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Classes & Ensembles 2016-2017

Private Lessons


Please note: at this time we will not be having our Musikgarten or Music for Little Mozarts class in September. Please check back for updates.


“Aca-Awesome” A Cappella Group (for Teens):
The Worcester Music Academy is looking for talented teen singers of all vocal ranges to create our own 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.

Fees: $90 per month
Days/Times: Thursdays, 6:30-7:30pm; Starts September 29.
Teacher: Joy Murrieta
Location: Worcester

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Youth Chorus:
WMA Children's Choir is a great way for young singers to gain experience and improve their skills in vocal music! Boys and girls ages 8-12 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: $90 per month
Days/Times: Thursdays, 5:15-6:15pm; Starts September 29.
Teacher: Joy Murrieta
Location: Worcester

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Mixed Ensemble:
The student ensemble is open to all instrumental and voice students interested in performing various styles of music in a group setting (such as classical and rock music, etc.). Students should be at an intermediate level or above and must have prior lesson experience to participate. An audition may be required. In addition to learning a variety of musical styles, students will learn how to play with other musicians, work on intonation, and expand their musical techniques. There will be several performing opportunities for the group throughout the year. Registration deadline September 13.

Fees:  $90 per month
Days/Times: Tuesdays, 7-8pm; Starts September 27.
Teacher: Hansani Archibald and Sarah Kelly
Location: Worcester

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Rock Band:
Be in a rock band this Fall! Students ages 8-17 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:  $80/month (8-12yo); $95/mo (13-17yo)
Days/Times: Fridays: 5:15-6:45pm* (13-17yo); Starts September 30. *Updated time; **Rock Band for 8-12yo - day and time to be determined based on enrollment.
Teacher: Joy Murrieta
Location: Worcester

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Steel Drum Band
Come have a blast playing in a steel drum band right here in Worcester! In this class students will make music using the warm sounds of the Jumbie Jam, a steel pan made by Panyard. Students will have the opportunity to play and   perform music in styles such as Soca, Calypso, Reggae, and even some specific requests or compositions of their own. In this class we will explore things like common pan techniques, note reading, improvisation, "engine room" percussion, (drum set, cowbells, shakers, etc.), and even a little about the history and origins of the drum. Each student will have the opportunity to play either the melody, harmony, or percussion for each song. There are several fun method and song books that we will work through along the way. But more than anything else, the goal of this class is to have fun playing pan in a friendly setting.  You get your very own steel drum too (included in fee)!  For ages 7+ (adults welcome!).  Additional bands may be created based on enrollment and ages.

Fees: $250 deposit; $75 per month (Nov-June)
Day/Time: Thursdays, 7-8pm; Starts September 29.  Day/Time subject to change.
Teacher: Phil Andrews
Location: Worcester

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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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