The Music Box
Notes from the director... - January 2024
The Music Box
Encouraging Lifelong Music Appreciation
by Heidi Turnquist, Director of Education
Experiencing a wide range of musical styles and instruments enriches our lives. All too often we hear stories of people being “stuck” with the wrong instrument as a teenager with no option to try something different, so they stop playing instead. Our unique Music Box class introduces the amazing world of music with hands-on explorations of different instruments, songs, and musical styles, while sneaking in some music theory basics along the way.
Students can join our popular “Drop-In” option on Wednesdays, as well as the continuing Tuesday/Thursday class. By the end of the term they have experienced 12-20 different instruments and may even have found one that they want to pursue.
Each Music Box session starts by putting both traditional or rarer instruments into the student’s hands right from the start. Students have the chance to explore and discover before they are told the “right” and “wrong” ways to play instruments. They experience the “joy of making things happen” when they blow, bow, or beat on something new – sometimes unexpected things! Parents are encouraged to stay and join in on the learning!
The Music Box also incorporates song into each class to promote the idea that music is not precious, but a thing to be enjoyed and shared by everyone. Students are encouraged to sing, not to sing “well” just now, but just to sing and have fun singing. Singing together, learning music basics, getting historical and cultural context for songs, and the hands-on experience with a variety of musical instruments can foster a lifelong appreciation for music.
Term Announcements
- Winter classes begin Monday, January 8.
Begin private lessons anytime!
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The Music Box
Is your child interested in music, but you aren’t sure where to start, or what instrument is a good fit? Come and try The Music Box, a class specifically designed to get elementary age students involved in music using discovery, play, and hands-on experience with a wide range of instruments and movement styles. Students will get to play multiple instruments throughout the term while also seeing demonstrations from Shedd Faculty. The Music Box offers two scheduling options (Tue/Thu 4-5pm & Wed 4-5pm ) to help fit in with your schedule.
Singing Club
Group Singing
Whether you want to sing onstage for an audience, or just with a group of friends, The Shedd has something for you! Our vocal department head, Amy Adams, leads two singing groups each term, both of which are specifically tailored for a different kind of singer. Come sign the masterworks with The Shedd Choral Society (Tues 6:30-8:00) and perform for the public at The Shedd each term! If you are less inclined to sing for an audience, The Shedd Signing Club (Wed 4:30-5:3) might be a great fit for you! Amy uses pieces from the American Music Songbook, along with Musical Theatre standards to teach the singing club members the fundamentals of singing while having a ton of fun along the way!
Mr Big
The Magical Moombah!
We are happy to announce our 2023-24 Magical Moombah season starts in September with Kitchen Calamity! Join the Moombahteers all throughout the school year as their adventures take them on a trip to the circus in Under The Big Top!, to the Wild West in Rockin’ Rodeo!, and to the Pacific Islands in Island Hop!. Each Magical Moombah show has a Friday school performance where school groups can attend, along with two performances on Saturday, with a special Music Box session in between. Audience members are encouraged to dress up and join in all the fun by joining us onstage to tell jokes, participate in contests, sing, and dance!!!
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