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.

Mando for Kids

Instructors:  John Hosley and Douglas Sneddon

Developed by Laura Norris, the Mando for Kids curriculum was designed to introduce elementary school children to the mandolin as a classical instrument. A grant from the Classical Mandolin Society of America allows us to provide the instruments for this class.

The fall session of MFK runs from September 18 through December 11. The Mando for Kids class for beginners will meet on Tuesdays from 5:45 to 6:15; the second year class will meet on Tuesdays from 6:30-7:00.

Contact the office to register or for more information.

Beginning Strings Group Clas

Instructors: Sophie Petroski and Michelle Bessemer

This class will provide students with the opportunity to review pieces they have learned in private lessons in an ensemble setting. Students will be placed in a class based on skill level. A variety of activities will be covered, including warm-up exercises, note reading, scale studies, and weekly performance opportunities. Classes will meet on Thursdays from 5:15-6:00 starting in October. Contact the office or your instructor for details.

The Crescendo Academy Orff Music Studio

Instructor: Marcia Working

The Crescendo Academy Orff Music Studio provides group music lessons to students ages 5 to 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.

Music Together

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.

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    … to provide individualized music instruction in a positive and supportive atmosphere to all persons regardless of age, ability or income.

    Epic Center, Suite 12
    359 S. Kalamazoo Mall
    Kalamazoo, MI 49007

    269 / 345-6664

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