Bay Chamber offers group classes

Sep 24, 2017
Group class teachers this fall at Bay Chamber Concerts and Music School include, from left, Mike Whitehead and Jeffrey Weinberger; and from top, Malcolm Brooks, Jessica Day and Nate Martin.

Rockport — Bay Chamber Concerts and Music School will offer several group classes this fall beginning in early October. All classes meet weekly for one hour, cost $10 per class and run for six- week sessions. Classes take place in the Recital Hall at the Bay Chamber Music School, 18 Central St. in Rockport village.

The continuing Beginner Ukulele class with instructor Jeffrey Weinberger will emphasize song learning. Through the songs of varied styles and techniques, students will learn not only more about uke playing, but also basic musicianship. Students should bring their own instruments and electronic tuners. Players must know at least six chords and be able to play a simple song all the way through. The entire spectrum of "intermediate" level playing will be covered though, and all players will have an equally important role.

The Bay Chamber Jazz Ensemble, led by trumpet player Mike Whitehead and bass player Nate Martin will explore jazz in a fun supportive environment. Students will learn simple jazz/blues tunes to explore the key components of jazz — rhythm, harmony, melody, improvisation and group interplay. All are encouraged to come to learn what jazz is all about or to expand their existing knowledge. All instruments and voices are welcome. At the end of the semester, the ensemble will perform on music school concerts and recitals.

Music Exploration: Hum, Strum, Drum & Play, a group class led by Jessica Day, allows children age 6 to 9 to explore the world of music by making music (playing and listening) in a group setting. Children learn basic music concepts and skills using a variety of percussion instruments, recorder and ukulele. Students also learn fun and age-appropriate ways to sing and express themselves. They’ll sing, move, play, improvise (ensemble and solo work) and listen to a wide range of music.

This class is a great choice for students who are considering lessons, as a companion to private instruction, or anyone who wants to explore the world of music.

Six Classes for the Insatiably Curious, taught by musician and composer Malcolm Brooks, will meet Tuesdays at 11 a.m. beginning Oct. 10. Through discussions and casual presentations, students will explore to musical mysteries from classical to contemporary. Possible mysteries include: Why does some music feel particularly sensual? What would a blues song by Bach sound like? What do musicians actually think while they are improvising? How do painting and sculpture influence music? How does a melody actually communicate an emotion? How does a music score change a film?

Group classes are free to all students currently enrolled in private lessons at Bay Chamber Music School. For information about fees, registration and more, visit or call 236-2823.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or

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