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2017 - 2018 Class Descriptions (except science)

Art Classes

Young Artists

This is an exciting early art experience for beginning creative minds!  We will explore many different mediums: acrylic paint, pastels, charcoals, collage and some clay and other sculpture materials.  Students will be exposed to famous artists and their amazing styles of creating.  Each year will bring new and exciting projects and a different focus, so new and returning budding artists are encouraged to join us for a great year.

INSTRUCTOR:  Nancy Gilles

AGE:  6 - 8 years

MIN/MAX:  6 students/16 students

CLASS FEE:  $30/month per student, 1st child
$25/month per student, 2nd and 3rd child

MAT’L FEE:  $25 Aug / $25 Jan

Supplies to buy (all for homework at home; supplies in class are provided for with the material fee):  Sketchbook (for homework to bring to class), set of markers, set of soft pastels, artist pencils (2B - 6B), a set of colored pencils (prismacolor), kneaded eraser.  (All supplies can be purchased at Michael's or Hobby Lobby).  Teacher will supply all paper, paint, canvas, and other 3-D materials for in class use.

Drawing and Design

This class is a wonderful opportunity for new and returning students to explore the basic principles of good drawing as well as have exposure to different art mediums such as acrylic and watercolor paint, pastel, charcoal print making and other 3-D materials such as clay or paper mache. Each year we have a new focus and work with materials in new and exciting ways. Join us for a great year of artistic discovery!!

INSTRUCTOR:  Nancy Gilles

AGE:  9 - 13 years

MIN/MAX:  6 students/18 students

CLASS FEE:  $30/month per student, 1st child
$25/month per student, 2nd and 3rd child

MAT’L FEE:  $25 Aug / $25 Jan

Supplies to buy to use at home for homework (supplies for class projects are provided for with the material fee):  Sketchbook (to use for homework that will be shown in class), drawing artist pencils (2B-6B), set of colored pencils (prismacolor), kneaded eraser, gum eraser, 1 black line fine line sharpie marker, 1 box of soft or med. vines charcoals, box of soft pastels (not oils).  (All supplies can be purchases at Hobby Lobby or Michaels).  Teacher will supply all paper, paints, canvas, and 3-D materials used in class.

Art Studio Class

This is a class designed for intermediate and beginning students who are teachable to grow in their drawing skills as well as explore different exciting mediums such as pastels, acrylic paint, print making, charcoal, pen and ink and some 3-D materials such as clay and paper mache, etc. We will learn from master artists and explore more contemporary art themes.  Students have an opportunity to work at their own pace on the varying projects that are offered to enjoy the creative process and product!  Each year we will have a new and exciting focus, so both new returning students are encouraged to join us to find their creative niche!

INSTRUCTOR:  Nancy Gilles

AGE:  14 years and up

MIN/MAX:  8 students / 20 students.

CLASS FEE:  $30/month per student, 1st child
$25/month per student, 2nd and 3rd child

MAT’L FEE:  $25 Aug / $25 Jan

Supplies to buy:  Sketchbook (for homework), drawing artist pencils (2B-6B), set of colored pencils (prismacolor), kneaded eraser, gum eraser, 1 black line fine line sharpie marker, 1 box of soft or med. vines charcoals, box of soft pastels (not oils).  (All supplies can be purchases at Hobby Lobby or Michaels.)  Teacher will supply all paper, paints, canvas, and 3-D materials.

 

Early Childhood/Early Elementary Education Classes

PreK Creative Workshop

The Early Childhood Circle of Friends is a preschool program for children with moderate to severe special needs and children without special needs in a developmentally appropriate preschool class.

The program curriculum is structured using developmentally appropriate practices that emphasize cognitive, language, social and emotional growth, with respect to each child’s unique learning ability.  With a special focus on hands-on activities and play, the program provides a naturalistic early childhood environment that is rich in language and literacy experiences, integrating art  and music, and recognizes children as active learners.  Classes meet one day a week, Mondays.  

INSTRUCTOR:  Donna Pilotte

AGE:  Approx 3 - 5 years

TIME:  9:30 - 12:00 pm

MIN/MAX:  TBD

CLASS FEE:  $35.00 per student, monthly

MAT’L FEE:  $25.00 in September/ $25 in January

Legos: 5-10 years

Students will learn about all aspects of LEGO building. They will work cooperatively to build and present creations. They will also have FUN together through LEGO games and activities.  Fees used to purchase Lego buckets will come home with your student on the last class. The suggested age range is merely a guide.  The free play mixed with OT interaction with Legos is the objective.  Please contact me if you have any questions,brandisulak@gmail.com.

