The Fine Arts Association Music Program

REGISTER FOR THE FALL 2021 SEMESTER

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Percussion

Music Therapy

Individual and group sessions available both in-person and virtually.

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Early childhood music classes provide hands-on explorations of music through the use of instruments, movement and song. The Suzuki Method of music instruction engages children as young as 3 years of age in private music instruction.

Performance Groups, including Suzuki groups, support students in acquiring music skills and provide them community performance opportunities.

Private music instruction is available in most instruments – from voice to tuba. One-on-one music lessons are taught by a professional faculty and enable children and adults to obtain skills in an instrument in a positive setting which also provides ongoing performance opportunities. Whether you want to learn to play an instrument for personal enjoyment or are interested in pursuing a career in music, our highly educated, skilled teaching artists can assist you in meeting your goals.

Dr. Shinichi Suzuki began to teach music by applying the basic principles of learning language.  When learning a language, one listens, speaks, reads and writes, in that order.  In the Suzuki approach, the student listens, plays, then reads and writes.  This approach, now called “The Suzuki Method,” is appropriate for children ages 3 years and older and is taught by specially trained faculty at The Fine Arts Association.

What is different about The Suzuki Method?

  • Parental involvement. Parents attend weekly private lessons and group classes with their child and serve as home teachers during the week.
  • Formal music training may begin at age 3 for stringed instruments and age 4 or 5 for piano.
  • Repeated listening to recordings of the pieces is the single most powerful factor in the success of the Suzuki method. It is akin to the natural way one learns a language through their environment.
  • Repetition is essential in learning to play an instrument. Each music piece becomes a building block for the careful development of technique.
  • Group participation. In addition to private lessons, students participating in Suzuki instruction are strongly encouraged to participate in weekly group lessons and recitals. Group lessons provide new opportunities to learn with others, provide motivation and also teach music theory, history and music appreciation. 

FAA Suzuki Faculty: 

ORGANIZATIONAL GROUP RATES AVAILABLE FOR ONLINE CLASSES!
For more information, please contact Education Coordinator, Jackie DiFrangia jdifrangia@fineartsassociation.org

Masterclasses

Visiting Artist: Third Stream Duo

  • Grades 6 through adult (at least one year of playing required)
  • Thursday, September 30, 2021, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. 

As part of the 2021-22 FAA Artist Residency, Third Stream Duo (3S2) will offer a series of intensive masterclasses in music improvisation. The first class, “Forms,” will address the question: how does form crest musical meaning? In a hands-on setting, students will experiment with group improvisation, while learning specific techniques to create musical elements and shape the overarching form. Other topics, such as ensemble performance, nonverbal cues, listening, and sound creation, will be touched on as well. No prior experience with improvisation is required, and novices are encouraged to attend.

This course is designed with high school, collegiate, and adult musicians in mind, although talented younger students will be gladly accommodated.
 
Registration includes one ticket to Third Stream Duo’s performance Wednesday evening, September 29th, 7:00 on FAA’s gallery stage.

Visiting Artist: Third Stream Duo

  • Grades 6 through adult (at least one year of playing required)
  • Thursday, November 4, 2021, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. 
 
Third Stream Duo’s (3S2) artist residency continues with “Contents,” the second in a series of intensive masterclasses in music improvisation. “Contents” will focus on the moment-to-moment decisions that determine the musical materials of an improvisation. Students will learn to analyze and combine building blocks––such as chords, rhythmic patterns, melodies, and figuration––in new and creative ways. By experimenting with these techniques in group improvisation, students will begin to assemble their own working vocabulary of musical ideas, helping them create improvisations and compositions of increasing sophistication and depth. No prior experience with improvisation is required, and novices are encouraged to attend.
 
This course is designed with high school, collegiate, and adult musicians in mind, although talented younger students will be gladly accommodated.
 
Registration includes one ticket to Third Stream Duo’s performance Wednesday evening, November 3rd, 7:00 on FAA’s gallery stage.

Viola Day Workshop

Guest Artist: Dr. Katrin Meidell

  • for grade 9 through adult
  • Saturday, October 23, 2021 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 
A full day of viola led by the Schwob School of Music’s Dr. Katrin Meidell. The day will include masterclasses, a guest presentation, expertise from Dr. Meidell, and the ever-popular viola choir. Viola Day is designed for all viola enthusiasts: the college student searching for a graduate program, high school students looking for an in-depth viola experience, and community members who love their viola. Participants should bring a packed lunch.
 
A follow-up email will be sent to all registrants requesting information for viola choir and masterclass participation.
 
Registration includes one ticket to Dr. Meidell’s recital Friday evening, October 22nd, 7:00 at FAA’s Corning Auditorium.

