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We are excited to be looking ahead towards fall! As we get closer to September, we will confirm location of services and which programs will be in-person and/or virtual. We will follow the guidelines as set for by the CDC and local agencies, as well as parent request and comfort level.
Summer plans unpredictable? Want to continuing learning about music over the summer? Visit jccotp.org/virtual-music-learning-summer for all of our virtual lesson and class options.
Are you looking for a music teacher for your homeschool family co-op? Meet virtually with Thurnauer’s exceptional music educators and let us provide music classes virtually or in person for the children in your homeschooling group! We can teach all ages and will work with your co-op to design a program that meets the educational needs of your children.
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Ever wonder why it helps you as a musician to learn music theory? Does the stuff you learn in music theory seem like it has no relevance to learning the guitar? This class bridges the gap between theory and how it relates to what you play on guitar - for example, how to construct major, minor, augmented, diminished chords, and seventh chords and then figure out how to use this information to find chord shapes in various positions on the fingerboard. Students will do harmonic analysis of Suzuki guitar pieces and then talk about how this information helps shape our musical interpretation.
For intermediate and advanced guitarists (Suzuki Guitar Book 2+), Age 10 to Adult. Prerequisite: Students must be able to identify notes on staff, clefs, time signatures and rhythms, and know how sharps and flats work.
For intermediate and advanced musicians and composers with roughly 4+ years of experience playing music
Students explore contemporary music creation through composition, improvisation and performance. The program focuses on creating new music through collaboration between student instrumentalists and student composers. Students explore modern composition styles and performance techniques — learning some history, creating their own new approaches, and thinking beyond traditional formats to create music that is uniquely theirs. Classes include ensemble rehearsal (online, Zoom), lessons on history and performance technique, and masterclasses with special guest faculty. Students benefit from collaborating with Thurnauer’s composition workshop, Sound Works. The program culminates in the creation of a digital ensemble performance video of a newly composed piece of classical music.
Prerequisite: Performance applicants must submit a video performance of a piece of their choice. Composer applicants must submit a PDF score (and if possible a recording or digital rendering) of an original composition. To upload application submission, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ensemble led by Zach Herchen
Designed to give young musicians the knowledge and confidence to compose their own original music. By listening to and discussing music from the past and present, students learn about all of the ingredients that go into a composition and from there, how to get cooking by crafting and combining these ingredients from scratch. Students emerge from the class able to confidently invent and write down their creative ideas using traditional and non-traditional notation. As a project-based class, students work independently on weekly composition assignments that receive feedback from the teacher, and gain the experience of having their original compositions performed and/or recorded by musicians from the Thurnauer community at several times throughout the year.
With at least 1 year of instrumental study. Recommended that students are comfortable with the concepts covered in Theory & Ear Training Beginning A
For Ages 15+
Provides advanced, young musicians with the skills and knowledge to craft original compositions for one-to-many instruments. By listening to and analyzing music from the past and present, across many genres, the class explores what makes music “work” – teasing out the tricks, techniques, and practices that composers have used to invent, expand and develop their creative ideas with the aim of doing so ourselves. Students complete weekly composition assignments, geared towards emerging from the class with several original compositions for a variety of instrumentations. Students’ compositions receive feedback regularly from the teacher, and benefit from collaborating with Thurnauer’s contemporary music ensemble, Ensemble X, to develop and hear their works performed on several occasions throughout the year.
With at least 3 years of instrumental study. Recommended that students are comfortable with the concepts covered in Theory & Ear Training Intermediate A.
This course is a thorough study of musical elements that are on the AP Music Theory exam, and includes in-depth ear training, weekly assignments, and reviews, culminating in a practice exam and review. Students must purchase the Barron’s AP study guide.
Hear the sounds of written music before it is played (sight-singing), translate heard sounds into notation (dictation), and connect those experiences to instrumental study. Consult recommendation or schedule a placement evaluation to determine level. Note: Students in Beginning A through Advanced C, and AP Music Theory Prep, will need a small keyboard at home unless they already have a piano. For purchase options, please email email@example.com.
In BEGINNING A*, students learn basic notation on the treble clef, playing/singing and hearing intervals, basic rhythms and time signatures, and some improvisation and composition.
In BEGINNING B*, students solidify their knowledge of Beginning A concepts.
In BEGINNING C*, students learn to hear, play and distinguish among four different types of triads and their inversions, more advanced rhythms such as 16th notes and triplets, and the major scales and key signatures. They also learn to write and read in both treble and bass clef and write small compositions.
In BEGINNING D*, students solidify their knowledge of Beginning C concepts
In INTERMEDIATE A*, students learn to put triads together into cycles, more advanced rhythm (3 against 2), odd meters, more advanced repertoire, basic 4-part voice leading, 7th chords and inversions, and basic composition.
In INTERMEDIATE B*, students solidify their knowledge of Intermediate A concepts.
In INTERMEDIATE C*, students learn the Dorian modal system and modal harmony. They improvise and become fluent in writing, playing and hearing these progressions and scales. They write small compositions and analyze modes in orchestral pieces.
In ADVANCED A, students begin to synthesize prior knowledge
and learn how to use and resolve chords in functional harmony. They connect the chord cycles they learned earlier to harmonic progressions and discover the effect of key signatures on cycles. They learn to play harmonies within a key and handle non-harmonic tones in composition and analysis.
In ADVANCED B, students analyze pieces written during the Common Practice Period and learn to identify secondary dominant chords, modulations, and form.
In ADVANCED C, students learn augmented 6 chords, and more advanced chromaticism and analysis.
Call to schedule a placement evaluation to determine appropriate level.