Instruction

How to Get Started

Your needs and goals come first. Whether you're a performing musician or have never picked up an instrument, our instructors will teach you in the way you learn best. They cover a wide range of classic and contemporary styles.

Getting started is easy.

  1. What type of music instruction are you looking for?
    • We offer private lessons in many instruments to students of all ages.
    • To see if we have a group class you'd enjoy, view our current class schedule
    • If you want to make music with others, learn more about our band & ensembles program
    • We have some programs for toddlers and school aged children
  2. See our fees.
  3. Get to know our instructors.
  4. Have questions? Contact us.
  5. Sign Up!

Instruments & Voice A-Z

Private Lessons

Private Lessons PhotoWhether you are a beginner or a seasoned performer, our instructors will work with you to establish goals


Getting Started

  • Let us know your instrument and level of experience.
  • We'll give you a quick interview to help you find the instructor who's the best fit. When you're ready, call us at 612-333-6651.
  • You'll discuss your goals and schedule with the instructor before you start.
  • You can take lessons at the school, at an offsite location, or at your home (at a higher cost). Check out our fees.
  • Once you're comfortable that you have the right instructor and have settled on your lesson time, it's time to register and pay.
  • Please visit our Policies page for more information on time limits for using WBSM lessons and canceling, or rescheduling lessons.

Make the most of your private lessons.

  • Regular weekly lessons with homework assignments reinforced by daily practice are routines that allow you to make the most progress;
  • Thirty minutes or more of practice every day is good, but when you're busy, try for 15-20 minutes. Doing something each day, even for a short time, helps you progress; and
  • Work with your instructor to set your goals and monitor progress toward those goals monthly.

Taking a trial lesson.

You can buy a single trial lesson. If you then decide to sign up for a lesson package, we will apply the payment for that first lesson to the cost of the larger package.

We work with students on tight budgets.

Learn about our payment plans and financial aid.

Children's Programs

Choose the program that's best for your child.

Children's Program

Our children's programs include private lessons, classes for children and young people, regular classes, ensembles and summer camp.

Need more help? Contact Us

Want to get started? Register now.

Benefits of music education:
  • Better intellectual development.
  • Higher academic achievement.
  • More self-confidence.
  • Resistance to chemical abuse.

Private lessons for children and young people.

All our instructors are experienced in showing young students how to have fun making music and how to develop sound musical habits.

Often children and young people are ready to start learning about music when they show interest in learning to play or sing. Depending on the instrument, very young children may have physical and learning limitations, so speak to our director for advice.

Regular classes for more experienced children and young people.

Our classes are geared towards adults; however teenagers and younger students can keep up if they have some musical background. See our complete Current Class Schedule.

Ensemble fun for young musicians.

Ensemble experience will help students junior high age or older learn how to play better with others, hone their listening and practice skills, gain valuable performing experience, and learn new songs.

Group Classes & Schedule

Jazz Ensemble

Learn to play standards in an ensemble setting. In this class you will expand your knowledge of jazz progressions and forms. You will also learn how to improvise more effectively and accompany others more skillfully. Concert to be held at end of session.

Prerequisites: High school jazz band experience or by permission of instructor.

Age requirements: High school age and older or by permission of instructor. Open to all instruments.

Dates: Thursdays, 6/23 – 7/28, 1:00pm – 2:30pm

Sessions: 6 sessions + performance TBD

Instructor: Bill Simenson

Introduction to Composing & Arranging for Big Band (Jazz Orchestra)

This is the class for musicians who want to learn more about jazz theory, jazz harmony, jazz arranging, and composition for a large ensemble. Learn how to handle different instrumentations, effectively manage voicings, create re-harmonizations, and explore other compositional approaches.

Prerequisites: High school jazz band experience, composing experience, or by permission of instructor.

Age requirements: High school age and older or by permission of instructor.

Dates: Thursdays, 6/23 – 7/28, 3:00pm – 4:30pm

Sessions: 6 sessions

Instructor: Bill Simenson

Electric Blues Guitar Soloing

Designed for guitarists who have had some experience playing chords and scales and are interested in learning the tricks to playing great blues solos. This class will start with simple uses of the minor and major pentatonic scales and build from there.

