording of the event for all musicians as well. We will also be offering some opportunities in the summer for chamber music, with more specific details coming soon!

Musicianship Classes

Musicianship Classes

Musicianship Classes: Weekly Classes, 45 minutes, $45/month
Teachers will assist in placing students in the appropriate musicianship class when first enrolling.

The Academy's Musicianship Program is the key to a complete, well-rounded musical education in addition to individual music instruction. By increasing the understanding of the language of music through the study of theory, aural skills, music literature and history, students achieve greater competency and enjoyment at their instruments. They provide a group experience with fun learning activities that allows students to share their love of music with peers, while increasing their ability to think critically and express ideas effectively through discussion of musical issues. Enrollment in musicianship classes is on a first-come, first-served basis and registration is required. Due to the sequential, year- long curriculum, all participants must register for and begin attending classes by November 15. Consistent attendance is required.

Ready, Set, Read! (ages 5-7; studying an instrument)

This beginning class will focus on solidifying students' ability to quickly identify pitches on the staff, perform basic rhythms easily, and learn basic music vocabulary and identify its uses.

Introduction to Musicianship (ages 6-8, studying an instrument)

Students who have a basic foundation in music will find this class helpful to continue to develop their reading skills, pitch identification skills, rhythmic skills, and expand their musical vocabulary knowledge. Beginning elements of music theory, sight reading, and musical forms will be introduced in this class once a firm reading foundation has been established.

Musicianship I

Students learn the basic elements of music theory, such as the different types of scales, intervals, key signatures, triads, solfeggio, sight reading, and simple musical forms. Aural as well as analytical skills are covered. Basic music history and a sampling of famous composers are also introduced.

Musicianship II

Building on the material covered in Musicianship I, this course explores harmonies in the context of a key, examines examples in musical literature and begin an analysis of a piece. Other materials covered include identifying, writing, and hearing key signatures, the circle of fifths, scales, intervals, triads, with continued aural skills training and music history & literature samples.

Musicianship III

Roman numeral chord analysis, cadences, melodic dictation, and transposition are all introduced. We also discuss a broad overview of music history, common musical terms, different ways to listen to music, and analysis of several common musical forms. We begin to learn how to recognize and define different musical styles.

Musicianship Multi-level

The intermediate courses continue to develop students' musical understanding with continued score analysis, in-class sight singing with solfege syllables; melodic and rhythmic dictation; aural recognition drills involving chromatic, major, minor, pentatonic, blues, whole-tone, and octatonic scales; closed-position triads; intervals; written notational exercises, and music terminological study.

Teen Musicianship (ages 13-18; no prerequisites or prior experience required)

For middle and high school students with minimal theory or musical background. Class will cover key/tonality, harmonic progressions, cadences, as well as the study of scales, intervals, chord forms and their usage. Rhythmic dictation, melodic dictation and sight singing will also be included.

Keyboard Literature

ages 12-15; Elective level class: prerequisite Musicianship III

Pre-College Musicianship (ages 15-18; teacher recommendation)

Advanced theory and sight singing is for middle and high school students who have completed the upper levels of Musicianship Classes or have equivalent mastery of basic elements of music theory. Topics include diatonic and chromatic scales and models; four part writing and analysis of form and rhythmic and melodic dictation; and emphasis on expertise with notation. This class is highly recommended for students intending to pursue a career in music. The advanced course expands upon this curriculum through concepts such as compound intervals, hybrid meters, open-position triads, and triadic inversions. The advanced course will also involve basic formal and melodic analysis, and introduce new concepts, including seventh chords of the dominant, diminished, half-diminished, major- major, and minor-minor types; alto and tenor clefs; the four cadence types, and modes. We will also discuss various musical forms and listen to literature with the aim of analyzing it by ear for phrase and key structure.

Studio Classes

Studio Classes

Studio Classes, 8 classes throughout the year, no additional charge

Starting in the fall of 2013, we will offer all music students enrolled in individual lessons a monthly studio class, which will have no additional charge to attend. Classes will be held approximately 8 times during the 2013-2014 academic year and will give you a more specific schedule in the fall. For most classes, students will perform for each other in a low pressure setting and learn how to give helpful feedback to their peers. Even if a student is not prepared to play, we encourage them to attend to support the students who are performing to use it as a learning experience and it is a great opportunity to meet their fellow musicians. This will give students more opportunities to gain performance experience and will give them short term performance goals to work towards. Sometimes, some teachers may combine their studio class with another teacher, a student may attend another teacher's studio class if they cannot attend the one their teacher has scheduled, and sometimes we may use the class to discuss other musical topics such as theory, sight reading, music literature for their instrument, and other various topics.

Please call us at 319-377-3343 to check availability.  We can schedule for either location, so please call us to see what times are available.  Thanks!