Virtual Group Classes

Improve your piano skills, explore how just 4 chords make up the majority of popular music, or add color to your vocal performance with improv – all from the comfort and safety of your own home! Westrick Music Academy’s expert teachers create a fun, engaging environment that facilitates learning and encourages musical growth.

In a group setting, students enjoy social interaction and regular informal performance opportunities as their skills grow.

1st Term: September 21 – November 7
2nd Term: November 9 – December 18

Beginning Virtual Group Piano (Grades 3-6)

Wednesdays, 4:00-4:45pm with Stefanie Watson

If you’re considering learning piano, dip your fingers in and try it out in this group session! Build your music-reading superpowers while you learn basic piano technique in an encouraging environment. Must have a keyboard or piano at home (at least 61 keys, 88 is preferred). Repertoire will be provided. Some music-reading experience is helpful but beginning readers welcome.
$90/term for registered WMA choristers
$150/term for non-choristers

Beginning Virtual Group Piano (Grades 7-12)

Thursdays, 4:00-5:00pm with Tyler Weakland

Learn how to navigate the piano’s 88 keys! Or want to improve your skills before college? Start your journey to uncovering a lifelong love of music. Must have a keyboard or piano at home, repertoire will be provided, basic music reading skills required.
$120/term for registered WMA choristers
$200/term for non-choristers

Intermediate Virtual Group Piano (Grades 3-12)

Wednesdays, 5:00-6:00pm with Stefanie Watson 

If you have the basics down, join us to explore life beyond middle C! We will learn pieces with part independence (liberate that left hand!), explore transposition, and refine technique and musicianship. Learn to play a favorite piece or explore completely new repertoire as you work with Ms. Watson and your classmates to achieve your musical goals. Must have a keyboard or piano at home (at least 76 keys, preferably 88) with a damper pedal. At least 2 years of prior piano study is required (1 year experience will be considered with instructor permission).
$120/term for registered WMA choristers
$200/term for non-choristers

Comedy/Improv (Grades 5-12)
Thursdays 4:00 – 5:00 pm with Lulu French 

Get ready to laugh with this online Comedy Class! Students will learn the basics of Comedy Improv through creative play and learn how to continuously create their own scenes and character!  As working together is instrumental in learning Improv, teamwork and listening is encouraged throughout.  But most of all, students will have lots of fun in this encouraging environment.  This class will inspire gleefulness and hilarity while learning improv games, very similar in style to Whose Line Is It Anyway.  Students of all performance experience levels are welcome. Taught by Rocket Improv director and head instructor, Lulu French, www.lulufrench.com.
$120/term for registered WMA choristers
$200/term for non-choristers

Ukulele! (Grades 5-12)

Wednesdays, 5:00 – 5:45 pm with Jodi Adessa

The ukulele is among the easiest instruments to learn, and most delightful to play. In this class you will learn basic chords, strumming techniques and some of your favorites songs! You’ll leave each class with a smile and some newly learned skills. Students should come to class with their own ukulele. Check out this list for best recommended beginner Ukuleles.
$90 for registered WMA choristers
$150 for non-choristers

Jodie is an enthusiastic performer and educator who began her career as a musician working in opera and musical theatre.  She received both a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance and a Masters degree in Educational Leadership from the College of New Jersey, and her Kodaly Certification from Westminster Choir College. Jodie is currently teaching at the Academy for the Performing Arts of Morris Knolls High School in Denville, New Jersey where she teaches the students majoring in Vocal Performance.  Besides teaching in the classroom, Jodie teaches private vocal and piano lessons and continues to perform.  She is an active member of NAfME, NJSMA, and ACDA. Jodie has been playing the Ukulele and teaching it to students in the classroom and educators in workshops for over five years. She is excited to share her love of ukulele 
                             playing with you and looks forward to meeting you in class!

Questions? Email us at Education@WestrickMusic.org

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