Alexander Technique Classes
The Alexander Technique is a simple and practical method for improving ease and freedom of movement, balance, support, flexibility, and coordination. It enhances performance and is therefore a valued tool for actors, dancers, and musicians. The technique refines and heightens kinesthetic sensitivity, offering the performer a control that is fluid and lively rather than rigid. It provides a means whereby specific activities benefit by improving the use of the whole body.
The cornerstone for instruction at Holy Names Music Center is the tradition of excellence provided by the exceptional faculty who have dedicated themselves to enhancing the skills and experiences of the students enrolled at the Center. Instruction is available for all instruments and all ages, including (but not limited to): Piano, Violin, Fiddle, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, Guitar, Voice, Percussion, Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Harp, Trumpet, Oboe, Harpsichord, and Organ. Music Theory classes are available as an option and included in the tuition for student taking private lessons.
We at the Music Center believe that every child can grow and develop musically. Give your child the gift of music.
Music Together (R)
Music Together is an internationally recognized early childhood music program for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, kindergartners, and the adults who love them. First offered to the public in 1987, it pioneered the concept of a research-based, developmentally appropriate early childhood music curriculum that strongly emphasizes and facilitates adult involvement. Music Together (R) classes are based on the recognition that all children are musical. All children can learn to sing in tune, keep a beat, and participate with confidence in the music of our culture, provided that their early environment supports such learning.
Suzuki and Suzuki Pre-Twinkle
Early childhood to adult, introductory to advanced instruction in the Suzuki method is offered in Violin, Viola, Cello and Piano. The Suzuki method is the “mother tongue” approach, listening to the sounds of musical language and then produce them. In a nutshell – ‘ Talent is no accident of birth’. It can be taught. Teach music as a language and children will acquire it in the same way they learn to speak their own language – simply, happily, yet with staggering proficiency. In practice the instructor will break down the methodology of language development and follow it. External link to learn more about the method: Suzuki.
Suzuki Pre-Twinkle is an eight-week class for 3 to 6 year-olds who desire to learn to play the violin or viola through the Suzuki method. It is a shared class for the child and the parent or caregiver, who will reinforce the lesson points at home. Children will learn the to care for the instrument and bow, and begin to understand the routine of home practice. They will also develop their skills in rhythm, pitch, fine motor coordination, and the social skills of following direction, focusing attention, and cooperation in a group setting. Parents/caregivers will learn the philosophy of the Suzuki method, how to work with their child at home in a constructive and enjoyable way, and to understand the skills needed in playing the violin or viola.
Youth and Young Adult
Young Voices Sing! Every child loves to sing. Learn basic singing technique. Ensemble and solo work and repertoire preparation for auditions. Build confidence and stage presence. This program is a weekly class for children ages 8-13.
Holy Names Music Center offers valuable and exciting summer camps, featuring exceptional teachers and musicians.
We have a Junior Chamber Orchestra and an Honors Chamber Orchestra as well as the Jazz Band — the Holy Moley Jazz Band. Advanced students are encouraged to be part of these groups.
Songwriting, Composition, and Arranging
Classes and/or individual instruction are available in Songwriting, Composition, and Arranging whenever there is interest to support the offering. Interested? Ask us about it.
Looking to learn about music production? This program will provide you with knowledge, and hands-on experience. Instructed by Stanton Cobbs, composer, producer, performer and studio owner.
Music as Therapy
New Horizons Program
Enrich your life with music! The New Horizons Program is for adults who have a desire to re-introduce music to their lives, or to start fresh in learning a new skill, or a new instrument. This program offers Choir, Orchestra, and a Bluegrass Band.