Learning guitar in a group setting is fun! It allows children to learn skills while making music with friends and new acquaintances. We’re here to help you get started. We’ll even let you borrow a guitar and take it home with you for the duration of the class (Guitar 1 only). Students age 14 and up can register for adult group classes.
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Kids Guitar 1
This is the perfect group class for the students ages 10 – 13 with no prior experience. Kids Guitar 1 will teach students age how to hold and tune the guitar and will cover proper playing position as well as guitar maintenance. Students will learn notes in the first position on the first four strings and will be able to play with elementary rhythms (whole notes, half notes, and quarter notes).
Class will emphasize music reading and theory. Theory at this level will introduce the following concepts: the staff, lines and spaces, note names, measures and time signatures. Simple songs will be learned using a combination of all these elements.
Classes meet for an hour, for five weeks. $110.
Thursdays, 4pm | July 30 – August 27 | The Gazebo
Instructor: Bob Thompson
Kids Guitar 2
Kids Beginning Guitar 2 is for students who have completed Beginning Guitar 1, or who have a very basic knowledge of guitar skills. Students will learn notes on the 5th and 6th strings. Chords will be introduced (C, G7, G and D7) and finger exercises to develop dexterity and coordination will be learned.
Theory skills will continue with learning half and whole steps, key signatures and rests. Basic strumming patterns will be covered and the students’ song repertoire will increase.
Wednesdays, 1pm | July 29 – August 26 | The Gazebo
Instructor: Steve Kaiser
Kids Guitar 3
Kids Guitar 3 is for students who have completed the first two levels of group guitar and who feel confident in their growing guitar skills. Students will develop an extensive repertoire of notes and chords, covering keys commonly used in guitar music, and will play basic multi-part music as a group in order to familiarize themselves with ensemble playing. Additional skills will include full scales and changing between chords efficiently and easily.
Kids Guitar Ensemble
Kids Guitar Ensemble aims to introduce the student into the world of small group playing. Using skills learned in the group guitar classes, students will be introduced to concepts including keeping time with a group, recognizing harmony when playing more complex music with others, and a basic understanding of the structure of such music.