Ginny Latts, Early Musicianship Department Chair
The Preparatory School recognizes the learning potential in the early years of development, and offers a variety of musical opportunities for young children.
Ginny Latts, Instructor
Join us for active learning in this theory class for young musicians. Students develop a knowledge of note-reading, solfege, music theory fundamentals, rhythmic skills, ear training, introduction to instruments, repertoire, and creativity.
- Young students who've already started private instrumental lessons or are planning to start lessons, will benefit from joining this active theory class.
- Sing, move, listen, create, read and write music, play instruments, learn together in this small ensemble setting.
- Students learn the fundamental concepts of music theory while developing musicianship and leadership skills, ensemble awareness and creativity.
Take this class prior to and concurrently with private instrumental instruction, as a theory component.
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For information about placement, based on age and musical experience and to hear about our upcoming Open-House, please contact the instructor, Ginny Latts at email@example.com.
Level I - ages 4-5 - 8:00 AM
Level II - ages 5-6 - 9:00 AM
Level III - ages 6-7 - 10:00 AM
Level IV - ages 8-10 - 11:00 AM (Advanced) - Instructor Permission Required
Please note: Ages listed are a guideline. Final placement for all Eurhythmics classes is at discretion of instructor.
Suzuki Violin and Cello
Shinichi Suzuki believed that “any child who is properly trained can develop musical ability just as all children develop the ability to speak their mother tongue.” This approach to learning creates a close relationship between the child, parent, and teacher. The parent is not only present at all classes and lessons but is also the daily home teacher. The principles of the Suzuki method include daily listening, development of concentration and memory skills, learning to work with other students, parents, and teachers in group activities, and continual repetition and refinement of techniques, which allows students to build on successes. The Suzuki approach sustains a positive environment for growth.
Students are required to register separately for private lessons and weekly group class.
Beginning Suzuki students are encouraged to participate in the Eurhythmics Program (see above).
Double Bass Instruction
Susan Hagen, Instructor
The development of miniature double basses (in graduated sizes similar to Suzuki violins and cellos) now enables children as young as five or six to begin studying this important orchestral instrument without losing years of potential study because of the instrument’s size. Previous musical experience is helpful but not necessary. Parental support, however, is essential (attendance at all lessons and guiding the daily home practice sessions).
An important addition to the private lesson is participation in a 28-week bass ensemble. This one-hour group lesson provides an opportunity not only to learn essential ensemble skills and techniques but also to gain experience in solo performance practice.
Instruments are available to borrow at no charge through the NEC Preparatory School, subject to availability.
Prep Bass Ensemble
Christopher Rathbun, Instructor
Prep Bass Ensemble is open to beginner and advanced beginner double bass players. Students placed in this ensemble have mastered basic technical aspects of the instrument and have generally studied their instrument for at least 1-3 years. The music is specifically tailored to provide challenging individual parts. Emphasis is on ensemble playing, reading, and common repertoire. Fun will be required as needed.
Rehearsals: Saturdays, 3:00 - 4:00 pm
Sarah Houghton, Director
An introduction to singing through folk songs and musical games, this nonperformance oriented group is designed to help children ages 7–8 find their “singing voice” and have fun with singing.
Rehearsals: Saturdays, 8:45 – 9:55 AM
The ages listed are a guideline. Chorus placement is by audition. Please call the office at (617) 585 - 1160 for audition dates and procedures.