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Group Classes & Large Ensembles

FALL 2019

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.


Vocal Techniques

For Ages: adults & seniors

Dr William Koehler, Instructor

3 Weeks, 7:00-8:00pm, Room 3113

Thursdays: Nov 7, 14, 21

Cost:  $46.00 (Term Processing Fee waived if registered by November 4)

$51 + $10 Term Processing Fee if registering after November 4 


A vibrant healthy voice -- whether used for singing or speaking -- 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 recover from overuse. This is a class designed for any and all people who depend on their voices: performers such as singers, or actors who speak dialog; professionals who use their speaking voices daily such as teachers, clergy, announcers, lawyers, salespeople; 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 out 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.

 FALL 2019 Vocal Techniques Registration Form (pdf)


Beginning Group Violin for Kids

For Ages: 6-10 years old

Catherine Baker, Instructor

4 Weeks, 10:00-10:45am, Room 4113

Saturdays: Sep 7, Sep 21, Oct 19, Nov 2

Cost:  $46.00 (Term Processing Fee waived if registered by August 30)

$51 + $10 Term Processing Fee if registering after August 30 


This class will provide the stimulation of a group environment with the individual attention of private instruction as a fun, effective approach to learning violin. 4 group class sessions will include basic violin technique, music-reading skills, movement, singing, and playing violin-related games. An optional mini-recital of our accomplishments may be presented at the last session. Small violins will be available, for usage on the WVU campus premises, if needed.


Strings Ensembles

For Ages: 12-18

*This course is suitable as a Pre-College training program for talented young musicians

*Some experience necessary (left to the discretion of Ms Baker)


Catherine Baker, Director 

3 - 2hour sessions , 11:30am-1:30pm, Room 4113

Saturdays: Sep 7, Sep 21, Oct 19

Cost:  $85.00 for package of 3 - 2hour sessions (Term Processing Fee waived if registered by August 30)

$94 + $10 term Processing Fee if registering after August 30 


Do you play the violin, viola, cello, or bass and wish you could play in an exclusive, school-aged string ensemble on a regular basis? Here is your chance! Register to take part in a small string ensemble which will meet for 2-hour workshops, three times throughout the Fall, arranged according to enrollment numbers, age demographics, and ability levels. We'll even try to squeeze in a performance opportunity or two, to finish off the mini-clinics. We will learn fun and exciting new music, as well as expand upon techniques like vibrato and shifting. Prepare to make music with old and new friends. All music will be provided.


Harp on It!

For Ages: Elementary & Older Youth, Adults, Seniors

*This course is suitable as a Pre-College training program for talented young musicians


Christine Mazza, Instructor

Introductory Harp Class

6 weeks, Room 1073 (Days/Time/Length of class NEGOTIABLE)

Cost:  $89.97 for 6-60minute lessons (+ Term Processing Fee) 


This class is open to all age groups, with a limit of 2 students per class, and catered to student needs and scheduling. 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).


Minisingers class

For Ages 4-6

Letícia Grützmann, Instructor 

12 Weeks, 4:15-5:00pm, Room 4129

Mondays, 1st class – September 9

Cost:  $132.00 ($145 + $10 Term Processing Fee if registering after September 6) 


Minisingers is a class designed to give little children their first exposure to the choral world. This class advances young children on with their continued music explorations, beyond Early Childhood classes. It can act as a ‘stepping stone’ for eventual future participation in the prestigious Morgantown All-City Youth Choir. Minisingers will provide suitable instruction to choral singing from a very young age. It will also help youngsters begin to develop a sense of community and teamwork. Repertoire and vocal techniques will be taught according to age consideration and appropriateness. The Minisingers will be offered performance opportunities as appropriate.


Digital Photography

For Ages: 13-adult

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

6 Weeks, 6:00-7:30pm, Room 3113

Wednesdays OR Thursdays, 1st class September 11 OR September 12

Cost:  $131.00 (Term Processing Fee waived if registered by September 6)

$144 + $10 term Processing Fee if registering after September 6


Select appropriate session:

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 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. Students in this class will be invited to shadow Dr Bess during professional photo shoots. The course will be limited to a maximum of six students so that the instructor can provide as much individual attention as possible.


