Arts Academy: Music

 Music For Everyone!

  • Oldham County Strings Project
    Beginning Strings, Junior Orchestra, Chamber Ensemble, Suzuki Strings, OC Strings Private Instruction
  • Music Classes
    Rock Band Program, Group Acoustic/Electric Guitar, Guitar Ensemble
  • Early Childhood Music Program
    Music for Babies and Toddlers, Music for Preschoolers
  • Private Music Lessons
    Instrument and Voice Lessons, Instrumental Lessons with U of L
  • Community
    Oldham Octopi
    Oldham County Singers
    A Capella Fellas



Oldham County Strings Project

  • Beginning Strings
  • Junior Orchestra
  • Oldham County Chamber Ensemble
  • Oldham County Strings Private Lessons
 

Beginning Strings
Grades K-2 & 3-5
Begins September 4 and 8

Develop an appreciation for music by learning violin or cello in a fun and supportive environment. Students are grouped into small classes where music is taught through basic note reading, ear training, and peer teamwork using the #1 world-wide rated string method.  Call to register.
Mondays 4 - 5 pm at the Arts Center 
Thursdays 2:45 - 3:45 pm at Buckner Elementary
Thursdays 2:45 - 3:45 pm at Goshen Elementary
10 weeks $150
Method book included
Instructor: OC Strings Staff

REGISTER HERE

 

Junior Orchestra
Grades 1 and Up
Begins September 8

A first orchestra experience for students who have completed at least one year of string instruction. The focus is ensemble playing and more advanced string technique. This class is also the next level for students participating in Beginning Strings. Please call the Arts Center to schedule a placement audtion.
Mondays 5 - 6:15 pm
10 Weeks
$150; $125 (OCS Arts Center Private Students)
Instructor:  Elise Gambrell

REGISTER HERE

 
 

Oldham County Chamber Ensemble
Grades 6 - 12
Begins September 2

This program offers string players and pianists the unique opportunity to experience chamber music in their high school and middle school years. Repertoire covers masterworks for trios, quartets, quintets, and string orchestra, but it also includes simpler scores for intermediate groups. Rehearsals, coachings, master classes, and performances are all incorporated to create a complete, high-quality, and exhilarating musical experience. Individuals as well as existing groups are welcome. Call the Arts Center for a placement audition.
Chamber Ensemble Contract

Chamber Ensemble Syllabus


Tuesdays 4:30-6pm
10 Weeks $195; $175 (Arts Center Private Students); Scholarships available
30 week year Full Scholarship if enrolled for high school credit       

Director: Brittany MacWilliams
REGISTER HERE

 

Suzuki Strings
All Ages
Begins September 2

Violin, Viola and Cello. We welcome students to study privately and attend group classes in this new program. Along with private lessons and group classes, students have the opportunity to perform in recitals and concerts throughout the year. Call now to schedule a free trial lesson!
Lesson and Group Times by Appointment
Private Lessons:
10 sets/30 min. each $270
10 sets/45 min. each $370
10 sets/60 min. each $470
Includes bi-weekly group classes
Instructor: Mircea Ionescu
REGISTER HERE    
 
 

Pre-Twinkle Violin Camp - One Week
All Ages
August 25-29, $95
6-7:30pm

Are you wondering if the violin is the way to go? Start right away with hands on playing by learning the parts of the violin, holding the violin, basic rhythms and songs, all through games. You will have a chance to make some friends, learn about composers and play in a concert at the end of the week. Parents are welcome to be involved in the class and learn right along with their child. This is a great way to get ready for private lessons in the fall!


