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Fall Semester Dates

Fall Semester First Week: Tuesday, September 8th - Saturday, September 12th
Thanksgiving Break: Tuesday, November 24th - Saturday, November 28th
Fall Semester Last Week: Tuesday, December 15th - Saturday, December 19th

Dates for Special 6-Week Group Courses

First 6-Week Class Session: Tuesday, September 15th - Saturday, October 24th
Second 6-Week Class Session: Tuesday, November 3 - Saturday, December 19th


Fall 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.

  • 30 minutes (for ages 7 and under) $375
  • 45 minutes: $465
  • 1 hour: $620

Performance Ensembles: $100

  • Vocal Ensemble (with permission of instructor)
  • Jam59 (with permission of instructor)
  • VIPs (with permission of instructor)
  • The Rock Band (with permission of instructor)

Comprehensive Music Program for Young People (CMPYP): $480

The Comprehensive Music Program for Young People brings the FMDG mission of education, access, and inclusion to students 6-19 years of age who are blind or visually impaired. The CMPYP offers an array of classes covering music literacy, theory, history, dance, instrumental ensemble, and chorus. History and dance will be enjoyed together as a group via Zoom. Other lessons and classes will be scheduled separately and will be held in smaller groups or individually.


Special Six-Week Group Classes: $120

Artistry as a Singing Actor

Teacher: Michelle Trovato

Thursdays from 6 to 7 pm, January 7 to February 11

For singers interested in bringing stories to life in vocal literature and increasing storytelling with each performance. Using text analysis and research to breathe life to a character, students will be asked to think like an actor. Students will use musical analysis of the score to inform and present a fully well-rounded character. Musical theatre and classical selections welcome!


Beethoven 250 Years: Part 2

Teacher: Juan Pablo Horcasitas

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5 to 6 pm, January 12 to January 28

This course will be a musical analysis of major works by Beethoven, one from each of the three periods: Early, Heroic, and Late. Students will listen and discuss style, form, harmony, rhythm, and motivic development focusing on three works by the composer. This course is a continuation of the summer 2020 Beethoven course but any student may join.


History of Rock Music

Teacher: Chris Petz

Fridays from 4 to 5 pm, September 18 to October 23

History of Rock is a broad overview of pop music from the 1950s until today. In the 1950s, pop music had morphed from the pre-World War II swing bands and the smaller jazz combos that came as a result of the war to Doo Wop and more celebrity singer based acts. From the 1960s up to today pop music has used a very similar format- a group of singers/instrumentalists or a group supporting a singular singer. The history of Rock Music will cover important artists and events that occurred in pop over the last 70 years. Audio material will be provided by the instructor. No prerequisite.


Pop Music Theory

Teacher: Chris Petz

Fridays from 4 to 5 pm, November 6 to December 18

Pop music theory will examine the chord progressions of contemporary pop artists. Mozart, Beethoven, the lovely Franz Liszt, and many others were rock stars of their day. Today’s pop composers use the same twelve notes, but as a result of technological innovation, there are a wide variety of sounds and concepts available to the contemporary pop composer. The class will pick three pop tunes from the current Billboards top 100 songs and analyze all aspects of them. Audio material will be provided by the instructor. Prerequisite: Introduction to theory or equivalent.


Música Americana

Teacher: Pablo Rodriguez

Wednesdays from 3 to 4 pm, November 11 to December 16

Latin-American music acts as cultural icons that are essential to our identity and our way of seeing the world. Through this bilingual workshop, we will discuss and perform passages of key pieces from the Latin-American repertoire. At the end of the course, students will be asked to present and/or perform one piece from the Latin-American repertoire of their interest.


Dark Room Ballet - Introduction to Ballet
Teacher: Krishna Washburn
Tuesdays from 6 to 7:30 pm, October 6 to November 10
This special six-week class, taught by Krishna Washburn, will introduce the participants to the basic steps and vocabulary of a traditional ballet class. Krishna has danced with Jill Sigman’s thinkdance, Infinity Dance Theater, Heidi Latsky Dance, Marked Dance Project, and LEIMAY. She has extensive experience working with student dancers who are blind or visually impaired. While “ballet” is in the name and the classes are concert dance-based, Dark Room Ballet participants will develop a broad toolbox of critical skills that prepare them to sign up for an intro dance class in any style elsewhere in the future. Among other benefits, the program builds skills in the areas of directional hearing, internally-based balance, and foot sensitivity. No prior dance experience is required. Tuition is $60 for six sessions. 

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

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