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Group Classes & Large Ensembles

Fall 2017

Minimum enrollment is required for all group classes. Please enroll in classes as early as possible to secure a spot, and to enable us to determine if enrollment minimum has been met to hold the class. In case of cancellation of any class due to low enrollment, all students already enrolled will be notified immediately.

Outdoor Photography Weekend Workshop

For Ages: 13-adult

Dr. David Bess, Award-winning Photographer/Artist Instructor

Saturday & Sunday, September 23-24 weekend (itinerary offered upon registration)

Cost: select from packages below


In this informative workshop, participants will learn how to most effectively capture the picturesque historical architecture of Lewisburg WV, some structures dating back to the 1700’s. We will also photograph some of the beautiful scenery around Lewisburg, potentially including the Greenbrier River, Cranberry Glades, and Hills Creek Falls. Registration closes when maximum enrollment is reached or on September 19, whichever comes first.

 

Select from 4 Package deals:

·       Package #1 – $208.45 includes overnight stay in King (up to 2 people) or Double Queen (up to 4 people) hotel room PLUS all weekend instruction (approx. 6-7 hrs of instruction) on shooting techniques, from Dr Bess. No additional CommMusPgm processing fee.

·       Package #2 – $193.86 includes overnight stay in King (up to 2 people) or Double Queen (up to 4 people) hotel room PLUS all weekend instruction (approx. 6-7 hrs of instruction) on shooting techniques, from Dr Bess. No additional CommMusPgm processing fee. This package is for Registrants who are already in Community Music Program records as having previously enrolled in any of Dave Bess’s Photography Classes.

·       Package #3 – $125.75 includes overnight stay in King (up to 2 people) or Double Queen (up to 4 people) hotel room BUT no photography instruction.

·       Package #4 – $125.75 includes all weekend instruction (approx. 6-7 hrs of instruction) on shooting techniques from Dr Bess, BUT no overnight hotel room stay.


Pedals, Pipes and Pizza!

For Ages: 10-18

Dr. Marguerite Bostonia, Instructor

1 day class, 6:00-9:00pm, Room 209A

Wednesday, August 23

Cost: $41.35 (+ Term Processing Fee)


Children and youth are invited to participate in this informative workshop, from the American Guild of Organists, about the pipe organ: the "King of Instruments". No playing required! The 3-hour session will include a pizza party. What a fun way to learn about this beautiful and versatile instrument!


Digital Photography

For Ages: 13-adult

Dr. David Bess, Award-winning Photographer/Artist Instructor

6 Weeks, 6:00-7:30pm, Room 438A

Wednesdays or Thursdays, 1st class September 6 or 7 (see appropriate level below)

Cost: (see appropriate level below)


Select appropriate session:

·       Level 1 – $124.10(+ processing fee), Thursdays 6-7:30pm:

Learn how to get the most out of your digital camera. In this informative class students will learn how to most effectively

capture those once-in-a-lifetime moments. This course will emphasize basic photographic skills including equipment,

lenses, focusing, ISO, depth of field, shooting modes, using artificial light, composition, and basic editing on computer. Students must provide their own digital cameras. Students’ cameras must have the capacity for shooting in the following exposure modes: aperture priority, shutter priority, and manual.

·       Level 2 – $124.10(+ processing fee), Wednesdays 6-7:30pm: Level 2 Photography is designed for those who have completed an introductory photography course and wish to continue to expand their skills as digital photographers. Course content will be based largely on students’ expressed needs and goals. Content may include, but will not be limited to, advanced composition, lighting, metering, and editing, as well as sports photography, nature photography, and studio photography. The course will be limited to a maximum of six students so that the instructor can provide as much individual attention as possible.


Choristers in Training

For Ages: 17-adult

Letícia Grützmann, Instructor

9 Weeks, Room 224A

Tuesdays, 1st class - September 19

Cost: Select from options below


Choristers in Training is a course designed for anyone who enjoys choral singing. Its goal is the improvement of the skills utilized for easier, efficient, and more comfortable ensemble singing.

 

Select appropriate session:

·       Session 1 – $62(+ processing fee), 5-5:30pm: designed for the improvement of vocal skills. In this course, vocal pedagogy and singing techniques will be explored in depth, to gain a better understanding of the use and health of the voice. Aspects such as muscle utilization in breathing movements, body mapping, articulation, and intonation will be the basis of the study.

·       Session 2 –$62(+ processing fee), 5:40-6:10pm: for choir singers who are looking to improve their reading skills. Rhythmic reading will be the main aspect of focus, but ear training and solfege will also be touched on.

