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Regardless of your experience, preferences, instrument, or age, Community Music and Arts Center (CMAC) instructors will create an environment that encourages you to achieve your potential. CMAC is developing promising young talent to be the next generation of artists and musicians. We offer you high quality education programs that emphasize practice and theory and open up a wide range of personal or career options in music and the arts. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

1.0 The Aspire Music Program Philosophy
At the Harper College Community Music and Arts Center we believe that instrument learners develop most quickly and fully in a combination of group and private instruction.  Private lessons give students the necessary individual attention for technical development and interpretive and expressive insights. Group lessons, whether musicianship classes or ensembles, offer peer reinforcement, social interaction, group performance experience, team work skills and creative group activities.  By combining these two approaches, you’ll receive a full experience that will elevate your performance skills, musicianship, and music-making abilities. You’ll improve from beginning through advanced levels while receiving a rich exposure to an exciting collection of elective courses that will broaden your horizon. In order for us to ensure your consistent progress and excellence, the Aspire Music Program incorporates individual student-assessment methods and allows you to celebrate accomplishment and track your progress with others across the country, and the world. Therefore, we believe that yearly examinations will give you the incentive to set goals and experience the rewards of musical accomplishment. Our Instructors emphasize the importance of a cooperative relationship between parents, teachers and students and they’ll work closely with you to ensure that your achievement and progress are solid and well-grounded. During the course of the year, students will perform two times as soloists, and two times as part of an ensemble. Performances will take place either at the J Theater or at the Performing Arts Center; both are located here at Harper College.

1.1 Program Components
The following is an outline of the main four components of the Aspire Music Program:

1- Private instrumental lessons.
One weekly private lesson, duration depends on level (30, 45, 60, or 90 minutes); 16 lessons per semester (total 32 between the fall and spring terms); 8 lessons in the summer are optional. ABRSM practical exams are scheduled between April and June, Suzuki exams are administered locally and they’ll take place in May. Please visit the link below for further information about dates for ABRSM and AIM:

ABRSM: http://us.abrsm.org/en/exam-booking/exam-dates-and-fees/
AIM: http://www.nwsmta.org/achievement-in-music-aim.html

2- Musicianship i.e., sight-reading, dictation, listening, music theory, performance practices, history, etc.
One weekly group lesson starting in the August and ending in March; 24 sessions total.  You’ll receive an ABRSM theory book and prepare for the theory exam however the material covered in class will go beyond the book and additional material will be added and explored. Classes  are divided into three segments, the first segment is dedicated for listening, analysis, history; the second segment is dedicated for aural skills, sight reading and dictation; the third segment is dedicated for playing , singing, and performance practices. ABRSM theory exams usually take place in March, June and November.

http://us.abrsm.org/en/exam-booking/exam-dates-and-fees/

The AIM theory exams count towards the CMAC Aspire Certificate so all piano students in AIM don’t have to take the ABRSM theory exams however it’s a must that they attend all musicianship sessions.

3- Ensembles i.e., strings, woodwinds, piano, orchestra, jazz, chamber, mixed, guitar and percussion.
One or two weekly rehearsals depending on level. The duration of each rehearsal also depends on level (60m, 90m, 120m). During these sessions you’ll explore a diverse and challenging repertoire that will help you build a good portfolio and enhance your performance skills. Over the course of the year, you’ll perform in two solo recitals and in two ensemble recitals.

4- Electives
These courses are designed to help you focus your studies in a specific area in music, i.e., history, musicology, ethnomusicology, theory, contemporary music, musical theater, composition, orchestration, composing for film, etc. You’ll have to take six elective courses in total in order for you to obtain the Aspire Certificate. See below for a full list of our electives.

1.2 About the Program / 2015-2016
The Aspire Music Program* is a certificate program that is designed to provide school-aged students (5 through 18), with in-depth music education with focus on performance, voice and musical theater, and musicianship. You are welcome to join the program at any level according to your current ability. This program can be tailored to complete beginners as well as to those who are well on their way to becoming accomplished musicians. The Program is based on several renowned and time-tested curricula such as the ABRSM (8 grades), AIM (12 levels, only piano), Suzuki (10 levels, only strings and piano), or the Music Development Program (10 levels); you must select only one of these four curricula. Once you make your selection, you’re in the program and expected to take performance exams on your instrument every year starting at the age of 7, or older, and that’s through the curriculum that you’ve chosen. You’ll also be expected to take the theory exams that are offered ONLY through ABRSM and start at age 7-8, or older. AIM students are exempt from ABRSM theory exams and have the option of taking the AIM theory exams instead of ABRSM; however they still have to attend all 24 musicianship sessions every year. In 2015-2016 the only three curricula that CMAC will be offering are: AIM (piano), ABRSM (all instruments) and SUZUKI (violin and piano); the Music Development Program will take off in 2016-2017 academic year.  Exam fees for ABRSM, Music Development, and AIM exams are not included in the course tuition or fees and must be handled separately. Course materials, such as repertoire and theory books however, are provided and included in your tuition.

