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Musical Life 

At Musical Life, we invite music to be a meaningful part of your life at any age and level! Our vibrant community welcomes many children and adult musicians from the beginning through professional levels.

 

We believe all people are capable of creating and appreciating music. Music helps us to better connect with each other and ourselves. Through music-making & study, we develop students' minds, bodies, hearts, and character. We foster cooperation, perseverance, work ethic, empathy, sensitivity, and an ability to listen and communicate through musical experiences.

 

We would love to have you make music with our community!
 

Offerings

Lesson Types

  • Voice (Musical Theater, Classical, Traditional, & Popular)

  • Piano (Classical & contemporary across styles)

  • Violin (Classical & Folk/Fiddle)

  • Composition / Songwriting

Lesson Structure

Learn in-person and online!

We tailor lessons to your individual goals, needs, and interests. Students develop musical knowledge and skills while experiencing a wide range of musical styles.
 

In addition to playing at the instrument, our music study includes music literacy & ear training games, focused listening, and reflection assignments appropriate to your age and level.

K-12 students are also required to participate in a group lesson 3-4 times per term. Our group lessons are an essential and beloved part of our studio! Students have the chance to play or sing as an ensemble, play group games to build literacy and performance skills, learn to arrange/compose and improvise, perform for their peers, learn how to give and receive critique, and build relationships among our studio community.

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Enjoy Music for a Lifetime

Techniques & Skills

  • Rhythm & Pulse

    Can I move to the beat? We practice steady beat and rhythms by dancing, clapping, counting, and playing or singing with tracks. Students also learn a method for breaking down the long and short sounds they hear in relation to the beat.

  • Ear Training

    What do I hear? We learn how to listen critically to the elements of music (pitch, rhythm, dynamic, articulation, etc.) to refine the music we play and write down music we hear. Singing is an important part of ear training—even for instrumentalists!

  • Music Literacy & Theory

    What do I see? Music literacy is a crucial cornerstone of a student's education. Literacy allows us to interpret increasingly complex musical ideas and notate our own ideas to share with others. We teach Sound Before Symbol. This is the same way we learn language—sound first, then the symbols which represent them.

  • Composition

    Create your own! We listen & study music we love carefully to understand how it works, then compose our own musical work or reinvent a favorite tune!

  • Improvisation

    Make it up! Improv is all about creating music spontaneously. We start by making limited choices within a framework and using our ears to explore what "sounds good." Over time, we build understanding & give you more choices! Students learn about keys, chords, progressions, scales, and more to improvise easily.

  • Healthy Habits

    We want you to enjoy music for a lifetime. Just as athletes warm up and learn how to move with good form, musicians learn the proper forms for holding, playing, and maintaining their instruments—and themselves!

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