What We Offer

 The faculty at BAMA believe that every person has the capacity to create music and cultivate a lifelong engagement with the arts. BAMA offers a wide variety of music classes for students of all ages.

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Summer Camps and Classes


We are excited to offer exciting musical experiences for students of all ages throughout the summer. Summer programming runs from June 3—August 16, 2019.

2018-2019 Fall through Spring Courses


Individual Lessons

Instrumental individual lessons provide students with the opportunity to learn the techniques and artistry needed to become confident, expressive performers. Lesson times are arranged between students and teachers. BAMA offers 30-, 45-, and 60-minute lessons ($125 per month for half hour lessons, $180 per month for forty-five minute lessons, and $230 per month for hour lessons). Lesson lengths should be determined by the recommendation of the teacher. When registering for private lessons students commit to a full year of study. Current studio offerings are in violin, viola, harp, bassoon, and piano.

Violin: Linda Estep, Viola: Clark Spencer, Bassoon: Helena Spencer, Harp: Christina Brier, Piano: W. Scott Brier

 

String Group Classes

BAMA offers string group classes in four levels:
Pre-Twinkler through Twinklers meeting every other Monday from 5:00—5:45 PM
Twinkler through beginning of Book 1 meeting every other Monday from 5:30—6:15 PM
Middle of Book 1 through Book 3 meeting every other Monday from 6:00—6:45 PM
Book 4 and up meeting every other Monday from 6:30—7:15 PM

Each class meets every other week for 45 minutes. Instructors reinforce skills taught in private lessons. Group lessons build confidence and camaraderie among students and and create a support system for families in the string community. Group class tuition is included in the private lesson tuition fee for students studying privately with BAMA instructors. Students studying with other teachers in the community are welcome to join BAMA's group classes ($30 per month), but they must submit a letter of recommendation from their private teacher.

Instructors Linda Estep & Jessica Landes

Adult Harp Group Class

Adult harp group class meets once a month for one hour . This group class builds confidence and camaraderie among students. In group class students prepare harp ensemble music together and practice performing solos for their peers. Harp group class tuition is included in the private lesson tuition fee for students studying privately with BAMA's harp instructor. 

Harp Studio Class

Harp studio class meets once a month for one hour. Geared toward harp students under 18 years of age, this class builds confidence and camaraderie among students. In studio class students practice performing solos for their peers, participate in workshops, and prepare harp ensemble music together. Harp studio class tuition is included in the private lesson tuition fee for students studying privately with BAMA's harp instructor. 

Instructor: Christina Brier

Wilmington Glee Clubs

Wilmington Children’s Glee Club culminates in a concert at the end of each semester. Students learn proper vocal technique and expressive musical interpretation while having fun with friends. This program is limited to 20 students in grades 2—5. This class meets 12:30—1:15 twice a month on Saturdays ($150 semester or $30 per month).

Wilmington Youth Glee Club culminates in a concert at the end of each semester. Students learn proper vocal technique and expressive musical interpretation while having fun with friends. This program is limited to 20 students in grades 6—12. This class meets twice a month on Saturday from 1:30-2:30 in the afternoon. ($150 semester or $30 per month).

Instructor: Linda Estep

Jump Right In

Jump Right in at BAMA is designed to bring children the opportunity to experience music through singing, listening, moving, and imagining. Jump Right In includes activities that help students coordinate their movements with rhythm, learn basic music theory, and experience the lifelong fulfillment that a classically based music education brings. Classes are offered for the following age and grade levels:

Ages 2—4 class twice a month on Wednesday from 9:15 AM—10:00 AM ($30 monthly if you sign up for a whole semester or $20 per class no enrollment necessary)
Family class twice a month on Saturday (up to ten years old for children) 11:00 AM—11:45 AM ($30 monthly if you sign up for a whole semester or $20 per class no enrollment necessary)

Instructor: Linda Estep

Music History

BAMA's music history survey course provides an opportunity for students to learn how Western classical music has evolved historically and is currently impacting today's world. While this course is designed for high school students, students of any age are encouraged to join. Semester one covers music history from Monteverdi to Mozart and the second semester covers from Beethoven to the composers of today. Students registering for music history commit to a full year of study. Music history class meets two Saturday mornings a month 9:45—10:35 AM. ($30 monthly beginning in October)

Instructor: Christina Brier

Music Theory

This course is designed for students of all ages to learn the fundamentals of music theory. In the fall semester music theory covers correct notation, building intervals, scales, and chords, and basic ear training. The spring semester covers harmonization of a melody using correct voice leading, chord progressions, and transposition. Students registering for music theory commit to a full year of study. Music theory class meets two Saturday mornings each month 10:45—11:35 AM ($30 monthly beginning in October)

Instructor: Christina Brier