Instrumental and Vocal Music Classes

GR Summer Arts – Virtual Camp
Ages 6 – 10

Morning session only (9am-12pm)

Students can choose from Vocal Music Exploration, Theatre Exploration, Introduction to Dialogue, Introduction to Song Interpretation, and Beginning Piano. Classes are held from the comfort of your home. Parent involvement is encouraged but not required. Students may focus on one category, or mix and match!


Vocal Music Exploration

Week-to-week, students will move through the following musical themes throughout the three weeks of camp:

Safari Sounds
Students will explore music by singing and moving to age-appropriate songs about animals and their habitats. Discover relationships between the animals that surround us and musical sounds and instruments. Students will learn to identify musical elements such as rhythm, dynamics, tempo, form, timbre, note reading, and more!

Rockin’ Roadtrip
Students will explore music by singing and moving to age-appropriate songs with an adventure theme. Travel through America and visit the Wild West, ride a train, tour New York, and swim in the ocean, just to name a few. Students will learn to identify musical elements such as rhythm, dynamics, tempo, form, timbre, note reading, and more!

Movie Melodies
Students will explore music by singing and moving to age-appropriate songs from the movies. Engage with your favorite movie characters and stories through new games, dances, and activities. Students will learn to identify musical elements such as rhythm, dynamics, tempo, form, timbre, note reading, and more!

Theatre Exploration

Week-to-week, students will explore all the different aspects of the theatre world, including improvisation, theatre games and writing their own scripts!

Introduction to Dialogue

Students will learn how to identify and utilize different dialects for the stage and screen. Dialects include Standard British, Cockney British, Irish, Scottish, Southern American, New York American, and French. Students will then apply techniques to different texts including scripts and books. Class will culminate in voice-over recordings utilizing different dialects. Group and private instruction included.  

Introduction to Song Interpretation

Students will learn vocal technique and learn to interpret lyrics and perform songs with emotional range. Throughout the course, students will choose their own material and begin to create a portfolio of songs. This is a hybrid class which will focus on both textual analysis of lyrics and how to apply that analysis to performance. 

Beginning Piano

Students will be introduced to beginning keyboarding skills, rhythmic and pitch notation.  If students have previous experience or if they are starting from square one, the teacher will tailor the learning environment to each student.


Tuition
$400      1 week
$750      2 weeks ($375 per week)
$1050    3 weeks ($350 per week)

Materials will be provided by the instructor, or if the child is taking multiple weeks of class, the instructor may ask the parent to purchase supplemental material.

GR Summer Arts – Virtual Camp
Ages 8 and up (except where noted)

Morning session only (9 a.m. – 12 p.m.)

Students will choose three classes from a list that includes Theatre, Instrumental music and Vocal music. Students may focus on one category, or mix and match! Classes are being kept small to ensure that each child gets a personalized camp experience.


Group Lessons for Woodwinds and Brass

Instructors: Erin English (Woodwinds) and David Iacs (Brass)

Instrumental classes are taught from the introductory to advanced level. They are appropriate for beginners as well as students who have played for several years. Fundamental skills like sound production, reading musical notation and rhythms, music theory, and instrument maintenance are covered in these classes.

Materials: instrument, pad/pencil

Group Lessons for Percussion

Instructor: Steve DeLuca (snare drum / drum set)

Ask any musician and they will tell you, the drummer IS the leader of the band. So, how do you become the leader? Drum set lessons will concentrate on strong groove and time playing in various styles. More advanced players can also concentrate on technique, independence between your hands and feet, and how to incorporate phrasing and fills.into your playing. Since the snare drum is the foundation of solid drum set technique, the fundamental patterns known as the rudiments and snare drum reading will also be covered. 

Materials:  Lessons for beginners are also offered, in which case you only need a pair of sticks, a practice pad, and a manuscript book!

Small Group Vocal Lessons

Instructor: Steve DeLuca

Do you like to sing but find you only do it when you’re by yourself? Vocal lessons will concentrate on becoming comfortable and gaining confidence with your voice. Students will be encouraged to select the songs they wish to work on as well as working on established repertoire. Various techniques and vocal harmonization will also be covered. The nice thing about singing is that you always have your voice with you! Perhaps you will need a manuscript book, but all you really need is… you.