Prerequisites: Some guitar experience

Age requirements: Open to all ages

Dates: Wednesdays, 6/15 – 7/20, 5:45pm – 7:15pm

Sessions: 6 sessions

Instructor: Paul Storms

Celtic Guitar

Learn how to play traditional Irish tunes. In this class you will reinforce your knowledge of major and minor scales and arpeggios and learn how to compose variations on traditional accompaniments. Most tunes will be taught in standard tuning although we will explore DADGAD tuning as well.

Prerequisites: Some guitar experience

Age requirements: Open to all ages

Dates: Wednesdays, 6/15 – 7/20, 7:30pm – 9:00pm

Sessions: 6 sessions

Instructor: Paul Storms

Girls Rock Camp

Get ready to rock this summer in an all-girls environment! Come with your own axe or learn the rock band instrument you've always wanted to play. Our band will learn to cover and rehearse songs, write our own originals, create stage presence, and talk about the music business and what it means to be a rockstar. We'll finish the session with a real life gig!

Prerequisites: No experience necessary

Age requirements: 6th-12th grade

Instruments: Vocals, guitar, bass, drums, and keyboards

Dates: M – F, 6/20 – 6/24, 4:00pm – 6:30pm

Sessions: 1 week + performance TBD

Instructor: Lauren Husting

Rock & Pop Camp

Do you dream of playing in a band? Join us for an awesome week of professionally guided rehearsals and get to know other musicians your age – all while preparing for a real life gig! Come with your cover ideas and original songs ready to help build our set list. We'll cover everything you need to know about building and managing a successful band.

Prerequisites: Some musical experience

Age requirements: 6th - 12th grade or by permission of instructor

Instruments: Vocals, guitar, bass, drums, and keyboards

Dates: M – F, 6/27 – 7/1, 4:00pm – 6:30pm

Sessions: 1 week + performance TBD

Instructor: Ben Davis

Music Theory for Guitar - Level I

A unique opportunity for the serious beginner or accomplished musician to thoroughly understand the structure of chords as well as how to index and play each in several forms. Learn the relationships of chords in a progression and how they resolve to and from each other through analysis of popular songs in many genres (blues, rock, jazz, folk, country, bluegrass, indie). This information is invaluable for song writing, improvising, pulling tunes from recordings and playing with others. The ability to read music is NOT necessary for this class. Level I: Covers a dozen important chord types, including major, minor, suspended, 6ths, 7ths and power chords.

Prerequisites: Advanced beginner through experienced (or a ravishing curiosity)

Age requirements: None

Dates: Thursdays, 6/30 – 8/4, 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Sessions: 6 sessions

Instructor: Dale Dahlquist

Music Theory for Guitar - Level II

Builds on the concepts introduced in Music Theory for Guitar – Level I. Level II: Includes 9ths, 11ths, 13ths, augmented, diminished, altered chords, inversions, and introduces more sophisticated chord progressions.

Prerequisites: Music Theory for Guitar Level I, or consent of instructor.

Age requirements: None

Dates: Thursdays, 6/30 – 8/4, 8:15pm – 9:45pm

Sessions: 6 sessions

Instructor: Dale Dahlquist

Funk Camp

Get on your good foot and tear the roof of the sucker! Join your fellow funk-a-teers and learn the secrets of making music that moves everybody onto the dance floor. You will learn songs by artists like James Brown, Parliament/Funkadelic, Tower of Power, The Gap Band, The Bar-Kays, Prince, and even Red Hot Chili Peppers, and also spend time crafting your own funky masterpieces. Camp will conclude with a real life gig! Can you dig it?

Prerequisites: Some experience on your instrument and the ability to feel a groove

Age requirements: 6th - 12th grade or older, or by permission of instructor

Instruments: Vocals, guitar, bass, drums, keyboards, percussion, and horn section

Dates: M – F, 7/11 – 7/15, 4:00pm – 6:30pm

Sessions: 1 week + performance TBD

Instructor: Ben Davis

Jazz Ensemble

Learn to play standards in an ensemble setting. In this class you will expand your knowledge of jazz progressions and forms. You will also learn how to improvise more effectively and accompany others more skillfully. Concert to be held at end of session.

