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Flute

Teacher: Sujeet Phanse

Students will begin their lessons by learning the basics of Bansuri (Indian Bamboo flute) playing including blowing techniques, fingering techniques combined with the fundamental elements of Hindustani classical music. With time and practice, they will advance to playing classical compositions (gats or bandishes), dhuns & bhajans (light music / songs) in various raags and learn how to develop a raag and embellish their presentation with alaaps, taans, and advanced bansuri playing techniques.

Price:

Group lesson - $75/month for a one hour/week class

Class Times:

Flute Level 1 - Beginners - Saturday: 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Flute-Level 2 - Saturday: 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Flute-Level 2 - Sunday: 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Contact:

Email – info@centerforartsandwellness.com

Hindustani Vocal

Teacher: Vandana Rao

Learn one of the oldest forms of Indian classical music. Hindustani classical music, or the North Indian style of music has a rich tradition of raga based expression of songs and notes. This class is open for students at all levels and will take music enthusiasts through a journey of both classical, light classical and film music. The classes are designed to give the students an insight into classical music as well as classical based film songs, bhakti geet (devotional songs), and patriotic songs. The raags will be taught in the typical sequence that is taught in a formalized music program and will follow the curriculum as outlined by the Gandharva Mahavidhyalaya. Classes will draw upon popularly used bandishes (songs), as well as those created and composed by my guru, Smt. Sadhana Upadhyay. The classes will be held once a week for between 45-60 minutes.

Price:

Group lesson - $75/month for a one hour/week class;
Private lesson - $25/hour

Class Times:

Hindustani Vocal-Kids Group - Monday: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Hindustani Vocal-Kids Group - Saturday: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Hindustani Vocal-Adult Group - Monday: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM | 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Hindustani Vocal-Adult Group - Saturday: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Hindustani Vocal-Kids Intermediate Group - Saturday: 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Hindustani Vocal-Kids Junior Group - Saturday: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Contact:

Email – info@centerforartsandwellness.com

Violin

Teacher: Sunita Ramnani

This Beginner and Intermediate class will include an introduction to the Violin, learning proper posture, how to hold the violin and bow and the right way to use them. The class will teach students how to read music, setting up left hand on the finger board, keeping a balance between bow and violin using bow and left hand simultaneously, how to use a metronome and tuning of the violin. Students will also be introduced to music theory, different playing techniques, and learn about basic scales. They will learn to play familiar songs with Pizzicato and with bow. Students will learn to play familiar songs with Pizzicato and with bow. With time, they will progress from songs to playing small pieces and then longer ones.

What to bring:

Violin (you can either rent it or contact the teacher for which one to order) Book (determined after first lesson with teacher)

Price:

Private Lessons: $35/30-minutes; $45/45-minutes; $60/60-minutes

Class Times:

Violin: Beginner/Intermediate - Tuesday: 6:00 PM - 6:30 PM | 6:30 PM - 7:00 PM | 7:00 PM - 7:30 PM | 7:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Contact:

Email – info@centerforartsandwellness.com

Piano

Teacher: Matthew Zakhary Johnson/Grace Soonjoo Moon

Group Music Workshop (Ages 7-10, 11-18): A small group workshop on singing and basic piano playing, which includes reading and notating music, understanding harmony and counterpoint, counting rhythm, and the history of music. Students learn basics on a variety of instruments including piano, xylophone, and drums. The level of the material will adapt to the students in the class and their background and interests.

Individual Piano Lessons (Ages 4-7, 8+): Lessons for beginners originate in the Suzuki method of listening and playing first, with music notation mixing in later. For students with prior experience, lessons begin with whichever method the student had worked with in the past (such as Bastien method or Faber & Faber), and expand from there to meet the student's needs. Music is drawn from the Western Classical and folk traditions, and prepares for recital performances.

Class times other than the ones listed below are also available. Please email for additional times and for an informational meeting with the teacher.

Price:

Group lesson - $30/student/60-minute class, minimum of 2 students;
Individual lessons - $35/30-mins, $45/45-mins, and $60/60-mins class

Class Times:

Piano - Monday: 5:30 PM - 6:00 PM | 6:00 PM - 6:30 PM | 6:30 PM - 7:00 PM | 7:00 PM - 7:30 PM | 7:30 PM - 8:00 PM | 8:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Piano - Wednesday: 6:00 PM - 6:30 PM | 7:30 PM - 8:00 PM | 8:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Piano - Thursday: 4:30 PM - 5:00 PM | 5:00 PM - 5:30 PM | 5:30 PM - 6:00 PM | 6:00 PM - 6:30 PM | 6:30 PM - 7:00 PM | 7:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Group Class Piano - Wednesday: 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Contact:

Email – info@centerforartsandwellness.com

Guitar

Teacher: Phil Kaplan

Guitar Fundamentals I: Learn and practice the basics of tone and sound production on the guitar, and how to play melodies, chords, and songs. Building from week to week, we'll cover the fundamentals of proper posture and hand positioning, tuning, picking, and strumming. Practical exercises will be provided to develop finger strength, dexterity, and muscle memory. We will also focus on developing solid time-keeping and being able to play a legato melodic line. Students will be introduced to reading scores and song charts along with the basics of standard notation. This course will help you build the skills for playing on your own or with others.

Guitar Fundamentals II: For intermediate to advanced guitar students, this course covers both the fundamentals of rhythm-guitar playing and soloing, as well as how to understand and follow song arrangements, and how to accompany oneself, or as a member of an ensemble, while practicing and performing songs and instrumental compositions. Specific tunes will be used to explore different styles and genres of songs, and what will be appropriate and musical for each one.

