Private instrument lessons at the Sharon Music Academy include elements of music theory, solfege , sight reading and other music disciplines, but the focus is on the mastery of the instrument and performance. Those elements, however, are just the beginning. For those students who want to enhance their knowledge and music experience, Sharon Music Academy offers several additional courses and programs.
Music Theory, Harmony and Composition
This course is dedicated to stimulating creativity and deepening understanding and appreciation of music. It is also a part of our Academy’s complete music education curriculum. Knowledge of harmony offers students greater insight into the repertoire they study, thus making their practice time more fun and effective. Compositional games and techniques will stimulate their creative powers and encourage creation of original pieces of music. In short, music is a foreign language that your child is mastering. To be fluent at it, they not only have to be able to read it (play notated pieces) but also speak it (write and understand how music works) - that's the objective of the course. Knowledge of music theory greatly expands the musician's creative and imaginative horizons.
Jazz improvisation and Composition
Using jazz standard repertoire, students will learn all the fundamentals of improvisation and beyond. We will work on reading chord changes, style, how to "swing", reading charts, improvising and ear training. As students progress we will begin work on transcription, the process of learning songs or solo's off records by "ear", writing tunes of your own and delve deeper into chord voicing and extensions. We can also look at how these concepts are used in popular music and learn songs off the radio or your favorite Beatles songs, etc. All ages and levels welcome, we will adjust the curriculum to your interest and level.
Playing with others in ensemble is both a learnable skill and a lot of fun. Share an exciting new music experience with your friends in a more intimate chamber music setting. Polish your individual skills learnt in private lessons, sight read new music, learn how to listen to others and have a good time doing it. The program consists of 5 rehearsals and a performance. We offer chamber music (duos, trios, and quartets), guitar and jazz ensembles programs.
Schedules and start dates of these programs depend on enrollment. Please contact us for more information.
Programs for Homeschoolers
Homeschooling families or organizations looking for a supplemental music program to satisfy homeschooling educational requirements are welcome to call the Sharon Music Academy to discuss courses that could be offered during the school year and in the summer. If you have a group of friends interested in music education for their children Sharon Music Academy can help you setup group music lessons where kids will learn music, social skills and have fun. We offer general Music Appreciation course, Music History course and Music Masterpieces course.