Prerequisites: Some background in jazz and/or general knowledge of chords

Age requirements: 16 and over, or by permission of instructor

Dates: Wednesdays, 7/13 – 8/17, 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Sessions: 6 sessions + performance TBD

Instructor: Jim Ouska

Finger-Style Guitar

Learn about the history and performance of finger-style guitar. We'll cover the many genres of this style including primitive finger-style, finger-style blues, Hawaiian slack-key, Nashville finger-picking, British Isles Revivalist, and New Age techniques. We'll look at transcriptions from many of the greatest finger-style guitarists, including Leo Kottke, Michael Hedges, Pierre Bensusan, Chet Atkins, Bert Jansch, John Fahey, Alex de Grassi, Billy McLaughlin, Reverend Gary Davis, and more. A variety of traditional and modern left and right hand techniques will be covered.

Prerequisites: Some ability to play guitar and read tablature

Age requirements: All ages welcome

Dates: Fridays, 7/22 – 8/19, 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Sessions: 5 sessions

Instructor: Ben Davis

Old Time Fiddle Tune Ensemble

We will play fiddle tunes from the Appalachian and old time tradition. If you've wanted to learn and play these wonderful tunes in a stress free, encouraging environment, this will be a wonderful opportunity.

Prerequisites: $10.00 materials fee added to the registration fee for each player

Age requirements: Adults 18 and older

Instruments: Fiddle, banjo, mandolin, guitar, dobro, and bass

Dates: Mondays, 7/18 – 8/15, 5:00pm – 6:00pm

Sessions: 5 sessions

Instructor: Jim Plattes, fiddle & guitar

Gypsy Jazz Group Ensemble

This ensemble will play in the style of jazz popularized by the group “Quintet of the Hot Club of France” in the 1930’s and early 1940’s in France. This ensemble played a driving style of jazz featuring the virtuoso playing of guitarist Django Reinhardt and violinist Stephane Grappelli. Django Reinhardt wrote many tunes for this Group and they are still being played today by string jazz enthusiasts around the world. This style of music is the only jazz style that originated in Europe. We will play compositions written by Django Reinhardt and other jazz composers.

Prerequisites: Experience playing jazz and be fairly proficient on their respective instruments; $10.00 materials fee added to the registration fee for each player

Age requirements: Adults 18 and older

Instruments: Guitars, violin, clarinet, string bass, and mandolin

Dates: Mondays, 7/18 – 8/15, 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Sessions: 5 sessions

Instructor: Jim Plattes, violin

Irish Group Ensemble

This ensemble will play in the style popularized by the Irish group Altan. We will play jigs, reels, slip jigs, hornpipes and Irish polkas.

Prerequisites: Experience playing Irish fiddle tunes; $10.00 materials fee added to the registration fee for each player

Age requirements: Adults 18 years and older

Instruments: Guitar, fiddle, mandolin, banjo, cittern, bouzouki, Irish flute, accordion, whistle, and bodran

Dates: Mondays, 7/18 – 8/15, 7:15pm – 8:15pm

Sessions: 5 sessions

Instructor: Jim Plattes, violin

Introduction to String Quartet/Chamber Music

Time to dust off that violin, viola, cello, or bass. We'll play chamber music in an intimate setting utilizing standard pieces from the classical music repertoire.

Prerequisites: $10.00 materials fee added to the registration fee for each player

Age requirements: Adults 18 and older

Instruments: Violin, viola, cello, and string bass

Dates: Mondays, 7/18 – 8/15, Time to be determined

Sessions: 5 sessions

Instructor: Jim Plattes, violin

Electric Blues Guitar Soloing

Designed for guitarists who have had some experience playing chords and scales and are interested in learning the tricks to playing great blues solos. This class will start with simple uses of the minor and major pentatonic scales and build from there.

Prerequisites: Some guitar experience

Age requirements: Open to all ages

Dates: Wednesdays, 7/27 – 8/31, 5:45pm – 7:15pm

Sessions: 6 sessions

Instructor: Paul Storms

Celtic Guitar

Learn how to play traditional Irish tunes. In this class you will reinforce your knowledge of major and minor scales and arpeggios and learn how to compose variations on traditional accompaniments. Most tunes will be taught in standard tuning although we will explore DADGAD tuning as well.

