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Group Lessons

Learning with others will enhance your experience in music and art education. Co-learners push each other to excel, while making classes more fun and engaging. BSOMA Group Classes will help you to achieve individual success in an engaging group setting. Group lessons are for adults, youth, and kids. Our series of Family Classes encourage parent and child to learn (and practice!) together.

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Winter 2019 Programs

 

VISUAL ARTS

PRESCHOOL ART EXPLORATION (3.5-5yrs)

Pasting, cutting, finger painting, splatter painting, collages and stamps will be explored in a fun and creative environment. Skills will aid in developing fine motor skills, focus, listening, patience and spatial organization. All materials are supplied.

• Sat 9:10-9:55am, Jan 12 – Apr 6, BSO305 – $176

 

CARTOON DRAWING (6-10yrs)

Learning to draw can be fun, especially when creating silly characters, funny expressions and drawing sequences that tell a story! Instructors will guide students, step-by-step, how to create compelling stories with humour and skill. All materials are supplied.

• Sat 10:00-10:55am, Jan 12 – Apr 6, BSO297 – $176

 

FAMILY ART (6-10yrs)

Parents and children will explore mediums, techniques and art history as your instructor guides you through weekly projects. All materials are supplied.

• Sat 11:00-11:55am, Jan 12 – Apr 6, BSO300 – $99 per family member


EXPLORING VISUAL ARTS (16+yrs)

Express yourself in this introductory visual arts course. Explore art history, mediums and techniques as your instructor guides you through weekly projects using paint, inks, charcoal, pencils and more. Students can expect to purchase $40 in supplies for this course.

• Wed 2:00-4:00pm, Jan 16 – Apr 10, BSO284 – $380

 

WATERCOLOUR – WORKING FROM A PHOTO (16+yrs)

Bring your favourite landscape photo and supplies to replicate with watercolour paint. You will be taught what to include and what to omit, and new techniques and tools.

• Mon 2:00-4:00pm, Jan 21 – Feb 4, BSO280 – $109

 

WATERCOLOUR – BEGINNER (16+yrs)

Learn to paint successfully with watercolour paints. Become confident in how to select colours, brushes and application techniques. Design, composition and working from a photograph will also be taught. You will walk away with the preliminary skills to express yourself creatively with watercolour paint. Supplies will be provided in class, though students will be guided on how to select their own tools for purchase.

• Mon 2:00-4:00pm, Apr 1 – Apr 15, BSO281 – $109

 

MUSIC

TODDLER MUSIC TIME (1.5-2.5yrs)

Exposing children to a variety of musical and movement experiences helps them develop language, pattern recognition, balance, coordination and more. Each week students will play, listen and dance all while exploring fundamental concepts in music and movement in a hands-on, creative environment.

• Thu 4:00-4:45pm,Jan 17 – Apr 11, BSO291 – $168

 

PRESCHOOL MUSIC TIME (2.5-4yrs)

Exposing children to a variety of musical and movement experiences helps them develop language, pattern recognition, balance, coordination and more. Each week students will play, listen and dance all while exploring fundamental concepts in music and movement in a hands-on, creative environment.

• Thu 4:45-5:30pm, Jan 17 – Apr 11, BSO292 – $168

• Sun 9:30-10:15am, Jan 13 – Apr 7, BSO292 – $154

 

MUSICAL THEATRE

Be a triple threat on the stage! In this class, you will learn to sing, dance and act. While learning to perform, you will also learn how to audition. This course will end with a performance for friends and family on the BSOMA stage.

(5-7yrs)

• Thu 5:30-6:25pm, Jan 17 – Apr 11, BSO293 – $168

(8-10yrs)

• Tue 5:00-6:00pm Jan 15-Apr 9, BSO315 - $168

(11-17yrs)

• Thu 6:30-8:00pm Jan 17 - May 23, BSO294 - $476

 

STRINGS FOR KIDS (7-10yrs)

For the students who want to test drive an instrument before committing to private music lessons. Students will try the ukulele and guitar in a group setting. Basics for each instrument will be taught along with some rudimentary theory; everything they need to know before they take it to the next level. This is a beginner level course. Instruments will be provided for class time.

UKULELE

• Sat 11:00-11:55am, Jan 12 – Feb 9, BSO298 – $70

GUITAR

• Sat 11:00-11:55am, Feb 23 – Mar 30, BSO299 – $70

 

FAMILY UKULELE (6+yrs)

The ukulele’s popularity continues to grow because it is relatively easy to learn, good for small hands and has a sweet, happy sound. The uke opens the door to the larger world of musical instruments in a fun way. Together the groups will learn chords, how to read chords, strum patterns, and then put it all together to play songs. Each child should be accompanied by an adult. Please register each family member attending.

• Sat 10:00-10:55am, Jan 12 – Apr 6, BSO296 – $88 per family member.

• Wed 5:30-6:25pm, Jan 16 – Apr 10, BSO286 – $96 per family member.

 

ROCK UNIVERSITY (10-16yrs)

Rock University is the true band experience. During the course, you and your band will prepare for all aspects of live performance. Graduates who participate the entire school year will have the opportunity to perform at RBC Bluesfest or CityFolk. The show starts here! Please register for your preferred class time, though this time is not guaranteed. The first day of class we will do a meet and greet and assess musical interest and abilities to place musicians in the most suitable band combinations.