2.0 CMAC Aspire Music Certificate
The CMAC Music Performance Certificate is granted when the following is achieved:
1- Successful completion of 8 ABRSM theory levels.
2- Successful completion of all instrumental practical exams in ANY of the curricula we offer.
3- Successful completion of 6 CMAC elective courses.
4- Successful attendance in ensembles through the course of study.
5- Successful attendance in recitals through the course of study.

3.0 Instruments We Offer (Aspire and Music for All programs)
Ages 5-8: Piano, Suzuki piano, orchestral percussion, violin, Suzuki violin, cello, double bass*, guitar (including electric*), jazz guitar, ukulele, banjo*, jazz piano, mandolin, drums, fiddle, voice*, and hand drum. 

Ages 9-10: All of the above plus flute, clarinet, trumpet, double bass, Indian Tabla, harmonica, and oud.*

Ages 11-17: All of the above plus viola, oboe, saxophone, trombone, French horn, voice, euphonium, and tuba.

Ages 17+: All of the above

* These instruments require that we meet with younger children for assessment. Smaller-sized instruments are generally required for younger children on these specific instruments. Please note that not all instruments are included in the certificate program. For further information about this please consult with the Coordinator.

Please note that parents must provide all instruments to students. Parents may consider renting the instruments for the duration of the academic year. Please see below for more information. Students learning the piano must have a piano at home. Students without a piano at home will not be offered piano lessons.

4.0 Aspire Music Program / Levels
The Aspire Music Program involves three main stages: the Elementary, Junior, and Senior levels. The following is a detailed description of each stage:

4.1 Elementary Levels
These levels are designed as an introduction to music.  No prior experience is required so it’s an ideal opportunity for children who love music and have the desire to learn an instrument.

Elementary Level - I Program (for 5-6 year olds)
This will comprise the following each week:
1x instrumental lesson for 30 minutes – see below for available instruments
*1x group musicianship lesson for 30 minutes
*Starting 2016-2017

Elementary Level - II Program
(for 7-8 year olds)
This will comprise the following each week:
1x instrumental lesson for 30 minutes – see below for available instruments
1x optional second instrument at an extra cost. The lesson duration will be 30 minutes.
*1x group musicianship lesson for 45 minutes

*Starting 2016-2017

4.2 Junior Levels, ABRSM-Theory Grades 1 to 5
If you play an instrument, serious about music, and between the ages of 8 and 18, this program is designed for you. Each of the five grades is broadly equivalent to ABRSM grades 1 to 5. You are required to take an ABRSM practical and theory exams at the end of each grade, with certificates issued by ABRSM (if theory) and any of the other curricula mentioned above if practical. This is what this program entails each week:

1x 60 minute instrumental lesson on your main instrument

*1x 60 minute theory lesson covering music history, aural training, notation, sight reading and analysis.

*1x 60, 90 or 120 minute ensemble session. Students must select which ensemble(s) they would like to participate in. Entrance into each ensemble may require an audition. Check the ensemble information below for the specific information pertaining to the ensembles on offer.
*Starting 2016-2017

4.3 Senior Levels, ABRSM-Theory Grades 6 to 8
The components of this stage are the same as above, however you are required to take six elective courses over a three year period, two elective per year. Please see the full list below. This is what this program entails each week:

1x 60 minute instrumental lesson on your main instrument. Advanced students at Grade 7 and above will be offered 1x 90 minute instrumental lesson or 2x 45 minute lesson on their main instrument.