Guitar'od: The Gui'tarode is a customized guitar designed to emulate the Indian string instrument, the Sarod. The fundamentals of technique and expression on this instrument will be offered within the context of the Hindustani (North Indian) classical Raga repertoire, in its practice and performance. Thus, all instruments are welcome in this class! In particular, prospective slide guitarists and string (violin, viola, 'cello, bass, fretless bass) players, wind and brass players, even keyboardists (especially if they have a pitch bender!). Note: With respect to the guitar, as this course requires a customized instrument, it is recommended that prospective students get in touch with the teacher regarding how to obtain the instrument.

Class times other than the ones listed below are also available. Please email for additional times and for an informational meeting with the teacher.

Price:

Group lessons - per student: $20 for a 30 min class, $40 for a 60 min class;
Private Lessons: $35/30-minute class $45/45-minute class, $60/60-minute class

Class Times:

Guitar-Fall 2018 - Thursday: 6:30 PM - 7:00 PM | 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM | 8:30 PM - 9:00 PM | 9:00 PM - 9:30 PM | 9:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Guitar-Fall 2018 - Saturday: 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM | 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM | 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM | 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM | 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM | 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM | 1:30 PM - 2:00 PM | 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Group Guitar-Fall 2018 - Thursday: 8:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Contact:

Email – info@centerforartsandwellness.com

Tabla

Teacher: Ajit Acharya

The class will cover information about the history of Indian percussion, the structure and sounds of the instrument, basic hand movements and fingering, and rhythmic patterns. Students of all ages will learn correct techniques of playing the instruments, learn basic taals (beats) and laya (rhythm), kaidas (composition or variation), improvisations and expression.

Students will gain knowledge of basic musical concepts (e.g. time and rhythm) through activities such as playing recorded music or playing an instrument in class accompanied by Center for Arts and Wellness students, designing creative activities to allow students to experience different musical styles, interpret musical scores and compose their own music. Classes will cover music theory, history, harmony, counterpoint, form and analysis. The class will also provide aural training through the performance of music, talks, discussion, use of audiovisual equipment, practical music and written assignments.

Note: additional private class times available

Price:

Group lesson - $100/month for a one hour/week class;
Private lesson - $25/30 min

Class Times:

Tabla-Private - Tuesday: 6:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Tabla - Private - Tuesday: 7:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Tabla - Private - Sunday: 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Tabla - Group Adults - Tuesday: 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Tabla - Group Adults - Sunday: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Tabla - Group Kids - Sunday: 9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Contact:

Email – info@centerforartsandwellness.com

Chorus/Voice

Teacher: Matthew Zachary Johnson

Chorus (Ages 7-18): A choir singing beautiful songs from the Western Classical and folk traditions, including music for holidays at different times of year. The choir discusses the history and meaning of the songs, and prepares for local performances.

Group Music Class for the Young (ages 3-7): A group introduction to music using songs and movement. Students learn basics on a variety of instruments including piano, xylophone, and drums. The course uses the Suzuki principle of listening and playing before reading music, but mixes in notation over time.

Individual Singing Lessons (Ages 9+): Development of the singing voice according to the 'bel canto' ('beautiful singing') tradition emphasizing naturalness of the voice. Solo songs are selected from the Western Classical and folk traditions according to what suits the student's voice and develops the performance ability. For songs in Italian, German and French, lessons include study of language, translation, and pronunciation. Lessons are geared to preparation for recital performances.

Note: additional private class times available. Please email for additional times and for an informational meeting with the teacher.

Price:

Group classes – $20/student/30-minute class, minimum 2 students;
Individual lessons - $35/30-mins, $45/45-mins, and $60/60-mins class

Class Times:

Kids Group Music - Wednesday: 5:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Contact:

Email – info@centerforartsandwellness.com

Mridangam

Teacher: Gaurishankar Chandrashekhar

Beginner Level: Students at the Beginner level will first get introduced to mridangam. Theoretical concepts will cover the history, construction and sounds of the instrument, concept of mathras, talas, and rhythm. Students will start learning and playing the basic strokes and konakkol (verbal rendition of percussion strokes) values. Focus will be more on stroke clarity than volume of material covered as the intent is for the students to have a strong foundation. Once the students master the basic strokes, lessons will be customized (based on student’s progress) to play in Adi and Rupaka Talam.
Given the volume of material (basic strokes patterns) to cover, it is estimated that the Beginner level will take anywhere between 8-12 months assuming students will practice at least 30 minutes every day.
What is expected from Students & Parents: Students are expected to memorize, recollect and play the basic strokes during the first few months. Parent’s presence during classes will be evaluated on a case by case basis. Recommend parents to sit through the class every third week (or a mutually agreed upon time) to see their kid’s progress.

Intermediate Level: Students, both new and those graduating from Beginner level, will be evaluated to see if they are ready for the Intermediate level. At the Intermediate level, students will learn the format of a solo performance piece (Thani Avarthanam). Advanced Theermanam, Korvai, and Nadai (in Adi and Rupaka Talam) will be taught. Based on individual student’s progress, students will be introduced to Misra Chapu and Kanda Chapu concepts. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to perform in solo (Thani Avarthanam) and also accompany simple songs in Adi and Rupaka Talam.
What is expected from Students & Parents: Commitment to practice at least an hour every day; Ability to recite complex konakkal in Adi and Rupaka Talam and basic konakkol in Misra Chapu and Kanda Chapu Talam.

Price:

Private lesson - $35/30-minutes;
Group lesson - $20/30-minute class, once a week

Class Times:

Kids/Adults- 12 classes - Monday: 6:15 PM - 7:00 PM | 7:00 PM - 7:30 PM | 7:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Kids/Adult - Monday: 8:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Contact:

Email – info@centerforartsandwellness.com