ORGANIZATIONAL GROUP RATES AVAILABLE FOR ONLINE CLASSES!
For more information, please contact Education Coordinator, Jackie DiFrangia jdifrangia@fineartsassociation.org

FALL 2021 MUSIC CLASSES

EARLY CHILDHOOD CLASSES

Early Childhood

Young Musicians

Every time a child hears a major scale, a melody, a chord progression,
or a cadence, an understanding of the essential language of music is reinforced.
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Instructors: Melissa Sexstella & Ann Marie Raddell

  • for ages 2-5 with adult
  • Mondays from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. 
    • From October 4, 2021, to October 25, 2021
      • Class #: MAF2101

Little ones with a caregiver explore nursery rhymes through music and art experiences. Class includes one-half hour of art and one-half hour of music each week.

Instructors: Melissa Sexstella & Ann Marie Raddell

  • for ages 2-5 with caregiver
  • Mondays from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
    • From November 8 to November 29, 2021
      • Class #: MAF2103

Little ones with a caregiver explore their favorite books, such as Pete the Cat and Brown Bear through music and art experiences. Each class includes a one-half hour of art and one-half hour of music each week. 

Instructor: Ann Marie Raddell

  • for students birth to age 5

Six sessions to choose from: 

  • Session 1 (Sept) Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. 
    • From September 2 to September 23, 2021
      • Class #: MF2101A
  • Session 2 (Oct) Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. 
    • From October 7 to October 28, 2021
      • Class #: MF2101B
  • Session 3 (Nov) Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. 
    • From November 11 to December 9, 2021
      • Class #: MF2101C

  • Session 1 (Sept) Thursdays from 10:45 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. 
    • From September 2 to September 23, 2021
      • Class #: MF2101D
  • Session 2 (Oct) Thursdays from 10:45 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. 
    • From October 7 to October 28, 2021
      • Class #: MF2101E
  • Session 3 (Nov) Thursdays from 10:45 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
    • From October 7 to October 28, 2021
      • Class #: MF2101F

Instructors: Melissa Sexstella & Ann Marie Raddell

  • for ages 2-5 with caregiver
  • Mondays April 12th, 19th, 26th, and May 3rd 

Two times to choose from:

  • 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. in-person at FAA
    • (Class #: MASP2101)
  • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. in-person at FAA
    • (Class #: MASP2101B)

Nursery Rhyme Time offers uplifting fun. Together with your 2-5-year-old, explore nursery rhymes through music and art experiences. Class includes a one-half hour of visual art/felt play and one-half hour of music each week. Engaging multi-arts experiences also include preschool readiness skills like counting, shapes, and colors. All art supplies are included!

Due to COVID-19, an additional $5 supply fee is included to cover the cost of materials.

Instructor: Ann Marie Raddell

for students birth to age 5

4 sections to choose from: 

  • Thursdays 10:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m. in person at FAA (4 weeks)
    • Class #: MSP2101C
  • Mondays 10:30 – 11:00 a.m. in person at FAA (3 weeks)
    • Class #: MSP2101F
  • Thursdays 10:45 a.m.-11:15 a.m. in-person at FAA (4 weeks)
    • Class #: MSP2101D
  • Thursdays 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in person at FAA (4 weeks)
    • Class #: MSP2101E
  • Instructor: Ann Marie Raddell MT-BC, NICU MT
  • for students birth to age 5
    • On Tuesdays: July 6, 13, and 20, 2021
    • From July 6 to July 20, 2021

Two sections to choose from: 

  • 10:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m. in person at FAA 
    • Join the waitlist: *Should more spots open, individuals will be contacted in the order of waitlist registration.* 
    • (Class #: MS2101A) 
  • 10:45 a.m.-11:15 a.m. in-person at FAA
    • (Class #: MS2101B) 

ENSEMBLES

Ensembles

Growing Opportunities

Continue to expand opportunities to perform and learn from professional instructors.
Instructor: Michael Lund Ziegler
at Lake Erie College for grades 9th to 12th.
 
 

Through a partnership with Lake Erie College, Fine Arts wind, brass, and percussions students have the unique opportunity to participate in the Lake Erie College Wind Ensemble. The Wind Ensemble strives to cultivate a culture of excellence in music performance while exploring the best of the wind band repertoire. This includes works for full wind ensemble as well as works for smaller conducted and unconducted wind chamber music performed by subsets of the larger ensemble.

Membership is by audition only.

Interested in auditioning? Please contact Michael Lund Ziegler, mlundziegler@fineartsassociation.org 

Accepted students can register for the Lake Erie College Wind Ensemble through FAA Customer Service by calling (440) 951-7500 x2

Instructor: Michael Lund Ziegler
at Lake Erie College for grades 9th to 12th.
 
 

Through a partnership with Lake Erie College, Fine Arts wind, brass, and percussions students have the unique opportunity to participate in the Lake Erie College Wind Ensemble. The Wind Ensemble strives to cultivate a culture of excellence in music performance while exploring the best of the wind band repertoire. This includes works for full wind ensemble as well as works for smaller conducted and unconducted wind chamber music performed by subsets of the larger ensemble.

Membership is by audition only.

Accepted students can register for the Lake Erie College Wind Ensemble through FAA Customer Service by calling (440) 951-7500 x2

Instructor: David Malinowski
for grades 1st to 6th. Will become available Fall of 2021

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