Solo artists from the Orchestra of Indian Hill concert series and other guest artist educators offer their expert advice. Watch and learn as you observe a master teacher work with selected students. (Talk to your teacher about performing in an upcoming masterclass.)
Saturday mornings at 10:30am - Admission: $10 | FREE to IHM Students
Saturday, October 15, 10:30am - Piano Masterclass: Dr. Hugh Hinton, Longy School of Music
Saturday, November 12, 10:30am - String Masterclass: Erik Harris, Principal Double Bass, St. Louis Symphony
Saturday, January 21, 10:30am - Jazz Masterclass: Billy Novick, renowned jazz clarinet/sax performer, recording artist, composer
Saturday, February 18, 10:30am - Voice Masterclass: Emily Marvosh, soloist, Handel and Haydn Society; Boston Lyric Opera
Saturday, March 18, 10:30am - Piano Masterclass: Michael Kramer, UMass Lowell; Middlesex Community College
Saturday, April 22, 10:30am - Violin Masterclass: Alice Hallstrom, Concertmaster, Orchestra of Indian Hill
Explore a variety of topics in music history and culture with our distinguished roster of guest speakers!
Tuesday evenings at 7:00 pm - Admission: $10 | FREE to IHM students Learn more
November 1 - "Chinese Music - A Cultural Perspective"with Dr. Chi-Sun Chan, Greater Boston Chinese Cultural Assoc.
January 10 - "Influence of Jazz & Popular Music" with Dr. William Banfield, Berklee College of Music
February 7 - "On the Origins of Music" with Dr. Samuel Mehr, Harvard University
March 14 - "West Side Story: Immigration and Music" with Dr. Marisol Negron, University of Massachusetts, Boston
April 11 - "Vivaldi and the Enlightenment" with Dr. James Schmidt, Boston University
Expert advice for musicians of all ages and levels with IHM faculty.
Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30 pm, Camilla Blackman Hall
2016-17 SCHOOL YEAR: November 15, December 6, March 21, May 2
Saturdays, 1:00-3:00 pm, Camilla Blackman Hall
2016-17 SCHOOL YEAR: October 15, November 19, December 10, March 18, April 30, May 6
IHM STUDENTS: FREE | NON-IHM STUDENTS: $20 per session
To Register: Call (978) 486.9524 (press 0) or visit the Music School office
Increase concentration and focus
Learn effective ways to practice
Explore deeper musicality and expression
Discover more joyful performances
Gain confidence in performing
Develop stage presence and poise
Polish memorized pieces for recital, audition, competition
Reduce & Eliminate nervous habits, memory slips, and insecurity
Classes are held on the stage of Camilla Blackman Hall. Each student has a turn to perform and receive coaching, tips, and feedback from the instructor in a relaxed setting. Learn helpful strategies for practice, performance, and more. Students are encouraged to play music that they are preparing for pleasure or performance. Work on any musical goals you have in this encouraging and inspiring atmosphere.
NOTE: Space is limited, so early sign-ups are recommended. Maximum of 8-10 performers per class date. Students must sign up and pay in advance through the office for each class date selected. Parents are encouraged to attend with younger students.
Students age 8-21 are eligible for our annual Student Concerto Competition, which provides an opportunity for students of exceptional ability to solo with the professional Orchestra of Indian Hill. The Concerto Competition preliminaries and finals are held in February. The Preliminary Round is judged by musicians of the Music School and the Orchestra, and select local artists. The Final Round is judged by Artistic Director Bruce Hangen and the Concertmaster or one of the Orchestra's principal players. Repertory for the Concerto Competition should be chosen from standard orchestral literature. The winner will play with the Orchestra of Indian Hill at the April finale concert.
Instrumental and vocal jazz musicians of all ages and levels can get together once each semester for the opportunity to play in a fun, casual setting. Assisted by our professional faculty rhythm section, students can play their favorite tunes or learn new charts with their fellow musicians. A set of tunes is selected in advance, so that musicians can study and learn the charts and participate more fully in the Jazz Jam. The Jams take place in Blackman Hall, which is set up cabaret-style. $5 donation at the door; participants are encouraged to bring snacks to share.
Each spring Indian Hill Music hosts a Performathon, a marathon series of concerts by students and faculty to raise money for our Scholarship Fund. Students enlist family, friends, and neighbors to sponsor their performance. Donations can be secured in person or online through the FirstGiving website. By sharing their time and music at the casual and fun Performathon concerts, students are giving the gift of music education to someone else. To date we have raised over $116,000 for scholarships! Information for student participation is distributed several months in advance.
The Piano Department offers numerous performing opportunities through the year, including Piano Performance Workshops (see above tab), the IHM Piano Competition and Winners' Concert (spring), Honors Recital (spring), and special student recitals. Contact your piano teacher for info about recitals for this year and how to become involved in these performances.
