Music is good for you! Taking up an instrument is a fun hobby that you can take as far as you want to, from your living room to the stage.

Our courses offer variety and the chance to start or improve your musical abilities. Playing music is a great way to reduce stress and really enjoy the results of what you learn.

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Noncredit Music Courses

Express yourself with music, whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned player.

Costuming 101 | $65

Not sure how to costume a show? In this basic design overview, students will learn design basics, creating a costume plot, working with directors, and preparing for tech and performances. No experience necessary!
#33718, Truax-Main Building, 10/1, Saturday, 10 AM-2 PM

Directing 101 | $65

This practical workshop is for educators, community members, and theater practitioners who are new or new-ish directors wanting practical experience in directing. Participants will learn how to conceptualize a production, organize auditions and casting, utilize scene breakdowns, communicate with designers, work with actors, and create a productive rehearsal process for the best show possible. All levels of experience are welcome.
#33715, Truax-Main Building, 9/3, Saturday, 10 AM-12 PM

Intro to Musical Theatre Dance | $210

Do you love Musical Theatre? Are you a singer or actor who wants to build confidence in a dance audition? This workshop is for you! Each session will provide a warmup and instruction in dance movements commonly used in Musical Theatre choreography and combination building. All levels of experience are welcome. Please wear comfortable clothing, and water bottles are encouraged.
#33713, TBA, 9/7-10/12, Wednesday, 7-8 PM

Scenic Design & Painting 101 | $130

Unlock your inner designer! Together we will demystify how to read a script to ignite our visual creativity and turn it into a thoughtful and practical scenic design. We will explore editing the design to fit the theatre space and budget and some practical scenic painting techniques every designer should know! All levels of experience are welcome.
#33717, Truax-Main Building, 9/24, Saturday, 10 AM-2 PM

Theater Lighting 101 | $130

Join us for a fun, practical introduction to stage lighting design. Discover how directors work with lighting designers to get the best results. Participants will learn how to do a basic lighting design, hang a circuit safely, focus a lighting fixture, and explore the basics of control, color, templates, and accessories. All levels of experience are welcome.
#33716, Truax-Main Building, 9/10, Saturday, 10 AM-2 PM

Music Theory and Composition | $165

This course is designed to provide students with a basic foundation in music theory. Weekly lessons will include note reading, rhythm/melody/harmony structure and recognition, music terminology, scales, key signatures, and composition techniques. Class time will include written and ear-training exercises. Throughout the course, students will be exposed to active-listening exercises in a variety of musical styles. Each student will incorporate their newfound theory skills by creating an original composition using the musical knowledge gained through the coursework.
#33542, Online Live, 9/6-11/29, Tuesday, 1-2:15 PM
#33572, Truax-Main Building, 9/8-12/1, Thursday, 1-2:15 PM

Applied Guitar 1 | $125

Learn how to read music and interpret chord diagrams for the guitar, as well as basic strumming rhythms/patterns. We will play basic tunes together as a class. Bring your own guitar (preferably acoustic) to each class.
#33449, Truax-Main Building, 9/12-10/17, Monday, 6:30-8:30 PM

Applied Guitar 2 | $125

For this class, you should be comfortable with basic music and chord knowledge. The class will review material as needed from Applied Guitar 1 and you will continue to learn to read music as well as tablature. More advanced strumming patterns will be introduced, and beginning blues/rock examples will be explored.
#33450, Truax-Main Building, 10/24-11/28, Monday, 6:30-8:30 PM

Harmonica 1 | $125

Students will learn beginning harmonica techniques such as getting single notes, popular melodies, blues, bent notes, and improvising; ability to read music is unnecessary, but please bring a basic 10 hole, diatonic harmonica in the key of C.
#33574, Truax, 9/6-10/11, Tuesday, 6:30-8:30 PM
#33576, Truax, 11/1-12/6, Tuesday, 6:30-8:30 PM

Piano for Pleasure | $165

This is a group piano course intended for students who have completed at least Piano Semester 2. The course will cover some technique and theory and improvisation, as well as classical, pop, and holiday music. 
#33573, Truax-Main Building, 9/8-12/1, Thursday, 2:15-3:30 PM