(there will be an additional fee of $15 to purchase the material for session 2)

·       Sessions 1 & 2 inclusive $122.00(+processing fee), 5-6:10pm

 (this inclusive session carries a built-in discount of approx. 2% over the per session cost)

(there will be an additional fee of $15 to purchase the material for session 2)


Ukulele Class

(∗ Purchase Hal Leonard Ukulele Method Book-more info below)

(∗ Bring your own concert or soprano-sized ukulele, or speak with instructor)

For Ages: 10-adult

Brandon Morgan, Instructor

8 Weeks, Room 215A

Sundays OR Tuesdays (see appropriate session below), 1st Class-September 10 OR 12

Ÿ Cost:  $86.15 (+ Term Processing Fee)


Ukulele translates from its original Hawaiian, to “jumping flea”, and originated in the late 1800’s. The instrument has

been booming in popularity recently. In this class, you will learn how to read music in the treble clef, count rhythms,

pick melodies, and strum chords on the ukulele. You will learn traditional Hawaiian and American folk songs, and popular songs of today! You must purchase the book mentioned below and either a concert or soprano sized ukulele. Smaller hands and fingers (most kids) do better with a soprano ukulele.

 

Select appropriate session:

·       Beginner Sunday – $86.15(+ processing fee), 4-4:45pm: No prior musical experience is necessary. Hal Leonard Ukulele Method Bk 1 (CD included) is available on amazon.com ASIN: B000RQA1EW.

·       Beginner Tuesday – $86.15(+ processing fee), 6-6:45pm: No prior musical experience is necessary. Hal Leonard Ukulele Method Bk 1 (CD included) is available on amazon.com ASIN: B000RQA1EW.

·       Intermediate Sunday – $86.15(+ processing fee), 5-5:45pm: In this class, you will learn more advanced chords, melodies, and strumming techniques. You must have taken and completed the beginner ukulele class OR have had prior musical instrument experience and the ability to read basic rhythms and music in the treble clef. Hal Leonard Ukulele Method Bk 2 is available on amazon.com ISBN: 978-1423416173.


Vocal Techniques

For Ages: adults-seniors

Dr William Koehler WVU, Instructor

3 Weeks, Room 440A

Mondays, 1st Class - September 18 OR October 23 (see options below)

ŸCost: (see options below)


A vibrant healthy voice begins with the deep intake of breath and continues through the easy release of that breath. Learn how linking your voice to your breath and body in this way will make you more easily heard and understood, help eliminate fatigue, increase stamina, and allow for a more rapid recovery from overuse. This is a class designed for any and all people who depend on their voices: professionals who use their speaking voices daily such as teachers, clergy, announcers, lawyers, salespeople; performers such as singers, or actors who speak dialog; or those people who simply suffer from a weak voice and vocal fatigue. Learn how to be heard and understood without shouting. Take the mystery our of producing a vibrant, resonant voice that will carry to the back wall regardless of how far away. Be heard and understood clearly even in intimate settings. Gain understanding and experience with these tools-of-the-trade: straw breath, oo sigh, car starter, head siren, yodel, whisper vowels, ventriloquism.

 

Select preferred session:

·       Session 1 September – $31.05(+ processing fee), Sep 18-25-Oct 2, 7-7:45pm

·       Session 2 October – $31.05(+ processing fee), Oct 23-30-Nov 6, 7-7:45pm

·       Session 3 – can be structured to your needs, at your venue

 (All sessions require a minimum of 4 enrollees)


Harp on It!

For Adults, Seniors, Older & Elementary Youth

Christine Mazza, Instructor 
6 Week Introductory Harp Class 
Day/Time TBD, Room 150A 
Cost: $82.70 (+ Term Processing Fee)


This class is open to all age groups with a limit of 2 students per class. No musical background is necessary. Students will study hand position and simple tunes. Materials are included. One hour daily practice time on the WVU Lyon Healy Troubadour harp is available for an additional $45 fee and $50 key deposit ($50 key deposit to be refunded on key return). 


OldTime Fiddle Workshops

For Ages: 10-adult

Rachel Eddy, Instructor

6:45-8:45pm, Room 215A

Wednesdays, September 13, October 11, November 15, December 6

Ÿ Cost: (see options below)


Fiddle class is open to intermediate level string players. Some knowledge of how to play the instrument is required, but OldTime experience is not required.

Do you play the violin and want to try a different kind of music? Have you ever found yourself drawn to the sound of a fiddle tune that gets your foot tappin’? If so, please rosin up your bow and join us! This class will focus on traditional fiddle tunes and styles from the Appalachian region. The music will be taught by ear, in keeping with the oral tradition; but sheet music can be provided on request.

