Performing Arts: Music

Performing Arts: Music

Personal Enrichment

Offered through Continuing Education

Enhance your musical abilities through group performance and individual instruction. From songwriting and vocal or symphonic ensemble to guitar, harmonica and piano, our classes help you develop your musical creative outlet.

Program Coordinator

Continuing Education

Phone

314-984-7777

Register and pay online for music courses

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Music Styles and History

New The Motown Sound

Motown has had a massive impact on music and its artists in 20th century as well as today’s popular music culture. In this class, you will listen to music from Motown era and study the history.
MUSC:702 | $19 | SR $12.50
S01 M 10 a.m.-noon Christina Springer
June 11 FV - C, 114

New Classical Music History To Be Heard: Part I

Using a simple and enjoyable teaching style, this course introduces the novice listener to the wonders of classical music.
MUSC:703 | $19 | SR $12.50
S01 M 10 a.m.-noon Christina Springer
July 2 FV - C, 114

New Classical Music A History To Be Heard: Part II

A continuation of Jazz and its Influences: Part I.
MUSC:703 | $19 | SR $12.50
S02 M 1-3 p.m. Christina Springer
July 2 FV - C, 114

New Classical Music A History To Be Heard: Part III

A continuation of Classical Music a History to Be Heard: Part II.
MUSC:703 | $19 | SR $12.50
S03 M 3-5 p.m. Christina Springer
July 2 FV - C, 114

New Jazz And Its Influences: Part I

Jazz holds an important place in American History and musical education. From inspiring creativity to offering opportunities for self-expression, jazz can broaden your love for music. In this class we will listen to Jazz music from some of the greats and study the history of this American art form.
MUSC:704 | $19 | SR $12.50
S01 M 1-3 p.m. Christina Springer
June 11 FV - C, 114

New Jazz and Its Influences: Part II

A continuation of Jazz and Its Influences: Part I.
MUSC:704 | $20 | SR $12.50
S02 M 3-5 p.m. Christina Springer
June 11 FV - C, 114

Guitar

Guitar: Beginning

This class is for students who have never played a guitar and have no background in music. The class will cover tuning, string changing, how to select a new guitar and a brief history of the guitar. Students will learn to play first position and open position chords, simple scales, melodies and right hand strumming techniques. We will introduce tablature and guitar notation. Must bring own (acoustic) guitar and an extra set of strings. No text required. No class 7/3.
MUSC:705 | $69 | SR $44.50
S01 Tu 7-9 p.m. James Renz
June 5 – July 17 MC - HW, 102

Beginning Guitar and Ensemble Music

Students should have basic abilities on how to play the guitar. This class will consist of playing different genres of music in a group setting. Students will be taught basic theory and do lots of playing. Acoustic guitars only. Text required. No class 7/5.
MUSC:705 | $69 | SR $44.50
S02 Th 7:30-9:30 p.m. Christina Springer
June 14 – July 26 FV - C, 114

Advanced Guitar and Ensemble Music

Students should have basic abilities on how to play the guitar. This class will consist of playing different genres of music in a group setting. Students will be taught basic theory and do lots of playing. Acoustic guitars only. Text required.
MUSC:707 | $69 | SR $44.50
S01 Tu 7:30-9:30 p.m. Christina Springer
June 12 – July 17 FV - C, 114

Piano

Piano: Beginning

In this enjoyable, relaxed approach to the piano, you will learn: 1) the letter names of notes and where they are on the keyboard, 2) simple chords to accompany melodies, 3) easy rhythm patterns, 4) pedaling. Text and headphones with 1/4 inch adapter required. No class 7/5.
MUSC:710 | $69 | SR $44.50
S01 Th 5:35-7:25 p.m. Christina Springer
June 14 – July 26 FV - C, 114

Piano: Advanced Beginning

Learn: more advanced rhythms - dotted rhythms and triplets, major chords and their functions, staccato playing, major scales & exercises, and expression marks & phrasing. ‘Pop’ music introduced. Songs will be played in major keys. There is a review at course’s beginning if needed. Prerequisite: Basic knowledge of keyboard and letter names of notes recommended. Text and headphones with 1/4 inch adapter required.
MUSC:711 | $69 | SR $44.50
S01 Tu 5:30-7:30 p.m. Christina Springer
June 12 – July 17 FV - C, 114

Singing, Songwriting and Music Fun

Harmonica: Beginning

The harmonica is a fun and easy musical instrument to learn. In just three sessions, you will be able to play dozens of folk and campfire type songs. Fee includes student guide/song-book and a 10-hole, “C” diatonic harmonica. Instructor is a member of the Gateway Harmonica club.
MUSC:720 | $39 | SR $32
S01 W 6:30-7:30 p.m.
June 13 – June 27 MC - SW, 108

New Playing Chords and Such

Get together with other people and just have fun playing music! Develop lead sheet reading, rhythm reading and improvisation skills all while playing with others. Several different genres of music may be explored. Students must have a basic ability of knowing how to read music. Most instruments welcome (percussion need to contact instructor). Students will need a three ring binder.
MUSC:725 | $69 | SR $44.50
S01 Tu 3:30-5:30 p.m. Christina Springer
June 12 – July 17 FV - C, 114

New Let’s Write A Song

Learn the basic information to understand how to write music. Learn about notes, time signatures, key signatures, rhythms and more. Book required. No class 7/5.
MUSC:725 | $69 | SR $44.50
S02 Th 3:30-5:30 p.m. Christina Springer
June 14 – July 26 FV - C, 114

Singing with Impact: The Variety, Aesthetics and Power of Pop Music Styles

This course will examine the power and intimacy of singing (concentrating on popular music idioms), unique vocal styles from around the world, and how to develop your OWN vocal style for maximum pleasure and impact. We will look at at elements of singing such as enunciating lyrics effectively, harmonies, projecting, proper breathing, and creative “emoting” in order to command audience attention. Everyone will get a chance to sing and receive useful guidance, and professional performance techniques will be covered. No text required, just a desire to sing at the height of your potential. No class 7/3.
MUSC:725 | $89 | SR $54.50
S03 Tu 6:30-8:30 p.m. Kevin Renick
June 19 – July 31 MC - LH, 102

At the time of registration, adults 60 years and older may enroll in select courses for the reduced fee shown as the "SR" price. Reduction will be calculated at check-out in the online system.

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