*1x 60, 90 or 120 minute ensemble session. Students must nominate which ensemble(s) they would like to participate in. Entrance into each ensemble is by audition. See below for the ensembles on offer. Starting 2016-2017, please consult with the coordinator about other ensemble opportunities.
*Starting 2016-2017

5.0 General Electives
Elective courses are designed to support students in their studies and help them dig deeper into the music they’re learning and/or making. Each course is up to one semester long and depending on the student, only two courses can be taken during a full academic year. There are six elective courses that each student may choose from in order fulfill the requirement to earn the CMAC certificate. The following is a complete list of all elective courses:

Ethnomusicological topics (I, II III)
Musical notation using software (Finale)
Harmony (I, II)
Figured Bass (I, II)
Analysis (I, II)
Music technology and recording using software
Music composition using software (I, II, III, IV)
Orchestration (I, II, III, IV)
History of Western Music (I, II)
World Music
Piano For non-pianists (I, II, III)
Introduction to Jazz
Choir (I, II)
Composing for Film (I, II) (pre-requisite: composition I, II and orchestration I, II)
Musical Theater (I, II)
Pop Music (I, II)

6.0 The Aspire Music Program / Curricula
6.1 CMAC Suzuki Program

The Community Music and Arts Center offers Suzuki instruction for children ages 5 to 7 in violin, viola, and cello; younger children may be admitted upon approval from the Audition Committee. The program includes one weekly private lesson in addition to a weekly group class and integrates performance opportunities throughout. The Suzuki method is based on applying basic principles of language acquisition to music in an environment that facilitates learning. A parent must attend lessons with the student and will be coached to be the home teacher. The ideas of parent involvement, loving encouragement, and constant repetition are some of the unique features of the Suzuki approach. In the context of the CMAC, all participants in the Suzuki program will be expected to start theory at the age of 7 following the ABRSM theory Exams. They may still follow the Suzuki instrumental program and sit for all practical Suzuki exams which will be administered locally. Suzuki students beyond Grade 1 ABRSM theory may choose to enroll in any other ensemble of their choosing, including those offered through the Piano Prep Program. Obtaining the CMAC certificate requires successfully completing all Suzuki practical exams and 8 ABRSM theory exams, attending all ensemble and musicianship sessions, and successful completion of six electives.

6.2 CMAC ABRSM Program
The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) certificate program. ABRSM is the world's leading provider of music exams and assessments. Each year over 630,000 candidates take their exams in more than 90 countries around the world. It offers graded exams and assessments and a clear, progressive framework to measure musical development. It also publishes all exam materials together with a wide range of additional repertoire and educational books, recordings, software another digital and electronic resources. In the context of the CMAC, just like all Aspire programs, students are expected to have a weekly private instrumental lesson, and musicianship and ensemble classes. ABRSM theory and practical exams are administered by ABRSM certified judges and certificates are generated by the association itself.  Obtaining the CMAC certificate requires successfully completing all ABRSM practical and theory exams, attending all ensemble and musicianship sessions, and successful completion of six electives.

6.3 CMAC AIM Program (piano)
The AIM Piano Program builds upon one of our most successful program namely the Piano Prep Program. Just like all the other programs that we offer, this approach also includes a private lesson, musicianship, ensembles and electives. Testing in this program will follow the Achievement in Music (AIM) [Illinois State Music Teachers Association], and both performance and theory exams will be administered by the association.  For theory, as an Aspire piano student, you must take the AIM theory exams and you may choose to take the ABRSM theory exams as well. However, you’ll still have to attend all 24 musicianship classes every year. Obtaining the CMAC certificate requires successfully completing the requirement for AIM performance and theory exams, attending all ensemble and musicianship sessions, and successful completion of six electives. See “Chart II / Chart II / Piano Program / Comparisons” for more details about what each program offers you.

6.4 CMAC Music Development Program
The Royal Conservatory Music Development Program (Music Development Program) provides a recognized national standard of musical success through an effectively sequenced course of study from beginner to advanced levels. Exams of the Music Development Program are administered by certified judges from the organization and just like ABRSM, the certificates are generated by the association itself.  Obtaining the CMAC certificate requires successfully completing all Music Development Program practical and 8 ABRSM theory exams, attending all ensemble sessions, and successful completion of six electives.

7.0 CMAC ASPIRE Ensembles
CMAC ensembles are open to all students including those in Music For All. However, not all Music for All ensembles can be counted as an Aspire ensemble, some are and some aren’t. In all, Students will have to select at the beginning of every year which ensemble(s) they would like to join otherwise the “home” ensemble will be assigned based on the instrument and level. A home ensemble is defined based on the family of instruments that each instrument belongs to.

