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 3, 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
Wednesdays 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



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



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


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

Pre-Twinkle Violin Camp - One Week
All Ages
August 25-29, $95

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

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



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

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


Guitar Ensemble
Grades 6 & up
Begins September 4

This program offers guitarists the unique opportunity to experience ensemble playing of repertoire specifically for guitar groups. Rehearsals and performances create an exhilarating muscial experience. Call the Arts Center to schedule a placement audition.
Thursdays 4:15-5:15pm
10 weeks $125 ($100 Arts Center Private Students)
Instructor:  Derek Harris



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


Oldham County Singers
Accepting new members

The Oldham County Singers were organized in 1999 by Anne and Don Helton and continue today with a repertoire that is varied enough to satisfy the tastes of anyone of any age; i.e. Broadway show tunes, American folk melodies, hymn arrangements, classical and baroque pieces, and popular music from the 40's, 50's, 60's, on up to the modern sounds of today. If you are interested in becoming a part of the OC Singers, please contact Debbie DePaull at 241-6493. Auditions are not required.
Mondays 7-8:30pm


A Cappella Fellas

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.

Join us at our FREE Family Music Night on Monday, August 25th:

Babies and Toddlers (ages 0, 1, 2) 5 - 5:45pm
Preschoolers (ages 3, 4, 5) 6 - 6:45pm

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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

Director: Lindsay Kennedy

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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

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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



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 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