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.
Music Theory & Composition
Instructor: Adam Schumaker
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.
Beginning Theory: No previous theory required; class starts with notation practices, rhythm, pitch, scales, key signatures, time signatures, and moves into chord theory by the end of the course.
Theory 2: For students who have passed Beginning Theory at Crescendo, test out of Beginning Theory, OR have completed Theory 3 at Seminar. (Includes knowledge of basics of music, with experience in chord theory and chordal analysis.)
Seminar refresher: The workshop helps prepare students for theory classes at Summer Seminar at WMU.
Composition Workshop: Each week, students will be given prompts to compose a short piece that will be briefly discussed and performed the following week by the instruments available in the class. Harmony, form, counterpoint, coherence, and orchestration will be among the topics discussed as a result of the music composed.
Individual music theory and composition are also available. Cost is $22.00 for each 30 minute session.
Ukulele for Adults & Teens
Instructor: Miles Kusik
A six week introductory class for beginning players in a small group setting. Topics include: proper playing position, the “basic” or “common” strumming stroke, reading ukulele music and tablature, and commonly played chords and rhythms. The class will focus on basic skills and techniques with an emphasis on having fun while learning.