Crescendo offers several opportunities for group instruction. Minimum enrollment must be met for a class to be held. Class meeting times vary, contact the office for current offerings. Group classes are open to individuals not currently enrolled in private lessons at Crescendo.
Beginning Guitar Class–NEW
Instructor: Matt Cosgrove
Have fun making expressive music from the very first day! This 10-week guitar class is designed for students of all ages who want to learn in a small group setting. Participants will learn the basics of classical guitar technique, read music, and perform solos and in ensembles. No previous experience or audition required.
Instructor: Matt Cosgrove
The Guitar Parlor Ensemble is designed for beginning and intermediate students who can read music in first position and are looking for the opportunity to play with others. Relaxed pace, beautiful music! New enrollees will receive 2 free tickets to Kalamazoo Guitar Happenings sponsored concerts.
The Crescendo Academy Orff Studio
Instructor: Marcia Working
The Crescendo Academy Orff Studio provides group music lessons to students in grades K through 5 and adults. Students have the opportunity to experience and learn music through movement, instrument ensembles and voice. The goal is to develop fundamental musicianship by experiencing pulse, rhythm, melody, harmony, form and timbre. These skills allow students the freedom to express one’s own musical ideas as well as others. For more details, go here.
Lead Instructor: Cathi Smits
Music Together mixed age classes are for children birth through age 5 and their parent(s) or caregiver. The Music Together® award winning summer curriculum is used in a playful, developmentally appropriate environment which utilizes singing, moving, playing instruments and making music in a fun 45 minute class. This type of music making is shown to enhance higher order thinking skills in our children, which supports all learning and provides an opportunity for children to attain basic music competence which is needed before learning an instrument, can occur. Best part about Music Together® is the FUN we have together making music each and every class! For more details, go here.
Music Theory & Composition
All students interested in taking a theory course must take a placement exam. All of the theory courses will have online components that are not required, but may enhance the learning experience or serve as a make-up opportunity for any missed classes. Attending an informational meeting for interested students and parents is strongly encouraged. Contact the office for more details.
Individual music theory and composition are also available. Cost is $24.00 for each 30 minute session.