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Group Classes & Large Ensembles

SPRING 2020

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.

Bambini Artists

A *whole-istic* introduction to the arts (visual arts+music+language arts+movement+cultural arts) to strengthen the brain and heighten the senses of young children

For Ages 0-5

*Must be accompanied by a participating caregiver*

Jennifer Brown, Instructor

Eftihia Arkoudis, Instructor 

5 Weeks, Room 4129

Sessions:

Costs:

Backed by continued music education research, interactive music, arts, and movement classes for the youngest children not only help with all aspects of brain development and plasticity, but encourage a life-long respect and love for all the arts. Parent and child will look forward to uninterrupted quality time together, learning, singing and moving to music. With new activities every lesson, every session.

SPRING 2020 Bambini Artists Registration Form (PDF)


*THIS CLASS IS CLOSED FOR SPRING TERM*

Beginning Group Violin for Kids

For Ages 6-10 years old

Catherine Baker, Instructor

4 Weeks, 10:00-10:45am, Room 4113

Saturdays: March 7, 14, 21, 28

Cost: $46.00 + $10 Term Processing Fee ($51 + $10 Term Processing Fee if registering after March 3)


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.

SPRING 2020 BGVK Registration Form (PDF)


*THIS CLASS IS CLOSED FOR SPRING TERM*

Strings Ensembles

For Ages 12-18 years old

*This course is suitable as a Pre-College training program for talented young musicians
*Some experience necessary (left to the discretion of the instructor)

Catherine Baker, Instructor

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

Saturdays: March 7, 14, 21

Cost: $85.00 + $10 Term Processing Fee ($94 + $10 Term Processing Fee if registering after March 3)


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 Spring, 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.

SPRING 2020 STRings ENSemble Registration Form (PDF)


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).

(Use the below private instruction Registration Form link for Harp on It! registration)

SPRING 2020 Private Lessons Registration Form (PDF)


Minisingers class

For Ages 4-6

Letícia Grützmann, Instructor 

12 Weeks, 4:30-5:15pm, Room 4129

Mondays, 1st class – January 13 (for Jan 13 only, class will run 4:30-5:00pm)

Cost:  $131.00+ ($144+ $10 Term Processing Fee if registering after January 10) 


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.

 SPRING 2020 Minisingers Registration Form (pdf)


Beginning Group Piano for Kids class

For Ages 6-9

Abigail Williams, Instructor 

8 Weeks, select from times below, Room 2075

Thursdays, 1st class – February 6

Cost:  $114.00+  $10 Term Processing Fee (if registering after February 3: $126.00+ )

*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 -- 5:00-6:00pm: For students with no previous experience, or as review.
  • Level 2 -- 6:00-7:00pm: For students with 1 or 2 terms of previous experience.

 SPRING 2020 BGPK Registration Form (pdf)


PiANo foR FuN for ADULTS

For Ages 18 - adult

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


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. Four levels are offered.


Select appropriate session:

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


Dr Hooi Yin Boey, Instructor 

8 Weeks, 6:00-7:00pm, Room 2075

Tuesdays, 1st class – February 4

Cost:  $114.00+  $10 Term Processing Fee (if registering after January 31: $126.00+ )

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


  • Level 1 "I WANT to Learn to Play Piano" -- 6:00-7:00pm: For students with no previous experience, or as review.

Carol Beall NCTM, Instructor 

10 Weeks, select from times below, Room 2075

Wednesdays, 1st class – January 22

Cost:  $142.00+  $10 Term Processing Fee (if registering after January 20: $156.00+ )

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


  • Level 2 "I Want to CONTINUE My Learning of the Piano"  --  6:45-7:45pm: For students with a very little prior experience, or as review, as determined by the instructor.
  • Level 3 "I Can Play Piano a BIT"  --  5:30-6:30pm: This level is for those who have completed the first level or two, 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.
  • Level 4 "I Can Play Piano PRETTY WELL"  --  4:15-5:15pm: This group explores pieces in many styles. It is most appropriate for those who have quite a bit of piano background, but want to play just for their own enjoyment. The instructor attempts to select music which fulfills a desire to play musically satisfying pieces while still being accessible to all participants in the class.

 SPRING 2020 PFF Registration Form (pdf)


Digital Photography

For Ages: 13-adult

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

6 Weeks, 6:00-7:30pm, Room 3113 / 2067

Wednesdays OR Thursdays, 1st class March 25 OR March 26

Cost:  $131.00+ ($144+ $10 term Processing Fee if registering after March 17)


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.

SPRING 2020 Digital Photography Registration Form (PDF)



*THIS CLASS IS CLOSED FOR SPRING TERM*

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 January 28

ŸCost:  $57.00+ (OR $63.00+ $10 Term Processing Fee if registering after January 24)   


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, 6:30-7:15pm, Room 2055

Tuesdays, 1st class January 28

Ÿ Cost:  $85.00+ (OR $94.00 + $10 Term Processing Fee if registering after January 24)  


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.

SPRING 2020 Ukulele Registration Form (PDF)


*CANCELLED FOR SPRING TERM*

Morgantown Youth/Teen Choir

For Ages: 12-18

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

Matthew Cyphert, Director 

Weekly , 5:00pm-6:30pm, Room 4122

Thurdays, 1st session - January 23


Cost:  $82.80+ ($92+ Term Processing Fee after January 21st)


The goal of the choir is to bring music, culture, arts, and pleasure to the region's youth 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. The choir welcomes singers who wish to share and develop their artistic talents while enjoying music-making in a friendly comfortable setting.

 SPRING 2020 Morgantown Youth/Teen Choir Registration Form (pdf)


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 
  • Price breaks available to CommMusPgm faculty, CollCreativeArts faculty/staff 
  • Discounts for seniors, and on multiple family members/classes/instruments registrations
  • Informal initial 'play-in' is requested


Dr Alyssa Schwartz, Guest Conductor  

Weekly, 10:00am, Room 2070

Saturdays, 1st Rehearsal - February 1

Cost:  $55.35 + Term Processing Fee ($60.00 + $10 Term Processing Fee if registering after January 31) 

  

SPRING Performance: TBD


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 'play-in' is requested.

 SPRING 2020 Morgantown Community Orchestra Registration Form (pdf)


West Virginia Community Choir

For Ages: collegiates-adults-seniors

*This course is suitable as a Pre-College training program for talented young musicians (with special permission from the director)

  • 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


Dr Kym Scott, Director 

Weekly, 7:00pm, Room 2070

Mondays, 1st Rehearsal - January 13

Cost:  $34.55 + Term Processing Fee ($38.00 + $10 Term Processing Fee if registering after January 13)

 

SPRING Performances:

  • Sunday March 1, 2:00pm, St Mary's Catholic Church, Star City
  • Sunday April 5, 4:00pm, Clay Concert Theatre, 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, January 13th. 7:00pm.

 SPRING 2020 West Virginia Community Choir Registration Form (pdf)