Prerequisites: Some guitar experience

Age requirements: Open to all ages

Dates: Wednesdays, 7/27 – 8/31, 7:30pm – 9:00pm

Sessions: 6 sessions

Instructor: Paul Storms

Balanced Brass Performance

Learn a natural approach to playing a brass instrument through healthy, holistic methods. Session 1 - "Sound": How air makes all the difference. Session 2 - "Music": Brass playing is as easy as singing. Session 3 - "Focus": Practice techniques that create solid foundations for learning.

Prerequisites: Intermediate to Advanced

Age requirements: None

Instruments: Intermediate to Advanced trumpet, horn, trombone, baritone/euphonium, and tuba

Dates: Saturdays, 7/30 – 8/13, 10:30am – 12:00pm

Sessions: 3 sessions

Instructor: Lauren Husting

Beginner Brass Camp

Is your child starting a brass instrument at school in the fall and want a head start? Get them ready for fall band through sessions that will introduce them to their instruments, show them how to make a good sound and read music, foster proper technique, and get them going with playing songs!

Prerequisites: Elementary

Age requirements: None

Instruments: Elementary trumpet, horn, trombone, baritone/euphonium, and tuba

Dates: Trumpets/Horns: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 8/9 – 8/25, 3:15pm – 4:00pm; Low Brass: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 8/9 – 8/25, 4:15pm – 5:00pm

Sessions: 6 sessions, 2x/week

Instructor: Lauren Husting

Girls Rock Camp

Get ready to rock this summer in an all-girls environment! Come with your own axe or learn the rock band instrument you've always wanted to play. Our band will learn to cover and rehearse songs, write our own originals, create stage presence, and talk about the music business and what it means to be a rockstar. We'll finish the session with a real life gig!

Prerequisites: No experience necessary

Age requirements: 6th - 12th grade

Instruments: Vocals, guitar, bass, drums, and keyboards

Dates: M – F, 8/29 – 9/2, 4:00pm – 6:30pm

Sessions: 1 week + performance TBD

Instructor: Lauren Husting

Rock & Pop Camp

Do you dream of playing in a band? Join us this summer for professionally guided rehearsals and get to know other musicians your age – all while preparing for a real life gig! Come with your cover ideas and original songs to help build the set list. We'll cover everything you need to know about building and managing a successful band.

Prerequisites: Some musical experience preferred

Age requirements: 6th - 12th grade or by permission of instructor

Instruments: Vocals, guitar, bass, drums, and keyboards

Dates: Fridays, 7/22 – 8/19, 4:00pm – 6:30pm

Sessions: 5 sessions + performance TBD

Instructor: Ben Davis

Bands & Ensembles

Learn and have fun making music with others.

Join one of our ensembles: a group of students who play a variety of instruments. Each ensemble is led by one of our instructors. All are professional musicians who work with a variety of experience levels and musical styles. The ensemble members and instructor set their goals, choose music, work on arrangements, and rehearse weekly. The instructor often plays with the group.

Benefits of playing in an ensemble.

  • Get expert help in matching you up with others who think like you musically.
  • Improve your sense of timing and hone your listening and practice skills.
  • Pick up songs you might not otherwise learn.
  • Experience the joy of musical collaboration.
  • Make enduring musical friendships.

Ready? Sign up now.

  1. Decide what level best fits your goals. (See ensemble levels below).
  2. Fill out the Ensemble Application Form.
  3. Check out the fees.
  4. Mail or email us your application for review. Some bands require a follow-up audition. Have questions? Contact Us.

Our ensemble choices.

Jazz Ensemble Bill Simenson
Intro to Composing & Arranging for Big Band Bill Simenson
Electirc Blues Guitar Soloing Paul Storms
Celtic Guitar Paul Storms
Girls Rock Camp Lauren Husting
Rock & Pop Camp Ben Davis
Music Theory for Guitar - Level I Dale Dahlquist
Music Theory for Guitar - Level II Dale Dahlquist
Funk Camp Ben Davis
Jazz Ensemble Jim Ouska
Finger-Style Guitar Ben Davis
Old Time Fiddle Tune Ensemble Jim Plattes
Gypsy Jazz Group Ensemble Jim Plattes
Irish Group Ensemble Jim Plattes
Intro to String Quartet/Chamber Music Jim Plattes
Balanced Brass Performance Lauren Husting
Beginner Brass Camp Lauren Husting

Group Classes & Schedule

Jazz Ensemble

Learn to play standards in an ensemble setting. In this class you will expand your knowledge of jazz progressions and forms. You will also learn how to improvise more effectively and accompany others more skillfully. Concert to be held at end of session.

