Group Music Classes

Music provides children a stimulating outlet with which to express themselves. The Gifted Music School environment provides social interaction, focus, and exceptional education for their maturing lives. Whether your child is just beginning or an advanced musician, our exceptional artists and educators will focus on each child's strengths to help them succeed. Choose from private lessons, group classes, or performance-based ensembles. For help choosing the right class for you, contact Susan Andersen, Student Services Manager, at !

Group Classes 2019-2020

Solfege (Sight Singing) with Gifted Music School Founder Dr. Vera Oussetskaia Watanabe / Ages 5-15 / TBA / $350 per (17 week) semester

Dr. Vera Watanabe training year group class

This class sets children up for a lifetime of musical success - Highly Recommended prior to starting an instrument, OR concurrent with private lessons. Interactive, aural-based, and fun, this class lays a concrete foundation for functional skills in ear training, solfege, applied keyboard skills, and more.  Taught by GMS founder, Dr. Vera Oussetskaia Watanabe, this special class is modeled after the beginning music class taught in the legendary Russian Gifted Music Schools. Students and parents agree -- Don't Skip It! 

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Suzuki Early Childhood Education (SECE)  Dr. Lisa Matsuda and Ms. Kristina Turner "mommy (or daddy!) and meclass/ Ages 0-3 / Saturday 9:30am-10:30am / $280 per (17 week) semester (includes $25 materials fee for new families) 

The Suzuki Early Childhood Education (SECE) curriculum offers a weekly, interactive experience designed to benefit the very youngest child (0-3 years) accompanied by a parent/caregiver.

In a nurturing, positive environment, students gain behavioral, social, language, and math skills while participating in musical activities, songs and rhymes.

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Suzuki Bridge ClassDr. Lisa Matsuda and Ms. Brecklyn Ferrin / Ages 4-7 (with parent) / Friday 5:00pm-6:00pm / $235 per (8 week) semester (includes 8 weeks of Suzuki Bridge and 2 weeks of Private Lessons) / GMS East Classroom A / Session 1 begins February 7, 2020 & Session 2 begins April 3, 2020

1) Weeks 1-6:  The Suzuki Bridge portion of the Class will be held for 6 weeks.  These 6 classes will primarily focus on Suzuki Education.  No instruments are needed at the beginning of this class as the students have not chosen their instrument of focus yet.  The 1st 30 minutes of this class include music and movement, repertoire review, pulse in the music, etc.  In the 2nd 30 minutes, the parents are removed from their children and taken into a different room where Parents are educated in the Suzuki Philosophy and method and the children continue music and movement activities.  

2) Weeks 7-8:  Instruments have been chosen and there is a bridge between the Suzuki Group class and private lessons. Students will begin Private lessons with a chosen teacher and will have these two weeks as a trial with this teacher.  Suzuki Bridge class will continue for these two weeks.


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Kodaly-based Music Preschool / Ms. Emilie Lundberg / Ages 3-4 / Saturday 9:50am-10:20am / $155 per (17 week) semester

A perfect beginning class to introduce your preschooler to classical music! Students will discover the joy of music through a variety of activities including singing, playing music makers and purposeful movement. 

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Kodaly-based Music Essentials  / Ms. Emilie Lundberg / Ages 4-6 / Saturday 9:00am-9:45am / $238 per (17 week) semester

Building on the skills learned in Music Preschool, students in the Music Essentials I class learn to match pitch, sight-sing simple songs, keep the beat and read rhythms. In addition, this class helps children learn to love classical music and the composers in a child-centered way. This class is a perfect way to enhance private lessons and is a fantastic introduction to music enjoyment for children. 

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Dalcroze Eurhythmics​- Music & Movement / Ms. Mira Larson / Ages 5-7 / Mondays 4:45pm-5:25pm / $255 per (17 week) semester / GMS West Orchestra Room

In a hands-on approach to music education, children will explore musical concepts such as meter, tempo, phrase, form and dynamics through rhythm games, creative movement, songs, stories, ear training, sight-singing and improvisation. This class is an ideal complement to instrumental lessons, or a great preparation for studying an instrument. 

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Cello Ensemble / Dr. Lauren Posey and Mr. Colin Mitchell / Thursdays 6:00pm-7:00pm / Tuition $204 per (17 week) semester / GMS East Campus

Gifted Music School is excited to announce a new Cello Ensemble!  


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Alto Voce / Ms. Kristina Turner / 4th Tuesday of the month 7:00pm-8:00pm / GMS East Campus

Gifted Music School is excited to announce a new Viola Performance Group!  


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Allegro - Violin Performance Group (Suzuki Violin Book 4+) / Ms. Rachel Karr / 4th Friday of the month 5:00pm-6:30pm / GMS East Campus

Gifted Music School Preparatory Division Violin Performance Group

Additional Allegro classes/rehearsals are available 1x monthly, generally on the 2nd Friday of the month.

Allegro class dates for the 2019-2020 year include:

8/30, 9/27, 10/25, 11/22, 1/31, 2/28, 3/27, 4/24

Extra Allegro class dates for the 2019-2020 year include:

9/13, 10/11, 11/8, 2/14, 3/13, 5/8

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