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

Taking up an instrument or joining a community ensemble is a fun hobby and a great social outlet!

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Music Classes and Ensembles

Music Classes

This course is for students with no or minimal piano background. Students will learn basic note reading, technique, rhythm, and music theory. Pieces will include familiar melodies of classical, folk and pop songs.
#10034, Truax-Main Building, 5/28-8/6, Tuesday, 8:30-10:30 AM Instructor: Lisa DeBaker Mott
#35152, Truax-Main Building, 8/30-12/20, Friday, 12:30-1:30 PM Instructor: Lisa DeBaker Mott
Continuation of Piano 1. Students will continue studies of note reading, technique, rhythm, and music theory.
#35154, Truax-Main Building, 8/30-12/20, Friday, 10-11:30 AM Instructor: Lisa DeBaker Mott
Students who have just finished Piano Semester 2 will continue with a second adult piano book.
Future offerings will be posted here.
Intermediate Continuing Piano is a group piano course for students progressing above the elementary level. The study of early intermediate level piano solos from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Contemporary periods as well as course work with technical exercises and piano pieces utilizing different rhythmic variations and theoretical ideas will be included.
#35356, Truax-Main Building, 8/30-12/20, Friday, 9:30-10:30 AM Instructor: Lisa DeBaker Mott
Piano Semester 4 is a continuation of Piano Semester 3 along with new technique, duets and chording and is for students who have completed Piano Semester 3, or have 2 years of recent private lessons.
#36818, Truax-Main Building, 8/30-12/20, Friday, 11:30 AM-12:30 PM Instructor: Lisa DeBaker Mott
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.
#10006, Truax-Protective Services, 6/10-6/26, Monday and Wednesday, 6:30-8:30 PM Instructor: Chris Allen
#35134, Truax-Health Building, 9/9-10/14, Monday, 6:30-8:30 PM Instructor: Chris Allen
For this class, you should be comfortable with basic music reading 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.
#10054, Truax-Protective Services, 7/15-7/31, Monday and Wednesday, 6:30-8:30 PM Instructor: Chris Allen
#35136, Truax-Health Building, 11/4-12/9, Monday, 6:30-8:30 PM Instructor: Chris Allen
Strum a song using easy chords during the first class! The ukulele has always been a delightful go-to for folks who want to get started playing music now. Learn various strumming patterns and how to pluck melodies on an instrument you can carry with you virtually anywhere. Students are required to provide their own ukuleles.
#10016, Truax-Protective Services, 6/4-7/2, