Preparatory Program Class Offerings

Lessons

Lessons are the foundation of our curriculum and the starting point for musical study. Students can choose between private or group settings. In addition, students will take Musicianship classes to reinforce concepts learned in their once-weekly lesson. All of our classes prepare students for additional outside performance and audition opportunities, such as those offered by the National Federation of Music Clubs, the National Piano Guild, and more.

Group Piano Classes: Beginning students taking Group Lessons receive many benefits, including frequent performance opportunities, teamwork, ensemble playing and motivation. It is also proven that young students taking group classes have a higher retention rate. Students with previous piano experience must audition in order to be placed in the correct group class. Group lessons are 60 minutes, and include technique work, repertoire (solo and ensemble), informal performance opportunities, and music games and technology. Classes are no larger than five students, and take place in the state of the art Weeks Technology Center where students are provided with individual Clavinova electric pianos and headphones. Students should have their own keyboard or piano for home practice. You do not need to bring the keyboard to class.

Private Lessons are offered for the following: piano, guitar, percussion, strings, woodwinds, brass, and composition. All private lessons are scheduled individually with the instructor. New students must set up an audition so they can be matched with the appropriate teacher. For information about teacher placement or to set up an audition please contact our office at 305-284-6735. Lessons take place on the Coral Gables campus. 30, 45 and 60 minute lessons are available.

Beginning students taking Group Lessons receive many benefits, including frequent performance opportunities, teamwork, ensemble playing and motivation. It is also proven that young students taking group classes have a higher retention rate. Students with previous piano experience must audition in order to be placed in the correct group class. Group lessons are 60 minutes, and include technique work, repertoire (solo and ensemble), informal performance opportunities, and music games and technology. Classes are no larger than five students, and take place in the state of the art Weeks Technology Center where students are provided with individual Clavinova electric pianos and headphones. Students should have their own keyboard or piano for home practice. You do not need to bring the keyboard to class.

Classes

Classes are essential to developing a well-rounded musician and reinforcing concepts learned during the weekly lessons. All students are encouraged to take Musicianship, which is once weekly for 90 minutes.

Musicianship

This class supplements weekly lessons. Specifically, students learn the building blocks of music, including note reading, rhythm reading, and ear training. Students will also enjoy a high energy rotating selection of rhythm, movement, and jazz that will get them up out of their seats and learning music in a whole new way with their friends! Please note that our program is divided into levels but all students progress at their own pace.

  • 1st and 2nd Year Level: These classes introduce students to the basic concepts of music, such as note naming, rhythm, ear training, eurhythmics, and signs and terms, in a fun and interactive way.
  • Elementary Level: This course is taken upon completion of 1st and 2nd year classes. It is designed to continue to build upon the concepts learned in beginning musicianship with a strong emphasis on reading. Students learn to identity these concepts within the context of pieces. Further ear training develops the student's musicality and expression.
  • Intermediate Level: These courses are taken upon completion of the Elementary classes. Here, the student begins to explore more advanced topics, such as key signatures, chord identification, inversions and cadences. Intermediate level ear training will include dictations, sight singing, and more.
  • Advanced Level: Equipped with a thorough understanding of the concepts of all of the previous levels, students are able to analyze and understand a musical score. This course prepares students for college level music study at a university or conservatory.

Movement & Rhythm

Enhance your musical experience with these dynamic and engaging add ons!

  • Musical Theatre: The theatre program is formulated for all levels and all interests from 5 to 18 combining songs, spoken dialogue, acting, and dance. The program includes improvisation, script work, and character development as well as speech and voice for the actor.
  • Song Writing: Immerse yourself in the art of songwriting. Hone your craft in song forms, melodies, the interaction and use of rhythm and harmony, lyric writing, and the latest technological advances. This course is designed to provide you with an opportunity to perform your songs and receive feedback from faculty and peers.
  • Movement for Musicians: Not just a traditional dance class, movement class improves students’ coordination, stage presence, rhythm, and timing. By studying various forms of dance from around the world, students will enhance their natural sense of rhythm and improve their instrumental playing and expression. Step dancing, flamenco, and jazz will be just a few of the many forms of dance used.
  • Jazz Theory & Improvisation (ages 10+): This course is for all instruments and designed to introduce students to improvisation through the understanding of jazz theory and harmony. Chord scale usage, harmonic analysis, and ear training are emphasized, as students begin to explore and develop their unique sound and style through the concept of jazz improvisation. An outline of the history of evolution of jazz music will be included. Some basic knowledge of classical theory is required.
  • Rhythm Canes: Students perform a wide variety of musical styles on an assortment of contemporary and world percussion instruments. This ensemble offers students of all ability levels the opportunity to expand their performance skills and strengthen overall musicianship through collaborative music-making. This class is for young musicians without a percussion background. Students will be introduced to rhythm and ensemble awareness through percussion performance.
  • Pop / Jazz Vocals: Students will have the opportunity to sing contemporary songs where they will work on mic techniques, breathing, and stage presence. They will learn about identifying chord changes, adjusting melodic phrasing within songs, and become familiar with classic jazz styles as well as emerging pop genres.
  • Piano Duet Class: Prerequisite - 2 years of piano study. This course is a unique opportunity for students to experience a group piano class dedicated to ensemble playing along with sight-reading. Each class works on ensemble playing through pieces that require two or more players. Sight-reading drills along with rhythm reading are also incorporated into the class. Students can enjoy the camaraderie that comes with playing in a group environment. This course is meant to supplement a weekly private lesson.
  • Chamber Music: (All Instruments) – Prerequisite - 4 years of instrumental instruction. Students will form small ensembles and receive coaching in preparation for performances.
  • Jazz Combos: Small ensemble opportunities will be created for students entered in Jazz Theory and Improvisation. The course allows the students practical application of materials and concepts covered in the class.
  • Rock Bands: A fun and educational rock experience! Students will form small rock bands, according to age and level, and learn simple drumbeats, piano chords, bass lines, and guitar parts. They will also learn to use lead sheets, and will study the basic parts of song: melody, lyrics, chord changes, and form. This class emphasizes teamwork and will make each child feel like a valuable contributor.

Contact Information

Megan Walsh, Director
Frost School of Music Preparatory Program
frostprep@miami.edu
www.hubspring.com/m/frostprep
786-853-4041