INSTRUCTOR: Brandi Sulak

MIN/MAX:  4 students/12 students

CLASS FEE:  $10/month

MAT’L FEE:  $20 in September

Unit Study/Five in a Row

Let's explore all kinds of topics of interest to 5 - 8 year olds, with a good grounding in social studies, language arts, art, math, and science!  We will use material from the "Five in a Row" series for the classes, and use this model with other books. This involves reading a well-written children's picture book aloud for 2 weeks in a row of class, and intentionally expanding on different subject areas that come up naturally in the story. If you choose to read the book at home again, your child will teach YOU what they learned! You can also reinforce their learning with the summary of what we covered and handouts given each week.

As an example, when we read the story How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World, by Marjorie Priceman, we might use the story to learn about the different countries the character travels to in the book and play a geography memory game in the area of social studies; use the story to talk about the use of repetition and humor in writing/language arts; look at the medium used and the use of complementary colors for art; practice measuring dry and liquid ingredients for math; do an experiment to see what happens when salt water is left to evaporate and talk about healthy eating choices for science; and of course eat some homemade apple pie for fun!

INSTRUCTOR:  Val Stevens

AGE:  5 to 8 years

MIN/MAX: 5 students/8 students

CLASS FEE: $15/month per student

MATERIALS FEE:  $15 August / $15 January

Lego Mechanics Class

Foreign Language Classes

Beginning Spanish for Grades 3-6

This class is designed to help children develop a love for Spanish. We will be using Discovering Languages: Spanish by Elaine S. Robbins and Kathryn R. Ashworth as the text, combined with Teach Them Spanish! This second text allows for photocopies to be made to use in class, so weekly homework will be assigned from the copies of Teach Them Spanish! included in the 3-ring binder students will receive the first day of class, and pages from Discovering Languages. We will learn Spanish through songs, memorizing Bible verses, hands-on activities done all in Spanish, and cultural activities to learn about the peoples/countries where Spanish is spoken. The materials from Teach Them Spanish! will be different from last year, as will the projects, so students who took this class last year will be able to learn new materials, and new students will also be able to learn and grow in their understanding and enjoyment of Spanish and Hispanic cultures.

INSTRUCTOR: Arlene Hardman

AGE: Grades 3 – 6, or for those turning 8 during the school year, or permission of instructor

MINIMUM/MAXIMUM: 4/15 students

CLASS FEE: $25/month per student

MAT’L FEE: $30 Aug (includes cost of book, photocopies, and craft/food/culture materials)
 

Beginning Spanish for Junior High (5th-8th grade)

This class is designed to continue the foundation of Spanish laid in Beginning Spanish for Children (Grades 3-6) and prepare children for more serious language study. A workbook text is introduced (Basic Spanish), and because it is different material from previous Spanish classes, both beginners and students with previous exposure to Spanish can start this class and do well. 

We will continue learning vocabulary and basic conversational Spanish, as well as digging into more grammar. Based on the same pattern as Beginning Spanish, we will enjoy cultural activities and learn Bible verses, play games and do projects, all while strengthening conversational skills. This class is recommended as the best starting point for older elementary students or junior high students who desire a less formal study of Spanish. 

INSTRUCTOR: Arlene Hardman

AGE: Grades 5+

MIN/MAX: 4 students / 15 students

CLASS FEE: $25/month per student

MAT’L FEE: $30 Aug, which includes the book, photocopies and craft/food/culture materials.

Spanish 1

No prerequisite.  This high-school level course includes instruction in reading and writing, with a special concentration on Spanish conversation.  The instructor will speak in Spanish during much of the class.  Students will be expected to complete at least 3 hours of homework per week, including correcting their own homework.  When class requirements are met, the student can earn one credit of high-school foreign language. 

AGE:  Ideally suited for 7th grade and up, with allowance made for diligent 6th graders.

INSTRUCTOR:  Arlene Hardman

MAX STUDENTS:    15 students

FEE: $30 per month (2nd child in the family is $25 per month)

Parents are welcomed to sit in on the class at no charge.