Instructor: Mircea Ionescu
REGISTER HERE    
 
 

OC Strings Private Instruction
Ages 4 and Up
Begins September 2

We welcome children with no musical experience through those with advanced abilities to take private lessons in violin, viola, or cello. Enrolled students receive scholarship to participate in Junior Orchestra or Chamber Ensemble.
Ages 4 and Up
Lesson Times by Appointment
10/30min. private lessons $235; 10/45min. $335; 10/60min. $435
Instructor: OC Strings Staff

REGISTER HERE

 

Music Classes

  • Rock Band Program
  • Group Acoustic or Electric Guitar
  • Guitar Ensemble
  • Oldham County Jazz Connection

Community Groups

  • Oldham County Singers
  • Acapella Fellas
 

 


Rock Band Program
Ages 7 - 17
Begins week of September 2
Times by appointment. Call for scheduling.

For students who have completed at least 6 months of private instruction. The focus is on group playing and more advanced band techniques. Band members are placed according to age and ability for these weekly hour long sessions. Existing bands are welcome. Culminates in a “concert jam” for family and friends.
10 weeks $125; ($100 Arts Center Private Students)

Instructor: Derek Harris
REGISTER HERE
 

Group Acoustic or Electric Guitar
Ages 8 - 13
Begins September 5

Learn the basics in a fun and supportive environment. A perfect preparation for the Rock Band Program, Acoustic Guitar Ensemble, or private study; and a great class for groups of friends!
Fridays 4:15-5:15pm Acoustic
Fridays 5:30-6:30pm Electric
10 weeks $95
Instructor: China Huddleston

REGISTER HERE

Group Acoustic Guitar
Grades 3, 4, & 5
Begins September 9 at Kenwood Staion Elementary School

Learn the basics in a fun and supportive environment. This award-winning program is designed for use in a group/classroom environment. Students will play as an ensemble. A perfect preparation for the Rock Band Program, or private study; and a great class for groups of friends!
Tuesdays 2:30-3:30pm
10 weeks $125 (includes book) 
Instructor:  Derek Harris

REGISTER HERE

 

Group Acoustic Guitar
Grades 6-8
Begins September 9 at South Oldham Middle School

Learn the basics in a fun and supportive environment. This award-winning program is designed for use in a group/classroom environment. Students will play as an ensemble. A perfect preparation for the Rock Band Program, or private study; and a great class for groups of friends!
Tuesdays 3:45-4:45pm
10 weeks $125 (includes book) 
Instructor:  Derek Harris

REGISTER HERE

 

Oldham County Jazz Connection
Grades 8 - 12
Begins August 26

Now in its tenth year as an 18 piece big band that performs music of various styles both modern and vintage. This is a high school credit course that rehearses before school three days per week. OCJC took home high honors at the 2011, 2013 New Orleans Band Festival, 2012 Purdue Jazz Festival, and 2013, 2014 Ball State Jazz Festival. Contact the Arts Center to schedule an audition.
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays 7-8am

34 week year Full Scholarship with enrollment

Director: Robert Parker

REGISTER HERE
 

Oldham County Singers
Adults
Accepting new members

The Oldham County Singers is a mixed voice community chorus that performs several concerts during the September – June season and is entering their 16th season.
If you love to sing, have had choral experience or an interest in performing choral music, wthey would love for you to sing with uthem.
The group performs a mix of pop, traditional and classical music in various venues throughout the season.  A ladies ensemble, the Acabelles, was formed within the past year, as another means of promoting music throughout the community.
For more information, please contact:
Octa Kellond, 241-6806 or WalterAnderson,744-6987
 Arts Association of Oldham County at 222-3822    http://aaooc.org/oc-singers/
Oldham County Schools Arts Center at 241-6018  www.ocsartscenter.org

Mondays 7-8:30pm

 

A Cappella Fellas
Adults

The A Capella Fellas formed in 2007 as a farm group of the larger, Louisville Thoroughbred Chorus. Today the ensemble is its own accredited chapter and includes several small quartets such as "Pay it Fourward" and "Lazy Days" to name a few. The A Capella Fellas are committed to the preservation of barbershop style A Capella harmony and are in search of men of all backgrounds to join our chorus. Rehearsals are at the Arts Center on Tuesdays 6:30-8:30pm. Email group for further information: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

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Early Childhood Music Classes

  • Music for Babies and Toddlers
  • Music for Preschoolers

 

 
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Early Childhood Music Program

The Early Childhood Music Program provides parent-child classes for children ages 0-5. An early childhood music class is an informal learning experience that provides a rich, musical environment in which your child can play, move, dance, and sing, all while growing in their musical development. Lessons consist of songs, chants, and movement activities accompanied by the use of fun props such as egg shakers, rhythm sticks, scarves, parachutes, and percussion instruments.

