Photography by Norman Deshong Courtesy of New Jersey Performing Arts Center

Photography by Norman Deshong
Courtesy of New Jersey Performing Arts Center

The purpose of the music program is to develop well-rounded musicians, to broaden the perspective of the participants and to develop skills and comprehension of the arts.

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Courses and instructors are subject to change.

Music (Private Lessons) - 17-week semester

30-minute Private Music Lesson - Tuition: $613.00
45-minute Private Music Lesson - Tuition: $920.00
60-minute Private Music Lesson - Tuition: $1226.00

 

Group Classes: $305.00 unless specified otherwise. 


Private Lesson Courses

All Ages
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday (30 minute, 45 minute, and 1 hour classes)

Violin (Suzuki* & Traditional), Viola, Cello, Double Bass, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Saxophone, Bassoon, French Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba, Guitar, Piano, Organ, Percussion, Voice, Composition

• Students taking private lessons receive theory or solfege at no additional charge.

• Students taking Private lessons can enroll in ensemble and Orff for the low cost of $85.00


Music Theory            Levels 1, 2, 3, 4

Theory classes explore the rudiments of music and music history. Mandatory for music students. Student must purchase theory book at additional cost, not included in tuition.

Free for students taking private lessons.

Every half hour 


Solfege (Sight-Singing)

Solfege is a music education method used to teach pitch and sight-singing to singers. The technique of solfege involves assigning the notes of a scale a particular syllable, and then practicing by singing different note sequences using these syllables.

Free for students taking private lessons. 


Music and Movement

Ages 9 Mos. - 3 years

Saturdays 10:00 AM - 10 weeks

Special Price $155.00

Designed to initiate young children into the joys of music. The class guides them through their rhythmic, tonal, and physical development through a mix of play, singing, chants, dancing, instrument exploration and movement. So get ready to have FUN!

*This class is a pre-curser to the Orff/Kodaly Class.

**Parent Guardian participation is required.

Orff/Kodaly **

Ages 4-7, 50 Min

Saturdays,  11:00 AM

This is a beginning class for young children and their parents. The Orff/Kodaly concept uses traditional children's songs, games and dances to experience movement and melody for the very young child. The class incorporates rhythm instruments, as well as tuned percussion and eventually introduces the recorder with more advanced students.

Free for students taking private lessons.


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African Drumming Class

(Group Class) 1 hour

Saturdays, 2:00PM Ages 5-7

Saturdays, 3:00 PM Ages 8-14

Traditional African rhythms and melodies on the djembe drum. Drums are provided; you are welcome to bring your own.

 


Group Guitar Classes       

Primary Guitar Class         

Tuesdays 4:00 PM Grades 3 to 5

Basic guitar instruction, music fundamentals and a brief overview of guitar history will be taught over the 8 week period. An acoustic guitar is mandatory (nylon/steel). N.S.A. will not provide instruments.   All learning materials and guitar picks will be provided by N.S.A. 

Intermediate Guitar Class

Thursdays 4:00 PM Grades 6 to 8 

Basic guitar instruction music fundamentals and a brief overview of guitar history will be taught over the 8 week period. An acoustic guitar is mandatory. N.S.A. will not provide an instrument. All learning materials and guitar picks will be provided by N.S.A. 

Adult Guitar Class

Thursdays, 4:30 

Basic guitar instruction music fundamentals and a brief overview of guitar history will be taught over the 8 week period. An acoustic guitar is mandatory. N.S.A. will not provide an instrument. All learning materials and guitar picks will be provided by N.S.A. 


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Suzuki Violin Class (Group Class)

Monday:          Ages 4-6 4:30 PM            

                       Ages 7-9   5:30 PM

Saturday:        Ages 4-6  9:00 AM 

                       Ages 7-9   10:00 AM          

                       Ages 10-12 11:00 AM      

                       Ages  13+   1:00 PM (Teen)

Special Price $155.00/Semester

This class will emphasize on reviewing repertoire while developing musicality, ensemble playing skills and promote music reading skills. Parent, teacher and child are all active participants in the learning process. Parents must be willing to make a commitment to attend lessons, group classes and performances. 

* Suzuki Violin Private is a parent and child class. Parents are required to participate in at-home practice.


ENSEMBLES

There are a variety of vocal and instrumental ensembles at NSA. Participation in ensembles is required for all string players. Singers are highly encouraged to participate in chorus. Some ensembles will be assigned per teacher recommendation.

Ensemble Cost is FREE for students enrolled in private lessons and $305.00 for students who are not enrolled in private lessons.

Choir 

Saturdays, 1:00 PM, 1 hour

Free for students enrolled in Private lessons $305.00/Semester

Singing is fundamental for musicians and the Newark School of the Arts encourages all students to enroll in the choir.  Vocal training helps students to build their skills in ear training, articulation, intonation, musicianship and performance. Newark School of the Arts places emphasis on healthy singing and vocal technique. Choristers will learn basic breathing techniques and posture for singing as well as working on fun and interesting repertoire. The choir will perform several concerts throughout the year. 

String Ensemble 

Saturdays, 1:00 PM, 1 hour

Free for students enrolled in Private lessons. Young string players age 5 through 18 should participate in ensemble or orchestral settings to play the great literature of music from the 1700's to the present.  Weekly rehearsals culminate in a concert at the end of the semester insuring ongoing commitment, good setting and performance requirements.

Guitar/Early Music Ensemble

Saturdays, 1:00 PM, 1 hour

Free for students enrolled in Private lessons. Open to guitar students from the Newark School of Arts. Levels range from beginner to advance. Past repertoire has included medieval to contemporary music. A prerequisite for ensemble is that all students must possess an understanding of music notation.

Acoustical instruments (nylon/steel) are mandatory. Occasions may arise for electronic instruments. Vocal and instrumental students are encouraged to participate. Performance venues take place offsite and at the School therefore attendance at rehearsal is mandatory.

All interested students should contact Daryl Hester at dhest4@aol.com.