Material Fee:    $25 in August

Textbook Fee:    The textbook is Descubre 1, published by Vista Higher Learning, © 2017, by Jose Blanco, and includes 36 months of online access that covers pronunciation of vocabulary, grammar drills, studies on culture, and self-testing.  The same textbook can be shared among siblings.  Textbook and online access are part of a package that needs to be ordered through the instructor for the excellent discounted price of approximately $100.  Because this is a new edition, there are no used copies available, and the online access is necessary for the class. Note: This is a high school text, and we will be doing chapters 1-6 in Descubre 1. Those who continue with Spanish 2 will finish Descubre 1 and begin Descubre 2, chapters 1-3. This pace is one that many public high schools take, and will allow all students to learn the grammar and vocabulary well as they progress through the book. If there is demand for Spanish 3, students will not need to purchase a new book or online access, as we will finish Descubre 2, chapters 4-9.

Spanish 3:

Prerequisite: Spanish 2 or its equivalent. Using the next textbook in the DESCUBRE series, this high-school level course will build upon level 2 and will continue to develop reading, writing, and oral skills. The teacher will speak in Spanish for the entire class time, and students will be required to do the same during class time. Students will be expected to complete at least 4 hours of homework per week, including correcting their own homework. When class requirements are met, the student will earn one credit of high-school foreign language.

INSTRUCTORS: Arlene and Jim Hardman

Age: Ideally suited for 9th grade and up, with allowance made for diligent 8th graders.

Minimum: 4 students (There is no class limit)

Fee:  $30 per month (2nd child in the family is $25 per month). Parents are welcomed to sit in on the class at no charge.

Material Fee: $25 in September

Textbook Fee: The textbook (DESCUBRE 3, © 2017) and online access are part of a package that needs to be ordered through the instructor for the excellent discounted price of approximately $110, not including shipping and handling. It will not be possible to find the textbook online, as it’s a brand-new, first-edition textbook.

OPTIONAL: In June of 2018, a special class with be offered to Spanish 3 students to help them prepare for the Spanish Language CLEP exam, if they choose to take the CLEP exam. The location and time for this 4-week class (90 minutes per session) will be determined in 2018. The total cost for the CLEP class will be $30 per student. Students who have taken Spanish 3 have had great success in passing the CLEP exam.

Classical Latin 1

Latin is the foundation for study of the English language and is the perfect springboard to other languages.  Students who know Latin perform higher on Standardized tests than any other category of student.  Latin is useful for improving vocabulary, understanding English grammar, and enhancing ones ability to think in patterns and sequences.  

Using the rigorous, grammar-based, high-school textbook, Jenney’s First Year Latin, students will learn all six major verb tenses in both the active and passive voices, all six noun cases (in the first and second declension), Parsing, and extended translation, following the story of the Fall of Troy.  Students are expected to perform daily exercises totaling about two to three hours of work per week (This includes correcting your own assignments with a user-friendly answer book).  Supplementing the curriculum will be additional study in Latin prefixes, suffixes, roots, and common expressions.  Successful completion of class requirements is worth one semester of high school foreign language credit.   

Participation in the National Latin Exam www.nle (Intro to Latin exam) will be required of all students.  Cost is $5 per student and is part of the Material Fees.  The exam will be administered on the second Monday of March at CHAMPs.

INSTRUCTOR:     Torian Fiedler

AGE:             6th grade and up (7th grade is the preferred minimum age for most)

MAX STUDENTS:    12 students

FEE:            $25

Material Fee:  TBD

Textbook - Jenney's First Year Latin (Prentice Hall, 1990).  More details on how to obtain this book to come.

Instrumental Lessons & Music Theory

INSTRUCTOR: Daniel Berry-Various Lesson Opportunities

Singing and Instrument Lessons

These private lessons offer students one-on-one musical instruction for voice, string, or woodwind instruments. Students will gain skills in musicianship, music theory, technique, and performing. Lessons are a half hour long. 

INSTRUCTOR: Daniel Berry

AGE: 4 years and up

TIME: 9 am, 9:30am, 10am, 10:30am, 11am Piano, and 2: 30 pm, and 3pm in 25 min time slots as available

CLASS FEE: $20.00 per week, which includes all books and materials.

MAT'L FEE: none.

STUDENT TO BRING: two-pocket folder for sheet music and other materials, instrument and music stand if applicable.
 

Guitar Lessons

Private guitar lessons. 

