Powers Music School programs are supported in part by a grant from the Belmont Cultural Council, a local agency that is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
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You shouldn't have to worry about where and how to learn music, so we're offering 1 free trial lesson to make sure you feel comfortable. Just fill out this easy webform and we'll help you get started. Read about our approach to online learning with Powers HOME (Holistic Online Music Education). Current HOME programs include private lessons, Music Pups, group piano, ukulele, music theory, and more! You have a goal too - to learn your favorite song, to be as good as the kids in your class, to play alongside your granddaughter.
Though the concept of "holistic" education isn't new, we believe that the HOME approach is a relatively untested concept in community music education in our area. Below, we outline some key principles of Powers HOME that make online learning not just a suitable back-up option during a temporary global crisis, but also a strong, valuable, and effective way of learning that opens up a new world of possibilities for community music education. A common definition of "holistic" refers to experiences that connect you more deeply to the community, your relationships, human values, your own self and even to the earth.
If you're enthusiastic about learning something new and are ready to explore, you'll find a home with the plucked strings department. Through Suzuki guitar or traditional private lessons, you'll focus on learning to trust your ears just as much as your eyes. Knowing how your instrument works, how music feels and sounds, and music theory concepts all give you the confidence to experiment and try things on your own. Our instructors teach lessons for traditional instruments and styles like classical, rock, and jazz guitar, but also for a large range of plucked string instruments and techniques like the balama, oud, fretless guitar, Bulgarian tambura, clawhammer, and more.
You've always been envious of your friends who can effortlessly pick up and strum an instrument at school, at parties, or around the house. You feel like you could do the same, if only learning music wasn't so expensive, time-consuming, or demanding. Meet the ukulele. This fun, trendy instrument is perfect for beginners (and all skill levels!). You can easily learn how to play some chords and melodies in a relaxed group setting without being "music literate." And the ukulele is small enough to take with you anywhere!
The string department at Powers has many different paths, each with a strong community of teachers, other students, and parents waiting to share their music with you. Have a little one just starting out? Kids as young as 3 can learn how to play and care for string instruments in the Suzuki Musical Kids class, a precursor to our full Suzuki program for violin, viola, cello, and guitar. Suzuki lessons and group classes are a good match for parents who are ready to encourage their children, work alongside them, and make music a large part of their family's lifestyle.
Your preschooler has been banging on the keys of your piano before dinner every night. Or you yourself are hoping to "tickle the ivories" again after many years. This beautiful instrument can lead you to many years of music, or even act as a stepping stone to another instrument. During the enrollment process, we'll match you or your child with a faculty member whose teaching style and personality are a good fit for you. You'll listen to different types of piano music and learn how to understand them.
The first things you'll talk about in a voice lesson or class at Powers are your goals - what would you like to achieve? Reach your top notes more easily? Feel more confident performing for friends and family? Have four songs ready to record for a college CD? We can help with those. Our voice department, led by Dr. Greta Feeney, focuses on helping you improve and develop your "whole voice, " understanding how it works, building strong, flexible vocal chords through exercise (just like any sport!), increasing your range, and creating a blended sound between low and high notes.
Sometimes, even the best music teachers aren't sure how to help students with specific physical, emotional, social, or cognitive needs. If you're feeling frustrated in your lessons or your child's lessons and aren't sure how to bring it up with your teacher, or if you're searching for a music program with the "right fit, " we might be able to help. Our music therapy program at Powers allows you to learn in a flexible environment that adapts to your particular needs and level of functioning. Think of our department as a range of options.