Don't Stop the Music!Yes, it is a common sense. Any skill requires a constant exercise to maintain. Music is no different. Again, we remind you of a saying attributed to the famous pianist and Polish Prime Minister I. Paderewsky : "If I miss one day of practice, I notice it. If I miss two days, the critics notice it. If I miss three days, the audience notices it. Long breaks in learning process always negatively affect the learning progress. If you are not convinced, here is another quote by Nobel Laureate, a psychologist D. Kahneman: "The acquisition of skills requires a regular environment, an adequate opportunity to practice, and rapid and unequivocal feedback about the correctness of thoughts and actions". To help our students maintain and improve their skills we stay open during the summer for private lessons. Summer scheduling provides a lot of flexibility - just let us know what weeks you are around to take lessons. To do so, please fill out our Online Summer Registration form . Summer semester offers another great experience - students have an opportunity to work with different instructors. After every summer many of the students who attended the summer programs, tell us what a wonderful experience it has been. Summer is also a great time to expand one's music experience - try a new instrument, learn how to compose and improvise or how to sing. Please check out programs and workshops below. SMA reserves the right to cancel a workshop due to insufficient enrollment.
Summer of 2019
Woodwind EnsembleThe Sharon Music Academy Woodwind Ensemble is open to flute, clarinet and saxophone students of all ages and levels. Students will have the opportunity to improve their individual skills and ability to work within a larger group. All styles of music will be featured from classical to pop music, including works from Mozart, Duke Ellington, Stevie Wonder and more! Along with playing traditional and contemporary woodwind arrangements, students will also get the chance to learn how to arrange songs for the ensemble. There is nothing better than having the chance to play great music with your peers. It is fun, motivating and a great learning experience for everyone involved! When: July 22nd-26th, 5:45 am - 7:45 pm. Tuition: $280. Register Now
Jazz Repertoire and Improvisation ClassOpen to students of all instruments, voice and skill level, the Jazz Repertoire and Improvisation Class will allow students to explore their creativity through standard jazz songs. The class will feature music from different eras of jazz, including Swing, BeBop, Blues and more. This is a great opportunity for students to develop their unique sound on their instrument while learning great songs from Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker and Thelonious Monk among others. Pianists will explore common chord voicings and all instrumentalists will learn different ways to navigate through chord changes with ear training and knowledge of the fundamentals in music. Whether having years of experience playing jazz or just starting out, this course will help build confidence in exploring new music and improvising freely, it will be a fun experience for everyone involved! When: July 15th-19th, 5:45 pm - 7:45 pm. Tuition: $280 per week Register Now
Young Guitarists Summer EnsembleJoin our Young Guitarists Summer Ensemble and get a chance to work together with and meet other guitarists your age as well as experiencing some of the finest guitar instruction in fun and stimulating group sessions! Through group instruction, master classes and guitar exercises, young guitarists are offered the opportunity to experience making music together and have a taste of how much fun playing in an ensemble can be! Students will work together as they learn the importance of self discipline, goal setting and camaraderie. Recommended prerequisites to take this workshop: basic reading skill on the guitar, first position up until high a, 5th fret first string. Experience playing the guitar, basic grasp of music theory ( key signatures, scales, time signatures) - participants are also encouraged to bring in pieces of music they are currently working on, although it is not required. Along with their newly formed ensemble, the student will perform a concert at the end of their summer workshop. When: July 22nd-26th, 5:45 am - 7:45 pm. Tuition: $280. Register Now
SMA SkylarksLooking for a new singing venue for your child outside the car ride home? SMA Skylarks Youth Chorus is the perfect outlet for your young singer to discover their voice! Whether just starting out or looking for more singing beyond private vocal lessons, this course will help singers build vocal strength & confidence while exploring a variety of genres including jazz, pop, musical theatre and folk songs. Students will be instructed in basic singing technique and musicianship while connecting with others in their local community who love to sing. No audition necessary! When: July 8th-12th, 5:45 pm - 7:45 pm. Tuition: $280 per week Register Now
How To Write A SongHave a song inside you and don’t know how to let it out? We can help! In this summer program students will learn a song structure, how to start a song, elements of the song, song events (modulations, change of tempo, SFX, meter change, etc.), what is a “Perfect Hook”, lyrics tools, how to use a smartphone to record ideas, what is a “songwriting environment” and much more. When: July 15th - July 19th, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm. Tuition: $280 Register Now
Summer "A Cappella"Master an art of “A Cappella”, - singing without instrumental accompaniment. Unique opportunity to learn about world of "a cappella" from a multiple CARA winning producer who has been arranging, coaching, and producing contemporary a cappella music for over 15 years. Students will learn about different types of “a cappella” singing ((barber shop, male, female, coed), “a cappella” voice groups (percussion, bass, SFX, etc.), microphone technique (proximity effect, natural “compression"), how to produce drums and many more amazing vocal skills. When: July 22nd - July 26th, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm. Tuition: $280 Register Now
Please contact us for more information about our summer music programs .
Music Takes You All over the World
Sharon Music Academy is not just our students’ gateway to music but it is also their gateway to the world and its culture. Through our affiliation with an extensive network of international music camps in Europe and the US, we provide a unique opportunity to learn from the best musicians in the world. By attending these camps our students get a chance to make new friends, advance their music education, learn about new cultures, and see the world.
If you prefer to combine music education and tourism this year then join our students in Crescendo Festival Student Exchange Program.