Classes for Elementary Age Children

Throughout the year, the Music School offers a wide variety of music classes for both adults and children. For more information please call the Music School at 401.248.7001 or fill out the Online Student Profile Form to enroll.

Introduction to the Instruments

Ages 6-9

In this fun, interactive environment, members of the faculty will introduce a new instrument family—strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion, keyboard and guitar—each week. Students observe live demonstrations, listen to recordings of great performances and learn to produce a sound on each instrument. At the end of the 6 weeks each student gets a free 30 minute trial lesson on the instrument of their choice.

FIRST CLASS Saturday, October 19
SCHEDULE 60 min • 6 weeks
TIME Saturdays 12:30pm - 1:30pm
LOCATION Carter Center
10/26 - Brass
11/2 - Woodwinds
11/9 - Strings
11/16 - Guitar
11/23 - Percussion
FIRST CLASS Saturday, January 26
SCHEDULE 60min • 6 weeks
TIME 12:30pm
LOCATION Carter Center
TUITION $138 (including $34.50 deposit)

Class Schedule 1/26, 2/2, 2/9, 2/16, 2/23, 3/2
FIRST CLASS Saturday, April 20
SCHEDULE 60min • 6 weeks
TIME Saturdays • 12:30pm - 1:30pm
LOCATION Carter Center
TUITION $138 (including $34.50 deposit)
4/20, 4/27, 5/4, 5/11, 5/18, 6/1
FIRST CLASS Friday, July 12th
SCHEDULE 60min • 6 weeks
TIME Fridays• 12:30pm - 1:30pm
LOCATION Carter Center
Class Schedule 7/12: Woodwinds
7/19: Guitar
7/26: Brass
8/2: Strings
8/9: Piano
8/16: Percussion
FIRST CLASS Saturday, February 24
SCHEDULE 45min • 15 weeks
TIME 9:00am - 9:45am
LOCATION Carter Center
$291 (including $72.75 deposit)

Suzuki Sampler

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Children's Voice Class

Ages 8-12

This class offers instruction in singing to children in an encouraging and engaging environment. Children are introduced to the principles of posture, breathing and a healthy singing tone as well as elementary rhythms and note names. Instruction is given in a group setting, with children learning age-appropriate music that includes folk songs, Broadway tunes and songs from children's films. Participants may take part in a showcase for friends and family at the end of the semester. Classes are once per week, lasting 45 minutes each. Offered in Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer.
Note: Minimum enrollment of 6 students required. Maximum enrollment capacity is 12 students.

FIRST CLASS Thursday, December 12th
SCHEDULE 45 min • 12 weeks
TIME Thursdays 5:45pm
LOCATION Carter Center
FIRST CLASS Thursday, February 28
SCHEDULE 45min • 12 weeks
TIME Thursdays 5:15pm - 6:00pm
LOCATION Carter Center

$233 (including $58.25 deposit)
2/28, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21, 3/28, 4/4, 4/11, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9, 5/16, 5/23

Elizabeth Splaine
FIRST CLASS Monday, June 24
SCHEDULE 45min • 6 weeks
TIME Mondays 3:00pm - 3:45pm
LOCATION Carter Center
6/24, 7/1, 7/8, 7/15, 7/22, 7/29
Elizabeth Splaine

Theory & Ear Training

Ages 7-Adult

This 14-week sequential, curriculum-based class includes the study of notation, scales, chords, intervals, ear training and more. The course is for students who are interested in improving their sight reading skills or want to deepen their understanding of music. It is also a great preparation for students considering majoring in music in college. We offer group Theory & Ear Training classes for all ages—elementary school students through adults—and all skill levels, from beginner to advanced. Students take a placement evaluation before starting the class. Offered in Fall and Spring. Note: Minimum enrollment of 4 students required.

Placement Evaluation: TBA (Students unavailable on this date can arrange to take the placement test at an alternate time)

FIRST CLASS Wednesday, October 14
SCHEDULE 60 min • 14 weeks
TIME Wednesdays 7:00pm
LOCATION Carter Center

Register for Music Theory
FIRST CLASS Wednesday, July 10
SCHEDULE 60min • 6 weeks
TIME Wednesdays 7:00pm - 8:00pm
LOCATION Carter Center
7/10, 7/17, 7/31, 8/7, 8/14, 8/21

Summer Alternative Strings

Children Through Adults with 3+ Years Experience

This 6 week summer alternative styles string ensemble will explore different string playing techniques used in rock, jazz and folk music. Come learn to chop, improvise and play chords on your instrument along with a drummer and keyboard player, then incorporate these into some familiar songs. This group is open to any string player with 3+ years of experience. Perfect for RIPYO Repertory and Symphony players that want to have some fun and a great challenge for Intermediate and String Orchestra players. Adults welcome.

Beginning Drum Class

Ages 7-9

Learn to drum in a relaxed and fun environment. Designed for total beginners who have no previous experience with the drums. A practice pad and drumsticks will be provided for this class. Parent/caregiver will attend the first class for orientation, and is welcome to attend subsequent classes.

FIRST CLASS Saturday, November 2nd
SCHEDULE 45 min • 6 weeks
TIME Saturdays • 12:30pm - 1:15pm
LOCATION Carter Center
$145 (includes drum pad and sticks)
Piero Guimaraes
11/2, 11/9, 11/16, 12/7, 12/14, 12/21