Piano Semester 1 | $165

This course is for students with little or no piano background. Learn basic note reading, technique, rhythm and music theory. Pieces will include familiar melodies of classical, folk and pop songs.
#33458, Truax-Main Building, 9/7-12/14, Wednesday, 9-10 AM
#33570, Truax-Main Building, 9/7-12/14, Wednesday, 6-7 PM
#33543, Online Live, 9/6-11/29, Tuesday, 2:15-3:30 PM

Piano Semester 2 | $165

Continuation of Piano 1. Students will continue studies of note reading, technique, rhythm, and music theory.
#33459, Truax-Main Building, 9/7-12/14, Wednesday, 10-11 AM

Piano Semester 3 | $165

Students who have just finished Piano Semester 2 will continue with a second adult piano book.
#33460, Truax-Main Building, 9/7-12/14, Wednesday, 11 AM-12 PM
#33571, Truax-Main Building, 9/7-12/14, Wednesday, 7-8 PM

Ukulele 1 | $125

Strum a song using easy chords during the first class! Learn various strumming patterns and how to pluck melodies on an instrument you can carry with you nearly anywhere. You must provide your own ukulele.
#33461, Truax-Protective Services, 9/13-10/18, Tuesday, 10 AM-12 PM

Ukulele 2 | $125

More chords, more songs, more strumming patterns, more ukulele fun! If you would like to continue on from Ukulele 1 or have some working knowledge of the ukulele and would like to learn more, then this is your class. In addition, learn the rhythmic finger roll, add tremolo to your strumming, and learn how to invent your own chords. Students are required to provide their own ukuleles.
#33462, Truax-Protective Services, 10/25-11/29, Tuesday, 10 AM-12 PM

Community Ensembles

Madison College Choral Collective | $59

If you like to sing, consider joining the Madison College Choral Collective. We're a community-based vocal ensemble of Madison College students and staff and Madison-area community members. The Choral Collective is a non-audition, inclusive organization and all are welcomed. Contact Dr. Jessica Schwefel at jschwefel1@madisoncollege.edu for more information. 
Mitby Theater - Truax Campus, 9/1-12/15, Thursday, 7-9 PM

Madison Community Orchestra | $59

The Madison Community Orchestra is an ensemble of approximately 80 musicians of varying ages and abilities from the Madison area. We're committed to the growth and continuing education of amateur musicians through regular rehearsals and performances. The MCO rehearses weekly and performs four concerts per year, such as the Holiday Concert in the State Capitol Rotunda. Open to strings, brass, and percussion by audition with the conductor, Blake Walter. Contact retlawb06@gmail.com to schedule an audition.
Mitby Theater - Truax Campus, 8/30-12/13, Tuesday, 7:15-9:15 PM

Madison Municipal Band | $59

The Madison Municipal Band is a traditional concert band consisting of woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments. The mission of the ensemble is to provide opportunity for personal involvement in the arts, while fostering an environment for musical expression, appreciation, growth, and fellowship. The group performs in public concerts regularly in the Mitby Theater. Membership is open to all following brief seating audition with the conductor. Contact Scott Teeple at scott.teeple@wisc.edu to schedule an audition.
Mitby Theater - Truax Campus, 9/7-12/14, Wednesday, 7-9 PM

Madison College Big Band | $59

Here at Madison College we have two traditional sized jazz big bands that explore music periods and styles written for this ensemble, including swing, funk, Latin, and modern jazz styles. These bands hold performances throughout the year on Madison College campuses and in surrounding communities. Open to all as space is available. Contact Jamie Kember at JKember@madisoncollege.edu for more information. Audition required. Please do not register without Director approval.
Mitby Theater - Truax Campus, 9/12-12/12, Monday, 6:15-7:35 PM

Madison College Jazz Ensemble | $59

Here at Madison College we have two traditional sized jazz big bands that explore music periods and styles written for this ensemble, including swing, funk, Latin, and modern jazz styles. These bands hold performances throughout the year on Madison College campuses and in surrounding communities. Open to all as space is available. Contact Jamie Kember at JKember@madisoncollege.edu for more information. Audition required. Please do not register without Director approval.
Mitby Theater - Truax Campus, 9/12-12/12, Monday, 7:45-9 PM

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Self-paced Course

One-time, 90-minute, introductory class.

Introduction to Voiceovers | $49

Explore the growing remote voiceover industry and learn about different types of voiceovers and the tools you’ll need to find success. Your instructor, a professional, working voice actor from Voices For All, will take notes as you read a real script in this one-on-one video chat setting and offer some coaching to improve your delivery.