Quality music education built upon performance excellence.
LeGrand Music Studios’ music school offers fine music instruction, where students have the opportunity to work towards a complete understand of their instrument and music. In addition to private lessons, our music school offers class based education. Classes offer students the opportunity to discover new subjects, ideas and concepts surrounding music. All of our classes are practical, informative and affordable. All classes and lessons are scheduled in 4 and 6 week durations. Please review the classes and lessons listed below and contact us if you need further assistance or have any questions. (Download brochure)
Music School Classes and Lessons
The ukulele is a Hawaiian instrument most often utilizing four nylon strings. The Ukulele was originally associated with Hawaiian music; however, musicians such as Herb Ohta, Jake Shimabukuro, and Eddie Vedder, have utilized the ukulele in all styles of music. The most common tuning for the ukulele is C6-tuning, where the G string is tuned an octave higher. This is known as reentrant tuning. The ukulele can also be found in the form of a banjo or resonator, but the tuning generally remains the same. Several sizes of ukuleles can be found such as soprano, concert, tenor, and baritone. Learning ukulele with the goal of reading music notation instead of just tablature, allows the musician to play from fake books, etc. Additionally, finger style and solo instruction is utilized as opposed to just chordal strumming. This instruction leads to a musician who is comfortable and confident playing in different venues and with other instruments.
LeGrand Music Studios’ private guitar lessons are offered to adults and children. Our lessons genres are finger-style, classical, folk and blues. Our students ages range from 5 to 70 years old. Music School private lessons are taught weekly in person, or via Skype, and are scheduled by appointment, Lesson costs begin at $25 for 30 minutes, and are scheduled monthly. (4 lessons per month.)
LeGrand Music Studios offer voice lessons to all ages. Jacqueline Brecheen is the vocal instructor at our music school. With her roots in pop music, and extensive training and love in classical repertoire, Jacqueline enjoys teaching healthy techniques for singing all genres. She believes a “mash-up” of old and new is a great way to achieve beautiful sound. Focusing on posture, movement, breath and lyrics, she develops students as individuals, each with different needs as singers and artists. Lesson costs begin at $25 for a 30-minute lesson. (4 lessons per month.)
LeGrand Music Studios’ piano lessons are a perfect fit for beginner students. Our piano students have many opportunities to perform with other instrumentalists and students, and as solo musicians. Piece selection for piano lessons span several genres and create a diverse education for students. Lesson costs are $25 for a 30-minute lesson. Please contact us for more information.
The Adult Folk Guitar Class is a great way to learn standard folk tunes and some of the elements of music. This class is divided into two levels. Several songs are taught in each class. This class meets on Tuesdays at 12:00 PM. The course duration is 6 weeks and costs $99. Class 1: An introduction to basic chording, rhythm and notation. Class 2: Melody, music theory and playing with other musicians.
Mandolin is a member of the lute family dating to the 17th century with 8 strings in 4 courses tuned in perfect 5th’s. Learning mandolin with the goal of reading music notation instead of just tablature, opens up a vast literature of music to include bluegrass, Celtic, classical, jazz, pop, rock, etc. Additionally, ear training, improvisation, and theory are utilized to build a well-rounded musician. This instruction leads to a musician who is comfortable and confident playing in different venues. Since, a number of students come to mandolin after learning other instruments, instruction is maximized by incorporating previously learned skills into the mandolin instruction. Finally, students who are interested in learning mandolin related instruments such as tenor banjo, bandurria, bouzouki, mandola, or octave mandolin are encouraged to do so, with the same instruction emphasis. Lesson costs begin at $25 for 30 minutes. Please contact our music school for more information.
LeGrand Music Studios have several ensembles in our music school. Our ensembles are a great way to expand a student’s understand of music. All Ensembles have a minimum of three students and a maximum of six students, and may be an additional course to private lessons. Ensembles are taught in a class format and in three separate classes: Ages 7-10, ages 11-16 and ages 16-up. Ensemble classes cost $79 per 4 weeks.
The Solfeggio for Children and Youth Classes are a great way to have fun while learning basic music theory! These classes are divided into three levels and two classes: Ages 7-10 and ages 11-16. Many songs are taught in each class. This class does not require an instrument, as all music will be sung. The course duration is 6 weeks and cost $79.