7.1 Group Piano
The piano ensembles serve a wide range of students. Those who are enrolled through ABRSM, SUZUKI (beyond age 7), the Music Development Program, and AIM can join these ensembles. Students are assigned an ensemble based on level and age. Starting with the Celebrate Piano method of instruction, developed by Dr. Albergo and Dr. Mark Mrozinski of Harper College, students learn the basics of rhythm, ear skills, theory, finger and hand development, improvisation and creativity and how to read music.  Students progress through varied and progressive musical repertoire from leading classical and contemporary composers.

- Assessment may be needed for new students.

8.0 CMAC ASPIRE Ensembles / Coming up in 2016-2017
8.1 Jazz Ensembles
These ensembles focuses on the study of the standard Jazz and an overview of various techniques and interpretation as applied to Jazz ensemble and performance. Each semester, jazz ensembles perform a concert in the Performing Arts Center. As a member of the group, you’ll be able to utilize sight reading and musicianship while enhancing your skills and musical understanding.

- Audition is required (on Wednesday, May 14th 2016).
- Participants should be at ABRSM grade 2 (or equivalent) and above unless approved by the Audition committee.

8.2 Guitar Ensemble

In guitar ensemble, you will learn new melodies and chords and play familiar tunes. You should to be able to develop a reasonable understanding of the instrument and its repertoire.

- No audition required
- Participants should be at ABRSM Grade 1 (or equivalent).


8.3 Guitar Ensemble II*
This ensemble aims to explore in depth note-reading and strumming techniques. You are expected by the end of the course to be able to play level-appropriate pieces and enhance your skills on the instrument.

- No audition required
- Participants should be at ABRSM Grade 2 (or equivalent).
* Students beyond this point may join any other ensemble or continue with appropriate level guitar ensembles.

8.4 Mixed Ensemble I
Saturdays 11.00am - 12.00pm
This ensemble is aimed at intermediate students so they can learn to follow conducting gestures and listen carefully to the other members in the ensemble.

- Audition is required (on Wednesday, May 14th 2016).
- Participants should be at ABRSM grade 2 (or equivalent) and above unless approved by the Audition committee.

8.5 Mixed Ensemble II
Saturdays 9:00am - 10.30am P205
This ensemble is aimed at advanced students where emphasis will be on playing complex music and on refining their ensemble skills and performance practices.

- Audition is required (on Saturday, May 14th 2016).
- Participants should be at ABRSM grade 4 (or equivalent) and above unless approved by the Audition committee.

8.6 Choir I
Date and time TBD
In Choir I, students will work on developing their voice, focusing on breath control and posture while studying choral repertoire. This choral ensemble in an enjoyable way of enhancing singing and listening skills and working as part of a team.

- No audition required
- Participants should be aged between 7-10 years old.

8.7 Choir II
Date and time TBD
In Choir II. You’ll be singing a wide variety of repertoire including songs that are in 2, 3, and 4 part harmony. You’ll work on improving your singing and performance technique in a group setting. You’ll also improve you sight reading and singing skills.

- Audition (required for new members) (on Wednesday, May 14th 2016).
- Participants should be aged between 11-16 with an unbroken voice (trebles only)

8.8 Suzuki Group Strings Ensemble
Date and time TBD
This class helps develop violin ensemble skills through using the Suzuki repertoire. The lessons will be held in groups (2 or more students). Places will be confirmed after an interview is held with the parents to go through the expectations of the course. The class is for students from 5 years of age.

- Participants should be having individual lessons following the Suzuki method

8.9 Winds Ensemble I
Saturday 4.00-5.00pm
The Winds Ensemble I is for you, enthusiastic students playing woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments at ABRSM grade 1(or equivalent) and higher. You’ll learn the fundamentals of playing in an ensemble in addition to enhancing your active listening skills, intonation, rhythmic accuracy, expression, and basic understanding of performance practices. The Ensemble will perform twice during the school year. Students in will have fun making music with other instrumentalists from across the district!

- No audition required
- Participants should be at ABRSM Grade 1 (or equivalent).

8.10 Wind Ensemble II
Saturdays 9.30am - 11.30am
The Winds II is for students who are currently studying woodwind, brass, and orchestral percussion instruments at ABRSM grade 3 (or equivalent) and higher. In this ensemble, students will refine their ensemble skills through the performance of a variety of challenging repertoire. Some sectional time with an instrumental specialist coach as well as a full-ensemble rehearsal maybe called for. Throughout the year, the ensemble is expected to perform at least twice.  This is a platform for dedicated instrumentalists to develop their musical skills in a nurturing environment with musical peers from across the district.

