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Classes & Ensembles 2017-2018

Private Lessons

Please note: times and days for classes and ensembles subject to change.


Sing and Play for 2-3 Year Olds *NEW*:
In this fun class, your child will get to explore the exciting world of music. Activities include singing, chanting, moving, focused listening, musical games, exploring musical instruments, creative movement and storytelling. This fun class enhances your child’s listening skills and helps improve coordination – all through music! This class is for both children and their parent(s). Space is limited. Two 15-week sessions will be offered (fall and spring).

Fees: $250 per session
Days/Times: Mondays 2-2:30pm; Session 1 starts October 2. Session 2 starts February 5.
Teacher: Joy Murrieta
Location: Worcester

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Group Piano and Eurythmics Class for 4-7 Year Olds *NEW*:
In this class, students will be introduced to the piano in a group setting. Students will be introduced to the foundations of piano playing as well as note reading and counting. Students will learn how to play simple songs on the piano. The last 15 minutes of each class will be dedicated to eurythmics, which focuses on using movement to learn rhythms, structures and musical expression. This is a great class to introduce students to music before starting
private lessons. Space is limited. Two 12-week sessions will be offered (fall and spring).

Fees: $300 per session
Days/Times: Saturdays, 9-9:45am (for continuing session 1 students); 9:45-10:30am (for new session 2 students). Session 2: February 3 through May 5.
Teacher: Maya Khoury
Location: Worcester

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Ear Training and Sight-Singing *NEW*:
This class is geared for string and wind players who are looking to improve their listening skills. Students will learn to identify various intervals and chords and will improve their sight-reading skills and intonation on their instruments. This will also serve as the ear training and sight-singing class for our Preparatory Program students. Class will meet every other week.

Fees: $50 per month
Days/Times: Saturdays, 12-12:45pm; Starts October 7. Every other week (calendar to be given out at first class).
Teacher: Betsy Bronstein
Location: Worcester

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“Aca-Awesome” A Capella Group (High School):
The Worcester Music Academy is looking for talented high school singers of all vocal ranges for our a cappella group! These students will meet weekly for an hour to learn a cappella arrangements of pop songs and songs from a cappella sensations like Pitch Perfect, Pentatonix, and more! The group will record YouTube videos and perform at the school and other local community events throughout the year. Students accepted upon teacher recommendation, otherwise interested students must set up an audition time with the director (email worcestermusicacademy@gmail.com).

Fees: $95 per month
Days/Times: Thursdays, 6:30-7:30pm; Starts September 28.
Teacher: Joy Murrieta
Location: Worcester

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A Cappella Group (Middle School) *NEW*:
WMA’s new A Cappella Group for middle school students is a great way for young teen singers to gain experience and improve their skill in vocal music! Students will collaborate weekly to sing songs of various genres, including broadway, pop, classical, rock, and more! The ensemble will perform 1-2 times per year for friends, family, and the Greater Worcester community. This program will seek to develop pitch, ear-training, and music theory, while also placing emphasis on uniformity, harmony, and performance. Most importantly, this program will cultivate a love for singing and is a great way for students to make
new friends!

Fees: $95 per month
Days/Times: Wednesdays 5-6pm; Starts September 27.
Teacher: Joy Murrieta
Location: Worcester

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Keyboard Ensemble *NEW*:
The Keyboard Ensemble is designed to give piano students the opportunity to experience ensemble music making with other pianists. The class will include works and arrangements for 4-Hand Duets, works for multiple pianos featuring one student
per piano or any other combination thereof. The style of music for the class will not be limited to Classical music giving the students a more well-rounded musical experience. Students will be expected and required to come to the classes with their assigned parts
practiced as best as they can, as they are part of a larger music making experience. For piano students at intermediate level or above. Student Requirements:

* Students must be at least close to an intermediate level
* Prefer that students understand key signatures if not Major Scales/Minor Scales or are close to learning them.
* Prefer that students have some experience counting simple and compound duple and triple meters.
*Students must come to each class with their sheet music (preferably in a 3 ring binder) and a pencil for music marking.

Fees: $95 per month
Days/Times: Wednesdays 6:30-7:30pm; Starts September 27.
Teachers: Hansani Archibald
Location: Worcester

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Rock Bands (High School and Middle School):
Be in a rock band this Fall! Students will collaborate throughout the year to create original rock songs, learn cover songs, take band photos, record a CD, create band merchandise, and perform live concerts in the community! This program will place emphasis on creativity, style, harmony and uniformity. Instruments for this group include guitars (acoustic or electric), bass, drums, vocals, piano/keyboard, ukulele, etc. Students will be placed in groups of 3-7 according to their age and instrument, and must have prior lesson experience on their chosen instrument to join. Participation in performances are mandatory. Visit our YouTube channel to hear and see our bands from previous years. A commitment for the school-year is required to participate. Additional bands
may be formed based on enrollment.

Fees: $95 per month (Middle School Band); $105 per month (High School Band)
Days/Times: Mondays 6-7pm (Middle School); Fridays 5:30-7pm (High School); Starts September 29 (High School) and October 2 (Middle School)
Teachers: Joy Murrieta and Eric L’Esperance
Location: Worcester

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Acoustic Band (Kids and Teens) *NEW*:
For kids and teenagers who love folk/acoustic/pop (Mumford & Sons, The Lumineers, Bon Iver, etc.) and play guitar, ukulele, hand percussion, piano, or sing - join an Acoustic Band this Fall! We will play music in the acoustic pop style and learn how to arrange songs as a group. This is amazing practice for any young musician. Being a part of a band teaches cooperation, listening skills, and improves the quality of your playing or singing drastically. We will offer one
band in Holden and another in Worcester. Other instruments also welcomed. No electric instruments or drum kit.

Fees: $95 per month
Day/Time: Tuesdays 7-8pm (Holden); Tuesdays 6:30-7:30pm (Worcester)
Teachers: Ashley and Eric L’Esperance
Location: Worcester and Holden

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Additional Ensemble Opportunities:

Additional groups may be formed throughout the year based on interest. If you are interested in playing in a chamber music ensemble, please contact Sarah.

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