Metro Detroit guitarists now have the chance to play in a group with other six-stringers. You can have the same experience that middle school or high school band and orchestra students so vitally benefit from. Guitar Ensemble class is not designed to replace your private lesson instruction. Instead, it is meant to be a supplementary class that encourages guitar players to read music and enhances their understanding of music in various ways
Instructor Levi Henson, guitarist for the Rhythm Society Orchestra and a Jazz Studies graduate from Wayne State University, will teach this course. As a previous member of the Albion College Guitar Ensemble, and the WSU Jazz Guitar Ensemble 1, he understands the value in ensemble playing and is eager to bring his experience to the new class. In most schools, children who play guitar do not get the same opportunities as those who play orchestral instruments. Learning how to read music and eventually perform with others in a group setting is vital to a student’s overall music education. The Guitar Ensemble class will provide students of any age or skill level an opportunity to not only read music in a group, but to also learn practical, and FUN ways to use the musical tools that a guitar (or bass guitar) player needs to perform all styles of music. Also unique to Guitar Ensemble is being around a number of musicians every week who are working on the same things that you are! When students surround themselves with others working to become better musicians as well, they’ll find encouragement from each other and maintain a healthy and productive outlook on their musical development. Guitar Ensemble is a wonderful supplement to private lessons, and is highly encouraged!
THE BENEFITS OF PLAYING IN GUITAR ENSEMBLE:
A) SIGHT READING: THE ABILITY TO SIGHT-READ WRITTEN MUSIC IN THE FIRST POSITION ON THE GUITAR
B) TECHNIQUE: DEXERITY TO PLAY MAJOR, MINOR, AND PENTATONIC SCALES
C) ACCOMPANIMENT: MASTERING OF ALL FIRST POSITION MAJOR AND MINOR CHORD FORMS AND ADDITIONAL MOVEABLE FORMS
D) IMPROVISATION: KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS NECESSARY TO IMPROVISE OVER WRITTEN CHORD CHANGES
E) MUSIC THEORY: UNDERSTANDING THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN CHORDS AND SCALES, AND USING THIS KNOWLEDGE TO PLAY MUSIC
F) PERFORMANCE: STUDENTS WILL PERFORM IN THE RECITAL TO DEMONSTRATE THE GROUP’S UNIQUE INTERPRETATION OF REHEARSED DUET PIECES
Private and group music instruction to Grosse Pointe and the surrounding Metro Detroit communities.
19443 Mack Ave.
Grosse Pointe Woods, MI