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SUMMER MUSIC CAMPS: Lessons & Group Classes

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Weekly & Monthly Rates Available (July - August)

Weekly & Monthly Rates Available (July - August)

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Click the thumbnails above for all Summer Music Camp Information and call (908) 334-2923 to Register Today!

We provide high-quality Private and Group music lessons on most instruments:  from drums and guitars to piano, ukulele, violin, viola, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, French horn, Tuba, voice, etc.. our ever-growing staff of patient, professional musicians will guide you in whatever musical endeavers you choose to persue.  We are now proud to accommodate the Special Needs community on most instruments! Our students and instructors come from Somerville, Bridgewater, Raritan, Branchburg, Martinsville, Green Brook, Middlesex, Dunellen, Readington, Lebanon, Hillsborough, Whitehouse, Bedminster, Harding Twsp., Morristown, Piscataway, and many other neighboring towns in Central Jersey and North Jersey.


Beginners through advanced students of any age are welcome.  Our instructors will share their knowledge of music with you and provide a curriculum that supports proper techniques  and necessary skills at all levels. In addtion to private lessons, we also provide the following group lessons to help round out the student’s experience.

The following classes are offered throughout the year.  Please call for dates and availability.  908-334-2923

ADULT ROCK BAND CLASS

Now accepting Guitar, Bass, Drum and Vocal students to play in an adult rock band course coached by music teacher and professional musician, Mike Noordzy.  Students must be 18 years or older and must be able to play at an intermediate level.  The music of Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Black Sabbath and others will be performed and discussed, as well as modern rock and original songs.  Students will learn to play together as a band and improvise and develope their roles in a rock band format.  Class is held every Tuesday night from 8:00 to 9:00 PM. 


JazzJazz Improv ClassFor intermediate to advanced players on any instrument (ability to read music required) Group class.  Students will learn the foundations of jazz improvisation through playing and listening exercises. Blues, “rhythm” changes, and standard song forms will be examined and performed. Students will learn to improvise with one another through a variety of fun and challenging exercises, with an emphasis on soloing in the jazz tradition.  Class is held on Thursday evenings from 8:00 – 9:00 PM.

rockRock Band ClassFor beginner to advanced players on any instrument 18 years & under (ability to read music not required) Group class.  Students will learn how to play together in a rock band format. In addition to learning how to play classic/modern rock, (Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Black Sabbath, Guns n’ Roses, Nirvana etc.) students will also be encouraged to write and perform original songs. Pre-formed bands are encouraged to sign up as well as individuals. Class is held on Thursday evenings from 7:00 – 8:00 PM

Sound Improv ClassFor beginner to advanced players on any instrument including voice, electronic and homemade instruments (ability to read music not required) Group class.  Students will learn how to improvise using sound rather than traditional tonal harmony. The music of John Cage, K. Stockhausen, Cecil Taylor, Derek Bailey, John Zorn ect.., will be listened to and discussed. The goal of this workshop is to expose beginners to a method of improvising that is not often heard and to provide advanced players with a fresh outlook on their soloing.Class is held on Wednesday evenings from 8:00 – 9:00 PM

Beginner Drum SetFor Beginners Only (ability to read music not required) Get a fresh start playing the drum set from scratch in a group setting.  Learn the fundamentals of playing the drums.  There will be an emphasis on reading and writing music, four-way independence, rudiments and playing basic drum set rhythms.  Class will be held on Sunday afternoons from 2:30 – 3:30 PM

Snare Drummer’s Work-out – Chopbuilder Class for Drummers!  For beginner through advanced drummers (ability to read music not required) Wanna build your CHOPS! This group class will have an emphasis on rudimental snare drumming and exercises to build stamina, strength and quality of sound.  This class is great for students who participate in thier school drumline or plan to participate in their school drumline or a drum corps.  This class is held on Sunday afternoons from 1:00 – 2:30 PM.

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Beginner Guitar Class

Beginner Guitar Class

Beginner Guitar Class – Is designed for students with little or no understanding of guitar or music. In this class we will be discussing how the music language works and begin playing chords and notes on our guitars. This class will focus on reading music, learning standard chord voicings, basic finger picking, and scales. Students will learn what is necessary to be able to play through a lead sheet and command the skill sets required to learn pop and rock music on there own.  Class is held on Wednesday evenings from 6:00 – 7:00 PM.
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Master The Rudiments

Master The Rudiments

Master The Rudiments – For intermediate to advanced drummers.  This class will focus on the standard 40 Rudiments.  Students will learn to master each rudiment and will be given tips & techniques to develop the rudiments in speed, form and style.  All aspects of drumming improve when the rudiments are mastered.  This class is held on Sunday afternoons from 3:30 – 5:00PM.

