Courses


Private Lessons

The Community Music School offers private instruction in a variety of instruments for students age 3 through adult. Lessons are given at the historic Burrell-King house located at 315 East College Street in Oberlin, Ohio. A one-on-one relationship with the teacher and consistent practice helps students become proficient in their instrument. A variety of performance opportunities are available to enhance students' musical education. Lessons are available in the following instrument and vocal areas: 

  • Bassoon
  • Cello
  • Clarinet
  • Double Bass
  • Flute
  • Guitar
  • Oboe
  • Piano
  • Saxophone
  • Trumpet
  • Viola
  • Violin
  • Voice

Fall 2013 Semester dates: Lessons run from Monday, August 26, 2013 through Sunday, January 12, 2014 (makeup week Monday, December 16 - Sunday, December 22)
Spring 2014 Semester dates: Lessons run from Monday, January 13, 2014 through Monday, May 12, 2014 (makeup week Tuesday, May 13 - Monday, May 19)
Lessons are arranged at a time that works for both the teacher and the student.
Location: Burrell-King House (315 East College Street, Oberlin)
Tuition: Private Lesson tuition


    Suzuki Lessons

    Offered for piano or strings (violin, viola, and cello). In addition to the weekly private lesson, children and parents will attend a group class where they will play games to reinforce musical and technical issues with the instrument. No prior musical experience is needed on the part of the parent or the child. Read more about the Suzuki method.

    Parent Orientation Classes

    Fall 2013 Session dates: 8/24, 9/7, 9/14, 9/21* (no class on 8/31 for Labor Day weekend)
    Spring 2014 Session dates:
    1/18, 1/25, 2/1, 2/8*
    *A fifth session will be held for piano students at a mutually convenient time.
    Time: 10:00-10:45 a.m.
    Location: Burrell-King House (315 E. College St.)
    Tuition: Built into private lesson fees. No additional fees for this class.

    Suzuki Piano Beginnings

    In addition to private lessons:
    Fall 2013 Session includes:
    4-60 min. group classes (Sundays)
    Spring 2014 Session includes: 4-60 min. group classes (Sundays)
    Tuition: $32 per semester after the first year of study

    Suzuki Strings Beginnings

    In addition to private lessons:
    Fall 2013 Session includes:
    12 group classes
    Spring 2014 Session includes: 12 group classes
    Tuition: Pre-twinkle/Twinkle (30 min. class on Thursdays 6-6:30 p.m. - taught by Mary Price) - $48 per semester, Book 1 (45 min. class on Thursdays - 6-6:45 p.m. - taught by Bruce Erwin) - $72 per semester, Book 2 (45 min. class on Thursdays 6:45-7:30 p.m. - taught by Bruce Erwin) - $72 per semester


    The Music Development Program™ (MDP)

    A comprehensive program offering the student an opportunity to measure their musical progress against a national standard. Providing a systematized program of assessments, progressively leveled in difficulty, the MDP fosters musical creativity, artistry, personal expression, and a love of music while setting goals according to the student's needs. Geared to any student planning to take the MDP exam. Read more about The Music Development Program.

    Comprehensive Program

    In addition to private lessons:
    Fall 2013 Session includes: 12 weeks of theory class and 1 master class*
    Spring 2014 Session includes: 12 weeks of theory class and 1 MDP practice assessment
    Tuition: Music Theory I - $45 per semester, Music Theory II/III - $60 per semester

    Suzuki Piano Plus

    In addition to private lessons:
    Fall 2013 Session includes: 12 weeks of theory class, 8-30 min. Suzuki group classes, and 1 master class*
    Spring 2014 Session includes: 12 weeks of theory class, 8-30 min. Suzuki group classes, and 1 MDP practice assessment
    Tuition: Music Theory I - $75 per semester, Music Theory II/III - $90 per semester

    Suzuki Strings Plus

    In addition to private lessons:
    Fall 2013 Session includes: 12 weeks of theory class, 12 Suzuki group classes, and 1 master class*
    Spring 2014 Session includes: 12 weeks of theory class, 12 Suzuki group classes, and 1 MDP practice assessment
    Tuition: Music Theory I + 30 min. group - $90 per semester, Music Theory I + 45 min. group - $115 per semester, Music Theory II + 30 min. group - $105 per semester, Music Theory II + 45 min. group - $122 per semester, Music Theory III + 45 min. group - $130 per semester

    *A master class is a public lesson where each student in the class will play his/her piece for a master teacher and will then receive feedback. The class will be presented in a manner that students will learn from each other's lessons.

