Indian Hill Music, Littleton MA, Phone: 978-486-9524, Community music school offering private and group lessons, all ages, abilities, styles near Acton, Westford, Groton, Harvard, Chelmsford, Concord. Professional performance series featuring symphonic concerts by the Orchestra of Indian Hill, plus chamber music, jazz, and family events.
|9:00 - 9:30am||Gathering/Songs and Movement|
|9:30 - 10:00 am||Small Groups first class - Theory Games, Singing Class,
Songs & Rhythm Instruments
|10:00 - 10:15 am||Break|
|10:15 - 10:45 am||Small Groups Second Class|
|10:45 - 11:15 am||Small Groups Third Class|
|11:15 am - 12:00 pm||Chorus - Full group|
|12:00 - 12:45 pm||Lunch and Playtime|
|12:45 - 1:15 pm||Instrument Discovery|
|1:15 - 2:00 pm||Instrument Classes - piano, ukulele, violin, percussion|
|2:00 - 2:15 pm||Break|
|2:15 - 3:00 pm||Mon/Tue: Instrument Classes
Wed-Fri: Full Ensemble Rehearsal
Mark Femino has been playing and teaching music professionally for over 20 years. Now in his 11th year as a public school music educator in Millis, he is responsible for a wide range of duties: choral director; elementary band and recorder; music technology class; guitar, piano, and ukulele instruction. He is also music director for 8 major school productions. Mark was formerly music director (aka Mr. Fun) at Groton Center for The Arts Summer ArtWorks Camp for 9 years, guiding elementary through middle schoolers through three productions each summer. As a performer, he has played over 1,000 shows and released 7 albums, including a full-length ukulele album. He continues to perform 40 - 50 shows per year and thoroughly enjoys connecting with all types of people through music. Mark received his Bachelor's degree in music from Syracuse University.
Joe Pierog cut his teeth in the children’s music scene as bass player with the popular New Hampshire-based children’s music group, Steve Blunt & Friends. He has also toured Europe and the UK three times with artist Christian Cuff. While overseas, he was surprised to discover just how much Europeans appreciate live music. He wondered why we Americans are so much less receptive. After playing the children's circuit, Joey learned that music appreciation is innate in young people and if encouraged, can grow to contribute to a more cultured, intelligent and ultimately happier human being. After a show with Steve Blunt & Friends, Joey found himself in a group of children playing percussion instruments, and began to lead an impromptu drum circle. The children responded very positively. They laughed and openly shared and switched percussion instruments, attentively awaiting the next instruction. Joey was invigorated by how quickly they responded to tempo and rhythm as he came up with fun chants and solo breaks. Joey’s personal mission is to share that love and appreciation of music and help guide children (of all ages) through the beginnings of their own musical journeys.
Pei-Chun Lin offers expertise in teaching, conducting, directing, and composing in Classical, Jazz, Rock, and Popular musical styles. A versatile instructor, she teaches both piano and flute as well as coaching the School of Rock Ensemble. In addition to her work at Indian Hill, Pei-Chun serves as Music Director/Organist at First Baptist Church of Belmont and the Children's Choir Director at United Parish of Auburndale. She conducts the New England Asian Instrumental Ensemble and the Theater Orchestra at The Cambridge School of Weston, where she co-directed well-known musical productions such as Chess, Carousel, Beauty and The Beast, Anything Goes, and Once Upon A Mattress. She also served as Children's Choir Director/Organist at the Kings Chapel Church in Boston. In 2011, Pei-Chun was commissioned by the Chinese government to compose original music to accompany a Beijing Style Opera, "The Beauty Trap", which was performed as part of a five-week tour of China in 2011.
Abe Finch has appeared with the Boston Lyric Opera, Royal Ballet, Boston Landmarks Orchestra, Dinosaur Annex, Pro Arte Chamber Ensemble, New England Percussion Ensemble, Boston Brass Ensemble, and many more classical, jazz, and theater organizations. A founding member of Wired.to.the.Edge, a contemporary, avant-garde, acoustic-electric trio, he also composes works for percussion, from thematic pieces for children to advanced percussion ensemble repertoire. Abe teaches both classical and contemporary percussion styles to students of all ages. Many of his students have excelled through District and All-State Festival competitions and into college, several earning degrees at major musical conservatories. In addition to Indian Hill, Abe serves on the faculties at Salem State University, Groton School, and Philips Academy in Andover.
Linda Vieira has been teaching piano students of all ages for over 25 years and enjoys working with beginners as well as more advanced students. She has performed in recitals in the Boston area as well as other venues in New England. She is also an active member of NEPTA (New England Piano Teachers Association). Linda has been on the Indian Hill faculty since 1993, started the group piano program, and taught classes in the early childhood program.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Indian Hill Music School reserves the right at any time to cancel a class due to insufficient enrollment. We will make every effort to hold all classes offered. In the case of a cancellation, those effected will be notified as soon as possible and a full refund will be issued if another suitable class is not available.
Beginners of all levels are welcome to participate in the program, from students with no music training at all to those who have taken music classes or lessons.Will the two weeks cover the same material?
The schedule and lineup of classes will remain the same for the two weeks of Summer Music Explorers, but music selections, games, and other activities will be different each week.Is there a discount for registering for two weeks?
Yes. You will receive a 10% discount for the second week. This discount is taken on the lesser tuition amount, for instance, if you enroll your child in a full day Week 1 and a half day Week 2, the discount will apply to the tuition for the half day week.What are the check-in and check-out times?
AM and Full Day students should arrive between 8:45 and 9:00 am. PM students should arrive between 12:15-12:30 pm. Check-out time is 12:00-12:15 pm for AM students, and 3:00-3:15 pm for PM and Full Day students. Please come in to the building on the first day of the program so we can meet you and answer any questions you may have. At check-out time an adult must come into the building to pick up students, every day of the program.What if I need to drop off my child early or pick them up after check-out time?
Before Care ($5/day) is provided for students who arrive between 8:00 and 8:45 am, and After Care ($15/day) is available for students who will be picked up after 3:15 to 6:00 pm. Fill out the form and bring it with payment on the first day of the program to sign up for Before/After Care.Do I need to provide an instrument for the Instrument Class my child picks?
No. We will provide all the instruments. If you already own an instrument you are welcome to bring it to class.If my child enrolls for two weeks do they study the same instrument?
No. You can select a different instrument for Week 2 when you register.My child already plays the instrument they selected. Will they be in a class with absolute beginners?
We will place students according to their playing level, so students who have had some instruction already will be in a class with other students of that level. If there are no other students with experience we may recommend you select a new instrument for your child.Is home practice required?
Home practice is not required, but it is encouraged if students are inspired. Home practice does support faster progress.Is daily attendance required?
Daily attendance is strongly recommended. We cannot offer makeup classes or refunds for missed days.What should my child wear?
The students should wear comfortable clothing they can move, dance, and play in. Shoes or socks must be worn in the building at all times. Flip-flops or sandals that can come off easily are not recommended.What about lunch and snacks?
Please provide a lunch and morning and afternoon snacks for your child and a refillable water bottle. Please note this is a nut-free program. There is a refrigerator available for food and drinks, and a microwave which they can use with adult supervision. AM students are welcome to bring a lunch and stay for the lunch period (12:00-12:45). PM students may arrive early to have lunch with the group.Is the performance open to the public?
Yes. Family and friends are welcome to attend the closing performance on Friday of each week at 2:30 pm. AM students may return and participate in the concert with their friends, though this is not required.
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The programs of Indian Hill Music are supported in part by a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, and with funds from the council administered by the Local Cultural Councils.