New Jersey Workshop for the Arts Music Studio will begin its fall session on Wednesday, September 6, 2017. The Music Studio provides instruction on all instruments and voice, for pre-school children through senior citizens, in a 30, 45 or 60 minute format. Instruction is provided for strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion, guitar and piano. Students learn to read music, study scales, understand rhythm, interpret repertoire, and develop range, tone and technique.
Solo and ensemble playing are included. Various music styles are introduced, including classical, contemporary and jazz. Proper breathing techniques, tone production, language, diction, projection and interpretation are an integral part of the vocal instruction.
Highly skilled music educators and professional artists, with degrees from some of the best universities and music programs, comprise the staff of the Music Studio. These talented musicians possess the knowledge and experience to accurately evaluate each student’s ability and design lessons to fit the student’s needs. This type of instruction helps students develop the necessary skills for successful auditions, competitions and performances, as well as for their own personal enjoyment.
In addition to regular music lessons, the Music Connection, a program for special needs students, has been very successful. A Music Therapy session is part of this program. The NJWA is also adding a program called the Alexander Technique, an educational body-mind method that addresses how one uses one’s body in movement while performing in daily life and activities.
Also recent to the Music Studio is Music FunTime, for toddlers, preschoolers, and children in early elementary school. Music FunTime students will use musical crafts, worksheets, games and instruments to read music notation and play musical instruments, while fostering their ability to grasp math and science.
The Music Studio also offers opportunities for area musicians to play in its bands, ensembles and orchestras. Teen vocalists or instrumentalists may choose to become part of the Rock Performance Workshop. Adults who are experienced on string instruments can join the Wednesday Morning Strings, while intermediate and advanced alphorn players have the opportunity to play in the International American Alphorn Society Ensemble. This summer saw a successful program for students in the new String Theory Chamber Music Camp.
Among the other intergenerational musical opportunities are membership in the Jazz Bands, Saturday Orchestras and the NJWA Summer Symphony. The NJWA is also home to a professional ensemble called The Majestic Winds. Additional classes and programs are often added to the schedule throughout the year.
The Westfield Fencing Club, for both children and adults, and the NJWA Summer Workshop, for students in pre-school to grade 9, are also programs of the NJWA. The organization offers a number of extension programs throughout the community.
To enhance the music in your life, please phone 908-789-9696, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the NJWA studios at 150-152 East Broad Street, Westfield. Log on to www.njworkshopforthearts.com for additional information.