- Audition (required for new members) (on Wednesday, May 14th 2016).
- Participants should be at ABRSM Grade 3 (or equivalent).


8.11 Little Vivaldi String Ensemble
Saturdays 4.00pm - 5.00pm
This ensemble is for all strings students who finish one year of studies on their instrument. It’s a fun and exciting place to be. It will explore interesting pieces under the direction of a conductor and encourage students to play together with other musicians.

- No audition required
- Participants must have played the violin, viola and cello for at least one year

8.12 Corelli String Ensemble
Saturdays 5.00pm - 6.00pm
This ensemble is for students who already have some experience in playing in an ensemble. While coached by a conductor, the selected pieces offer more challenges to students and the ensemble will go beyond to explore yet more diverse and interesting contemporary repertoire.

- Participants should be at Grade 2 ABRSM level (or equivalent). No audition for students who can provide copies of the past exam’s results. Students who have played exams other than ABRSM must contact the faculty and play an audition.

8.13 Percussion Ensemble I
This ensemble prepares students to be able to play as an ensemble. They’ll learn to follow conducting gestures, listen to one another, and count and work as a team. The ensemble covers various instruments like Xylophone, Vibraphone, Marimba, Glockenspiel, and sometimes drums and tambourine.

- No audition required.
- Participants should be at ABRSM grade 1 and above.

8.14 Percussion Ensemble II
This ensemble is aimed at intermediate students. They’ll continue to learn to follow conducting gestures and listen carefully to the other students in the ensemble. They will play the drum set, bass drum, xylophone, vibraphone, marimba, and snare drum.

- Audition is required (on Wednesday, May 14th 2016).
- Participants should be at ABRSM grade 2 and above.


8.15 Percussion Ensemble II
This ensemble is aimed at advanced percussion students. The students will work on complex music and on refining their ensemble skills. They will play the drum set, bass drum, xylophone, vibraphone, marimba, and snare drum.

- Audition is required (on Wednesday, May 14th 2016).
- Participants should be at ABRSM grade 4 and above.

8.16 Orchestra
Saturdays 1.30pm - 3.30pm
The CMAC Orchestra is an ensemble for advanced musicians. Each week, the rehearsal will potentially consist of a sectional with a specialist instrumental coach as well as a full-ensemble rehearsal. CMAC Orchestra will perform a variety of challenging repertoire at performances throughout the 2016-2017 school year. Dedicated musicians aged 18 years and younger from across the district are welcome to join this ensemble, including those who do not study their instrument at CMAC. Members will be expected to practice and perform the selected repertoire at a high level of excellence.

- Audition (required for new members plus all winds/percussion) on Wednesday, May 14th 2016).
- Participants should be at ABRSM Grade 4 (or equivalent) and above.

9.0 Admissions Process
9.1 Returning Students
If you are a returning student, you may choose one of the above-mentioned-curricula. Please make sure to read through the Aspire Music Program description below and speak to your teacher(s) prior to making any decision regarding your selection. If the Aspire Music Program is not where you see yourself, that’s no problem, you may join the Music for All Program, which consists of private lessons only and the remaining component will also be available but as optional. See “Chart I / Aspire Music Program / Comparisons” for more details about what each program offers you.

9.2 New Students
All new applicants for the 2015-2016 school-year must fill out an online application form available at http://goforward.harpercollege.edu/ce/music/cmc-private_lessons.php

-Once you submit your application, you will receive an automated e-mail with a copy of your application which essentially confirms that the CMAC has received your application.

-You application will be reviewed and sorted out based on objective evaluative criteria such as age, experience, activities, etc., occasionally, the Center may get in touch with you to verify your interests and may occasionally invite you for an informal interview.

-Once the application process is concluded, and you made your selection between Aspire and selected which curriculum you would like to follow OR ended up selecting the Music for All Program, the Center will send you a letter offering tips about registration.

-Once you complete the registration process, your schedules will be sent to you immediately through Continuing Education (CE). Please note that your private lessons will have to be sorted out individually with each instructor and a separate note will be sent to you from the Center.

-Classes begin in in August of each year and continue until the end of the school-year in June. Performances and recitals usually take place in December and May.