Music Fundamentals

Instructors: various GRSA music staff

Students will cover the basics of reading music, including rhythms and pitch notation. They will cover both melody and harmony, learning chord structure and how to harmonize simple melodies.

Recommended for any students taking Instrumental or Vocal music lessons

Songwriting / Music Theory
(vocal and instrumentalists)

Instructor: Steve DeLuca

Did you ever wonder how The Beatles, Stevie Wonder, or Lady Gaga do it? How do you write a song? This class will engage you in a brief history of songwriting, particularly as it applies to American Popular Song; from the Blues and Tin Pan Alley, through groups like The Beatles and modern songwriters. Musical elements such as melody, harmony, and chord progressions will be covered, as well as the sometimes elusive concept of how lyrics work with the music. Our work will culminate in you writing your own song! Students will need a manuscript book, but after that, you really just need your creativity and imagination.

Intro to Guitar

Instructors: Paul Bryne and Yves Obadia

Students will learn how to hit the ground running with the guitar.  Elements include how to tune the instrument, proper posture and hand position, guidance on approaches to practice, warm up exercises and an overview of techniques involved. Songs will include current popular music.

Materials: Guitar, manuscript book, pencil & tuner (optional)

Lead Guitar Concepts

Instructor: Paul Bryne 

Students will learn the major and major/minor pentatonic scale and strategies for how to use these scales in 3 important song types: Major Key, Minor Key and the Blues.  The elements of what makes an effective solo will be covered, using examples of popular songs

Prerequisites: Students should have a working knowledge of standard major, minor and dominant 7th chord voicings in the 1st position

Materials: Guitar, manuscript book, pencil, and tuner (optional)

Improvisation

Instructor: Paul Bryne 

Students will learn to improvise on a blues song, developing a vocabulary for improvisation in much the same way that we learn language. Topics of discussion will include consonance/dissonance, identifying chord tones, developing melodic themes, rhythm and ear training. This class is recommended for any woodwind or brass instrument, as well as guitar or bass.

Prerequisites: Students should have a working knowledge of their instrument, including the ability to play major, minor and chromatic scales.

Materials: Melodic instrument, manuscript book and pencil

Intro to Ukulele

Instructor: Paul Bryne 

Students will learn how to hit the ground running with the ukulele.  Elements include how to tune the instrument, proper posture and hand position, guidance on approaches to practice, warm up exercises and an overview of techniques involved. Songs will include current popular music.

Materials: Ukulele, manuscript book, pencil

Video Game Music

Instructor: Billy Smolen

Learn the history, composition techniques, and incredible technology behind your favorite games. Students will be able to play games, learn music theory, and compose video game themes using online collaborative software, all from the comfort of their homes!

History of Rock and Roll

Instructor: Billy Smolen

Follow America’s favorite music on an interactive journey from African American folk traditions to the arena powerhouses of today. In this course, students will learn, listen, and engage with the roots of Rock and Roll and how it has influenced nearly every aspect of modern music.


Tuition
$400      1 week
$750      2 weeks ($375 per week)
$1050    3 weeks ($350 per week)

Materials will be provided by the instructor, unless otherwise noted. If the camper is taking a class for multiple weeks, the instructor may ask for that additional material be provided by the parent.

Private Lessons

Students can take a private lesson once a week, either for 45 minutes or 60 minutes. Lesson times are flexible and can take place during the day, evening or weekends, at a time convenient for both teacher and student. Lessons are intended to be completed in consecutive weeks during the months of summer vacation.

Lessons are available in:
All woodwind (flute, oboe/bassoon, clarinet and saxophone)
All brass (trumpet, F horn, trombone, baritone horn/euphonium and tuba)
Percussion (snare drum and drum set)
Guitar and bass guitar
Piano
Voice

Younger Students (suggested ages 8 – 10)
45-minute lessons 

$200      4 weeks
$290      6 weeks
$380      8 weeks

Students will meet for one 45-minute lesson per week. This lesson structure is intended for students who are able to practice independently between weekly lessons. Lessons will be tailored to each student’s individual interests.

Older Students (suggested ages 11 and up)
60-minute lessons

$260      4 weeks
$380      6 weeks
$500      8 weeks

Students will meet for one 60-minute lesson per week.  This lesson structure is intended for students who are able to practice independently between weekly lessons. Lessons will be tailored to each student’s individual interests.