Humboldt Music Academy

MUSIC CLASSES



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Singing Games   

Ages 2-4   30 min.

Instructors: Larry & Katri Pitts

This class is based on the theory that children develop musical vocabulary in the same way they develop language skills. Songs, games and movement are used to help children learn to audiate, or internally become aware of pitch and beat. A diversity of musical styles is used in order to immerse children in many different modes and meters.

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The Suzuki Method & Private Lessons
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[photo of Dr. Suzuki]Over 50 years ago, inspired by the fact that children master their native language without difficulty, Dr. Shinichi Suzuki (1898-1999) began developing a music teaching method based on the assumption that all children can learn music in much the same way.

Dr. Suzuki maintained that if children hear music from an early age instead of random sounds, they develop a complex, intuitive connection to music that provides the best foundation for rational responses later in life.

Since the ear is fully developed at birth if not before this method stresses the importance of imitation and rote learning, which parallels that of acquiring language skills at an early age. [photo of girl playing piano]
As the child's first teachers, the parents play a critical role in the development of their child's musical literacy. Begun early, this relationship becomes a source of pleasure and an aid to the growth of all who are involved with it.

Parents attend the lessons and work closely with their teacher to discover the most successful ways to nurture and develop the highest level of ability in their child.

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30, 45 or 60 min.

Lessons are offered in piano and violin. See list of Private Instructors.

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music note symbolXylophonium

Ages 6-10   30 min.

Instructor: Teresa Walker

Learn to play xylophone and other pitched and unpitched percussion instruments in an ensemble while we dance, sing, and play together. In this class children will learn the elemental building blocks of music composition and improvisation using the Orff Schulwerk approach to music for children. Let's PLAY!

music note symbol Introduction to Musical Theater  

Ages 4-5   30 min.

Instructors: Larry & Katri Pitts

Basic singing, acting and dancing technique for young musical theater enthusiasts, culminating in a performance!

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Ages 6-8   60 min.

Instructors: Larry & Katri Pitts

Sing, dance, and act in a musical skit, complete with costumes, staging, and an end of term performance.

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By instructor approval   60 min.

Instructors: Larry & Katri Pitts

Further development of dancing, acting, and singing techniques culminating in a complete musical skit performance.

 

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Academy Fiddlers group on stage in Blue Lake


music note symbol Academy Fiddlers Level 1

30 min.

Instructor: Sam McNeill

An introduction to fiddling for violin students playing at the Suzuki Book 1B level (Twinkle level skills learned. Must be currently taking lessons.)

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45 min.

Instructor: Sam McNeill

A fiddling class for violin students playing at the Suzuki Book 2 level. (Must be currently taking lessons.)

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45 min.

Instructor: Sam McNeill

A fiddling class for violin students playing at the Suzuki Book 2-4 level. (Must be currently taking lessons.)

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45 min.

Instructor: Sam McNeill

A Celtic fiddle class and performing ensemble for violin students playing at the Suzuki Book 5 or above level. Other instruments welcome (piano, guitar, whistle, flute, etc.).


PHOTO ABOVE: The Academy Fiddlers played at Blue Lake Annie & Mary Days as part of the Folk Life Festival. (2010) Photo courtesy of Sam McNeil.

 

 

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