INSTRUCTOR:  Michael Drew

AGE:  6 years and up

MIN/MAX:  4 private students minimum

TIMES:  Lessons are offered in 1/2 hour time slots.  See schedule for specific times

CLASS FEES:  $20/week per student

MAT’L FEES:  Lesson books will be purchased as needed

STUDENT TO BRING: Guitar, music stand

Piano

INSTRUCTOR: Lisa Modrzejewski

Individual piano instruction.  Students must have a keyboard instrument available for practice in the home (electronic keyboards are acceptable for beginners, but intermediate and advanced students should practice on a piano).  Students will also learn theory, ear training, and music history while learning repertoire from all musical periods.  Lesson books are used, but are not the only source of learning.  All students are expected to participate in the Christmas and Spring CHAMPs concerts. 

AGE:  5 years and up

TIME:  Piano lessons are offered in ½ hour time slots during the CHAMPs day.  Please see schedule for available time slots.

CLASS FEE:  $20/week per student

MAT'L FEE:  Teacher will evaluate student’s needs

INSTRUCTOR: Kathleen Schambach

Individual piano instruction:  Students will learn basic music elements including music theory, ear training, and even composition.  A keyboard or piano is needed in order for the student to practice at home.  Books will be provided but will need to bring a small note book to lessons.  Students are expected to participate in the CHAMPS Christmas and spring concerts.

AGE:  5 years and up

   TIME:   Piano lessons are offered in ½ hour time slots during the CHAMPS day.  Please see schedule for available time slots.

CLASS FEE:  $18/week per student 

MAT'L FEE:  Teacher will evaluate student’s needs

Violin-INSTRUCTOR: Daniela Folker

Private Violin lessons are offered as a course at Champs for all students interested.

Lessons are designed for all levels ranging from beginner to advanced.  During the 25 minute lesson held each week, students will learn technique, develop music reading skills, and perform music designed for their level. Students needing an instrument will receive recommendations pertaining to either the purchase or rental of an appropriate instrument.  Please check the schedule for lesson times available.  For more information or to arrange a lesson time, please contact me Daniela Folker at 847-338-1015. Feel free to either leave a message or a text.

Age: 5 and up

Class Fee: $30/week per student

Material Fee: Based on students’ needs.

Chamber Music-INSTRUCTOR: Daniela Folker

This class is intended for students interested in performing in a small string ensemble.

Depending upon instrumentation we will work on duets, trios, and quartets.

Participants should be at an intermediate level in their specific instrument.

If unsure of your current level of skill, please feel free to contact Daniela Folker at 847-338-1015.

The class will include a performance at the end of each semester.

Possible Times: 11:30, 12pm, 1, or 1:30pm.  Please contact Daniela Folker directly at 847-338-1015 if you are interested in this class so that she can coordinate the time with other students interested in Chamber Music.

Time: 25 min a week

Class Fee: $15/week per student

Material Fee: Based on students’ needs.

Minimum Students: 3

Music Theory

Understand the building blocks of music—scales, intervals, and chords, and form analysis—as well as the aural side of music—sight-reading, dictation, and being able to hear chord progressions. This course of study is perfect for creative musicians who want to master the building blocks of music for composition, transposing or transcribing heard music"

INSTRUCTOR: Lisa Modrzejewski

AGE: 12+

CLASS FEE: $30 / month if 1 - 2 students enrolled ; $28 / month if +3 students enrolled

Language Arts Classes and History

British Literature

We will be analyzing and discussing British plays, poems, essays, documents, biographies, and short stories, as well as five British novels. We will be discovering themes such as prejudice, sacrifice, adventure, loyalty, sin, and love and discussing these themes through a Biblical worldview. We will also be doing several author studies, including William Shakespeare and C.S. Lewis. Students will be required to complete weekly reading assignments and several projects and papers throughout the session.

Required textbooks:
The Language of Literature: British Literature, by Arthur Applebee. Published: McDougal Littell ISBN: 978-0618601400 (This is the 2006 edition; other editions also acceptable.)

The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

INSTRUCTOR: Renee Rundquist

AGE: Grades 9th-12th

MIN/MAX: 7 students /15 students

MATERIAL FEE: $15 (one time only-for copies)

CLASS FEE: $20.00/month per student
 

6th-8th Literature-

We will be analyzing and discussing classic literature, and looking at themes of sacrifice, adventure, faith, fear, good vs. evil, prejudice/racism/slavery, courage, morality, and ignorance vs. knowledge. We will be looking at these themes through a Christian worldview, and asking questions about how God wants us to apply the things we learn to our own lives. Students will be required to do weekly reading outside of class, and may be asked to complete additional assignments.

