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Summer Semester Dates

Registration is now open for the summer semester
Classes and lessons take place from Tuesday, July 6 to Saturday, July 31, 2021


Summer individual lessons

Pricing is offered for the entire semester of individual lessons. Individual instrument and voice lessons are offered including piano, guitar, percussion, voice, saxophone, clarinet, flute, recorder, Braille music, music theory, composition, and arranging.

  • 45-minute lesson: $160
  • 1-hour lesson: $213


Special Four-Week Group Classes

Managing Performance Anxiety

As performers, we all have felt the shaky legs, wobbly voices and sweaty palms that often accompany walking onto a stage. Learn how to identify stressors, discover coping techniques--both physical and mental, and explore strategies to deal with common anxiety as a performer--no matter whether a beginner or an advanced musician.  Co-taught by Leslie Jones and Michelle Trovato.

Tuesdays at 4 pm: July 6, 13, 20, and 27

Tuition fee: $100


Performing Musical Theatre Rep

Through a blend of listening and hands-on experience, students enrolled in this four-week class will learn about three musical theatre singing styles: classic melodious (legit), chest voice (belt), and a mix of chest and head voice (mix). Each student will be assigned three songs representing each of the musical theatre styles along with aural exercises. The class will culminate with student performances. Taught by FMDG Music School voice teacher Charlotte Surkin.

Wednesdays at 4 pm: July 7, 14, 21, and 28

Tuition fee: $100


Traveling Together: Near and Afar

Explore other countries as well as New York City landmarks remotely from the comfort of your favorite device! Using a mix of music and audio description, each week students will enjoy an hour-long tour of a different location. Locations visited may include Ipanema Beach in Rio de Janeiro, the country of Japan, and the city of Barcelona in Spain. Teens welcome.

Wednesdays at 6:00 pm: July 7, 14, 21, and 28

Tuition fee: $100


Ukulele Ensemble Class, All Levels Welcome

Learn basic chords and a simple tune during this one-hour ukulele class. A fun instrument with a rich history, the ukulele is the perfect instrument to learn in a group setting. No musical experience is required for this class but students should provide their own ukulele. Staff are happy to advise would-be students on the best and most cost-effective instrument. Taught by FMDG Music School instructor Jon Price. Kids welcome.

Thursdays at 6 pm: July 8, 15, 22, and 29

Tuition fee: $100


Revelations: Exploring the World of Alvin Ailey

Learn about Alvin Ailey's iconic and much-loved modern dance piece Revelations through an analysis of African-American spiritus, gospels, and blues. Students will gain an understanding of this important American artistic treasure by studying and enacting specific dance steps used during the piece. A detailed audio description of the full dance rounds out the class. Kids and adults welcome.

time, date, and instructor TBD

Tuition fee: $100


Improv 101

Through four individualized lessons students will explore how to incorporate improvisation in practice and performance.  Basic concepts and tools will be presented so that the student can experiment with using melody, harmony and rhythm to express themselves over various forms of music.  Prerequisites:  Proficiency on primary instrument, access to keyboard/piano during lessons and basic music theory. Taught by Richard Thai.

Tuition fee: $213


Try a New Wind Instrument!

4-week beginner lessons in flute, clarinet, or alto saxophone. For these individual virtual lessons students can pick up a rental instrument from 92Y before the first week of lessons. Instruments may be returned after the last lesson, during the last week in July. All ages welcomed. Taught by Richard Thai.

Tuition fee: $213

Please call us at (315) 842-4489 for more information.

Cancellation and Make-up Lesson Policy

Cancellation Policy

The FMDG Music School reserves the right to cancel or change class offerings for any reason, such as insufficient enrollment, or unavailability of the instructor. In the event of cancellation, registered students will be notified and given a full refund. If a student chooses to withdraw, a full refund will be made before the first class. There is no refund after the third class or lesson. Registration fees are nonrefundable and apply only to the semester for which you enroll.

Make-up Lesson Policy

Lessons are offered only on a full-semester basis. Once the schedule is established, the specific lesson time is an agreement between teacher and student, whether the lesson or class is taken or missed by the student. Instructors are not required to make-up lessons or classes that are canceled or missed by students without a prior rescheduling arrangement made at least 24 hours in advance. Reasonable accommodation of make-up is made in cases of illness and unavoidable circumstances. However, in the case when an instructor cancels, a make-up lesson will be arranged.

Late Registration

If you register after the fourth week of the semester, tuition will be appropriately pro-rated.

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