The Music School offers many formal and informal opportunities for students to perform. A formal recital time is held twice a year in January-February and May-June. These include studio recitals (all students from the same studio), and combination recitals (combined studios, instruments or musical styles). Studio recitals may also be scheduled anytime throughout the year. The faculty chooses recital dates several months in advance, and they take care in gathering and submitting information for recital programs. IHM provides staff accompanists free of charge (for up to 45 minutes of practice and performance) for students who need a pianist for their performance. Accompanist schedules are available through the Music School Office. Students are encouraged to dress nicely for these public performances, and should plan to arrive at least 10-15 minutes early to check in and take care of tuning and other necessary preparations. Student families should bring treats to share for the recital reception. While recitals are not required, we encourage every student to participate in at least two performances each year.
A program for adult musicians led by our expert faculty. Meet other musicians, learn new songs, and play in a casual atmosphere. $5 donation at the door.
Four times a year the Voice Department hosts cabaret-style performances for voice students. The audience sits at tables and enjoys drinks and snacks provided by the faculty and students. The concerts are coordinated and hosted by the voice faculty, and are fashioned around various themes, for example songs about humor, life or love, or works of a particular composer or musical period. There are a limited number of openings for each soiree. Info about each soiree and sign-up steps are sent to all voice students well in advance of each performance. There is a $25 fee for participation, to cover the rehearsal and performance time with an accompanist. $5 donation at the door.
In addition to our ongoing ensembles like the Big Band and Jazz Standards Band, we also offer custom ensembles for students interested in a specific group. Ensembles normally run from 30 weeks for the full school year, once each week, for 60 or 90 minutes. Each group works with a faculty coach at a mutually agreed upon day and time. Some of the group possibilities include brass quintets, string quartets, Baroque trios, jazz combos, voice and instruments, and mixed ensembles of all kinds. Fill out the online form or contact the Music School office to learn more at (978) 486-9524.
The student/teacher/parent sessions formerly knows as STEPS continue in a new format – Music Talks. At the beginning of the Spring Term, teachers will devote part or all of one lesson to evaluate student’s progress and set goals for the rest of the year. Parents are invited to join in the discussion to find out how the student is progressing, to hear them talk about lessons in their own words, and to ask any questions of the teacher. Music Talks are also an opportunity to learn more about what’s going on at Indian Hill that would be valuable for the student’s music education. Teachers will provide simple questionnaires for students (in formats for children and adults) and parents to fill out before the session. The date of the Music Talks meeting will be included on these forms.
Indian Hill Music is committed to providing music education to as many students as possible, regardless of financial circumstances. Need-based scholarships are available for all school programs for Summer and the School Year. Scholarship forms are available from the Music School office or online. The general deadlines to apply are August 10 for the School Year and June 1 for Summer. Applications will be accepted throughout the year and awards granted as long as funds are available. When applying, student families should submit a registration form, a scholarship form, a copy of their latest 1040 form, and a $50 deposit which will be applied to tuition. Funding for scholarships is provided by the Albert and Elizabeth Stone Scholarship Fund, the Charles Lincoln Gagnebin Memorial Fund, the Linda Marley Forrest Scholarship Fund, the Marjorie Besas Scholarship Fund, individual donors, and contributions from our annual Performathon.
Each fall, winter, and spring Indian Hill Music holds free events for anyone interested in learning more about the Music School and even sample a lesson or class. Faculty representatives from each department are present to demonstrate instruments and answer questions about music study here. Staff is also on hand to take registration forms and provide information about joining our music community. Refer to your email and our event calendars for dates and details.
The Orchestra of Indian Hill, directed by Maestro Bruce Hangen, invites all students of Indian Hill Music to attend selected rehearsals FREE of charge. Come see our professional musicians in action as they work through the process of creating a concert. The Orchestra practices and performs in the auditorium of the Littleton High School (56 King Street), which is right next to the Music School. Watch your email during the season for Open Rehearsal invitations!
In addition to our regular schedule of classes for young children, the Early Childhood Department offers free gatherings and class demos throughout the year to give young families a chance to experience a class and learn more about our wonderful, developmentally solid program. Refer to your email and our event calendars for dates and details.
Since 2007, our Threshold Singers visit the homes and bedsides of people struggling with living or dying, to provide the comfort of gently-sung music. They meet from 7:00-9:00 pm on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month and have special workshops on a variety of topics for singers on the 2nd Wednesday. Meetings are open to anyone interested in learning more about the group.
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 affected will be notified as soon as possible and a full refund will be issued if another suitable class is not available.
Non-Discrimination Policy: Indian Hill Music does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, age, mental or physical disability, veteran status, or any other category protected under applicable law in its admissions, education programs, activities, or employment policies.