Playing Beyond Classical:
The Magic in Piano Arranging
Group Piano Classes 

Students will use popular songs to discover structures and patterns in music that can be used to better understand contemporary music, leading to the composition and arranging of a student's own music. 

Students will focus on popular styles of music (rock, pop, R&B, etc) that is not in notation form. Instead, students will focus on improving their auditory learning skills to boost their creativity and musicianship.  Music theory will be a central point, taught in a fun a creative style that will improve the player's knowledge of harmonic and rhythmic structures. Students will learn about chords and how each one connects to one another, creating a authentic piano arrangements to share with family and friends.

Take a peek on our Free Introductory Lesson!

Instructor: Dan Rudin

  • B.A, Yale; Composition and Music Theory

  • Juilliard Pre-College Division, Composition

  • Broadway and off-Broadway pianist, arranger and conductor

  • Teaching Artist for the New York Philharmonic

Skills Enhanced:

Critical Thinking, Musical Collaboration, Aural Listening.

By the end of this course, students will:

  1.  Begin exploring a love and appreciation for all styles of music

  2.  How to build strength and fluency in piano technique

  3. Be able to apply fun, practice techniques studied in classical music to popular music

  4. Be familiar with the differences between reading a classical and popular piece

Playing Beyond Classical:
Using Your Violin Training to Play Pop

In our violin group lessons, you will learn how to play the violin and transfer your classical training to popular music. Beginning by analyzing and surveying the historical differences between popular and classical music in violin music, we will explore different practice strategies, evaluate the role of the violin as a tool for melody and harmony, and investigate how we can become our own "one-man-band" through video. Our violin lessons will culminate in a capstone virtual performance in which all students will record, dub over, and submit a video of them playing a popular song.

Take a peek on our Free Introductory Lesson!

Watch a Free Introductory Lesson to our Using Your Classical Training to Play Pop Course! 

Instructor: Lydia Sewell

  • Duquesne University M.M. Violin Performance, Concertmaster & Principal Second

  • Azusa Pacific University, Concertmaster  & Principal Second

  • Short film producer and actress

  • Experienced in many styles of performance and teaching, acting and voice coaching

Skills Enhanced:

Critical Thinking, Musical Collaboration, Aural Listening.

By the end of this course, students will:

  1.  Have enhanced their ability to interpret classical and popular music

  2. Be able to apply practice techniques studied in classical music to popular music

  3. Be familiar with the differences between reading a classical and popular piece

  4. Reflect on themselves as products of and participants in the traditions of the performing arts. 

Music Education Reimagined

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