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The BCAE offers excellent beginner music classes. Learn a new instrument with our guitar, violin, or piano classes. If you are looking to learn to sing, try our voice workshop or our beginner singing class, “Shower Singing in Public.” The Boston community will find quality music classes at the BCAE.

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Always had a guitar laying around the house, daydreamed about learning to play it one day but never really picked up the instrument? Whether you’ve never picked up a guitar or can only strum a few chords, this is the class for you. This course will get you started learning how to play basic chord forms, understand musical notation and tablature, and improvise on the Blues – and before you know it, you'll be playing chord accompaniments to popular folk, classic, and modern pop and rock songs. Bring a guitar to class – be it steel-string acoustic, classical or electric. If you bring an electric guitar, be sure to bring your own portable amplifier. The materials fee covers the cost of helpful handouts. Please note: BCAE promotional discounts do not apply.

Tuition: $225.00

Member Cost: $195.00

Materials Cost: $6.00

Schedule : Weekly - Tue 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM; 6 sessions; starting 7/11/2017, ending 8/15/2017

Instructor : Jussi Reijonen 

Location : BCAE Location : 
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It may be hard to believe, but Eddie Vedder, Warren Buffett, and Zooey Deschanel have something in common: they all play the ukulele! And no wonder – it's a cute little instrument that's easy to learn, easier to carry, and incredibly affordable. Once considered a novelty instrument or toy, it's now the instrument of choice for dozens of indie rock bands, hundreds of TV commercials, and thousands of YouTube videos. Join this course and discover how much fun it can be to make music. You will learn the basics — tuning the instrument, fundamental playing techniques, playing chords with various kinds of rhythms, and accompaniment parts to your favorite songs. Bring your own uke; they're available locally for around $40 and up. The materials fee covers the cost of helpful handouts. Please note: BCAE promotional discounts do not apply.

Tuition: $225.00

Member Cost: $195.00

Materials Cost: $6.00

Schedule : Weekly - Tue 7:45 PM - 9:15 PM; 6 sessions; starting 7/11/2017, ending 8/15/2017

Instructor : Jussi Reijonen 

Location : BCAE Location : 
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In this class, you will learn the basics of piano playing -- note reading, time and key signatures, meter and rhythm, melodies and chords. Believe it or not, the piano is one of the easiest musical instruments to learn. The layout of the keyboard makes it simple not only to visualize scales, melodies, and chords, but even to learn the fundamentals of music theory. In no time at all, you'll be playing simple songs, developing your skills as you go. We'll draw from a variety of popular, familiar, and original songs, adding a new song to your repertoire each week. No musical experience necessary. Headphones are not necessary, but please bring a notebook.

Tuition: $225.00

Member Cost: $195.00

Materials Cost: $0.00

Schedule : Weekly - Thu 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM; 6 sessions; starting 7/13/2017, ending 8/24/2017 ; Class Skip Dates : (No class on 8/3/2017)

Instructor : Yoon Chung 

Location : BCAE Location : 
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In this class, you will learn the basics of piano playing -- note reading, time and key signatures, meter and rhythm, melodies and chords. Believe it or not, the piano is one of the easiest musical instruments to learn. The layout of the keyboard makes it simple not only to visualize scales, melodies, and chords, but even to learn the fundamentals of music theory. In no time at all, you'll be playing simple songs, developing your skills as you go. We'll draw from a variety of popular, familiar, and original songs, adding a new song to your repertoire each week. No musical experience necessary. Headphones are not necessary, but please bring a notebook.

Tuition: $225.00

Member Cost: $195.00

Materials Cost: $0.00

Schedule : Weekly - Thu 7:15 PM - 8:45 PM; 6 sessions; starting 7/13/2017, ending 8/24/2017 ; Class Skip Dates : (No class on 8/3/2017)

Instructor : Yoon Chung 

Location : BCAE Location : 
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Take those vocal pipes out of the shower and into the world! Overcome your inhibitions with techniques used by professionals. While singing fun exercises, favorite show tunes, and popular songs, learn about resonance, breathing, posture, relaxation, and articulation. This class is perfect for those wishing to exercise their voices without committing to a multi-week course. The materials fee covers a detailed booklet of exercises and a sixty-minute practice CD for follow-up home study.

Tuition: $59.00

Member Cost: $49.00

Materials Cost: $25.00

Schedule : Mon 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM; 1 session on 07/17/2017

Instructor : Deborah Gruber 

Location : BCAE Location : 
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Maybe you have sung in musicals before but are feeling a little rusty. Perhaps there is an audition on the horizon. Or it could be that you just want to sing show tunes for fun. This workshop led by acclaimed actor/singer Kerry Dowling and popular cabaret performer Brian Patton presents an excellent opportunity to develop your vocal abilities and dramatic skills. Students should have some previous singing experience and come prepared with a theatre song or two to work on as a solo piece.  

Tuition: $225.00

Member Cost: $195.00

Materials Cost: $0.00

Schedule : Weekly - Mon 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM; 4 sessions; starting 7/24/2017, ending 8/14/2017

Instructor : Multiple Instructor :
 1.Brian Patton  2.Kerry Dowling 

Location : BCAE Location : 
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Learning to play the piano doesn't have to be a torturous regimen of scales, exercises, and counting. Let this class show you how to play the piano the way the pros do--with chords. Featured in the book and public television special "Play Piano in a Flash!," these techniques have helped more than 100,000 adults nationwide to play the piano. Play several songs in class, then perfect your techniques at home by following the CD and workbook provided by the instructor. Through lecture and demonstration, learn embellishment techniques, and turn a simple song into your masterpiece! The ability to read the treble clef is advised. The tuition includes a $25 materials fee for a booklet and a CD.

Tuition: $59.00

Member Cost: $49.00

Materials Cost: $25.00

Schedule : Wed 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM; 1 session on 08/09/2017

Instructor : Deborah Gruber 

Location : BCAE Location : 
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