Prerequisites: High school jazz band experience or by permission of instructor.

Age requirements: High school age and older or by permission of instructor. Open to all instruments.

Dates: Thursdays, 6/23 – 7/28, 1:00pm – 2:30pm

Sessions: 6 sessions + performance TBD

Instructor: Bill Simenson

Introduction to Composing & Arranging for Big Band (Jazz Orchestra)

This is the class for musicians who want to learn more about jazz theory, jazz harmony, jazz arranging, and composition for a large ensemble. Learn how to handle different instrumentations, effectively manage voicings, create re-harmonizations, and explore other compositional approaches.

Prerequisites: High school jazz band experience, composing experience, or by permission of instructor.

Age requirements: High school age and older or by permission of instructor.

Dates: Thursdays, 6/23 – 7/28, 3:00pm – 4:30pm

Sessions: 6 sessions

Instructor: Bill Simenson

Electric Blues Guitar Soloing

Designed for guitarists who have had some experience playing chords and scales and are interested in learning the tricks to playing great blues solos. This class will start with simple uses of the minor and major pentatonic scales and build from there.

Prerequisites: Some guitar experience

Age requirements: Open to all ages

Dates: Wednesdays, 6/15 – 7/20, 5:45pm – 7:15pm

Sessions: 6 sessions

Instructor: Paul Storms

Celtic Guitar

Learn how to play traditional Irish tunes. In this class you will reinforce your knowledge of major and minor scales and arpeggios and learn how to compose variations on traditional accompaniments. Most tunes will be taught in standard tuning although we will explore DADGAD tuning as well.

Prerequisites: Some guitar experience

Age requirements: Open to all ages

Dates: Wednesdays, 6/15 – 7/20, 7:30pm – 9:00pm

Sessions: 6 sessions

Instructor: Paul Storms

Girls Rock Camp

Get ready to rock this summer in an all-girls environment! Come with your own axe or learn the rock band instrument you've always wanted to play. Our band will learn to cover and rehearse songs, write our own originals, create stage presence, and talk about the music business and what it means to be a rockstar. We'll finish the session with a real life gig!

Prerequisites: No experience necessary

Age requirements: 6th-12th grade

Instruments: Vocals, guitar, bass, drums, and keyboards

Dates: M – F, 6/20 – 6/24, 4:00pm – 6:30pm

Sessions: 1 week + performance TBD

Instructor: Lauren Husting

Rock & Pop Camp

Do you dream of playing in a band? Join us for an awesome week of professionally guided rehearsals and get to know other musicians your age – all while preparing for a real life gig! Come with your cover ideas and original songs ready to help build our set list. We'll cover everything you need to know about building and managing a successful band.

Prerequisites: Some musical experience

Age requirements: 6th - 12th grade or by permission of instructor

Instruments: Vocals, guitar, bass, drums, and keyboards

Dates: M – F, 6/27 – 7/1, 4:00pm – 6:30pm

Sessions: 1 week + performance TBD

Instructor: Ben Davis

Music Theory for Guitar - Level I

A unique opportunity for the serious beginner or accomplished musician to thoroughly understand the structure of chords as well as how to index and play each in several forms. Learn the relationships of chords in a progression and how they resolve to and from each other through analysis of popular songs in many genres (blues, rock, jazz, folk, country, bluegrass, indie). This information is invaluable for song writing, improvising, pulling tunes from recordings and playing with others. The ability to read music is NOT necessary for this class. Level I: Covers a dozen important chord types, including major, minor, suspended, 6ths, 7ths and power chords.

