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. There is 10% for the students, who take multiple group courses during the summer semester.
It is even more important than usual to have music in your life during difficult times. By now there is no doubt that during COVID-19 disaster music and music lessons have tremendous positive affect on wellbeing of the children and adults alike. To keep the positive energy flowing we will offer private lessons and various music programs in the summer as well. All the lessons and programs are scheduled to be conducted online. We will provide live lessons if and when the situation allows it.
Summer of 2020
Music and your cultureWant to understand how music plays an important role in society? Music has long been an art form integral to the development of human culture and civilization around the world. Led by SMA Violin Faculty member, Dr. Su Yin Chan, this online interdisciplinary workshop seeks to explore the relationship of music with the visual arts, the sciences, one’s cultural history and heritage, and its influence on the community. On this journey, students will learn skills such as musical transcription, public speaking, self-awareness, and personal expression. For instance, students will be tasked to find out about their cultural heritage through learning the music and history of different eras and also learning to transcribe the music they hear. With Sharon’s diverse community, there is something new that everyone can learn about cultural heritage. The workshop will culminate in a multimedia presentation featuring all the crafts, experiments, and songs made throughout the week by the students. Join this interdisciplinary course to discover the various ways music connects us in our community and to our world! When: July 20th-24th, 5:45 pm - 7:45 pm. Tuition: $280. Space is limited to 8 students. Register Now
Writing Your First Song WorkshopThe goal of the two-hour workshop is to get students thinking deeper about a style of music they hear every single day! Whether it’s on the radio, at a concert, or playing a song themselves, this is an art form everyone is familiar with. We will tackle questions about the purpose of songwriting, about how to write for your speciﬁc audience, how to become a word-master, and how to choose your favorite instruments to best suit your song. Students will walk away with a 30 second ﬁrst short song creation with their choice of words, music, and backing instrument. Students will be sent a full realization of their song to listen to and learn to play in a week’s time by instructor! All instruments are welcome! The space is limited to 5 students. The workshops will be conducted live and online. When: 1st session July 7th, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm ; 2nd session July 7th, 5:00pm - 7:00 pm ; 3rd session July14th, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm ; Tuition: $55 per session. Register Now
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 20th-24th, 5:45 pm - 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 13th-17th, 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 20th-24th, 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 6th-10th, 5:45 pm - 7:45 pm. Tuition: $280 per week Register Now
Applied Music Theory For SongwritingHave 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” and how it is different from riff, lyrics tools, how to use a smartphone to record ideas, what is a “songwriting environment” and much more. When: July 20th - July 24th, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm. Tuition: $280 Register Now
Summer Glee ClubStrengthen your singing technique and confidence this summer! Join the Glee Club led by Nicole Ferretti. Whether you are looking to try something new or just need more music in your life, this class is perfect for those interested in singing with a group and improving their performance skills (solo opportunities also available). Take advantage of this fun opportunity to explore your inner rock star and sing with friends who share your passion for music! All levels welcome! The class will include instruction on basic singing techniques and vocal exercises. Students will learn lyrics and light choreography from at least four songs in a variety of genres including Pop/Contemporary and Musical Theater. Participants are welcome to submit song requests. Ages:9-13. When: Session A. July 6th- July 10th, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm. Session B. July 20th - July 24th, 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm. Tuition: $280 Register Now
Own the Audition: Workshop for SingersImagine walking into your next vocal audition feeling composed, poised and confident! Get ahead of the game this summer in a special audition workshop just in time for fall musical season. Learn the fundamental skills every singer needs to Own the Audition, hone their focus, conquer nerves and deliver a strong performance in any audition environment. This audition workshop is the perfect environment for beginners and experienced vocalists alike. SMA voice students have most recently earned lead roles throughout the greater Boston area in such productions as Annie, Grease, Little Shop of Horrors, Mary Poppins, How to Succeed in Business, Wizard of Oz, Seussical and Cinderella! Singers will be assigned two contrasting 16-32 bar solos and a short monologue to be performed and coached in a masterclass setting. No audition required. To facilitate music assignments, students can submit a short video recording of their favorite pop/contemporary or musical theater song. Ages 11-15. When: Session A. July 6th - July 10th, 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm. Session B. July 20th - July 24th, 5:30 pm - 7:00 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.