    Visit Royal Conservatory's Music Development Program Bookstore to purchase music at a 20% discount.  A $7 flat shipping rate will be applied to each order.


    Musicianship and Music Theory

    New students to the music theory program will be asked to take a short diagnostic test at the first class to be sure that they are placed with students at a similar level.

    Music Theory I

    Teacher: Hannah Hammell
    Fall 2013 Session dates: 9/9, 9/16, 9/23, 9/30, 10/7, 10/14, 10/28, 11/4, 11/11, 11/18, 11/25, 12/2 (12/9 - Makeup week, if needed)
    Spring 2014 Session dates: 2/10, 2/17, 2/24, 3/3, 3/10, 3/17, 3/31, 4/7, 4/14, 4/21, 4/28, 5/5 (5/12 - Makeup week, if needed)
    Session time: 6:30-7:00pm
    Location: Bibbins 237
    Tuition: $75 per semester ($40 per semester, for those enrolled in CMS private lessons)

    This 30 minute class is designed for 7-10 year olds who are studying an instrument privately, or may be a member of the Choristers singing group. The class will prepare the student to take The Royal Conservatory Music Development Program assessment at the end of the school year. The class will incorporate games, puzzles, and movement in order to teach ear training, rhythmic understanding, note reading, and basic theory knowledge.

    Music Theory II

    Teacher: Hannah Hammell
    Fall 2013 Session dates: 9/9, 9/16, 9/23, 9/30, 10/7, 10/14, 10/28, 11/4, 11/11, 11/18, 11/25, 12/2 (12/9 - Makeup week, if needed)
    Spring 2014 Session dates:
    2/10, 2/17, 2/24, 3/3, 3/10, 3/17, 3/31, 4/7, 4/14, 4/21, 4/28, 5/5 (5/12 - Makeup week, if needed)
    Session time: 6:00-6:45pm
    Location: Bibbins 233
    Tuition: $100 per semester ($50 per semester, for those enrolled in CMS private lessons)

    This 45 minute class is designed for 11-14 year olds who are studying an instrument or voice privately. The class will prepare the student to take The Royal Conservatory Music Development Program assessment at the end of the school year. Students will work alone and in small groups to learn the fundamentals of music theory, rhythm, and ear training. This class will include music notation, time signatures, intervals, major and minor scales, building chords, ear training, and rhythmic notation.

    Music Theory III

    Teacher: Katelyn Emerson
    Fall 2013 Session dates: 9/9, 9/16, 9/23, 9/30, 10/7, 10/14, 10/28, 11/4, 11/11, 11/18, 11/25, 12/2 (12/9 - Makeup week, if needed)
    Spring 2014 Session dates:
    2/10, 2/17, 2/24, 3/3, 3/10, 3/17, 3/31, 4/7, 4/14, 4/21, 4/28, 5/5 (5/12 - Makeup week, if needed)
    Session time: 7:00-7:45pm
    Location: Bibbins 233
    Tuition: $100 per semester ($50 per semester, for those enrolled in CMS private lessons)

    This class is designed for high school students who are studying an instrument or voice privately. The class will prepare the student to take The Royal Conservatory Music Development Program assessment at the end of the school year. A placement test will be given at the beginning of each semester to determine areas of strength and weakness of those in the class. From there, a personalized curriculum will be devised for the students. Skills taught will include: music notation in treble and bass clef, time signatures, intervals, major and minor scales, building chords, ear training, and rhythmic notation.


    Musical Beginnings NEW!

    Musical Beginnings is a class for children 0 to 3 and their caregivers to allow children to learn music as a native language at the time when the brain is most ready for language development. Did you know many children will match pitch and copy rhythms before they are able to form words? In the first few years of life, the brain begins to shed unused neural pathways intended for language including pitch matching, complex rhythmic patterns, modal tonalities, etc. This is believed to be the reason it is much harder to learn music as an adult than as a child. By teaching how to sing in tune, move in time, and to audiate (to hear music internally), Musical Beginnings prepares children for any future musical studies they choose to pursue.