• Sat 12:15-1:30pm, Jan 12 – Apr 6, BSO301 – $193

• Sun 10:30-11:45am, Jan 13 – Apr 7, BSO306 – $193

 

HARMONICA – BEGINNER (16+yrs)

Make your first instrument the harmonica. It is fairly easy to learn, great for pick up jams and very portable. This workshop aids or introduces some basic musical theory with simple harmonica techniques as we play through and learn a tune or two. Students will need to bring their own diatonic harmonica in the key of ‘C’. Available for purchase at BSOMA Pro Shop.

• Tues 7:30-8:30pm, Jan 16 – Apr 10, BSO279 – $56

 

HARMONICA – BEGINNER II (16+yrs)

Suitable for students who already play an instrument or who have taken Beginner

Harmonica. The course will build on musical theory, song structure and harmonica techniques. Students will need to bring their own diatonic harmonica in the key of ‘C’.

• Wed 7:30-8:30pm, Feb 13 – Mar 26, BSO307 – $84

 

BEGINNER UKULELE (16+yrs)

In this pressure-free environment, you will learn basic chords and strumming patterns on the ukulele. Your new skills will build a basic foundation for playing a few songs to start and continue to build your repertoire. You will be ready to jam across the city in no time! Limited number of ukuleles are available for loan. Also available for purchase at BSOMA Pro Shop.

• Wed 8:00-9:00pm, Jan 15 – Feb 5, BSO288 – $154

 

GOLD UKULELE

The ukulele is one of the best introductory instruments there is, as it is physically easier to play than most other string instruments and is a good way to learn music theory. Participants will be taught chords, melody, strumming styles and even some rudimentary theory. Come strum, sing and learn in this quickly growing group!

BEGINNER

• Tue 2:00-3:00pm, Jan 15 – Apr 9, BSO278 – $168

INTERMEDIATE

• Thu 2:00-3:00pm, Jan 16 – Apr 11, BSO289 – $168

 

ALL TOGETHER NOW! – UKULELE ENSEMBLE (14+yrs)

Do you want to learn to make music as part of a group? Do you want to build your skills on the ukulele? Then Ukulele Ensemble is for you! This group class will teach you how all the parts of a song come together to form a piece of music with moving parts - ukulele parts! From nursery rhymes to classical, 80s covers to rock and roll, we just might try them, all together now!

• Wed 7:00-8:00pm, Jan 16 – Apr 10, BSO287 – $168

 

BLUESFEST COMMUNITY CHOIR (All ages)

No need to audition for this fun and blues-centric choir! The focus is on fun and learning how to sing as a member of a group. Rediscover the joys of singing and belting out your favorite tunes in a casual community environment. Class is on the first Monday of each month, with a few additional rehearsals to be schedule in July leading up to the final performance at the 2019 RBC Ottawa Bluesfest.

• Mon 6:30-6:25pm, Feb 4 – Jun 4, BSO275– $112 per member

 

JAM NIGHT (19+yrs)

So you have been kicked out of your basement again? Come join other musicians of all levels at a coached jam night. The goal of this drop in class is to play with other musicians in the neighbourhood and learn new skills in music theory, song structure, playing techniques and playing pleasure. Classic songs have been preselected for students to preview online before dropping in and music will be made available in class. Come by to play, listen, learn and raise a glass! No classes on the 1st Monday of the month or statutory holidays.

• Mon 7:30-9:00pm, Jan 14 – Jun 24, – $14 drop in

 

AFTERSCHOOL

These afterschool programs are fun and educational! BSOMA staff will pick up participants at

Churchill Alternative School and walk over at 2:45pm. Arrival and departure times are flexible if you attend another school and would still like to participate.

 

UKULELE CLUB (7-11yrs)

This club will get kids playing as a group regardless of musical experience. Everything from classic rock to top 40 hits will be played. This course is best for novice ukulele players.

• Mon 2:45-4:15pm, Jan 7 – Apr 8, BSO274 – $252

 

MUSICAL THEATRE (7-11yrs)

Be a triple threat on the stage! In this class, you will learn to sing, dance and act. While learning to perform, you will also learn how to audition. This course will end with a performance for parents on the BSOMA stage.

• Tue 2:45-4:15pm, Jan 8 – Apr 9, BSO277 – $273

 

ART CLUB (7-11yrs)

This club will get kids painting, pasting and creating. Regardless of artistic experience, kids will have the opportunity to be successful with many techniques and mediums. The course will culminate in an art show for the parents.

• Wed 2:45-4:15pm, Jan 9 – Apr 10, BSO284 – $273

 

ROCK UNIVERSITY (8-11yrs)

Rock University is the true band experience where musicians learn to play the songs you love. During the course, you and your band will prepare for all aspects of live performance. Graduates who participate the entire school year will have the opportunity to perform at RBC Bluesfest or CityFolk. The show starts here!

• Thu 2:45-4:15pm, Jan 10 – Apr 11, BSO290 – $273