Bay Chamber: new group classes, ensembles

Aug 31, 2018
Brianna Fischler, left, and Maya French lead Bay Chamber’s new Early Childhood Program.

Rockport — Bay Chamber Concerts and Music School will offer several group classes this fall, beginning in mid-September. All classes, in eight-week sessions, meet in the Recital Hall at the Bay Chamber Music School, 18 Central St. The fee is $10 per class, free to students currently enrolled in private lessons at Bay Chamber Music School.

Internal Musicianship

A new class this year is Internal Musicianship with composer and musician John Mehrmann, whose versatile background in multiple instruments, including voice; and experience as a composer inform his approach. This class expands upon students’ knowledge how music is made, interpreted and composed. Participants will gain essential tools to help them become more creative musicians who listen, perform and compose with greater understanding. Ability to read music on one’s chosen instrument and a knowledge of key signatures are prerequisite. The class runs Mondays from noon to 1 p.m. beginning Sept. 17.

Returning for the fall session are Bay Chamber’s Ukulele Group Class, the Bay Chamber Jazz Ensemble and the monthly Guitar Workshop.

Bay Chamber Jazz Ensemble

Mike Whitehead (trumpet) and Nate Martin (bass) will lead explorations of jazz in a fun supportive environment. Bay Chamber Jazz Ensemble students will learn simple jazz/blues tunes to explore the key components of jazz — rhythm, harmony, melody, improvisation and group interplay. All instruments and voices are welcome Mondays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. beginning Sept. 5.

Ukulele Group Class

Jeffrey Weinberger calls this fall’s session Next Level Ukulele: Onward and Upward. It will meet Wednesdays from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and is for those who know some songs and chords but want to go deeper — hone their skills, broaden their repertoire and get more out of their music.

Guitar Workshop

The monthly Guitar Workshop is back, open to all ages and offering a chance to play from the classical guitar repertoire with others. The workshops take place the first Wednesday of every month from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and focus on how to improve musicianship skills, warmup techniques, tone production, form analysis, building repertoire, style and interpretation in solo and group settings. The workshops are coached and directed by faculty member Jeff Rojo. The first class meets Sept. 5; participants are welcome to drop-in or sign up in advance.

Something new for the little ones

New this year is the Early Childhood Music Program, led by Maya French and Brianna Fischler, both members of the faculty and musicians in Palaver Strings. The class will meet on Mondays beginning Sept. 17. From 10 to 10:45 a.m., the class will be oriented to babies, birth to age 2; from 11 to 11:45 a.m., to children age 3 to 5 years. Fee is $160 for an eight-week session, and a generous financial aid program is available to those who qualify.

Early Childhood classes involve singing from different musical cultures, rhythmic chanting, movement and play. Support from parents and caretakers helps make this a bonding experience and allows for musical learning at home. The class will be loosely based on Music Learning Theory, a curriculum designed to teach music in the same way that a child learns language.

To register for any classes or lessons at Bay Chamber Music School, contact Joan Kulle, registrar, at or call 236-2823. For more information on these offerings, visit

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