Classes for foundational level musicians
Debut Classes are SDYS’ entry-level group instruction focusing on beginning ensemble techniques. These classes are provided for students who have played an orchestral instrument for one or two years and are preparing to participate in a full ensemble. Principles of Music is a non-performance class open to beginning musicians and their parents, guardians, and siblings.
I wasn’t really a musician. I thought I would do sports, but after a while it felt good and I felt happy that I was learning to play music.
Noor Alramadan, 11 yrs old, cello, clarinetWatch The Video
Principles of Music
This program is taught by SDYS faculty. It will introduce and strengthen basic principles of music such as ear training, rhythmic dictation and exercise, key signatures, note reading, clef reading, and much more, in an interactive setting. Designed as an introduction to music for students not yet ready to join an ensemble class, we invite parents, guardians, and siblings to enroll in this class, too! Please note that in order to move into a Debut Class, students will need to exhibit minimum performance standards that Principles of Music will not address. Classes are offered based on minimum enrollment.
Debut Strings Class
Taught by Mr. Anthony Do-Hoon Kim, this is SDYS’ entry-level group instruction for students playing violin, viola, cello, or bass. Students will focus on instrument techniques, develop sight-reading skills, and improve beginning ensemble techniques, such as following a conductor and fellow musicians. Classes are offered based on minimum enrollment.
Debut Woodwinds, Brass and Percussion Class
This class, taught by Mr. Chris Lea, is designed as a first group experience for students in the SDYS program. Woodwind (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, and saxophone), brass (trumpet, French horn, trombone, and euphonium), and percussion students may audition. Students will focus on instrument techniques, develop sight-reading skills, and improve beginning ensemble techniques, such as following a conductor and fellow musicians. Classes are offered based on minimum enrollment.