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The Blues Guitar

The Blues Guitar

Rock & Blues Guitar – This Class is designed for students that can play at an intermediate level. Students will learn how to improvise using standard Blues language and techniques in this class. Students will also be required to learn to comp chords over standard Blues forms, learn scales and arpeggios, fingerpick, and learn about typical turnarounds and endings. Although the focus of this class will be on the blues style, we will discuss and play music that the blues has heavily influenced such as Rock, Country, and Rockabilly & Bluegrass song forms.  This class is held on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 – 8:00 PM.

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SUMMER MUSIC CAMP

SUMMER MUSIC CAMP

SUMMER MUSIC CAMP – Learn to play with the band!  Summer Camp Style!  Camp runs Monday through Friday 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM – July 8th through August 16th.  18 & Under Only, all skill levels welcome, all styles explored, any instrument.  Weekly & Monthly Rates Available.

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In addition to our current group classes, we have added a few more…Currently enrolling for the fall semester.  Sign-up today!

Group Keyboarding I, II & IIIWhy take piano lessons?  When students learn to play the piano, they learn to read the bass and treble clefs.  They gain an appreciation for various styles of music as well as a greater understanding of music history and theory.  They gain discipline, perseverance and confidence.  Research also points to other advantages of musical training:  music students outperform their peers in math and they achieve higher SAT/ACT test scores.

Keyboarding I is held in the Fall Semester (Sept Thru Dec) Keyboarding II  is held in the Winter Spring Semester (Jan Thru April) and Keyboarding III is held in the Summer Semester (May Thru August) It is recommended to start Fall semester and continue through the Spring semester and Summer semester as piano skills build throughout the year.

Educational Materials & Keyboards Provided:  Using a standard resource enables the instructor to work with a group of students on the same piece at the same time. This makes for a more productive class period.   A material fee will be added to the class tuition upon registration.

Jazz Band Prep Course I (Fall Semester) – It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing!  Fall Semester.  Beginners will be introduced to jazz phrasing using a jazz method book series, but are expected to be comfortable with basic fingerings and should be able to produce a good tone on their instrument. The series is designed for students who are in their school jazz band or intend to audition for jazz band.  This course has exercises and short songs t for students to play in a beginner jazz band setting.

Jazz Band Prep Course II (Winter/Spring Semester) – Students will be taught to play jazz standards, will rehearse as a band and will have a final performance at the end of the semester.

Percussion Ensemble I & II – Not just for drummers! Become better at reading rhythms, fantastic for singers!  Beginners will be given simple rhythmic duos and trios from a selection of drum method books. Percussion Ensemble I will be held in the Fall semester and Percussion Ensemble II will be held in the Winter/Spring semester and will culminate with a final performance at the end of the semester.

Concert Band I & II - Beginner students are expected to know the basics (how to hold their instrument and produce a good tone and basic fingerings). They will play simple tunes and learn how to blend well, phrase as a unit using different articulations, and count carefully. Concert Band I will be held in the Fall semester and Concert Band II will be held in the Winter/Spring semester and will culminate with a final performance at the end of the semester.

Guitar Ensemble I & II – Play pieces of various styles with other guitarists. Bass players welcome. Smaller and more beginner classes will incorporate more of a lead and rhythm approach, where as larger and more advanced classes will be playing melodies in different voicings and will get explore more challenging solos and faster tempo pieces.  Guitar Ensemble I will be held in the Fall semester and Guiar Ensemble II will be held in the Winter/Spring semester and will culminate with a final performance at the end of the semester.

Harmonica Ensemble I & II – Have you always wanted to play a wind instrument, but don’t have the memory, patience or coordination to learn all those fingerings? Give harmonica a shot! Beginners will learn technique, notes on the instrument, and how to read and play music on the harmonica. Harmonica Ensemble I will be held in the Fall semester and Harmonica Ensemble II will be held in the Winter/Spring semester and will culminate with a final performance at the end of the semester.

Music Theory I (Fall Semester) - Beginners will work more on the make-up of rhythm and major and minor scales and will learn beginning ear-training exercises to begin to recognize different musical intervals.

Music Theory II (Winter/Spring Semester)- The intermediate class will deal more with chord progressions and recommended voicings, as well as learning to hear the difference between major, minor, augmented and diminished chords. Sight singing will also be introduced.

Music HistoryClasses are run like music appreciation courses, designed to give students a background in the history of music and a smattering of different musical genres.  Major composers and performers will be studied and discussed.  Fall Semester – Rock/Blues.  Winter/Spring Semester -  Jazz.   Summer Semester – Classical