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Live Ensemble Classes

A photo collage of youth instrumentalists playing in ensembles and composing

Live Ensemble Details

Location: St. Peter’s Church, downstairs. 6013 Lawton Avenue, Oakland, CA 94618.

Dates:

  • – Classes: Saturdays, 8/27-12/10, 2022
  • – No Classes: Sept 3, 11/21-27
  • – Performances: Fall Recitals – 10/29/2022, Winter Recitals – 12/10/2022 

Times: 

  • – Ancient Airs/New Notes: 9am-11am, Saturdays
  • – Basic, Blues and Beyond: 11am-1pm, Saturdays

Instructors:

  • – Mr. Benjamin Green
  • – Mr. Rich Armstrong
  • – Dr. Ondine Young

Tuition: $770 ($775 on the installment plan)

Try it out! $55 for Paid Demo (try out the class on Aug. 27, 2022, at the same class times as normal, with no obligation to enroll!) This amount will be applied to the total tuition upon enrollment.  

 

Installments ($5 more)

Chart that shows $55 for the PAID Demo, plus three installments of $240 each for September through November.

Financial Breakdown

Ancient Airs (9 AM - 11 AM)

An exploratory chamber music class is for instrumentalists who are newer to their instruments. The focus is on play-based music learning, improvisation, ornamentation, and other explorations of creativity. Chants and dances from around the world; Baroque to folk; and beyond.

Co-Instructors:

  • – Ben Green, Winds/Brass
  • – Ondine Young, Piano/Strings/Percussion

Teaching Assistants:

  • • Talia and Liam Young-Skeen

Class Meeting Times: Saturdays, 9AM – 11AM

  • • 9:00-9:45 Active music making on the Stage with Dr. Young
  • • 9:45-10:00 Break/Transition
  • 10:00-10:45 Music Games/Theory/Composition with Mr. Green
  • 10:45-11:00 Cleanup/Closing

Skill Level

  • Geared toward younger elementary students.
  • All skill levels — great for beginners.
  • No previous music staff reading is required.

Music Focus

  • Call and Response Pentatonic Canon
  • Medieval, Renaissance and beyond

Technique/Classroom Skills

  • Complete beginners accepted.
  • Engaging activities familiarizing students with their instruments.
  • Introduction to teamwork and playing ensemble music.
  • Gross motor movement that channels youthful energy

New Notes (9 AM - 11 AM)

For more experienced musicians, this chamber music curriculum reflects the transformation of the turn of the century Classic/Romantic standards into contemporary instrumental music of more recent eras, expanding the envelope of structure as well as some improvisational skills; from rags to riches.

Co-Instructors:

  • – Ben Green, Winds/Brass
  • – Ondine Young, Piano/Strings/Percussion

Teaching Assistants:

  • • Talia and Liam Young-Skeen

Class Meeting Times: Saturdays, 9AM – 11AM

  • • 9:00-9:45 Music Games/Theory/Composition with Mr. Green
  • • 9:45-10:00 Break/Transition
  • 10:00-10:45 Active music making on the Stage with Dr. Young
  • 10:45-11:00 Cleanup/Closing

Skill Level:

  • Ideal for intermediate and advanced instrumentalists.
  • – Musicians with strong music skills including sight reading.
  • – Confidence as both a leader and a follower in a musical context.
  • – Strong Focus Skills Required.

Music Focus:

  • – Masterpieces of the Baroque, Classical and Romantic eras and beyond.

Technique/Classroom Skills:

  • Strings: All positions
  • Piano: All scales and I, IV, V chords and arpeggios.
  • Winds/Brass: Strong grasp of transposition and playing over the break.

Basics, Blues and Beyond I (11 AM - 1 PM)

Geared towards students with at least 1 year of musical experience. This class is rooted in the basics of jazz and blues with additional exploration of other genres. This is an excellent experience for those who are new to small ensemble playing.

Co-Instructors:

  • – Ben Green, Woodwinds
  • – Rich Armstrong, Brass/Strings/Percussion

Teaching Assistants:

  • • Talia and Liam Young-Skeen

Class Meeting Times: Saturdays, 11AM – 1PM

  • • 11:00-11:45 Active music making on the Stage
  • • 12:45-12:00 Break/Transition
  • 12:00-12:45 Music Games/Theory/Composition
  • 12:45-1:00 Cleanup/Closing

Skill Level:

  • – Geared towards students with at least 1 year of musical experience.
  • – All ages welcomed, but great for beginners.
  • – Previous music staff reading appreciated.
  • – More experience with teamwork and ensemble playing.
  • – Ready to be a leader and a follower in a musical context.
  • – Prepared to sit for an hour or more while focusing on music practice and leadership skills.

Music Focus:

  • – Learning up to 4 Major scales, triads, and blues scales.
  • – Reading and Ear training.
  • – Jazz Standards from the “Real Easy Book” 

Technique/Classroom Skills:

  • – Strings: All positions
  • – Piano: All scales and I, IV, V chords and arpeggios. 
  • – Winds/Brass: Strong grasp of transposition and playing over the break. 

Basics, Blues and Beyond II (11 AM - 1 PM)

For students with 2+ years of experience. All ages are welcome but great for intermediate players. This jazz ensemble is a step beyond just the basics.

Co-Instructors:

  • – Ben Green, Woodwinds
  • – Rich Armstrong, Brass/Strings/Percussion

Teaching Assistants:

  • • Talia and Liam Young-Skeen

Class Meeting Times: Saturdays, 11AM – 1PM

  • • 11:00-11:45 Music Games/Theory/Composition
  • • 12:45-12:00 Break/Transition
  • 12:00-12:45 Active music making on the stage
  • 12:45-1:00 Cleanup/Closing

Skill Level:

  • – For students with 2+ years of experience.
  • – All ages welcome, but great for intermediate players.
  • – Music staff reading skills are required.
  • – Confidence as both a leader and a follower in a musical context.
  • – Strong focus skills.

Music Focus:

  • Learning all 12 major scales and modes, Blues scales, and more.
  • Ear training and sight reading.
  • More standards and creating original music as a class

Technique/Classroom Skills:

  • Strings: All positions
  • Piano: All scales and I, IV, V chords and arpeggios. 
  • Winds/Brass: Strong grasp of transposition and playing over the break.