Adult Education

Adult Beginning Strings

Have you always wanted to make your own music but have not had the time or the opportunity to learn an instrument until now? This class is for you. This will be a fun, non-threatening environment designed for students of all ages – the goal: to make beautiful music!

  • Starts January 4, 2022
  • Mondays 5:45 – 6:30pm
  • Fee: $120 per semester
  • Students must obtain an instrument (Contact the JSO for information on where and how)

Jed Fritzemeier, Teacher

Since 2019, Jed has been the Director of the Community Music School and Director of Music Education for the Jackson Symphony Orchestra. A performing bassist, Jed plays with the orchestra in addition to free-lancing throughout the area. He was a public school orchestra teacher for 34 years finishing his career for the Chelsea School District, Chelsea, Mi. Jed was Teacher of the Year for the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association and the Michigan American String Teachers Association in 2008. In addition to the Jackson Symphony Orchestra, his performance credits include the Michigan Opera Theater, Toledo Symphony, Ann Arbor Symphony, Racine Symphony, Racine, Wisconsin, South Dakota Symphony, Sioux Falls, South Dakota and various festival orchestras, jazz ensembles, rock bands, polka bands since he was 15 years old.

Beginning Guitar Class

If you can count to four then you can play the guitar. We’ll learn the G major scale, what chords are in G major, embellishments for basic chords in the key of G, cadences and how to recognize them in music, minor chords vs major chords, SUS chords, power chords,  how and where to strum, ghost strums, simple strumming patterns for pop rock and reggae songs,  how to tune your instrument, how to hold your pick, and last but not least we will learn to play a popular pop rock song to be announced.

  • Starts January 4, 2022
  • Child Class – Tuesdays 5:00 – 5:45pm
  • Adult Class – Tuesdays 5:45 – 6:30pm
  • Fee: $120 per semester
  • Students must obtain an instrument and textbook (Contact the JSO for information on where and how)

Dan Macmillan, Teacher

My Name is Dan MacMillan and for the last 10 years I have been teaching music in Los Angeles at Strum Rock School. I have toured with a cover band performing songs by artists such as 3 Doors Down, Incubus, Alicia Keys, Third Day, DC Talk, Linkin Park and many more. I graduated from New Tribes here in Jackson and I love any kind of music live.

Morning Coffee with the Maestro

Have you ever wondered why? Why are there different movements in a symphony? Why are there different sized orchestras? Why are there so many violins but so few wind instruments? Here’s an opportunity for you to obtain answers to these questions and many, many more, directly from JSO Maestro, Dr. Mathew Aubin. This is also a chance to find out more detailed information about the symphonic art form and to discuss the JSO’s upcoming concert season. Classes will be a combination of virtual and in-person experiences.

  • This class is offered yearly during our summer semester
  • Thursdays 9:00-10:00am
  • Location: TBA
  • Fee: $80