Prerequisites: Advanced beginner through experienced (or a ravishing curiosity)

Age requirements: None

Dates: Thursdays, 6/30 – 8/4, 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Sessions: 6 sessions

Instructor: Dale Dahlquist

Music Theory for Guitar - Level II

Builds on the concepts introduced in Music Theory for Guitar – Level I. Level II: Includes 9ths, 11ths, 13ths, augmented, diminished, altered chords, inversions, and introduces more sophisticated chord progressions.

Prerequisites: Music Theory for Guitar Level I, or consent of instructor.

Age requirements: None

Dates: Thursdays, 6/30 – 8/4, 8:15pm – 9:45pm

Sessions: 6 sessions

Instructor: Dale Dahlquist

Funk Camp

Get on your good foot and tear the roof of the sucker! Join your fellow funk-a-teers and learn the secrets of making music that moves everybody onto the dance floor. You will learn songs by artists like James Brown, Parliament/Funkadelic, Tower of Power, The Gap Band, The Bar-Kays, Prince, and even Red Hot Chili Peppers, and also spend time crafting your own funky masterpieces. Camp will conclude with a real life gig! Can you dig it?

Prerequisites: Some experience on your instrument and the ability to feel a groove

Age requirements: 6th - 12th grade or older, or by permission of instructor

Instruments: Vocals, guitar, bass, drums, keyboards, percussion, and horn section

Dates: M – F, 7/11 – 7/15, 4:00pm – 6:30pm

Sessions: 1 week + performance TBD

Instructor: Ben Davis

Jazz Ensemble

Learn to play standards in an ensemble setting. In this class you will expand your knowledge of jazz progressions and forms. You will also learn how to improvise more effectively and accompany others more skillfully. Concert to be held at end of session.

Prerequisites: Some background in jazz and/or general knowledge of chords

Age requirements: 16 and over, or by permission of instructor

Dates: Wednesdays, 7/13 – 8/17, 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Sessions: 6 sessions + performance TBD

Instructor: Jim Ouska

Finger-Style Guitar

Learn about the history and performance of finger-style guitar. We'll cover the many genres of this style including primitive finger-style, finger-style blues, Hawaiian slack-key, Nashville finger-picking, British Isles Revivalist, and New Age techniques. We'll look at transcriptions from many of the greatest finger-style guitarists, including Leo Kottke, Michael Hedges, Pierre Bensusan, Chet Atkins, Bert Jansch, John Fahey, Alex de Grassi, Billy McLaughlin, Reverend Gary Davis, and more. A variety of traditional and modern left and right hand techniques will be covered.

Prerequisites: Some ability to play guitar and read tablature

Age requirements: All ages welcome

Dates: Fridays, 7/22 – 8/19, 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Sessions: 5 sessions

Instructor: Ben Davis

Old Time Fiddle Tune Ensemble

We will play fiddle tunes from the Appalachian and old time tradition. If you've wanted to learn and play these wonderful tunes in a stress free, encouraging environment, this will be a wonderful opportunity.

Prerequisites: $10.00 materials fee added to the registration fee for each player

Age requirements: Adults 18 and older

Instruments: Fiddle, banjo, mandolin, guitar, dobro, and bass

Dates: Mondays, 7/18 – 8/15, 5:00pm – 6:00pm

Sessions: 5 sessions

Instructor: Jim Plattes, fiddle & guitar

Gypsy Jazz Group Ensemble

This ensemble will play in the style of jazz popularized by the group “Quintet of the Hot Club of France” in the 1930’s and early 1940’s in France. This ensemble played a driving style of jazz featuring the virtuoso playing of guitarist Django Reinhardt and violinist Stephane Grappelli. Django Reinhardt wrote many tunes for this Group and they are still being played today by string jazz enthusiasts around the world. This style of music is the only jazz style that originated in Europe. We will play compositions written by Django Reinhardt and other jazz composers.

Prerequisites: Experience playing jazz and be fairly proficient on their respective instruments; $10.00 materials fee added to the registration fee for each player

Age requirements: Adults 18 and older

Instruments: Guitars, violin, clarinet, string bass, and mandolin

Dates: Mondays, 7/18 – 8/15, 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Sessions: 5 sessions

Instructor: Jim Plattes, violin

Irish Group Ensemble

This ensemble will play in the style popularized by the Irish group Altan. We will play jigs, reels, slip jigs, hornpipes and Irish polkas.