Required textbooks:

  • The Chronicles of Narnia: The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry
  • The Adventures of Robin Hood by Roger Lancelyn Green (Puffin Classics version)
  • Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass
  • Hinds’ Feet on High Places by Hannah Hurnard

MIN/MAX: 5-15 students       

Class Fee: $20 per month per student                 

Material fee $15 (for copies)

Composition & Grammar -High School

Students will learn how to form clear and persuasive arguments in writing, write informative and explanatory compositions to examine a topic and convey ideas, and write narratives to develop real or imagined events.  They will learn how to apply knowledge about purpose and audience to their writing, complete relevant research, organize their writing, and follow the steps of the writing process.  Lastly, students will learn and apply appropriate grammar rules, including word usage, sentence structure and patterns, the use of phrases and clauses, and parallel structure.  Students will be required to complete weekly writing assignments.

Highly recommended textbook:  Handbook of Grammar and Composition, 5th edition, by James A. Chapman.  Publisher:  A Beka Book (Paperbook - cheapest on Amazon)

INSTRUCTOR: Renee Rundquist

AGE:  9th - 12th grade

MIN/MAX: 5 students / 15 students

CLASS FEE:  $20/month per student

MAT’L FEE:  $15  (for copies)

World History (8-12 year olds)

Come explore the history of the world from Ancient Times to Modern Day through stories, songs, and projects.  Topics covered include Ancient Egypt, Ancient Israel, Greeks and Romans, the Vikings, Knights and Castles, The Renaissance, Exploration, Europe in Early Modern Times, North and South America in Early Modern Times, American History, and both World Wars.  Students will use essential questions to guide their learning, interact with different cultures, and look at world events from multiple points of view.

INSTRUCTOR: Renee Rundquist

AGE:  8 - 12 years old

MIN/MAX: 5 students / 15 students

CLASS FEE:  $15/month per student

MAT’L FEE:  $15

World Geography (8-12 year olds)

Learn about the geography of the world! We’ll start with learning how to read and use maps and globes, how our world is divided into continents and countries (and territories, states, cities, etc.), and what kinds of landforms we find all over the world. Then we’ll look at the different types of habitats that exist in our world, and we’ll end the year by exploring how geography affects culture.

MIN/MAX: 5-15 students       

Class Fee: $15 per month per student                 

Material fee: $15

Physical Education

Elementary PE Ages 6-10 years old

Team sports (soccer,kickball,dodgeball,capture the flag and more). Focusing on introducing kids to having fun, exercising and playing together on a team.  Class will be held outside unless it is raining or extremely cold. Any questions please contact Tait at Taitwasser@yahoo.com

INSTRUCTOR: Tait Wasser

AGES:  6-10 yrs. old or ability

Class fee:  $10/month

Min/Max:  3 / 20

Elementary PE Ages 8-12 years old

Team sports ( soccer, flag football, dodgeball, kickball, and more)
Focusing on introducing kids to having fun, exercising and playing together on a team. Class will be held outside unless it is raining or extremely cold. Any questions please contact Tait at Taitwasser@yahoo.com

INSTRUCTOR: Tait Wasser

AGES:  8 - 12yrs. old or ability

Class fee:  $10/month

Min/Max:  3 / 20

Running Club

Introducing jr and sr high students to jogging in a group atmosphere. Class will be held outside, unless it is raining. On rainy days class will be held indoors doing aerobic exercise. Students will be expected to attempt to jog 2-3 miles per class. We will be building up to participate in a 5k charity run at the end of the school year, date and fee to be determined. 

INSTRUCTOR: Tait Wasser

AGES:  7th-12th grade

Class fee: $5/month

Min/Max:  3 / 20

Math Classes

Fun with Math: 5-7 years

The purpose of this course is to math facts in centers format.  To have fun!  

We'll be using games, laughter, being with friends, and knowing WHY we are doing what we are doing.  My goal is to create a fun and supportive environment for students to master their facts and to encourage them to WANT To.

The suggested age range is merely a guide.  It is FAR more important that the topics covered match up with what your student should be practicing -- I don't want anyone bored because the material is either way too easy, or way too hard, though I'll do my best to differentiate.  Please contact me if you have any questions.  (brandisulak@gmail.com)

Please note that this is only meant to be a supplement to any math that may be happening at home and is not intended to be a full math program.

