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

Advanced Virtual Group Piano: More than a solo art form (Grades 3-12)

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

Do you ever wish you could sit down and sight read through a piano piece? Do you want to learn how to accompany a singer or a choir? Or how to follow a conductor? Do you want to be able to harmonize a melody? How about improvising?! If you answered yes to these questions, this is the class for you! Sign up today! In addition to discovering solo piano repertoire, we will learn how to be multifaceted pianists. Must have a piano or keyboard at home. Music will be provided. At least 5 years of prior piano study is required.
$120/term for registered WMA choristers
$200/term for non-choristers

4 Chords, Endless Possibilities: Chord Progressions from Pop to Gospel

Thursdays, 6:30-7:30pm with Chaequan Anderson  

The “four chord” pop song has been around since Pachelbel’s Canon, don’t believe me!? I can prove it to you, I promise! In this class we will explore how  just 4 chords make up the majority of popular music harmonies today! We will take this a step further and develop these chord progressions in the style of several musical genres, from pop to gospel. At least 3 years of prior piano study is required.
$120/term for registered WMA choristers
$200/term for non-choristers

Vocal Improvisation from Beyoncé to Billie Eilish (grades 8-12)

Thursdays, 5:30-6:30pm with Sarah Mae Lagasca

Deepen the expression and emotion of your vocal performance by learning to skillfully embellish a musical line. In this class we will analyze the riffs and runs of vocal artists that can be applied to various musical genres from pop to Broadway to R&B! As you develop your artistic signature, you will also develop your aural skills, vocal agility and tasteful artistic choices.
$120/term for registered WMA choristers
$200/term for non-choristers

Sarah Mae Lagasca is an active singer, music educator, and voice coach in her hometown of New York City.  She is a proud public school music teacher and also maintains a private voice studio, specializing in musical theater and contemporary performance. In addition to regularly performing at venues around the city, she has prepared vocalists and choral ensembles for recordings at iHeart Radio, nationally broadcasted performances on Good Morning America, and sold out shows at Terminal 5, Music Hall of Williamsburg, Irving Plaza, and The Governor’s Ball Music Festival. She currently teaches at Arts High School in Newark, New Jersey, the first established performing arts high school in the country, where she is working to develop the school’s new Contemporary Voice and Recorded Vocal Music Program.ie

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