10.0 General Information
10.1 Course Timings
The program will start in August 2015 and will run for one academic year until the end of May 2016. Lessons take place usually is after school hours Monday through Friday, Saturdays until 6pm and until 1pm day on Sundays.

10.2 Course Location
All lessons are conducted at Harper College in Building P.

10.3 Instrument Rental Program
As long as you’re a student at the Community Music and Arts Center, JC’s Guitars & Music Lessons in Algonquin, IL will offer you a quality instrument for rent. Many instruments are available including Guitar ($30), Bass ($30), Snare Drum ($25), Banjo ($30), Mandolin ($30), Ukulele ($25), as well as quality European orchestra instruments such as violin ($30), viola ($30) and cello ($45).  Rental fees are paid directly to JC’s on a monthly basis.  All instrument rentals include a rent to own option where 80% of your rental fee will go towards the purchase of that instrument. Optional accessories, such as picks, tuners, rosin and music stands may be purchased at the time of rental order.  If you have any questions regarding the rental program or would like to reserve an instrument, please call Christina at 847-658-9932.

11.0 Music For All
Open to all ages and anyone wishing to take private lessons on any instrument, Music for All involves individualized instruction tailored to fit your needs. Our focus is to get you comfortable with a musical instrument, and we believe that bringing music to your living room will help bring music-making within reach and engage the community in meaningful musical experiences. Optional musicianship and ensemble classes and performance and examination opportunities can be added to enhance your learning.


11.1 Music for All Prep Piano
Our Music for All Preparatory Piano program, for ages 6-15, includes one 50-minute group lesson and one 30-minute private lesson each week, providing children with both social, activity-based learning and individualized instruction. Students are grouped according to age and level. Using the Celebrate Piano Method, developed by Dr. Cathy Albergo and Dr. Mark Mrozinski of Harper College, and the Celebration Series of intermediate through advanced literature, students learn music reading, rhythm, theory, listening skills, finger and hand development, improvisation and composition through fun classroom activities. Children progress through varied and progressive musical repertoire from leading contemporary and traditional classical composers.

Q & A
1- Is it possible for me to switch from one curriculum to another?
Yes. Students learn in different ways and at different paces. Therefore, our main objective is to get you where you want and our job is to facilitate for this to happen smoothly. Please remember that since the curricula that we offer don’t lineup necessarily in terms of level we may have to asses where to place you once you move to a different curriculum. But don’t worry; this will happen while consulting with you, your parents, instructor and the Coordinator of the whole program.

2- Is it possible for me to start in the Aspire program at age 17?
Yes. Being part of the Aspire program is for all those between the ages of 5 and 18. Once beyond the age of 18, you may want to consider being part of a College program but if you choose to stay, no problem, neither one of our curricula has an age restriction so you can be at age 45 and sitting for ABRSM grade II theory and grade III practical, it really doesn’t matter.

3- Is there an age limit to ABRSM grade exams?

For the graded examinations, there are eight grades, numbered progressively in order of difficulty from 1 to 8.Candidates may be entered in any grade irrespective of age and without previously having taken any other grade in the same subject. As long as a candidate can meet the syllabus criteria for the grade(s) entered in practical terms, as well as those of understanding and verbal/written expression, there are no (age) limits set. If you get to the level of Associate Diploma, and want to sit for the exam, you (the Applicant) must be over 18 years.  

Chart I / Aspire Music Program / Comparisons

 

Aspire
2015-2016

Aspire
2016-2017

Aspire
2017-208

Music For All
2015-2018

Ages

5-18*

5-18*

5-18*

Open

Private lessons

       

Musicianship classes

X

   

Optional

Aspire Ensembles

X

   

Audition

Music For All Ensembles

       

Practical Exams

X

**

***

X

Theory Exams (ONLY BASED ON ABRSM) ****

X

   

X

Progress Reports

     

Optional

Recitals

     

Optional

Accompaniment in recitals

     

X

Achievement in Music (AIM) Illinois State Music Teachers Association

     

Optional

Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) (United Kingdom)

     

X

The Royal Conservatory’s Music Development Program (Canada)

X

   

X

SUZUKI

     

X

CMAC Certificate

X

X

 

X


*         Exceptions beyond age 18 are granted when approved by the Audition Committee.
**       AIM, ABRSM, and SUZUKI (Administered locally)
***     MUSIC DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM is added to the program.
****   Piano students in the AIM program may sit for AIM’s theory exams and the outcome will be counted towards the CMAC’s Aspire Certificate. These students may choose not to sit for ABRSM theory exams; however they must still attend all musicianship classes.

