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Class Descriptions and Information

General Info

  • Please review CMS handbook for enrollment policies
  • All classes are enrolled twice per academic year for 14 weeks each term, unless otherwise noted
  • Classes begin on Sept. 11, 2017
  • Any class that does not meet minimum enrollment by the start date will be cancelled (prepaid tuition will be refunded or credited towards private lessons).
  • Please contact the office for current class availability, if none is posted

 

Rates

  • All classes are $200/semester (14 weeks) unless otherwise noted
  • Early Childhood Development classes are $120/semester (14 weeks)

 

How to Register

To register for group classes, please stop by or call the CMS office at (517) 782-3221, Ext. 118. You may also click here to register online.

 


Early Childhood Classes

Maestro’s Baby Musicians

Taught by Sarah Patterson

This class is an interactive class for infants from birth to 23 months with a caregiver. While having fun and bonding with your child, we will also be fostering a love for music and creating a foundation for future musical study and appreciation. Come sing, cuddle, clap, and dance with us!

Wednesday, 10:15-10:45a

 

Maestro’s Mini Musicians

Taught by Jackie Livesay

This early childhood music program provides children 2-5 years old with exposure to a variety of vocal, tactile, listening, and movement activities which not only contribute to brain development, but also facilitate skills like communication, self-expression, social interaction, and group collaboration. All classes are taught by a music instructor with early childhood endorsement.

Tuesday, 5:45-6:15p; Wednesday, 9:30-10a


Group Piano Classes

Piano Kids

Taught by Jackie Livesay

Piano Kids is a piano study for beginners in a group setting. It is designed for young students ages 5-7 who have exhibited readiness through Maestro’s Mini Musicians classes. Students will learn basic piano skills – playing simple tunes, recognizing high and low pitches, and learning the meaning of music notation. In addition, enjoyable play-based group activities are offered to reinforce piano skills while developing music aptitude in tonal and rhythm areas.

Tuesday, 6:20-7p

 

Middle School Group Piano Program

Taught by Dr. Nikie Oechsle

This class is open to middle school students from grades 6-8. The curriculum includes theory, technique, and performance, as well as basic skills for sight reading and some general music/keyboard history and appreciation. No previous experience is required. Access to a piano or keyboard at home is highly recommended. Classes will include some at-home assignments and students will receive regular assessments. Students may need to purchase a book for this class.

Thursday, 4-5p

 

High School and Adult Group Piano Program

Taught by Dr. Nikie Oechsle

This class is open to adults and high school students. The curriculum includes performance, theory, technique, and skills for sight reading. Some general music/keyboard history and appreciation from each stylistic period will be included. This class is open to those at all levels of instruction. (No previous experience is required.) Access to a piano or keyboard at home is highly recommended. Classes will include some at-home assignments and students will receive regular assessments. Students may need to purchase a book for this class.

Thursday, 5-6p

 

Piano Ensemble Class – Includes recital

Taught by Dr. Nikie Oechsle

This class is designed to give pianists the opportunity and experience of playing and performing with other pianists. Each student will be assigned ensemble pieces to prepare for class and will have the opportunity to rehearse and receive coaching from CMS Piano Faculty, Dr. Nikie Oechsle. Classes will also include sight reading in an ensemble setting, and recitals feature all participants. Students must submit a list of current pieces (or method book and level) so that appropriate ensemble repertoire can be assigned. There will be four classes this semester, followed by the recital. The cost is $75, which includes four hour-long group classes and the recital. If you are interested in being a part of the piano ensemble classes this semester, e-mail Nikie Oechsle at ni_music@yahoo.com. Be sure to include the student’s name, age, and current repertoire information. Ensemble music will be assigned and distributed prior to the first class. Because classes cannot run without at least three students, please write directly to Ms. Oechsle if you are interested in participating. If we have enough interest to run the class, you will then be notified to officially register for the class through the CMS office.

4th Monday of each month, 7-8p

 

Small Ensemble Class – Includes recital

Taught by Dr. Nikie Oechsle

This class is designed to give students the opportunity to receive coaching and performance experience with a small ensemble. Students will be divided into trios or quartets (i.e. piano/violin/cello, piano/clarinet/flute/oboe, etc.), assigned ensemble pieces to prepare for class, and will have the opportunity to rehearse and receive coaching from CMS Piano Faculty, Dr. Nikie Oechsle. Classes will also include sight reading in an ensemble setting, and recitals will feature all participants. Students must submit a list of current pieces (or method book and level) so that appropriate ensemble repertoire can be assigned. There will be four classes this semester, followed by the recital. The cost is $75, which includes four hour-long group classes and the recital. If you are interested in being a part of a small ensemble this semester, e-mail Nikie Oechsle at ni_music@yahoo.com. Be sure to include the student’s name, age, and current repertoire information. Ensemble music will be assigned and distributed before the first class. Because classes cannot run without at least three students, please write directly to Ms. Oechsle if you are interested in participating. If we have enough interest to run the class, you will then be notified to officially register for the class through the CMS office.

3rd Monday of each month, 7-8p

 


Percussion Classes

Drum Circle/Junk Instrument Class

Taught by Sebastian Buhts

This class invites all ages to explore their curiosity of sound by learning basic hand drum technique, engaging in group drumming exercises, and building homemade percussion instruments! While the possibilities are endless, instruments could include buckets, empty paint cans, mixing bowls, glass bottles, scrap wood, and even rice to build a shaker. Students will brainstorm ideas, build instruments, and bring them to class to learn about rhythm and how to create music with their very own found sounds! As we explore the vast array of world percussion instruments, students will learn to communicate musically in a group setting through improvisation and call-and-response drumming. Music, and particularly drumming, is a universal language that can be experienced by all ages and backgrounds. Get ready for some serious fun!

Thursday, 4-5p

 


String Classes

Violin Class for adults

Taught by David Lamse

This course is designed for adult beginners with little or no previous experience in playing the violin. Taught by CMS director David Lamse, topics will include the basics of violin technique, music theory, music reading and comprehension, and ensemble playing. Have fun learning a new musical skill with other adults! A violin and bow in playable condition will be required for this class.

Monday, 7-7:45p

 

Adult Guitar Class

Taught by Robert “Bob” McCloy

This class is geared toward adult beginners who want to learn this popular and versatile instrument! Led by CMS faculty Robert McCloy, he will cover the basics of technique, chord reading, and pick technique. This is your opportunity to learn this awesome instrument in a fun setting with others! Don’t miss out! Students will need a guitar in playable condition.

Tuesday, 6-6:45p

 

String Chamber Ensemble

Taught by Clyde McKaney and string faculty

Students will enjoy learning the art of “chamber” music by rehearsing, playing and performing together with friends (forming new friendships along the way too!) in groups of duets, trios and a larger ensemble for all to participate!

Thursday, 4-5p


2016-17 Vocal Ensembles

Jackson Chorale Youth Choir

Taught by Jackie Livesay and Anne Frank

Jackson Chorale Children’s Choir will begin the Fall 2017 choir season on Tuesday, September 19. The singers will meet Tuesdays from 4:30 – 5:30p at the JSO Building. The choir is open to young people (third graders and older) who enjoy singing and want to have a fun experience with others. The choir has sung at numerous venues in past seasons including the Governor’s ball, JSO holiday pops concerts, and other Jackson Chorale performances! Cost is $45 per semester/$70 for the year; scholarships are available. Former members need not audition but should contact the number below. Auditions for new members can be scheduled by calling/texting (517) 581-0559.

Please note: The CMS does not handle enrollment for this program.