An early childhood music class is a parent-child experience.  Parents/caregivers are as involved in the music and activities as the teacher.  They, along with the teacher, provide the best model for their children.  Parents, grandparents, babysitters, and other guardians are welcome to be the adult that attends with the child.

Goals of the activities throughout each lesson consist of one or more of the following:

-          Developing a sense of steady beat

-          Hearing the resting tone or “home pitch” of a song

-          Experiencing both fast and slow tempi

-          Learning locomotor movements and connecting them to the steady beat

-          Experiencing flowing movement

-          Learning, High and Low Pitch, Staccato and Legato, Forte and Piano

-          Exposure to songs that are Major and minor, but also songs in unusual tonalities

-          Exposure to chants that are in duple and triple meter, but also chants in unusual meters and mixed meters

-          Developing a musical and rhythmic vocabulary through simple pattern instruction

-          Experience with small percussion instruments

-          Listening to recordings from various genres and cultures

By coming to a weekly class, children and parents have the opportunity to be a part of a small community with their class.  They look forward to seeing their friends each week and experiencing music together. 

From birth to age 8, children are developing their music potential that will serve them the rest of their lives.  Early childhood music classes provide a rich, musical learning environment for young children to be exposed to songs, chants, and movement activities that build connections in their young brains and prepare them to be musicians for life.

 
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Music for Babies andToddlers 
Ages 0,1, and 2
Begins September 3 or 6

You and your child will enjoy this special bonding time through peek-a-boo, finger plays, bouncing games, and theme-based songs and chants. This class provides a fun, learning environment for introducing your child to the wonderful world of music.
Wednesdays 9:30am or
Saturdays 9:15 am

10 weeks, 45 minute class $120

(If a family has a toddler registered in this class, a younger sibling (8 months or younger) may participate for free.

Director: Lindsay Kennedy

REGISTER HERE
 
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Music for Preschoolers
Ages 3, 4, and 5
Begins September 3 or 6

Imagination and music play are utilized throughout these theme-based classes. Your child will love the catchy songs and chants, and creative movement activities, as they develop a rhythmic and musical vocabulary that will prepare them to be musicians for life.
Wednesdays 10:30am or
Saturdays 10:15am
10 weeks, 45 minute class $120

Instructor: Lindsay Kennedy

REGISTER HERE
 
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Private Music Lessons

  • Instrument and Voice Lessons
  • U of L Lessons
 

Instrument and Voice Lessons
All Ages

Begins September 2

Violin, Viola, Cello, Piano, Voice, Acoustic or Electric Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Mandolin, Banjo, and Drums. We welcome children and adults with no musical experience through those with advanced abilities to study privately. You may register anytime during the year and the tuition will be adjusted to reflect the remaining lessons left in current quarter. Students have the opportunity to perform in recitals and concerts throughout the year.
Lesson Times by Appointment
10 / 30 minute private lessons $235
10 / 45 minute private lessons $335
10 / 60 minute private lessons $435
Instructor: Arts Center Staff

REGISTER HERE

 

Instrumental Lesson with U of L
All Ages

Voice, Piano, French Horn, Trumpet, Strings, and Music Theory Classes offered through the University of Louisville, School of Music Community Music Program. Call 852-5850 or visit www.louisville.edu/music/prep to register.

 

Oldham County Schools Arts Center
Alvin MacWilliams,
Executive Director
7105 Floydsburg Road
Crestwood, Kentucky 40014
Phone: 502-241-6018
Fax: 502-241-4063
E-mail:
Arts.Center@oldham.kyschools.us