Ensembles, Workshops & Groups

Centennial Hall Jazz Band with Zach Lange

Meets on Mondays 7:00-8:15.  Must have 2+ years private lesson / playing experience
Guitar, Bass, Saxophone, Flute, Trumpet, Trombone, Drums, Keyboards

This ensemble reads through great charts from the standard jazz repertoire and performs around the Seacoast Area. Members will continue working with chord progressions, jazz harmonies and improvisation and learn how to play a creative and tasteful jazz solo while developing solid ensemble chops.

Beginner String Ensemble with Laura King

Class will meet the first Wednesday every month Feb – May, 6:00-7:00pm

This class is for all string students reading notes on all four strings in first position with basic values. They will learn to play in harmony with other stringed instruments using a fun selection of Disney and folk tunes.

SAM Rocks! Band with Jake Smith

6:00-7:00pm: 10 sessions, Mar 3, 10, 17, 24, Apr 7, 14, 24, May 12, 19, 26; $199

In this program, students from ages 10 through adults will rock out using skills they have tried out on their own or learned in their private lessons. Most importantly, they will learn how to communicate and work with other musicians through the performance of standard and familiar rock and pop songs and they will gain knowledge and confidence to form their own Rock groups. Jake recently ran a pilot Rock Band in our Satellite School Program with great results! All instruments are welcome, including vocalists! Students that join as instrumentalists may also join in on vocals if they wish.
Ages 10 through adult – need one-year lessons or playing experience to join.

Ukulele by Donation with Jamie Sokolowski

Thursdays – 4:00-5:00
Skill Level: Open to Everyone, No Musical Experience Required

A multi-generational instructional and performing ukulele group for parents, grandparents, and their children. Adults and children coming together to play music, open to all skill levels regardless of ability to read music.

Super Beats Electronic Music Class with Jake Smith

Tuesdays 7-8 PM Space is limited. Mar 3, 10, 17, 24, Apr 7, 14, 24, May 12, 19, 26; $300

“Music today is full of electronic instruments. You’ll hear it in the latest Top 40 hits from artists like Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Halsey, and Billie Eilish. You’ll hear it in soundtracks to TV shows like Stranger Things. You’ll even find these electronic sounds in modern jazz compositions. Electronic music and synthesizers have become a huge part of the musical world; it’s time for us to learn how to use them to make our own music!

In years past, you would need thousands of dollars’ worth of equipment to make even the most basic synthesized sounds. With today’s technology, that’s no longer the case. You can now get access to professional-grade sounds and recording equipment right on your home computer or laptop, with just one software program and a MIDI Keyboard. For this course, we’ll be using Reason 10 Intro, which is available to download for $99. I’ll also recommend an Akai MPKmini keyboard ($99), but any electronic keyboard with MIDI capabilities will work just fine for this course.

Prerequisites for this course are fairly minimal. The student needs to have basic computer skills, as well as a basic understanding of quarter notes, eighth notes, triplets, and sixteenth notes. This course is intended for students 12 years of age and older.

During this course, students will work towards being able to write and produce a full instrumental song, just using Reason 10 Intro and their MIDI Keyboard! At the end of the semester, we’ll have a recital where students can share their work with parents, friends, and fellow musicians. If they wish, they can even sing or play an instrument (physical or electronic!) along with their recorded song.

This class will meet on Tuesdays from 7:00-8:00pm Sep 17, 24, Oct 1, 15, 22, 29, Nov 12, 19, Dec 3, 10.

This course will give students the basic skills to begin creating music electronically. This is often referred to as “beat making”. Skills covered will include: program set-up, drum/percussion programming, basic effects, using the mixer, and creating harmonic and melodic parts using MIDI instruments and synthesizers.”

Performance Strings Group – Must be approved by teacher to join

Performance I – Spring $35, Performance is at the New Hampshire Art Association of Portsmouth, March 6, 5:00-8:00pm, there will be 2 shifts of players

Students must attend 2 of 3 rehearsals:
Saturday February 8, 10-11am
Wednesday February 19, 6-7pm
Monday March 2, 6-7pm

Performance 2 –  $35, end of May at Centennial Hall, date and time TBD

Students must attend 2 of 3 rehearsals:
Wednesday April 22, 6-7pm
Saturday May 2, 10-11am
Monday May 4, 6-7pm

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