Beginning Group Ukulele for Kids

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

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


For Ages: 6-9

Brandon Morgan, Instructor

8 Weeks, 6:00-6:30pm, Room 2055

Tuesdays, 1st class September 3

ŸCost:  $57.00 (OR $63.00 + $10 Term Processing Fee if registering after August 30)   


In this class, you will  learn how to play chords, read melodies, strum rhythms. 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.

No prior musical experience is necessary. Hal Leonard Ukulele Method Bk 1is available on amazon.com.


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, select from times below, Room 2055

Tuesdays OR Sundays, 1st class September 3 OR September 8

Ÿ Cost:  $85.00 (OR $94.00 + $10 Term Processing Fee if registering after August 30)  


Select appropriate session:

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. No prior musical experience is necessary. Hal Leonard Ukulele Method Bk 1 is available on amazon.com.

In this Level 2 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.


PiANo foR FuN for ADULTS

*This course is suitable as a Pre-College training program for talented young musicians

For Adults ages 18 - adult 

Carol Beall, Instructor 

8 Weeks, select from times below, Room 2075

Wednesdays, 1st class - October 2

Cost:  $114.00 (Term Processing Fee waived if registered by September 27)

$126.00 + $10.00 term Processing Fee if registering after September 27

*There may be an additional fee or request 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:

  • Session 1 "I ENJOY Playing Piano" – 4:15-5:15pm: 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. 
  • Session 2 "I CONTINUE Playing Piano a LITTLE" – 5:30-6:30pm: This level is for those who have completed the first level (below), or those who have some prior experience and can read music at a basic level, and can play simple pieces with both hands, but still need work developing reading and coordination skills.
  • Session 3 "I WANT to Play Piano" – 6:45-7:45pm: This level is for those who have had little to no prior experience.


Music Pups and Cats ®

(NOTE: our Early Childhood music classes program is undergoing re-vamping and staff replacement. We hope to get an abbreviated Fall Term version up&running by October. Please stay tuned for more information)


Beginning Group Piano for Kids

For Ages 6-9 

Abigail Williams, Instructor 

8 Weeks, select from times below, Room 2075

Thursdays, 1st class - September 19

Cost:  $114.00 (Term Processing Fee waived if registered by September 13)

$126.00 + $10.00 term Processing Fee if registering after September 13

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


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:

(If there is concern/question regarding level, placement will be determined by the instructor on the 1st day of class)

  • 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.

THIS PROGRAM IS CLOSED FOR FALL TERM

MountainEARS, WVU's cutting-edge youth/teen choral project

For Ages 12-18

Matthew Cyphert, Director 

4 - 2hour sessions , 4:45pm-6:45pm, Room 4129

Thurdays: Sep 26, Oct 24, Nov 21, Dec 19

Cost:  $112.00 for package of 4 - 2hour sessions (Term Processing Fee waived if registered by September 23rd)

$125 + $10 term Processing Fee if registering after September 23rd 


Formerly known as the Morgantown Youth Choir, this semester the program is transitioning to MountainEARS, a cutting-edge take on the traditional teenage choral ensemble. This group will continue their tradition of providing high-quality choral singing, training, and performance opportunities for the youth of the Morgantown area, but now will incorporate new techniques, creativity, and music into the four-session program.


Morgantown Community Orchestra 

For Ages: youth-adults-seniors

*This course is suitable as a Pre-College training program for talented young musicians

  • 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 is requested


André Januario, Director

Weekly, 10:00am-1:00pm, Room 2070

Saturdays, 1st Rehearsal - August 24 (begins at 11am)          

Cost:  $55.35 + Term Processing Fee 

FALL Performance: Saturday December 7, 7:30pm, St Francis Church, 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  audition is requested.


West Virginia Community Choir

For Ages: collegiates-adults-seniors

*This course is suitable as a Pre-College training program for talented young musicians

  • 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, Director 

Weekly, 7:00pm, Room 2070

Mondays, 1st Rehearsal - August 26

Cost:  $34.55 + Term Processing Fee ($38.00 + $10 Term Processing Fee if registering after August 26)

 

FALL Performances:

  • Sunday October 20, 2:00pm, WVU Creative Arts Center, Morgantown
  • Friday December 6, 7:30pm, WVU Creative Arts Center, Morgantown

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 26th. 7:00pm.