Classes

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Mountain Sun Violin Class - Mondays

This class, tailored for Mountain Sun School students, is open to continuing students who have taken Violin lessons and those new students who would like to try the violin for the first time. Students will be invited to play parts appropriate to their ability and comfort level. They will learn and practice musical techniques such as rhythm, pitch, and melody, while incorporating musical games, artistic activities and more. In this workshop style class, students will have the opportunity to contribute ideas and suggestions for class curriculum and musical repertoire

Madelyn Ilana

Teacher: Madelyn Ilana

Day/Time: Mondays 3:05-3:50pm

Location: Brevard Music Center

Tuition: $180

Intermediate/Advanced Violin - Mondays

This class is open to students who have been playing violin for a minimum of two years and can demonstrate a reasonable proficiency on the instrument. In this ensemble, students will be invited to play parts appropriate to their ability and comfort level. They will learn and practice musical techniques such as rhythm, pitch, and melody, while incorporating musical games, artistic activities and more. In this workshop style class, students will have the opportunity to contribute ideas and suggestions for class curriculum and musical repertoire.

Madelyn Ilana

Teacher: Madelyn Ilana

Day/Time: Mondays 4:45-5:30pm

Location: Brevard Music Center

Tuition: $180

Cello 1 - Tuesdays

This class is for people of any age having never played the cello and wondering if it's for them. Students will bring their own cello and learn cello basics playing alongside others like them. Focus will be on discovering how to hold the cello and bow and use fingers to play basic notes in the first position. Students will be monitored closely to ensure that proper playing techniques are used. The class will learn simple tunes first by rote and then by reading notes. Once notes are learned, there will be an opportunity to play together with more advanced players where the basic notes for players of this class are combined with the more advanced melodies played by the members of the Cello II class.

Norm Malenke

Teacher: Norm Malenke

Day/Time: Tuesdays 3:30-4:00pm

Location: Brevard Music Center

Tuition: $120

Mountain Laurel Strings - Tuesdays

This ensemble learns music for string orchestra (violin 1, violin 2, viola, cello, and bass) that is intermediate in difficulty. Pieces of various styles will be rehearsed each time the group meets. Performances will be included as opportunities become available. Players of all ages possessing the following minimum skill requirements are invited to participate: 1) play phrases of music without stopping; 2) count and keep a steady rhythm while playing; and, 3) have at least a good playing knowledge with the first position — third position for violin/viola and fourth position for cello is encouraged.

Norm Malenke

Teacher: Norm Malenke

Day/Time: Tuesdays 5:30-7:00pm

Location: Brevard Music Center

Tuition: $180

Fiddle 2 (Adults/Teens) - Thursdays

If you have taken Fiddle Workshop 1 or already play a handful of fiddle tunes then this is the class for you. In this class students will learn more advanced fiddle tunes, techniques and styles. Focus will be on preparing tunes to play for jam sessions.

Bob Culver

Teacher: Bob Culver

Day/Time: Tuesdays 4-5pm

Location: Brevard Music Center

Tuition: $240

New! Percussion with Bruce - Fridays

Bruce has a new percussion class! For the first time in Mountain School of Strings history, you can take a class that focuses on percussion and rhythms. If you are a string player and are looking to strengthen your rhythmic skills and knowledge, give this a try and embrace your inner groove. Maybe you do not play other instruments but have been wanting to try something new, percussion class will be perfect for you! 

Bruce Threlkeld

Teacher: Bruce Threlkeld

Day/Time: Fridays 3:30-4:30pm

Location: Brevard Music Center

Tuition: $180

Rosman Chamber Players and Brevard Chamber Music Project - Wednesdays

Welcome to Chamber Music Playing! The goal of this class is to develop musicianship skills, music literacy skills, and ensemble performing abilities in a beginning chamber music setting. The music learned and performed is student-led and rehearsed with the guidance of the instructor. Learn to sit, play, perform, and BE a chamber player! 

Amber Svetik

Teacher: Amber Svetik

Day/Time: Wednesdays 5:00-6:00pm

Location: Brevard Academy

Tuition: Donation

Ukulele - Mondays

In this ukulele workshop, participants will have the opportunity to practice strumming, finger picking, changing chords, and even singing while playing if you feel ready! We will focus on rhythm as well as melody. Students will have the opportunity to choose songs that we will play together as a group. You can expect to build your musical repertoire in this jam style class.

Madelyn Ilana

Teacher: Madelyn Ilana

Day/Time: Mondays 4:00-4:45pm

Location: Brevard Music Center

Tuition: $180

Cello Techniques - Tuesdays

This class is for those who want the primary focus to be placed on learning new skills that will make it possible to play more advanced cello pieces. We will be using a method book that imparts these skills and has exercises and short pieces that incorporate them. Students in this class will see improvement in their overall playing techniques.

Norm Malenke

Teacher: Norm Malenke

Day/Time: Tuesdays 3:00-3:30pm

Location: Brevard Music Center

Tuition: $120

Cello 2 - Tuesdays

This class is a continuation of the class from the 2022 spring semester. Members of that class and others who have the skills learned in that class will bring their own cellos and play various melodies (popular, classical, and otherwise) suitable to the skill sets. Emphasis will be on playing duets and possibly trios where students will be divided into subgroups to play separate parts together. Some new skills will be learned in this class and used in the melodies and countermelodies that are played.

Norm Malenke

Teacher: Norm Malenke

Day/Time: Tuesdays 4-5pm

Location: Brevard Music Center

Tuition: $240

Fiddle Workshop 1 (Adults/Teens) - Thursdays

This class is a continuation of the class from the 2022 spring semester. Members of that class and others who have the skills learned in that class will bring their own cellos and play various melodies (popular, classical, and otherwise) suitable to the skill sets. Emphasis will be on playing duets and possibly trios where students will be divided into subgroups to play separate parts together. Some new skills will be learned in this class and used in the melodies and countermelodies that are played.

Bob Culver

Teacher: Bob Culver

Day/Time: Tuesdays 4-5pm

Location: Brevard Music Center

Tuition: $240

Violin 1 - Thursdays

Open to students of all ages, this class is appropriate for beginning violin students and those students who have been taking violin for a year or less. Students will be invited to play parts appropriate to their ability and comfort level. They will learn and practice musical techniques such as rhythm, pitch, and melody, while incorporating musical games, artistic activities and more. In this workshop style class, students will have the opportunity to contribute ideas and suggestions for class curriculum and musical repertoire.

Bob Culver

Teacher: Bob Culver

Day/Time: Thursdays 3:20-4:20pm

Location: Brevard Academy

Tuition: $180

Slow Jam with Owen Grooms - Thursdays

Owen Grooms is a mandolin, guitar and clawhammer banjo player extraordinaire! He plays with many bands in Western North Carolina including Pretty Little Goats. In addition Owen is the director of the Brevard chapter of Junior Appalachian Musicians. Don’t miss this opportunity to have a weekly slow jam with Owen where he will guide participants in the art of jamming, learn new tunes and take old time tunes at a slower pace. If you love to jam, but need some pointers or would like the music at a little slower pace this is the class for you. 

Owen Grooms

Teacher: Owen Grooms

Day/Time: Thursdays 6:30-7:30pm

Location: Brevard Music Center

Tuition: $175

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