Prerequisites: Experience playing Irish fiddle tunes; $10.00 materials fee added to the registration fee for each player

Age requirements: Adults 18 years and older

Instruments: Guitar, fiddle, mandolin, banjo, cittern, bouzouki, Irish flute, accordion, whistle, and bodran

Dates: Mondays, 7/18 – 8/15, 7:15pm – 8:15pm

Sessions: 5 sessions

Instructor: Jim Plattes, violin

Introduction to String Quartet/Chamber Music

Time to dust off that violin, viola, cello, or bass. We'll play chamber music in an intimate setting utilizing standard pieces from the classical music repertoire.

Prerequisites: $10.00 materials fee added to the registration fee for each player

Age requirements: Adults 18 and older

Instruments: Violin, viola, cello, and string bass

Dates: Mondays, 7/18 – 8/15, Time to be determined

Sessions: 5 sessions

Instructor: Jim Plattes, violin

Electric Blues Guitar Soloing

Designed for guitarists who have had some experience playing chords and scales and are interested in learning the tricks to playing great blues solos. This class will start with simple uses of the minor and major pentatonic scales and build from there.

Prerequisites: Some guitar experience

Age requirements: Open to all ages

Dates: Wednesdays, 7/27 – 8/31, 5:45pm – 7:15pm

Sessions: 6 sessions

Instructor: Paul Storms

Celtic Guitar

Learn how to play traditional Irish tunes. In this class you will reinforce your knowledge of major and minor scales and arpeggios and learn how to compose variations on traditional accompaniments. Most tunes will be taught in standard tuning although we will explore DADGAD tuning as well.

Prerequisites: Some guitar experience

Age requirements: Open to all ages

Dates: Wednesdays, 7/27 – 8/31, 7:30pm – 9:00pm

Sessions: 6 sessions

Instructor: Paul Storms

Balanced Brass Performance

Learn a natural approach to playing a brass instrument through healthy, holistic methods. Session 1 - "Sound": How air makes all the difference. Session 2 - "Music": Brass playing is as easy as singing. Session 3 - "Focus": Practice techniques that create solid foundations for learning.

Prerequisites: Intermediate to Advanced

Age requirements: None

Instruments: Intermediate to Advanced trumpet, horn, trombone, baritone/euphonium, and tuba

Dates: Saturdays, 7/30 – 8/13, 10:30am – 12:00pm

Sessions: 3 sessions

Instructor: Lauren Husting

Beginner Brass Camp

Is your child starting a brass instrument at school in the fall and want a head start? Get them ready for fall band through sessions that will introduce them to their instruments, show them how to make a good sound and read music, foster proper technique, and get them going with playing songs!

Prerequisites: Elementary

Age requirements: None

Instruments: Elementary trumpet, horn, trombone, baritone/euphonium, and tuba

Dates: Trumpets/Horns: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 8/9 – 8/25, 3:15pm – 4:00pm; Low Brass: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 8/9 – 8/25, 4:15pm – 5:00pm

Sessions: 6 sessions, 2x/week

Instructor: Lauren Husting

Girls Rock Camp

Get ready to rock this summer in an all-girls environment! Come with your own axe or learn the rock band instrument you've always wanted to play. Our band will learn to cover and rehearse songs, write our own originals, create stage presence, and talk about the music business and what it means to be a rockstar. We'll finish the session with a real life gig!

Prerequisites: No experience necessary

Age requirements: 6th - 12th grade

Instruments: Vocals, guitar, bass, drums, and keyboards

Dates: M – F, 8/29 – 9/2, 4:00pm – 6:30pm

Sessions: 1 week + performance TBD

Instructor: Lauren Husting

Rock & Pop Camp

Do you dream of playing in a band? Join us this summer for professionally guided rehearsals and get to know other musicians your age – all while preparing for a real life gig! Come with your cover ideas and original songs to help build the set list. We'll cover everything you need to know about building and managing a successful band.

Prerequisites: Some musical experience preferred

Age requirements: 6th - 12th grade or by permission of instructor

Instruments: Vocals, guitar, bass, drums, and keyboards

Dates: Fridays, 7/22 – 8/19, 4:00pm – 6:30pm

Sessions: 5 sessions + performance TBD

Instructor: Ben Davis