Please note that fees for ABRSM, Music Development, AIM exams are not included in the course tuition or fees and must be handled separately.


Chart II / Piano Program / Comparisons

 

Prep Piano

Aspire Piano

Music For All

Ages

6 - 15

5-18*

OPEN

Exam

X (Optional)

AIM Exams

X (Optional)

Progress Report

X (Optional)

Yes

X (Optional)

Theory Classes

X (theory is taught during group piano)

Yes

Co-listed and Music For All classes

Ensembles

Yes (group piano)

Yes

Yes

CMAC Certificate

X, only annual certificate for successfully completing the program

Yes

X

AIM Certificate

X (Optional)

Yes

Optional


*      Exceptions beyond age 18 are granted when approved by the Audition Committee.

Registrations for returning students must be coordinated with the instructor. For new students, registration must be coordinated with Issa Boulos, CMAC coordinator. For more information, please contact Issa Boulos at 847.925.6659 or via email at iboulos@harpercollege.edu.

Our instrumental music program is tailored to accommodate the various abilities of all our students, regardless of age or interest. We offer lessons for students as young as five and also for seniors - for complete beginners and those who are on their way to becoming accomplished musicians. We offer conveniently scheduled after-school hours for children and many options for adults. Our students discover a variety of classical and traditional instruments and receive training from carefully selected instructors. Students have two opportunities to perform in solo recitals over the course of the year, once at the end of the Fall Semester and again at the end of the Spring Semester. See below for available instruments.

If you are applying for Private Lessons for the first time, please complete our Private Lesson Application or call 847.925.6659 for more information. Once we receive your application, we’ll match you with an instructor according to your skill level and interests.

Private lessons are usually scheduled once a week for 30, 45 or 60 minutes for 8 or 16 weeks. Other scenarios can be arranged on a case-by-case basis:

  • 30 minutes per week: 8 weeks, $275; 16 weeks, $539
  • 45 minutes per week: 8 weeks, $399; 16 weeks, $799
  • Available only on request - 60 minutes per week: 8 weeks, $539; 16 weeks, $999 

If you are interested in obtaining a trial lesson prior to committing to a package, please complete our Private Lesson Application and indicate that you’re interested in a trial lesson. Call 847.925.6659 for more information. 

Instruments we offer:

  • Ages 5-8: Piano, Suzuki piano, orchestral percussion, violin, Suzuki violin, cello, double bass*, guitar (including electric*), jazz guitar, ukulele, banjo*, jazz piano, mandolin, drums, fiddle, voice*, and hand drum. 
  • Ages 9-10: All of the above plus flute, clarinet, trumpet, double bass, Indian Tabla, harmonica, piano accordion, and oud.*
  • Ages 11-17: All of the above plus viola, oboe, saxophone, trombone, French horn, voice, euphonium, and tuba.
  • Ages 17+: All of the above

* These instruments require that we meet with younger children for assessment. Smaller-sized instruments are generally required for younger children on these specific instruments.

The program consists of a combination of group and private instruction. Group lessons offer students peer reinforcement, social interaction, ensemble experience and group activities. Private lessons give students the necessary individual attention for technical development, and interpretive and expressive insights. By combining these two approaches, students receive a comprehensive 15-week curriculum. Students will participate in one 30-minute private lesson and one 50-minute group lesson each week. For more information call 847.925.6000, ext 7236. Ages 6-14.

Tuition and Fees: $625 per 15 weeks (One 50-minute group lesson plus one 30-minute private lesson per week.)

The Suzuki method is based on applying basic principles of language acquisition to music in an environment that facilitates learning. The ideas of parent responsibility, loving encouragement, and constant repetition are some of the special features of the Suzuki approach.

Starting this summer, the Community Music and Arts Center will offer the Suzuki violin program. Children ages 4 to 7 will have a weekly private lesson and a weekly group class. They will learn to play the violin with the Mother-Tongue method in a positive, cooperative environment facilitated by trained Suzuki faculty who provide the highest quality private and group-class instruction. A parent must be actively involved in all aspects of the child’s musical development and attend all lessons. Parents will be coached into becoming the home teacher. The tuition includes a private lesson, as well as one or more group classes. No prior musical experience is necessary.