LeGrand Music Studios’ Guitar Theory is a great way to begin to learn music theory as it relates to the guitar fingerboard (fretboard). This class will cover many topics including a review of music fundamentals (notation), the fingerboard, simple chord progressions, scales and modes, advanced chords and harmonizing a melody. The instructor for this course, Dr. Tom Norris teaches most of the classes at our music school. This course meets one hour per week for 6 weeks and $99. Date: TBD
LeGrand Music Studios’ Music Appreciation I course is a great way to learn about music, composers and instruments. This course is taught by Dr. Tom Norris and focuses on instrumental music from 1725 to 1825, Bach to Beethoven. The course will cover solo music (e.g., keyboard, lute, cello, violin, etc.), small ensemble music (e.g., string quartets, wind quintets, sonatas for keyboard and violin, etc.) and orchestral music (e.g., concertos, symphonies, overtures, etc.). Specific works to explore include: 1) The preludes and fugues, suites, and concertos of J.S. Bach, 2) The string quartets and symphonies of Haydn, 3) The sonatas and concertos of Mozart, 4) The string quartets, symphonies and concertos of Beethoven. Topics of Discussion: Basic music notation and terms, instrument families, instruments and orchestra of the time, biographical information, musical forms. The course duration is 6 weeks and costs $99. Date: TBD
LeGrand Music Studios’ Music School has a new course offering: Application Dulcimer. Printable Course Description. Beginning Appalachian Dulcimer (2 courses): Discover our Appalachian heritage. Learn how much fun it is to play the Appalachian Mountain Dulcimer. No prior musical knowledge is necessary for this course. During the six (6) weeks of beginner instruction you will learn some old time traditional tunes and techniques such as basic strumming, fretting, slides, hammer-ons, pull-offs, and some chord playing. Videos of many of the tunes may be accessed via YouTube so it’s like having the instructor in your home helping you practice every week making learning easier than eve. If you don’t have a dulcimer (required at first class), the instructor can provide dulcimer sources, including inexpensive cardboard body dulcimers. Class limited to the first 12 students who register. Course cost is $99 per 6 weeks and approximately $37.00 material fee payable to instructor in class. Please contact our music school for more information. Novice Appalachian Dulcimer (2 courses): Continue to grow from a beginner mountain dulcimer player. Students who have completed “Beginning Appalachian Dulcimer” should be ready for this course. We learn more about DAD corded melody, explore other tunings, mode structure, timing, dulcimer techniques and tones, cross-picking, playing with capo, chord shapes, names, and their relationship, and generally increase your dulcimer abilities. Students must already know how to tune their dulcimer, play at least 10 to 15 different beginner tunes in DAD tuning, understand basics of music timing from the staff and notes, and be able to read dulcimer tabulation. Students must have their own dulcimer from day one. Class limited to the first 12 students who register. Course cost is $99 per 6 weeks and approximately $42.00 material fee payable to instructor in class. Intermediate Appalachian Dulcimer I (2 courses): Please contact our music school for more information. Students who have completed “Novice Appalachian Dulcimer” should be ready for this course. Students should be comfortable playing novice level (fairly basic and simple) chorded melody tunes. They should be fairly comfortable playing all the major chord shapes while playing the melody. We will be using a chorded melody style, tunes with capos, and different tunings including DAD, DAA, DGD, DAC, EAA, etc. Half of this course will introduce cross-picking techniques to play some beautiful old melodies. If you have not done much cross-picking but would like to learn this is the course for you. Course cost is $99 per 6 weeks and approximately $43.00 material fee payable to instructor in class. Intermediate Appalachian Dulcimer II (2 courses): Please contact our music school for more information. Please contact our music school for more information. Students who have completed “Intermediate Appalachian Dulcimer I should be ready for this course. Students should be comfortable playing at the beginning intermediate level chorded melody style as well as using some cross-picking techniques. We will be dividing our course time about 50% on cross-picking and 50% on strummed chorded tunes. The genre of tunes will include hymns, jigs, minstrels, classical, waltzes, rags, and patriot. Course cost is $99 per six weeks and approximately $49.00 material fee payable to instructor in class. Playout Preparation for Appalachian Dulcimer (2 courses): Please contact our music school for more information. Now that you have learned to play a variety of fiddle tunes, waltzes, and hymns, it is time to prepare for a dulcimer playout for an audience of some type. Students who have completed all four of the dulcimer courses offered at LeGrand Music Studios should be ready for this course. Other students who play at the level described in the Intermediate Appalachian Dulcimer I and II courses should also be ready. What does it take to perform a good volunteer dulcimer playout? How do you prepare individually and as a group? How do you make the playout entertaining and fun? These are some of the questions that will be answered as we prepare for a volunteer dulcimer playout to be done at the conclusion of this course. Class limited to the first 12 students who register. Course cost is $99 and approximately $30 material fee payable to instructor in class.