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% discount for the students, who take multiple group courses during the summer semester.
Majority of the group activities will be outside and all CDC guidelines will be followed.
Summer of 2021
Suzuki At A GlanceGoal: To become familiar and comfortable with Suzuki repertoire Activities: Violin students ages 5 -14 will play selected pieces from the Suzuki method books together in a group format. The group will work with SMA instructor Eric Mrugala and a piano accompanist on ensemble playing, intonation, and other group skills. Classes will begin with all students and work their way up the repertoire. As pieces gradually get more difficult, students who are not familiar with the music may stay to watch or leave when they are done. The total duration of the class will last two hours and will occur once a week. Group students will perform a concert at the end of the session. Benefits: The program will build confidence in a motivating environment, strengthen the skills that students have already attained, become familiar with Suzuki repertoire, and develop ensemble skills. The students get the chance to be social and to be a part of a great violin community, Format: 5 two-hour in-person weekly sessions. Dates: Tuesdays - 6/29, 7/6, 7/13, 7/20, 7/27 @4:30 pm. Instructor: Eric Mrugala Tuition: $290. Space is limited to 10 students. Register Now
Write Your First SongGoal: Learn the building blocks of singer-songwriter composition Activities: 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, how to choose your favorite instruments to best suit your song, understand the connection between music and language, how to use emotion to engage your audience, and why its so important to write a catchy tune! Benefits: Broadening musician skills outside of performance. Composition is the best way to open the creative mind of any musician! Format: 2 hours, In-person Dates: Session1: 7/7 @5:00 pm, Session2: 7/21 @5:00 pm. Instructor: Margaret Boswell Tuition: $60 per session. Space is limited to 5 students. Register Now
Piano Sight-Reading WorkshopGoal: To improve pattern recognition and rhythmic skills in reading and learning piano music. Activities: This workshop aims to help students identify melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic elements in piano music and facilitate reading skills. We will cover some basic concepts in piano theory and look at various examples of the piano music of different styles to learn how to identify common patterns in the right and left hand. We will also learn how to visually analyze the score quickly and deliver a more successful reading of the music on the page. Prerequisites: Elementary/Intermediate Level, at least 1-2 years of piano experience preferred Benefits: With improved sight-reading skills, the students will learn pieces faster and play more confidently. Format: 1 hour, in-person and online. Dates: Wednesdays, Session1: 7/14 @5:00 pm; Session 2: 7/21 @4:00 pm Instructor: Lisa Leong Tuition: $50. Register Now
Jazz Repertoire and Improvisation ClassGoal: To learn basic improvisation techniques and gain experience playing popular jazz repertoire in an ensemble. Activities: Students will participate in group rehearsals to prepare a few songs to perform at the end of the program. Each student will have their own featured song and also be a member of the background group for other soloists. In the process, students will have an opportunity to learn various improvisation techniques. Open 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! Benefits: The students will learn how to rehearse in a small group setting and prepare new music. They will gain experience in performing and improvising in an ensemble. Format: Mon-Fri, 2 hours each day, in person. Dates: Session1: 7/26 – 7/30, @5:00 pm Instructor: Nick Mosca Tuition: $290. Register Now
Introduction to Sound Engineering and Music ProductionGoal: To gain a general understanding of the basics, elements, and tools of sound engineering and music production. Activities: The students will watch a real music production session. The instructor will explain every step of the process and techniques, and will discuss available available tools. Benefits: By understanding the principles and knowing what tools to use, the student will be ready to experiment at home independently. Format: 2 hours, Zoom Dates: Session1: 6/16 @6:00 pm; Session2: 7/15 @5:00 pm Instructor: Victor Kray Tuition: $60. Register Now
Introduction To Carnatic SingingGoal: To learn about elements and basic techniques of Carnatic singing. Activities: Students will be introduced to the basic elements and techniques of Carnatic singing by learning a song. Each person in the group will have an opportunity to perform individually as well as in the group. Benefits: The students will obtain the general understanding of Carnatic music and singing. Format: Thursday, 2 hours , in person. Dates: Session1: 7/8, @5:00 pm, Session2: 7/22, @5:00 pm Instructor: Kavita Shankar Tuition: $60. Register Now
Introduction To Indian Violin and Violin PlayingGoal: To learn specifics of the Indian violin playing and its place in Indian music culture . Activities: Students will learn the general differences and commonalities between Western and Indian music and the place of Indian violin in the Indian music tradition. They will also learn a short song on the violin. Open to all violinist interested in Indian music culture with at least one year of violin playing. Benefits: The students will learn about Indian music and place of Indian violin playing in Indian music tradition. Format: Thursday, 2 hours , in person. Dates: Session1: 7/15, @5:00 pm Instructor: Kavita Shankar Tuition: $60. 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.