In addition to individual music lessons, the New Jersey Workshop for the Arts Music Studio is offering opportunities for musicians of all ages and ability levels to participate in a multitude of bands and orchestras.
The latest bands include the Inspired Instrumentalists, offered on Mondays and Tuesdays from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm. This group is intended for adults who have little or no playing experience.
Another new band is The Rockets, for students in second and third grade. They will meet on Wednesdays, between 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm. This is an introduction to playing band instruments and no experience is necessary.
A number of opportunities are available to musicians in the Saturday Bands and Orchestras. Orchestra 1 is intended for those with 1 to 3 months experience and will meet from 2:00 pm to 2:30 pm. Those who have 4 to 12 months experience may join Orchestra 2, which meets from 3:00 pm to 3:30 pm. Orchestra 3 will be held from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm and involves musicians with 2 or more years playing experience. For those interested in playing jazz music, the Intro to Jazz group, also known as Jumpin’ Jazz Band, for players with 1 to 3 years of experience, will meet between 5:30 pm and 6:30 pm. More experienced jazz musicians may join the NJWA Jazz Band which will also meet on Saturdays from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm.
Teen musicians will have an opportunity to rock out with their peers on Friday and Saturday evenings. Vocalists and musicians, with some playing experience, are invited to join the Rock Performance Workshop. One group will meet at 7:30 pm on Saturdays for 4 months, starting in late October. Other times will be announced. Teens who are inexperienced in playing may join the Intro to Rock Performance group.
The Music Studio is also home to the professional wind band, The Majestic Winds, Wednesday Morning Strings, the Alphorn Ensemble and the NJWA Summer Symphony..
Other NJWA programs include the pre-school Music FunTime, the Music Connection for special needs families, the Alexander Technique for improving mind-body awareness, the Alphorn Workshop, the NJWA Summer Workshop, and the Westfield Fencing Club. During the year, various other programs are added to the NJWA curriculum.
For more information on these bands and orchestras, or any programs of the New Jersey Workshop for the Arts, visit their studios at 150-152 East Broad Street in Westfield, phone 908-789-9696 or log on to www.njworkshopforthearts.com.
Caption: Members of the New Jersey Workshop for the Arts Wednesday Morning Strings recently performed for residents at Atria Senior Living in Cranford.