This class helps students complete the “journey” from our popular Elementary Music classes to private instrument study, offering older children more structured learning of complex musical ideas, note-reading and basic theory through the exploration of the music and language of different countries and cultures.

The class benefits students who aren’t quite ready for one-on-one private instruction, preparing them adequately with supplemental skills for learning an instrument or developing their voice. It is also intended for students who have recently begun private instrument study, as they benefit from the additional learning and reinforcement of musical skills and concepts. Students develop and perform in multiple disciplines including singing, playing pitched and un-pitched percussion, instruments, and movement/dance. This course also focuses on student composition and performance. “Visiting Instruments” continue throughout the year.

Class activities and benefits include:
  • Creation of musical forms
  • Reading musical notation, including melodic and rhythmic concepts
  • Increased awareness of ensemble
  • Development of rhythmic accuracy
  • Strengthened pitch matching and independent singing abilities
  • Expression of musical ideas
  • Improvisation within the pentatonic and diatonic scales
  • Demonstration of musical creativity through composition
  • Exploration of various tonalities
Please note: This class will take place IN-PERSON, INDOORS. Students in this class must show proof of vaccination in order to participate. See the Return to Campus Guide for more info.

For more information, please contact Youlee Park Duray, First Music Program Chair, at (202) 686-8000 x1106 or


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Levine Music is dedicated to providing quality music education for all students, opening our doors to anyone who wants to learn music, no matter their ability or financial circumstances.