 

Select preferred option:

·       4-Lesson Session – $110.25(+ processing fee), Sep 13-Oct 11-Nov 15-Dec 6

(Includes built-in discount over ‘per session’ cost)

·       ’A la carte’ – $31.05 per session(+ processing fee)

(Choose any one or any combination of dates from Sep 13, Oct 11, Nov 15, Dec 6)


PiANo foR FuN Class for ADULTS

For Adults (ages 18-up) & Seniors

Carol Beall NCTM, Instructor

10 Weeks, Room 211A

Wednesdays, 1st Class - September 6

Cost: $137.80 (+ Term Processing Fee)

*There may be an additional in-class fee to purchase material


Piano for Fun is designed for adult students who are interested in playing the piano for their own enjoyment. Lessons are taught in a group setting, enabling students to experience the fun and incentive of learning together with others. The instructor focuses on the abilities of each person within the group, and offers suggestions and options so that members can learn within their own comfort zone. At all levels, a wide variety of styles of

 music is included, with work on chords as well as traditional music reading. Three levels are offered.

 

Select appropriate session:

·       I ENJOY Playing Piano – 4:30-5:30pm: This is the most advanced level. This group plays a lot of ensemble music, and explores pieces in many styles. There is a wide variety of skill levels included in this class, and the instructor endeavors to present adaptations so that those at a higher level can have some challenge while others can also enjoy participating.

·       I Can Play Piano – a LITTLE – 5:45-6:45pm: This level is for those who have completed the first level, or those who have some prior experience and can read music at a basic level, and can play simple pieces with both hands.

·       I Want to LEARN to Play Piano – 7-8:00pm: For beginners who have limited or no previous study. Very little, if any, prior knowledge or skill is assumed.


Music Pups®

For Ages: infant-4 years

(Must be accompanied by a participating caregiver)


Jennifer Brown, Instructor

9 Weeks, Room 440A

Thursdays OR Fridays (see options below), 1st Class - September 14 OR 15

Cost: $132.10 (+ Term Processing Fee)

  

Research shows that early childhood is the window of opportunity to increase the lifelong music aptitude of a child.  Music Pups®  is a fun-filled class of singing, dancing, movement and instrument play.  Parents learn how to enrich their child's music environment, increase music potential and understand music development. Each class is 45 minutes long. Families receive a CD and songbook (included in tuition cost) with a broad variety of sounds and activities designed to stimulate musical learning. Our library of 11 CDs allows your family to enjoy class for almost three years with all new music each session. Mixed age classes are developmentally appropriate and allow siblings to enjoy class together.

 

Select appropriate session:

·       Session 1 Pups – Thursday, 6:30-7:15pm

·       Session 2 Pups – Friday, 10:30-11:15am


Music Cats®

For Ages: 4-5

(Must be accompanied by a participating caregiver)


Jennifer Brown, Instructor

9 Weeks, 4:45-5:30pm, Room 440A

Fridays, 1st Class - September 15

Cost: $132.10 (+ Term Processing Fee)


Music Cats®  includes the same fun spirit and activities as our Music Pups® program, plus more challenging activities designed to capitalize on the ability and creativity of “big kids”.  

Goals include:

·       Improve pitch and rhythm skills. In addition to Music Pups style singing and movement activities, we include individualized tonal and rhythm instruction each week to challenge each student at his or her own level.

·       Develop critical listening skills, such as the ability to identify when notes are correct or incorrect when listening to familiar songs.

·       Learn about band and orchestra instruments, and practice identifying the sounds they produce.

Introduction to piano. Fun keyboarding activities help prepare our students for future keyboard or piano lessons.  


Beginning Group Piano for Kids

For Ages: 6-9

Dipendra Sunam, Instructor

8 Weeks, Room 211A

Tuesdays, 1st Class - September 12

Cost: $151.60 (+ Term Processing Fee)

 

This class provides the stimulation of a group environment with the individual attention of private instruction as a fun, effective approach to learning piano. Weekly group classes include rhythmic games, ensemble playing, and music reading, using state-of-the-art electronic keyboards.

 

Select appropriate session:

·       Level 1 – 4:00-5:00pm: For students with no previous experience, or as review.

·       Level 2 – 5:00-6:00pm: For students with 1-2 terms of previous experience.

·       Level 3 – 6:00-7:00pm: For students with more than 2 terms of previous experience.