Topics covered: Addition, Subraction, starting Multiplication, starting Division, Word Problems

INSTRUCTOR:  Brandi Sulak

AGE:  5 - 7 years

MIN/MAX:  3 students/10 students

CLASS FEE:  $10

MAT’L FEE:  $20 in September

Fun with Math: 8-12 years

The purpose of this course is to drill math facts to automaticity in preparation for higher math.  To have fun!  Math is cumulative, painfully so.  It is vital that arithmetic concepts and facts be mastered to free up the brain to be able to concentrate on learning newer, more complicated material.  There's an old yarn that you can only keep approximately 7 pieces of information in your working memory at any given time.  Partially learned material is going to use up more slots than fully mastered so our goal is to make arithmetic FULLY MASTERED so as many slots as possible can be spent manipulating our terms instead of having to calculate them.  We don't want anyone to hit a wall when they get to fractions, or algebra, or calculus.  (Or first year Engineering!).

Of course, this does take work.  But work can be made fun using games, laughter, being with friends, and knowing WHY we are doing what we are doing.  My goal is to create a fun and supportive environment for students to master their facts and to encourage them to WANT To.

We will play games as War, Battleship, Relays, Around the World, Buzz, Bingo, Mad Minute, Team Tag, Dice Area War, and 100 board logic problems, among others.  We will have silly/absurd word problems and work through strategies for solving them.  We will have recommended library reading.  We will have recommended homework.

Topics Covered: multi-digit addition and subtraction, single digit multiplication to the 16s, division through the 16s, squares, cubes, occasional touching on other interesting and fun topics such as fractions, Fibonacci sequence, exponents.

The suggested age range is merely a guide.  It is FAR more important that the topics covered match up with what your student should be practicing -- I don't want anyone bored because the material is either way too easy, or way too hard, though I'll do my best to differentiate.  Please contact me if you have any questions.  (brandisulak@gmail.com)

Please note that this is only meant to be a supplement to any math that may be happening at home and is not intended to be a full math program.

Topics covered: Addition, Subraction, Multiplication, Division, Word Problems

INSTRUCTOR:  Brandi Sulak

AGE:  8 - 12 years

MIN/MAX:  3 students/10 students

CLASS FEE:  $15

MAT’L FEE:  $20 in September

Math Lab-High School

In Math Lab, your 8th - 12th grade math student will be able to receive help on their specific math curriculum.  Students will come to class with their questions and will be able to work with the instructor one-on-one to work through their challenges.   Students who are in Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, and above can enroll in this class.

INSTRUCTOR: Rupam Kuehner

AGE: High School

Min/Max:  1 student / 4 students

Fee:  $25 / month
 

Performing Arts (Drama, Dance, Choir)

Children's Theater/Play Class

This class will put children’s play into a new perspective.  Taking what they already naturally do with their own ingenious imaginations, putting them “on stage” and in simple home-made/home-found costume they will find themselves transformed into serious actors. We will go over theatre etiquette, from what it means to be on stage - cooperation, listening, getting into the role, annunciation and what a stage whisper is – to what it means to be a good audience.  We will bring to life favorite stories and introduce them to new stories, dramas and comedies alike. 

INSTRUCTOR: Masha Furmanov

AGE: 5-7 years 

CLASS FEE:  $8 per family per month

Min/Max:  5 / 10
 

Exploring Music and Movement

This is not a dance class. No dance lessons previously required. Each hour will be spent exploring music and movement through all sorts of musical genres. We’ll watch fabulous dances from ballets, folk dances, swing dancers, modern dances, etc.  We will listen to many pieces of music including classical and more modern instrumentals.  Viewing and hearing classic masterpieces of various styles, from different decades and long ago centuries, the child will be inspired to move, dance and create to music. They will be “taught” to feel the rhythm, the mood of the music, and to keep the beat.  They can move alone, with a partner, or in a group to create a unique routine. The names of famous performers, like Fred Astaire with Ginger Rogers, will no longer be foreign to the youngsters.  Enthusiasm and a love to move required.

