Bay Chamber Community Music School, currently celebrating its first anniversary and enrolling students for the fall and spring semesters, invites everyone to learn more about the school during an open house Saturday, Sept. 24 from noon to 3 p.m.

The school is located on the fifth floor of the newly restored Shepherd Building, 18 Central St. in the village. Visitors can meet the faculty, watch two-minute lessons, explore the facilities and more. Door prizes will include a Kindle.

Just one short year ago, the Bay Chamber’s Community Music School opened in its current location. As demand for new classes and programs has grown, the school has added several new instruments to its private instruction classes. John Mehrmann has joined the music school faculty, offering percussion including congas and xylophone. New lessons for wind instruments — clarinet and flute —with musician/teacher Glen Sargent and lessons in classical guitar with Jeff Rojo also are available.

Bay Chamber Community Music School also offers a number of group classes.  There is something for all ages and musical abilities. For further information on how to join the growing music school community, call 236-2823 or send email to Following are synopses for group classes.

Introduction to Music (age 5-7) will set the stage for a future instrumental and vocal study. Children will explore note values, rhythmic patterns and beginning music reading, as well as explore different types of instruments. This class is offered Mondays from 3 to 4 p.m. in both the fall and spring semesters.

Piano Group Class meets the third Friday of the month from 3 to 5 p.m. Taught by Patty Stowell, these group classes are for both the adults and youth including both instrumental and voice students. Stowell will address a different topic each week including piano technique and producing tone without tension.

Music Together offers a variety of classes, specifically designed for mixed aged classes (birth to age 5), preschool programs and infant classes. The Music Together experience includes songs, rhythmic rhymes, movement, instrument play and more. These activities are presented as informal, non-performance-oriented musical experiences —developmentally appropriate and easy for parents and caregivers — regardless of their own musical ability.

Reading Music will meet Thursdays from 6:30 to 8 p.m. for six weeks. Mary Anne Driscoll offers this course to music lovers and performers who feel rusty or unfamiliar with reading conventional notation. Students will learn how notes are translated into music. Materials provided.

Music Composition – How to Create Melody and Rhythm from Spoken Words with Malcolm Brooks will meet Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8 p.m. for six weeks. The course in composing music collaboratively in a small class uses experiences and memories to inspire melodies and rhythms.

Music Appreciation with Glenn Jenks will meet Wednesdays from 5:30 to 7 p.m. for six weeks. This course is an improbably broad survey of Western music from the Renaissance to the turn of the last century, focusing on the evolution of musical style. The emergence of tonality, the concepts of musical form and texture and the tell-tale characteristics of the period of common practice (circa 1700 to 1900) will be examined by listening to the music of Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Brahms and many others.

Great Performances, a listening class comparing the performances of great artists, will meet for eight Wednesdays in both the fall and spring semesters (dates and times to be announced).

Early Music Ensembles with Myles Jordan will meet for eight Wednesdays in both the fall and spring semesters (dates and times to be announced). This is a hands-on practical course studying early chamber music following closely all the clues left us not only by the musical manuscripts of the time period, but also by their context and cultural norms.

Intro to Jazz Theory/Improvisation to be announced) will have Glen Sargent leading an exploration of the basic building blocks of “classical” music and adapting this material to improvise in various jazz styles.

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