(Level placement will be determined by the instructor on the 1st day of classes)


West Virginia Community Choir

For Ages: collegiates-adults-seniors

·               FREE to students currently enrolled in private lessons/group classes in the Community Music Program

·               FREE to full-time WVU college students

·               Price breaks available to CommMusPgm faculty, CollCreativeArts faculty/staff

·               Discounts for seniors, and on multiple family members/classes/instruments registrations


Dr Kym Scott WVU, Director

Weekly, 7:00-9:50pm, Room 200B

Mondays, 1st Rehearsal and public Meet&Greet - August 21

Cost: $32.75 (+ Term Processing Fee)


Fall Performances:

·       Sunday October 22, 2:00pm, St Francis de Sales Church, Morgantown

·       Saturday December 2, 7:30pm, Clay Concert Theatre WVU

·       Monday December 4, 7:30pm, Clay Concert Theatre performance with WVSO

 

At approximately 100 members strong, the West Virginia Community Choir is the largest ensemble in the Community Music Program. Membership is open to all singers in Morgantown and surrounding communities. Improve your sight-reading skills, and learn a variety of repertoire from different time periods and different parts of the world. Stop in for a visit and participate in a sit-in rehearsal on Monday evening, August 21st. 7:00pm. And enjoy a lovely ‘welcome’ reception put on by current members, immediately following the 1st rehearsal.


Morgantown Community Orchestra

For Ages: youth-adults-seniors

·               FREE to students currently enrolled in private lessons/group classes in the Community Music Program

·               FREE to full-time WVU college students

·               Price breaks available to CommMusPgm faculty, CollCreativeArts faculty/staff

·               Discounts for seniors, and on multiple family members/classes/instruments registrations

·               Informal audition may be required


André January, Director 

Weekly, 11:00am-1:00pm (*Note: 1st rehearsal start of 10:30am), Room 200B

Saturdays, 1st Rehearsal and public Meet&Greet - August 26

Cost: $53.0 (+ Term Processing Fee)

 

Fall Performances:

·       Sunday November 5, United Hospitals Center performance, Bridgeport

·       Sunday December 10, 5:00pm, Davis Theatre WVU

·       Monday January 15, Martin Luther King Day performance, Morgantown

 

Membership is open to everyone from youth to non-music and music major collegiate students to community members. The orchestra welcomes intermediate and advanced level players who wish to share and develop their artistic talents while enjoying music-making in a friendly orchestral setting. For potential new members, an informal trial sit-in with the orchestra is recommended. Stop in for a visit and lite refreshments and participate in a sit-in rehearsal on Saturday morning, August 26, 10:30am (all other rehearsals begin at 11am).


(refer, also, to the link at the top of the page, for additional registration information) 


Morgantown Children's/Youth Choirs

For Ages: 8-18

·               FREE to students currently enrolled in private lessons/group classes in the Community Music Program

·               Price breaks available to CommMusPgm faculty, CollCreativeArts faculty/staff

·               Discounts for seniors, and on multiple family members/classes/instruments registrations

·               Informal audition may be required, to determine age-appropriateness


Letícia Grützmann, Director

Weekly, 4:30-6:00pm, Room 440A

Thursdays, 1st Rehearsal and public Meet&Greet - August 17

Cost: $79.45 (+ Term Processing Fee)

 

(As performance dates near, the groups may split into sectionals to work on separate repertoire)

Fall Performances:

·       Saturday August 26, 6:00pm, Volleyball Game Anthem Sing, Coliseum WVU

·       Saturday October 14, 4:00pm, Fall Concert, Bloch Hall WVU

·       Saturday November 11, Friends of WVU Hospitals Festival of Trees performance, Stepping Stones Rec Center, Morgantown

·       Monday December 4, 7:30pm, Clay Concert Theatre performance with WVSO

·       Saturday December 9, 4:00pm, Holiday Concert, Falbo Theatre

·       Sunday December 10, 5:00pm, Davis Theatre performance with MCO

·       December Community Music Program General Students Recitals, TBD

 

The Morgantown Children’s & Youth Choirs welcomes young singers who wish to share and develop their artistic talents while enjoying music-making in a friendly fun setting. Our goal is to bring music, culture, arts, and pleasure to the region’s children and families, thus creating strength, character, and opportunity for its members. Through a wide range of choral music, our youth will experience other lands and languages all while learning about vocal technique, performing arts, and goal achievement through individual accomplishments and teamwork. Not to mention, a huge amount of fun and a range of experiences.

 

For Ages: 5-7 *NEW* Minisingers 

Letícia Grützmann, Director

Weekly, 4:30-6:00pm, Room 440A

Mondays, 1st Rehearsal – Aug 21

Cost: $79.45 (+ Term Processing Fee)

 

The Minisingers is a new project designed to give little children their first exposure to the choral world. This group will help youngsters begin to develop a sense of community and teamwork. The repertoire and vocal techniques will be handled with consideration of age-appropriateness. The group will hold public performances, oftentimes alongside MCYC, but will perform their own exclusive repertoire. The Minisingers will serve as a preparatory group to the MCYC.


(refer, also, to the link at the top of the page, for additional registration information)