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Enrichment Classes

Student participants in the student classes will have the opportunity to enrich their musical experience with the following enrichment classes. Along with 3 classes in their primary instrument, each student will be able to select 2 enrichment classes to complete their schedule. Siblings can also register for 1 - 4 enrichment classes.


Enrichment classes for PPSI 2018

African Drumming
One of the oldest of all instrument groups, African drums have influenced music throughout the world.  The African Drumming classes will explore traditional rhythms from West Africa on djembes, bells, shakers and other percussion instruments.  Our study will be progressive, beginning with basic strokes and adding more complex rhythms. We will also create our own drum arrangements, incorporating African songs, movement and rhythmic games to accompany our drumming.  These classes are open to students of all ages and experience levels.

African Marimba
Experience the joy of playing the enchanting Zimbabwean-style marimbas while enhancing your knowledge of music theory, harmony and rhythm. In this class we will learn traditional pieces from Zimbabwe, South Africa and throughout the African diaspora. Each day’s class will begin with technique and rhythmic exercises so that we can apply the best skills possible to this new instrument. Class dependent, we may learn songs or rhythmic games to accompany the marimbas and we will work toward developing full arrangements of our pieces. Ages 6 and up.

Summer Time!!!
It's time for fun and creativity. Join us as we use a variety of materials and techniques to explore our artistic expression in a tropical theme. We will create a variety of projects from wearable art to an exploration into color and shape. Bring your imaginations and prepare to make a, "Splash Into Art !". All ages.

Chamber Music Ensemble
Enjoy the art and joy of ensemble playing. For cellist and violist, in Book 3+, violinist Book 4+, pianist in Book 6+. Best efforts will be made to group students by reading and playing level. Ensemble groupings will be dependent on enrollment. Teacher recommendation is required. Extra practice and advanced preparation also required. Extra fee.

Dalcroze Eurhythmics
Training of the body through rhythmic movement; the senses through intense listening; and creativity through imagination and improvisation in order to enrich and enliven music making. Ages 5 and up.

World Fiddling
Take a journey with your instrument and learn to jam! Students will be introduced to a sampling of traditional fiddle tunes from around the world and explore back-up techniques taught by ear. All "fiddles" welcome: violins, violas and cellos Suzuki book 2 and up.

This class combines singing, listening, playing simple percussion instruments and movement in an integrated program for the young child. 18 months to 5 years old.

Explore how musical concepts mirror life situations through thoughtful movement and musical observation. Classes look at similarities between pulse/pace, rhythm/shift, dynamic/volume, rest, and PAUSE – reading a room. This is a fun way to think about our environment, using music and movement as the starting point. We will work on developing executive functions through: initiation, inhibition, dissociation, physical command, and environmental observation strategies. Ages 6+.

Music-Making Lab
Imagine trying to learn a language without ever expressing your own ideas. That would be difficult, if not impossible. Music is another form of language and musicians need to practice creating and expressing their own musical ideas to achieve fluency.
     Students will tap into their creative and expressive potential by engaging in the creative and collective process of music-making. Working in small groups and within an encouraging and supportive environment, students will have the opportunity to generate musical ideas, give and collect feedback, and inspire one another.

Fun with Music Theory
In order to master any instrument and become truly musically literate, one must study music theory, as it is the foundation of musicianship. Working with piano keyboards and incorporating games, exercises, singing and playing, students will have an introduction to scales and scale structure, basic chords, key signatures, time signatures, dynamics, the circle of 5ths, ear training, rhythm and the basics of harmony. We will also study basic conducting patterns and play keyboards and percussion instruments in rhythm ensembles. No former piano experience is necessary.

In this class, you will learn how to form chords and strum the ukulele while singing. You will also learn how to read tablature to play melodies without singing and will begin to combine harmony and melody simultaneously to play solos at a high level. The focus of each session will adjust to accommodate the needs of class members so everyone has fun, feels challenged, and walks away ready to dominate the crazy ukulele. This class is appropriate for children who are at least 4 years old and learning to play an instrument.

Sibling Enrichment
Non-Suzuki siblings can enroll in a maximum of three enrichment classes on a space available, age appropriate basis. Fill out a separate student registration form, pay the family registration fee, indicate "sibling" on the instrument line and number the enrichment choices in order of preference.

Classes for Parents
Attend interesting lectures and videos during the week, while your child is in class, free of charge (unless otherwise specified), presented by faculty and experts in the field.



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