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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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From here, simply enter part of the program name (eg guitar) you're looking for, and all your BSOMA Guitar classes will be displayed. Or, select Bluesfest School of Music and Art from the Main Categories drop down, to browse all programs.


 

Fall 2019 Programs

 

VISUAL ARTS

BEGINNER WATERCOLOUR (16+)

Be inspired and learn to paint successfully with watercolour paints. Become confident in how to select colours, brushes and application techniques. You will walk away with the preliminary skills to express yourself creatively with watercolour paint. Supplies will be provided in class.

• Tue 6pm-8:30pm, Sep 24 – Oct 8, BSO350 – $54.24

 

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, Sep 14 – Dec 14, BSO369 – $224

 

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, Sep 14 – Dec 14, BSO370 – $126 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, Sep 18 – Dec 18, BSO348 – $253.12

 

LANDSCAPE ELEMENTS (16+yrs)

This watercolour class will focus on composition and the common elements of skies, trees and water which often make up a classic landscape painting. All levels of skill are welcome.

• Mon 2:00-4:00pm, Sep 23 – Oct - 7, BSO349 – $54.24

 

MUSIC

TODDLER MUSIC (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, Sep 19 – Dec 19, BSO371 – $196

 

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, Sep 19 – Dec 19, BSO372 – $196

 

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 5:00-5:55pm, Sep 19 – Dec 19, BSO360 – $196

(8-10yrs)

• Tue 6:00-7:00pm, Sep 17 – Dec 17, BSO359 - $196

 

STRINGS FOR KIDS

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 (7-10yrs)

• Sat 11:00-11:55am, Sep 14 – Oct 26, BSO357 – $84

GUITAR (8-11yrs)

• Sat 11:00-11:55am, Nov 2 – Dec 14, BSO358 – $98

 

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.

• Wed 5:30-6:25pm, Sep 18 – Dec 18, BSO354 – $112 per family member.

• Sat 10:00-10:55am, Sep 14 – Dec 14, BSO355 – $104 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, Sep 14 – Dec 14, BSO361 – $245

• Sat 1:45pm-3:00pm, Sep 14 – Dec 14, BSO362 – $245

• Sun 10:30-11:45am, Sep 15 – Dec 15, BSO364 – $245

 

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.

(11-15yrs)

• Tues 7:00-8:00pm, Sep 17 – Oct 22, BSO375 – $84

(16+)

• Tues 8:00-9:00pm, Sep 17 – Oct 8, BSO373 – $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. Student will need to bring their own diatonic harmonica in the key of ‘C’.

• Tues 8:00-9:00pm, Oct 22 – Nov 26, BSO374 - $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.

• Tue 2:00-4:00pm, Sep 17 – Dec 17, BSO351 – $196

• Tue 8:00-9:00pm, Sep 17 – Dec 17, BSO352 – $196

 

INTERMEDIATE 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!

• Thu 2:00-3:00pm, Sep 19 – Dec 12, BSO353 – $196

 

KIDS CHOIR (6-8yrs)

Experience the joys of singing as a member of a group! Vocal training is the most portable instrument and incredibly versatile. Focus will be on fun and confidence building

• Sun 9:30-10:30am, Sep 15 – Dec 15, BSO356 – $182 per member

 

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 (8-11yrs)

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, Sep 9 – Dec 16, BSO368 – $294

 

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, Sep 3 – Dec 17, BSO365 – $336

 

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, Sep 4 – Dec 18, BSO366 – $336

 

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, Sep 5 – Dec 19, BSO367 – $336