Youth Group Classes
More summer classes are being added every day. Please check back often!
New for 2017!
And the Music Played the Band: (Re)Discovering the Grateful Dead
Ages 16 - adult. The music of the Grateful Dead is one of the great cultural achievements and contributions of the modern era. Students in this class will discover how and why this band brought together the entire spectrum of music found in the United States: from Bluegrass and Folk - Free and Traditional Jazz – Blues, R&B, and Classical music. In addition to being a performance class, audio archives, first-hand accounts, visual art, media footage, and students own contributions will be presented to deepen appreciation of this pivotal group.
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Suzuki Group Violin - Books 1-3 - Summer
Ages 4 & up
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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 Accordion
Ages 8-12. Meet the Accordion is geared toward young players with little or no prior instrumental experience. Students will begin to explore and control this expressive instrument, and will learn some of the fundamentals of note reading and orientation, utilizing resources from the accordion's storied past and rich present. Student instruments provided for use during the session.
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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!
- Music Ensembles
- Early Childhood Music
- After-School Arts Academy
- NMS Online
- Special Programs
- Community Programs
- Summer at NMS
- NMS Guilford
- Renee B. Fisher Competition for Young Pianists - Winners' Concert