The Center will host an open house to meet the teachers and learn more about the Suzuki method on Saturday, June 6 at 3:00 pm and Tuesday, June 9 at 7:00 pm.

Tuition and Fees: $625 per 15 weeks (One 50-minute group lesson plus one 50-minute private lesson per week.)

Our vision is to nurture musicians, engage the community, and bring music within reach. In addition to offering private instrumental lessons, we also offer a wide variety of group classes. Following is a list of the courses offered for fall 2015. Some of them are taught at different times and in multiple sections. Also, we offer a variety of courses and ensembles tailored for kids, early years through High School. Note those courses in the list below.

  • Fundamentals of Music Theory*
  • Music Appreciation*
  • American Music Styles (Introduction to American Music)*
  • Steel Band*
  • Voice Class for Adults*
  • Introduction to Guitar for Adults*
  • Introduction to Computer Music*
  • Jazz Lab Band 1*
  • Jazz Ensemble*
  • Adult Group Violin
  • String Orchestra for Adults
  • Piano Pleasure-Group Beginning for Adults
  • Piano Pleasure II
  • Sound Recording I: Introduction 
  • Sound Recording II: Recording Techniques
  • Sound Recording III: Mixing and Editing Techniques
  • Ukulele for Adults: Beginning
  • Ukulele for Adults: Continuing
  • Group Guitar for Children  **
  • Introduction to Guitar for Adults **
  • Latin Jazz Ensemble 
  • World Music Ensemble
  • Build Your Own Electric Guitar (Adults)
  • Hand Drumming: Children I (8-12)
  • Hand Drumming: Children II (12-16)
  • Hand Drumming: Adults (16-Adult)
  • 500 Bad Songs
  • Concert Choir*
  • Group Guitar for Children (LCC) *** LMU0404
  • Group Guitar for Children - Continuing (LCC) *** LMU0419
  • Group Guitar for Children  (7-11) (LCC) *** LMU0424
  • Group Guitar for Children II (8-14) (LCC)  *** LMU0425

*Classes offered through the Harper Department of Music that are co-listed by Continuing Education.

**Classes that meet at an off-campus location.

***These classes teach guitar basics to children ages 7-10. Students learn to read melodies and chords and play familiar tunes. Guitars and instructional materials are provided. Classes take place at the Harper College Learning and Career Center in Prospect Heights.

Students who participate in group and private lessons have numerous opportunities to perform and grow as musicians:

  • Instrumental Recitals
  • Ensemble Recitals (chamber, band, string, woodwind, brass, jazz, percussion, etc.)
  • Piano Recitals (solo and groups)
  • Faculty Recitals
  • Group Class Recitals (World Music Ensemble, Latin Jazz Ensemble, Strings Class, Guitar Class, Flute Choir, etc.)
  • Choirs (Festival Chorus, Concert Choir, Voice Class, etc.)

Regular attendance at lessons is essential to successful and enjoyable music study. Please make every attempt to attend all classes and lessons. However, if your child is ill, keep him/her home to avoid spreading germs. Please notify your teacher in advance if your child must miss a lesson. If your child misses a group lesson, your teacher will send the week’s assignment via email so your child can see what was missed and keep practicing. Group lessons cannot be made up. If your child misses a private lesson, a make-up can be arranged if the absence was due to illness or emergency. Please be respectful of your teacher’s time, and don’t ask to make up lessons missed due to other activities or vacations. No more than 2 make-up lessons are allowed per 16 week semester, 1 per 8 week semester. If your teacher needs to cancel a lesson or class, it will be made up, and your teacher will arrange the time with you.

In the case of inclement weather which causes the Harper campus to close, teachers will offer a make-up for the class or private lesson missed. You can check the status of our school at www.harpercollege.edu or by calling 847-925-6000. If the school is open, lessons are running, and you should make every attempt to attend.

Learn to sing or play a musical instrument. If cost is a concern, tuition assistance is available for fall and spring semesters for students in grades 1-12, based on financial need. For more information or to apply, call 847.925.6659. If you would like to contribute to a CMC Scholarship, call 847.925.6490. Visit the Tuition Assistance page for more information, and to apply.

Unless otherwise noted, all CMC classes and lessons are taught at Harper's main campus in the Music Instruction Center (Building P), a space shared with the College's Music Department. Teaching studios are equipped with excellently maintained grand and studio pianos, while our computer music lab has over 20 Macintosh computers, Korg synthesizers and an LCD system for clear teacher demonstrations.