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Music Box (Ages 4-7)

Music Box is a 60-minute program for children ages four to seven who are new students of violin, cello, or piano.  Weekly meetings include a 30-minute private lesson and a 30-minute interactive group session with games and activities to keep students engaged and to reinforce the fundamentals of music.

Saturday Morning/Afternoon:  Violin, Cello, Piano
Tuesday Afternoon: Piano

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Suzuki Violin & Guitar (Ages 4 and up)

Students are instructed in the method developed by the late Dr. Shinichi Suzuki, based on the ease with which children learn their native language. The lessons focus on ear training, developing technique, and tone on the instrument before introducing the child to the complexities of note reading. Parental involvement is an essential part of the program. The parent attends all lessons and classes, assists the child in practice sessions, and works to create a positive musical environment in the home.

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Marimba Magic (Ages 5-10)

The Marimba Magic program offers musicianship training to students as they play marimbas and drums in a group.  Musical concepts are learned through creative explorations on the instruments, as well as through playing pieces from written music. Students joyously make up their own music on marimbas, a skill they can transfer to the piano with an identical keyboard.

Playing in a drum circle further enhances rhythmic precision and improvisational expression. Conducting, singing, movement, and composition allow full integration of musical concepts.

Each level of Marimba Magic provides further mastery of scales, chords, transposing, improvising, and composing, as well as the opportunity to play more complex ensemble pieces. Marimba Magic ensembles perform regularly, with advanced groups performing in Boston and at national conferences.

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