Youth Group Classes
Introductory Group Classes
Introductory group classes are a great start for children with little or no previous instrument instruction. We recommend group classes for children who will thrive in a fun group setting, prior to committing to one-on-one instruction.
Project Discovery classes introduce children to three instruments, while Meet the Instrument classes focus on one primary instrument (piano, violin, guitar, flute, percussion, or drum set).
Ages 5 - 7, 6 - 8. This class teaches the very beginnings of piano, guitar and recorder, while introducing students to note reading and ensemble playing. Students will be ready for individual instruction on the instrument of their choice after having taken this class.
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Meet the Piano
Ages 5 - 6. A first exploration of the keyboard in a small-group setting. Students will experience important musical concepts, keyboard orientation and beginnings of pitch and rhythmic notation through song and movement activities. They will master simple melodies on the piano and build a solid foundation for future music study. Student must have (electric) piano or keyboard with at least four octaves for home practice.
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Meet the Guitar
Ages 6 - 9. A first exploration of the guitar in a small-group setting. Students will experience important musical concepts, fretboard orientation and beginnings of pitch and rhythmic notation. They will master simple melodies and basic chords, and build a solid foundation for future music study. Student must have a guitar for home practice.
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Meet the Drum Set
Ages 6 - 8. The beginning drum set class will help develop the basic fundamental skills needed to pursue further drum set study. Students will learn rudiments, how to read and count basic rhythms, various drum set grooves and how to improve coordination and a musical ear.
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Meet the Percussion
Ages 4 - 5. Designed for students to learn about rhythm, dynamics and tempo while also learning about and how to play a variety of smaller percussion instruments. This class will introduce students to a wide range of percussion instruments beginning with rhythm sticks, egg shakers and tambourine, then move on to African drums, Latin percussion and boom whackers. Each class will also include learning to recognize, repeat and read rhythms and the musical alphabet. Please note this class does not cover the drum set.
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Meet the Violin
Ages 5 - 7. This class provides students with a great introduction to the foundations of violin playing. Topics include care for the instrument, identification of the parts, bow hold, left-hand form, tone production, slurs, first-position fingering, pizzicato and more. Rhythmic bowing games, call and response, singing and playing and beginner pieces will be included. Students will begin playing from the get-go.
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Meet the Flute
Ages 7 - 9. This class provides students with a great introduction to the foundations of flute playing. Topics include care for the instrument, identification of the parts, tone production, articulation and ensemble playing.
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Vocal Classes & Groups
Audubon Voices Children's Chorus
Ages 7 - 12. Come discover the joy of group singing. Have a great time learning songs in a variety of styles from around the world while developing your musical ear and reading skills. Participation is FUN and FREE!
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Audubon Voices Youth Chorus
Ages 13 - 18. Come explore a wide range of choral music, from world music and jazz, to pop, folk, spirituals, and beyond! Whether you are an avid vocalist, or an instrumentalist looking to broaden your musical horizons, we invite you to come sing with us under the direction of new NMS faculty member and Yale choral conductor, Stephanie Tubiolo. Participation is FREE!
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Audubon Voices sponsored by: Liberty Bank & the George A. and Grace L. Long Foundation
Musical Theatre Classes
Ages 8 - 12, 13 - 17. Performers who can dance, sing and act are considered a “triple threat.” This class covers the basic skills of all three disciplines using improvisation, comedy, monologues, song and, of course, dance. Students will perform a piece incorporating all that they’ve learned. Costuming and set design will also be touched on.
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Group Class Rates
Class rates vary depending on format and number of weeks, based on minimum enrollment of three. Many classes can run with only two students, in which case either the number of classes will be reduced or the rate adjusted. We will contact you in a timely manner if there is a change in the start of the class.
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NEW! Audition Preparation for Singers
Ages 14-18. This Fall, take your performing to the next level at NMS! Whether you're a high school singer preparing to audition for colleges, or you're already on campus competing for your next gig, we'll help you put together a complete and polished audition package. Deborah Lifton, founder of the College Audition Advantage program, will coach participants on character, style, text, and movement to put together a technically grounded and expressively integrated performance. Select winning pieces for your age, voice and personality. For musical theater and classical singers in grades 9-12 (ages 14-18), undergraduate students, or at the discretion of the instructor. Because crossing your fingers is NOT a strategy!
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- Renee B. Fisher Competition for Young Pianists - Winners' Concert