    Musical Beginnings activities are based on the research of Edwin Gordon, who has written extensively on brain development and early childhood music education.

    Instructor: Mary Price
    Session dates and times: Mondays 6:00-7:00 p.m., February 3 through April 28 (no class on 3/24 for spring break, makeup class 5/5, if needed) - OR - Tuesdays 11:40 a.m.-12:40 p.m., February 4 through April 29 (no class on 3/25 for spring break, makeup class 5/6, if needed)
    Location: Oberlin Community Music School Burrell King House - 315 E. College St., Oberlin
    Tuition: $96 per semester
    Enrollment: A minimum of 5 children is needed in order to hold the class. If there are fewer than 5 children in each of the classes, we will try to combine the two classes.


    MusicPlay

    MusicPlay, a program for children ages 3 to 5, introduces a variety of musical concepts through singing, moving, listening, describing, analyzing, and creating. Important social skills such as listening and sharing are developed in a nurturing environment. Classes are limited to 12 students.

    Parents will observe MusicPlay classes, which are taught by Bennett and conservatory music-education students, and learn techniques for musical interaction that can be used at home or in a child-care setting.

    Director: Peggy Bennett, professor of music education
    Session dates: Tuesdays, February 4 through April 29 (no classes March 25 for Spring Break)
    Session times: 5-5:45 p.m. and 6-6:45 p.m.
    Location: Bibbins 237
    Tuition: $60 per semester


    Dalcroze Eurythmics

    Dalcroze eurythmics teaches rhythm and musical expression through singing and movement. It provides the background and solid music skills needed in order to study any instrument. Children will be divided by age into the following groups: Pre-K and K, grades 1-3 and grades 4-6.

    Instructor: Katie Cross
    Fall 2013 Session dates: 9/28, 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26, 11/2, 11/9, 11/16, 11/23, 12/7 (no class on 11/30 due to Thanksgiving holiday).
    Spring 2014 Session dates:
     2/15, 2/22, 3/1, 3/8, 3/15, 3/22, 4/5, 4/12, 4/26, 5/3 (no class on 3/29 for spring break recess and 4/19 for Easter weekend).
    Makeup class dates (if needed):
     12/14 for fall semester; 5/10 for spring semester
    Time: 10:00-10:30 a.m. (pre-K through first grade) and 10:30-11:00 a.m. (Grades 2-5)
    Location: Burrell-King house (315 E. College St., Oberlin)
    Tuition: $75 per semester


    String Preparatory Program

    The String Preparatory Program provides group and private instruction for the beginning, elementary-school-aged string player. The program is designed to enrich playing experiences for the beginning string player. Classes are taught by Erwin and conservatory students.

    Instruments are available for rental through area music stores or for loan upon completion of a financial-need application.

    Director:  Joanne Erwin, professor of music education
    Spring Session dates: Classes meet on a weekly basis beginning on January 30. A final concert will be held on May 8.
    Spring Session times: 5:00 - 5:45 p.m. for first year students and 6:00 - 6:45 p.m. for second year students.
    Tuition: $100 per semester


    Chamber Music

    The Oberlin Community Music School's highly successful chamber music program is an excellent way to work on sight-reading, rhythmic precision, communication and listening skills, while fostering a love for music. Small chamber groups of 3-5 students will be formed and will have weekly lessons from a master teacher of chamber music. This 10-week session will culminate with a chamber music concert to be held in various venues around Oberlin.

    Fall 2013 Session dates: The weeks of 9/23, 9/30, 10/7, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28, 11/4, 11/11, 11/18, 12/2. (No lesson the week of 11/25 for Thanksgiving.) Concert date TBA.
    Spring 2014 session dates: The weeks of 1/27, 2/3, 2/10, 2/17, 2/24, 3/3, 3/10, 3/17, 3/31, 4/7. (No lesson the week of 3/24 for Spring Break.) Concert date TBA.
    Session times:
    Teacher and students will find a time on a weekly basis that works for all involved.
    Playing level: Students must have taken three to four years of private lessons to participate in Chamber Music. If a student is unknown to our teachers, an audition will be required.
    Location: Burrell-King house (315 E. College St., Oberlin)
    Tuition: $100 per semester 


    Adult Chamber Music Afternoons NEW!

