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Keyboard lessons or cantoring?

posted Sep 9, 2012, 10:31 AM by Unknown user
I’m offering another session of affordable group piano classes for children or adults.  Whether you’re a beginner or need to refresh your basic skills, group lessons are fun and offer benefits private ones can’t.  And you may have a friend you want to study with! 

For kids, it doubles as a way of introducing them to an instrument as well as new potential friends, and is helpful if they want to learn a musical instrument to gain approval or social status.  Learning keyboard benefits anyone studying another instrument.  And band and string players usually begin playing in a group context, so why not keyboardists?  I did!

Many adults seek out group lessons as much for the social setting as their passion for music; and costing less than private instruction helps too!  Learning to play regularly in front of peers in your own age group can also reduce performance anxiety. 

An 11-week course of 45-minute weekly lessons will follow a sequential approach to building basic keyboard skills and understanding musical notation.  (A 12th “bonus lesson” will be added for any class with 5 or more students!)  We’ll learn group exercises developing tonal and rhythmic patterns (the building blocks of music).   The small classes of 3 – 8 students each will start the week of Sept. 20, on either Thursday or Saturday afternoons in the Good Shepherd.   The $200 fee (that’s only $18 a lesson!) includes instruction books and keyboards to play during the lesson, but each student will need their own keyboard to practice on.  Pick up a registration form either from me or in the rectory before Sept. 16th.

This Wednesday, Sept. 12th, there will be a 90-minute Cantor Workshop in the Good Shepherd for anyone interested in singing once a month at either the 8:45 or 11:45 Masses.  You can find out what’s involved from both me and other cantors.  And you can attend with no pressure or commitment to start.  So join us if you can…