INSTRUCTOR:  Masha Furmanov

AGES:  8 years old or older

Min / Max:  3 / 15

CLASS FEE: $8 per month per family

Advanced Drama

Advanced Drama- This is a high school level class that will fine tune your theatre acting skills.  This class will challenge and develop the student's acting approach and technique. We will be working on the acting process, developing skills that will strengthen the actor's confidence, audition skills, improvisational skills, vocal technique and character development abilities. The goal of this class will leave the student with an actor's tool box they can draw upon, which will enable them to be a well-rounded actor, ready to take on any role.  We will be using a variety of scripts, one-act plays, monologues and scene work from classical to modern pieces. This class will have homework and the actors will get as much out of the class as they put into it.  Modest and comfortable clothing is a must.

INSTRUCTOR: Renee Rundquist

AGE:  13-19 years  (Students age 10 - 12 may be allowed in with teacher approval)

MIN/MAX: 5 students / 12 students

CLASS FEE:  $15/month per student

MAT’L FEE:  $15 Aug / $10 Jan (Students may be asked to contribute to their own costume.)

Improv

In this class, the laughs come naturally as improvisational scenes, stories, or skits materialize!  The environment will encourage imagination and lots of creativity that "just happens."  No scripts, no prepared settings, nor costumes.  Just creativity and imaginations at work.  The hour will be spent with fun brain-tingling warm ups; comic (or not comic) fictional-character-building; lessons in gibberish language and lots of improv games.  It all comes together in just minutes or even seconds.  And the bonus is that these activities help breed good listening skills, self-confidence, and acceptance of others.

INSTRUCTOR:  Masha Furmanov

AGES: 8yrs old or older

CLASS FEE:  $15 per month

Minimum/Maximum:  6 students/12 students

Beginning Dance

Dance class will focus on learning Ballet terminology and Basic Jazz movement through games and props.   The goal is to begin a solid dance foundation and to enjoy a variety of music and movement.  The dancers will perform at two recitals during the school year. 

INSTRUCTOR:  Amy Cacini

AGE: 5-8 years old

TIME:  12:30-1:25

MIN/MAX:  5 students / 10 students

CLASS FEE:  $15/month per student

MAT’L FEE:  There will be a costume Fee.  Cost is TBD

Dance 

Dance class will focus on Ballet terminology and techniques as a basic foundation, with both ballet and jazz combinations and choreography.   The goal is to create a solid dance foundation and to enjoy a variety of music and movement.  Class structure: stretching and warm-ups, combination.   The dancers will perform at two recitals during the school year. 

INSTRUCTOR:  Amy Cacini

AGE:  9-13 years old

MIN/MAX:  5 students / 10 students

CLASS FEE:  $15/month per student

MAT’L FEE:  There will be a costume Fee.  Cost is TBD

Fun with Music

This class is meant to provide a general music class experience that is fun, high-energy, and educational.  It is not a choir and it is not going to be a performance class.  Students will sing songs of many styles, learn about rhythm and basic theory, listen to fun classical works, play games, and play instruments, which will help them learn the fun and joy of music.

 INSTRUCTOR:  Lisa Modrzejewski

AGE:  5 – 7 years

MIN/MAX:  3 students / 10 students

CLASS FEE:  $20/month per student

MAT’L FEE:  $10 Aug

Children’s Choir

Children’s Choir introduces students to singing, music reading, and choral performing. Through listening, games, and special fun exercises, students learn how to sing a variety of musical styles, and also learn how to work together as a group. Students gain an appreciation of music, the confidence to perform in front of others, and the experience to actively participate in groups.

INSTRUCTOR:  Daniel Berry

AGE:  8 – 12 years

TIME:  12:30 – 1:25 pm

MIN/MAX:  10 students minimum

CLASS FEE:  $15/month per student

MAT’L FEE:  $15 Aug / $15 Jan

STUDENT TO BRING:  A 2-pocket folder for sheet music and pencils.  Sheet music will be supplied.

Teen Choir

Teen Choir develops skills in vocal technique, music reading, and ensemble singing. Students sing a variety of musical styles to increase their musicianship and performance skills. Focusing on music theory from an ensemble perspective, students learn how to perform and collaborate with others. Teen Choir performs in two large concerts every year.

INSTRUCTOR:  Daniel Berry

AGE:  13 years and up

TIME:  1:30 – 2:25pm

MIN/MAX:  Minimum 10 students

CLASS FEE:  $15/month per student

MAT’L FEE:  $15 Aug / $15 Jan

STUDENT TO BRING:  A 2-pocket folder for sheet music and pencils.  Sheet music will be supplied.