Summer 17′

One Week Classes beginning July 10, 2017  Pay to book your spot… Limited Space!

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Intro classes

Guitar & Ukulele are designed to teach the most basic aspects of playing music to those who are either new to the instrument entirely or have been playing for less than a year. Learn chords, new notes, new rhythms and technique; learn a few songs for the week. Get your skills up, and prepare yourself so you can join an ensemble. These classes are made very easy for beginners to get the most out of the instruction.

Beatles Guitar Classes

Also ensemble type classes.  Students should be able to play all of their open chords. Learn Beatles Music from: Revolver, The White Album, SGT. Peppers, Abbey Road & Rubber Soul. Offered throughout the summer.

Summer session chamber orchestra 1:  Week 2 – July 17-21 (12:30pm – 2:00pm)                With Krystyna Taylor – Artistic Director of the String Program                                            Classical favorites!  Come join Krystyna Taylor for a brief overview of classical orchestral favorites. We will introduce four well loved classical pieces for chamber orchestra, focusing on the basic skills of playing in a chamber orchestra, orchestra etiquette, how to follow a conductor, and tips on how to get more out of rehearsals in a short period of time. The last day will have a final rehearsal which will be open to any parents or friends who are interested in watching a live dress rehearsal. 

Kids’ Keyboard Camp : Week 2 – July 17-21. (2:00pm – 3:30pm class) ages 6 and up               This class, designed by Mike Dale, is for youngsters with little or no music/piano experience.  Keyboards and method books will be provided by SPMA.  We will learn piano fundamentals, music reading and theory, improvisation, and playing in a Piano Band! 

Summer session chamber orchestra 2: Week 3 – July 24-28. (12:30pm-2:00pm)                  With Krystyna Taylor – Artistic Director of the String Program                                                Rock, Pop and Broadway!  This week Krystyna Taylor will teach four arrangements of rock, pop and broadway show tunes. This music will feature alternative string techniques not normally found in classical. We will cover different modern styles, skills and rhythms found in pop and rock music for strings as well as a brief summary of electric instruments, pickups and amplifiers. Our final class will be open to anyone who would like to listen. It is recommended that students wanting to sign up for this class have a decent understanding of counting and rhythm as well as can read sheet music and have some orchestral experience.

Screen Shot 2017-03-26 at 9.23.58 AMHand Drum Ensemble: Week 3 -July 24-28. (10:30am – Noon)  With Alex Jenkins                      Djembe, Dumbek, Conga and Bongo Students, at any playing level are welcome.  Participants will learn about the rhythmic traditions of Africa, East India, Latin America and the Middle East! Theme and variation will be used as a vehicle to explore traditional rhythm as well as improvisation. This five day course will conclude with a short world music performance by the students on Friday after the class in the courtyard by The Brazil Center, on campus at the Clara Performing Arts Center.  SPMA Special rate: Pay the 2nd/3rd Class price: $125 for the week.

Beginning Rhythm and Music Theory Workshop: Week Five: 12:30pm to 2pm                   With Krystyna Taylor – Artistic Director of the String Program                                                This class is open to ages 9 and up. Krystyna Taylor will teach about rhythm, counting, note reading, and you’ll have lots of musical fun! Through rhythm and theory games and lots of group participation, we will gain a better understanding of everything musical without instruments. Great for anyone who needs more help with understanding music theory and rhythm and wants to be a better musician in a fun class environment. No musical experience needed.

Kids’ Jazz Band – Week 5 – August 7 – 11 (2:00pm – 3:30pm class) ages 6 and up

This class is for those with beginner-level experience (6 months +) on their instrument.  Open to wind/brass players, string players, pianists, drummers, bassists, and guitarists.  We will explore this unique Great American Art Form using group improvisation exercises, and the repertoire of jazz greats: Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus, Herbie Hancock, and others.

Blues Band – Mondays: 7:00pm – 8:30pm SPMA Studio 116. With Mike Dale

July 10, 17, 24, 31, August 7, 14.  age 13-adult                                                                                   “Have you ever loved a woman so much you trembled in pain?”  Do you have basic facility on guitar, bass, drums, piano, sax, trumpet, harmonica or vocals?  If you answered yes to either question, then this is the class for you.  We will explore the art of improvisation and the repertoire of all the blues greats: B.B. King, Muddy Waters, Robert Cray, and many, many more. $150

Cello Orchestra – Wednesdays: 7:30-9:00pm Auditorium                                                          With Krystyna Taylor – Artistic Director of the String Program                                                July 5, 12, 19, 26.  August 2, 9.  Concert August 16th                                                                         Come be a part of the first cello orchestra in Sacramento! Open to all cellists of all ages and levels from beginning to advanced. We will cover arrangements of well known classical pieces all the way to some really fun rock and pop. All pieces will have very easy parts for the new beginner, up to very demanding parts for the most advanced students. The seven week class will take place in the beautiful auditorium of the Clara, and will end with a free concert on the last night, August 16th. $150

Soul Jazz Band – for Teens & Adults – Thursdays  7:00pm – 8:30pm With Mike Dale                     July 13, 20, 27, and August 3, 10, 17.) Age 13 to Adult                                                                         This unique ensemble will explore funky contemporary jazz arrangements of music by Herbie Hancock, the Meters, Jimmy Smith, James Brown, Medeski/Martin/Wood, and others.  Members of the group may also contribute original compositions!  Open to wind/brass/string players, guitarists/bassists, and drummers with at least 1 year playing experience, or intermediate facility on their instrument. $150

Sac Prep Music Academy

Located at: 2420 N Street Studio 116 Sacramento CA 95816                                                                           916-382-2770

Sac Prep Music Academy performs recital shows and hosts shows throughout the year: Spring, Summer, Fall & Winter. Our students are constantly adding music to their repertoire, and expanding their musical abilities to play new music with other students in the Academy, while developing their role as a musician on their own instrument.

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