Parent and child (age 0-3) participate in a weekly interactive music class. Parents enjoy watching their babies develop rhythmic and melodic awareness, memory and social skills. Teachers work with parents to build a repertoire of lullabies, action songs and nursery rhymes. Parents are encouraged to use the Curriculum CD at home and to repeat the songs and rhymes daily.
The outcomes of these activities include increased vocabulary, socially acceptable behavior and sensitive group participation at an early age. The most important skill for children at an early age is the ability to listen.
Benefits of long-term participation in SECE: --Ability to listen --Rhythmic and melodic awareness --Memory skills --Increased vocabulary --Sensitive group participation --Social skills --Preparation for instrument study
How is SECE different from other music classes? --Calm environment for learning --Active parent involvement --Active participation in music-making --Repetition of activities leads to mastery of skills which leads to confidence --Specific structure of the Suzuki ECE class builds child's ability to focus and increase concentration span --Encouragement of parent and child creates a positive environment for learning --Team Teaching (two teachers per class) approach allows for quick transitions between activities --Suzuki ECE Teachers have taken long-term training and are committed to on-going education.
Class meets once a week throughout the school year, Sept.-June.
Mondays, 9:30-10:30am (begins Sept. 11)
Wednesdays, 9:30-10:30am (begins Sept. 6)
Saturdays, 9:00-10:00am (begins Sept. 9)
ongoing - new students can join anytime during the year!
Instructors: Katie Ekberg, Meredith Vaughan
Tuition: $625 for full year (32 classes) / or $160 each quarter of 8 classes
annual registration fee of $25.
CD and booklet $25, paid the first time you enroll.
Students build foundation skills while having fun with music activities - discovering instinctual rhythm and melody skills and the joy of music-making. Students sing, move, dance, and play, learning about the instruments, their voices, enjoying creative movement, games, and rhythm instrument experimentation.
Saturdays 11-11:45 (begins Sept. 16)
follows Term calendar, meets eight times of each nine week term, new students may begin at the beginning of any term.
Instructor: Laurie Dehmlow
Tuition: $145 per term, $25 annual registration paid first time student enrolls
FIRST STEPS for students in Kindergarten and 1st grade
The core curriculum is based on the Kodaly and Dalcroze methods and lays a solid foundation for rhythm reading skills. Children sing, move, draw, and play games and rhythm instruments. Through aural, visual and kinesthetic activities the elements of rhythm are experienced and internalized and then presented as the written symbols of the musical language. Children learn beat, rhythm, note names and values through 16th notes, duple and triple meter. Elements of ear training, melody and melodic movement are internalized and then presented as the written symbols of the musical language. Children learn pentatonic and diatonic scales, solfege, moveable “DO”, the fiveline staff, and melodic movement in steps and skips.
The course covers 25 weeks, October -May.
Class meets for 1 hour once per week.
Instructor: Laurie Dehmlow.
Mondays 5:30-6:30pm begins October 9th
Tuition: $430 (plus registration fee of $25) for full 25- week class (for payment plan options, inquire with the office)
VOICE CLASS ages 7-9
This class serves as a continuation of the First Steps class, or is perfect for children who love to sing or who have not chosen an instrument yet. The class covers basic technique, sight-singing, ear-training, and singing of vocal literature appropriate to the age. Both unison and part singing are included and students perform in a recital.
New students are welcome to begin at the beginning of any term.
Instructor: Laurie Dehmlow
Meets eight times per nine-week term.
Tuition: $145 per term (plus $25 annual registration paid when student enrolls)
follows term calendar (four terms per school year) First class meets Sept. 11.
for Beginners and Beyond
Recommended for 7th grade and up.
Course Description: In this weekly class, students will work on writing songs regardless of experience. By combining original composition with the study and performance of cover songs, we will work to understand the craft of songwriting. Subjects covered will be popular song forms, chord progressions, melodic construction, lyric writing and more. Class will culminate in a concert at the end of the term.
Prerequisites: 2 years of piano or guitar experience, a basic understanding of chords (how to play major and minor chords on the student’s preferred instrument)
A notebook specifically designated for songwriting
A notebook or loose-leaf paper specifically designated for note-taking in class
Access to a keyboard or guitar at home
Each week students are expected to do the following –
1) Listen to a new album 2) Learn a new cover 3) Write a new song or part of a new song
Course will cover:
Keys, identifying your key and what that means
Chord choices, roman numeral system, major/minor
Song structure and terminology, tempi, genre
How to lay out your songs clearly and neatly
Point of View - Are you writing from your own perspective? From a characters? Third Person? How does it change the meaning of the song?
Sharing of songs
Thursdays, 6:30-7:30, begins Sept. 14, meets 8 times per 9-week term.
$170 per term (plus once annual fee of $25 for students not enrolled in private lessons)
Tim Kraack is a pianist and songwriter with several albums as well as collections of classical song. He has taught at SJSM since 2010.
New students can begin at the beginning of any new term.
A fun rhythm course designed to meet students of all abilities levels at their level with the goal of deepening students' understanding and control of rhythm.
Students will participate in a weekly ensemble classes playing bucket drums, shakers, and other percussive rhythmic instruments to focus on rhythmic accuracy and steady tempos, while also making creative music and learning how to improvise. Two sections, divided by age. Instruments are provided.
The course for ages 9-12 focuses on:
steady beats and fun grooves,
ensemble playing experience,
playing rhythms by ear, and
physical connection with rhythms as complex as 16th notes and triplets.
The course for ages 13-18 focuses on:
keeping a steady beat beyond the metronome,
groove creation on buckets and students' main instruments,
call and response pieces, playing intricate rhythms by ear, and
a physical connection with rhythms as complex as quarter-note triplets, swung 16th notes, and 32nd notes.
Meets eight times per nine-week term. Begins Sept. 16.
ages 9-12: Saturdays, 10-10:45
ages 13-18: Saturdays, 11-11:45
$150 per term
Taught by St. Joseph's percussion teacher, Andy Myers. He has taught at St. Joseph's since 2012 and is an active music educator and performer around the Twin Cities, including performing with the Guthrie Theater, Chanhassen Dinner Theater, and Minnesota Percussion Trio.