CONCORD, N.H.—Registration is now open for the Concord Community Music School’s spring semester. From classical to classic rock, early childhood programs to ensembles, and flutes to fiddles, the Music School offers a wide range of opportunities for students of all ages and levels to pursue their musical interests.
Offerings include private lessons and ensembles, as well as early childhood programs, music therapy programs, and choruses.
The spring semester starts January 30, and registration is ongoing throughout the semester as openings remain available. For more information and to register, visit www.ccmusicschool.org.
The Music School’s multi-level curriculum provides a well-rounded musical education, including weekly lessons, regular evaluation, and frequent performance and ensemble opportunities. The Music School’s faculty members are as ready to gently guide a beginner—whether six or 60 years old—as they are to help a conservatory-bound young adult advance towards a music career.
Early Childhood Programs
In Music & Movement (4 months - 5 years), children and their caregivers can explore musical concepts through singing, movement, and play. Take Three (ages 4-7), an experiential, team-taught class, combines creative movement, singing, recorder and piano, giving young children a solid foundation for individual instruction. Recorder classes (ages 5-8) are an excellent way for kids to develop note-reading melodic, and rhythmic skills.
The Purple Finches Youth Chorus (grades K-12) includes three age levels—the Fledglings, the Fliers, and the Finches. All teach musical literacy through regular rhythm, solfege and ear-training, based on Kodaly methods. In theTeen Vocal Ensemble (grades 8-12), which is open to all, students perform a wide variety of repertoire while focusing on ensemble work, blend, and vocal technique. Sunflower Singers brings together adults with developmental disabilities and their care providers from across New Hampshire each week to sing familiar songs, accompanied by spontaneous harmonica and percussion playing. The WOWS (adult women) explores the art form of a cappella singing in a small group setting. The Songweavers women’s community chorus, a group based on the belief that everyone can sing, learns songs by rote and present an annual spring concert.
Small ensembles in the wind, string, piano, folk, and jazz departments enable students to grow with musical friends as they mature in skills and understanding. In each department, faculty members work together to place students in the level that will be most comfortable for them.
Expressive Arts Therapies
Music therapy addresses specific physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs, in sessions tailored to the clients’ and caregivers’ individual goals. Dance movement therapy sessions use body movement to release emotional or cognitive issues, using movement to further the emotional, cognitive, physical, and social integration of the individual.
About the Concord Community Music School
Concord Community Music School is a full member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education and is recognized nationally for program innovation and management excellence. Welcoming adults, teens, and children of all musical abilities, 50 artist teachers reach more than 33,000 people in four states with educational programs, concerts, workshops, and community partnerships. CCMS has received major funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Hearst Foundation, New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, Jane’s Trust, and the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. The Music School is the 2005 recipient of the NH Governor’s Arts Award for Cultural Access Leadership.