    For adult string players and pianists - offered four times per year. During the course of the afternoon, you will be coached by and play with professional performing musicians. Adult musicians should be at least at an intermediate level and be able to sight read at a level that you can hold your own part in a small ensemble (3-5 players). At the end of the afternoon, we will come together to enjoy each other's company over light refreshments. Pre-registration is required.

    Session dates: Sundays, Sept. 22, Nov. 10, Jan. 12, and Apr. 6
    Session times: 2-4:30 p.m.
    Location: Oberlin Community Music School, 315 E. College St., Oberlin
    Fee: $20 per session - non-refundable
    Registration: Register for any number of sessions. You must pre-register 3 weeks in advance of each session. September 22 - must register by Sept. 1, November 10 - must register by October 20, January 12 - must register by December 22, April 6 - must register by March 16.  Click here to be directed to the Adult Chamber Music Afternoons registration form.


    Summer Chamber Music Camp

    An end of the summer chamber music camp designed to help your child reboot for school year playing. The Summer Chamber Music Camp (SCMC) is a great way for your musician to enhance his/her instrumental skills while sharing in the joy of collaborating with other young musicians. Students will have two hours daily of coaching with professional faculty that will culminate with a concert at the end of the week. Daily enrichment classes will foster listening skills, musicianship, and will introduce students to other genres of playing, including fiddling.

    Summer 2013 session dates: August 12 – 16. Concert on Friday, 8/16 at 6:00pm.
    Daily Schedule: 5:00 - 6:00pm chamber rehearsal/coaching with faculty, 6:00 - 6:30pm break/snack, 6:30 - 7:00pm musicianship/fiddling/musical jeopardy/listening, 7:00 - 8:00pm chamber rehearsal/coaching
    Who: Any string player who has taken private lessons for at least two years. We encourage older students through high school seniors and pre-formed groups to attend.
    Location: Oberlin Conservatory, 77 West College St., Oberlin OH 44074. (Concert will be held in Kulas Recital Hall.)
    Tuition: $80 per week


    Computer Music NEW!

    Now offering three new classes in Computer Music! The Community Music School is excited to announce a pilot project in collaboration with the TIMARA (Technology in Music and Related Arts) Department of Oberlin Conservatory.

    Does your son or daughter spend hours listening to music on headphones? Would you like them to learn how to create their own sound world and music with computers?

    Our new courses will be taught by Oberlin Conservatory TIMARA majors supervised by TIMARA faculty and will be for all ages: elementary (grades 3-5), middle-school (grades 6-8), and high-school (grades 9-12) students. Each age group will meet 1 hour per week for class instruction and individualized mentorship. These courses will teach your daughter or son how to use microphones, portable recorders, and audio editing software - all with the goal of empowering them to express their own sonic imagination and write computer-generated music. No previous experience/musical knowledge or special equipment is required. Classes will be limited to three students per age bracket. Read more about TIMARA about Oberlin.

    Classes held during the weeks of: 2/10, 2/17, 2/24, 3/3, 3/10, 3/17, 3/31, 4/7, 4/14, 4/21 (No lesson the week of 3/24 for Spring Break, makeup class 4/28 if needed.)
    Times: Grades 9-12 - Mondays 5-6 p.m., Grades 6-8 - Tuesdays 5-6 p.m., Grades 3-5 - Wednesdays 5-6 p.m.
    Location: Oberlin Community Music School, 315 E. College St., Oberlin
    Tuition: $80 per semester (scholarship available for those who qualify)

    Interested in taking lessons with us?

    Complete the Inquiry Form and you will be contacted by our office to answer questions about our programs. This does not commit you to enrolling, nor does it confirm availability in our programs. This is the first step for enrollment in any CMS private lesson or class offering.

     

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    Complete the Registration Form after you've been in contact with our office and teaching staff and are ready to enroll for a semester class or private lessons.


    Scholarships

    Scholarship application deadlines for the 2013-2014 school year are July 31, 2013 for returning students and August 12, 2013 for new students.

    Please note: Scholarship applications cannot be processed without proof of income.

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