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Music

Personal Enrichment

Offered through Continuing Education

@ Meramec | Online

Enhance your musical abilities through group performance and individual instruction. From songwriting and vocal or symphonic ensemble to guitar, harmonica and piano, our classes help you develop your musical creative outlet.

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General

Music Theory: Beginners

Music is present in many aspects of life, but what actually defines music? Learn about time and key signatures, notes, rhythms and more. Bring required text to first class: Fundamentals of Piano Theory, Preparatory Level, ISBN 978-0849762536.
MUSC-701 | 6 sessions | $49.50 AGE 60+ | $79 REG
S01 Tu 3-4:45 p.m. | Christina Springer
June 1-July 6 | Online

NEW! American Musical Theater Part II: The Artists

Join another fast-paced and entertaining look at musical theater! View video clips of song and/or dance numbers from American musicals with in-class commentary by the instructor. Similar in style and format to the “American Musical Theater: From Show Boat to Hamilton” class, you’ll hear the stories of the artists, performers, choreographers and lyricists who created and advanced musical theater.
MUSC-702 | 4 sessions | $29.50 AGE 60+ | $49 REG
S01 Tu 7-9 p.m. | Ken Ross
June 8-29 | Online

NEW! Summer Jam Session: Friday Night Acoustics

Bring your acoustic-only instrument, music stand and clothes pins or paper clips (in case we choose to play outside.) No electric instruments allowed! Music will be provided. Genres may include pop, jazz and blues. Improvise and/or play rhythm and/or melody leads. Contact the instructor before the first class to determine playing level experience.
MUSC-765 | 2 sessions | $26.50 AGE 60+ | $39 REG
S01 F 4-6:30 p.m. | Christina Springer
June 4- 18 | FV-SC MPR
• NOTE: No class June 11.
S02 F 4-6:30 p.m. | Christina Springer
July 9-23 | FV-SC MPR
• NOTE: No class July 16.

Guitar

Guitar: Beginning

No experience? No sweat! If you’ve never played guitar and have no music background, this is your opportunity to learn. Play first position and open position chords, simple scales, melodies and right hand strumming techniques. You’ll be introduced to tablature, guitar notation and tuning. You must provide own acoustic guitar and extra set of strings.
MUSC-705 | 6 sessions | $63.50 AGE 60+ | $99 REG
S01 Tu 7:15-9:15 p.m. | Christina Springer
June 1-July 6 | Online
Bring required text to first class: “Everybody’s Guitar Method, Book 1” ISBN 978-1569392812.
S02 Tu 6:45-8:45 p.m. | James Renz
June 8-July 13 | Online
No text required.

Harmonica

Harmonica: Beginning

The harmonica is a fun and easy to learn. In just three sessions, learn to play dozens of folk and campfire-type songs. Fee includes student guide/song-book, and a 10-hole, “C” diatonic harmonica. Instructors are members of the Gateway Harmonica Club. Registration closes May 25.
MUSC-720 | 3 sessions | $39 AGE 60+ | $39 REG
S01 W 6:30-7:30 p.m. | Buddy Hirsch
June 2-16 | Online

Piano

Piano: Beginning

In this enjoyable, relaxed approach, learn the letter names of notes and where they are on the keyboard. Play simple chords to accompany melodies. Learn easy rhythm patterns and pedaling.
MUSC-710 | 13 sessions | $70.50 AGE 60+ | $109 REG
S01 Tu 1-2 p.m. | Cheryl Conley
May 18-Aug. 10 | Online
Bring required texts to first class: Alfred’s Basic Adult Piano Course, Level 1; ISBN 978-0882846163, Alfred’s Basic Adult Theory Piano Book, Level 1; ISBN 978-0882846354 and Note Speller, Book; ISBN 978-0769234533.
MUSC-710 | 6 sessions | $49.50 AGE 60+ | $79 REG
S02 Tu 5-7 p.m. | Christina Springer
June 1-6 | Online
Bring required text to first class: Play Piano Now! Alfred’s Basic Adult Piano Course, Book 1 ISBN 978-0739007648.

Piano: Advanced Beginners

Learn more advanced rhythms. Examine dotted rhythms and triplets, major chords and their functions, staccato playing, major scales and exercises, and expression marks and phrasing. You’ll play songs (in major keys), including some pop music. A review at the course’s beginning is provided as needed. Prerequisite: Basic knowledge of keyboard and letter names of notes. Bring required texts to first class: Alfred’s Basic Adult Piano Course, Level 1; ISBN 978-0882846163; Alfred’s Basic Adult Theory Piano Book, Level 1; ISBN 978-0882846354; Alfred’s Basic Adult All-Time Favorites, Level 1; ISBN 978-0739009093
MUSC-711  | 13 sessions | $70.50 AGE 60+ | $109 REG
S01 Tu 2:05-3:05 p.m. | Cheryl Conley
May 18-Aug. 10 | Online

Piano: Intermediate I

Complete the major scales. Explore minor chords and songs in minor keys. Practice chromatic scales, inverted chords, more advanced pedal study and pop songs. Prerequisite: Advanced Beginning Piano or equivalent experience, student must know letter names of notes and where they are located on the keyboard. Bring required texts to first class: Alfred’s Basic Adult Piano Course, Level 2; ISBN 978-0882846347; Alfred’s Basic Adult Theory Piano Book, Level 2; ISBN 978-0882846378; Alfred’s Basic Adult All-Time Favorites, Level 2; ISBN 978-978-0739014080.
MUSC-712 | 13 sessions | $70.50 AGE 60+ | $109 REG
S01 Tu 3:10-4:10 p.m. | Cheryl Conley
May 18-Aug. 10 | Online

Piano: Intermediate II

Continue to explore minor chords and songs in minor keys while practicing chromatic scales, inverted chords, more advanced pedal study and pop songs. This class is for students that understand the basics of Advanced I and want to continue exploring and strengthening their skills. Prerequisite: Advanced Beginning Piano or equivalent experience. The student must know letter names of notes and where they are located on the keyboard. Required text will be discussed at the first class.
MUSC-712 | 13 sessions | $70.50 AGE 60+ | $109 REG
S02 Th 1-2 p.m. | Cheryl Conley
May 20-Aug. 12 | Online

Piano: Advanced I

Dive deeper into minor keys, chromatic scales, inverted chords, more advanced pedal study and pop songs. Prerequisite: Intermediate Piano I or equivalent experience. Required texts discussed at first class.
MUSC-713 | 13 sessions | $70.50 AGE 60+ | $109 REG
S01 Th 2:10-3:10 p.m. | Cheryl Conley
May 20-Aug. 12 | Online

NEW! Piano: Advanced II

For those who enjoy playing all types of music, learn a variety of songs from the classics to jazz to pop. Class covers continuation of minor scales and chords, more pieces in minor keys and more difficult rhythm patterns such as trills, turns and tremolos. Many techniques taught through fun songs! Prerequisite: Advanced Piano I or equivalent experience. Required texts discussed at first class.
MUSC-713 | 13 sessions | $70.50 AGE 60+ | $109 REG
S02 Tu 3:15-4:15 p.m. | Cheryl Conley
May 20-Aug. 12 | Online


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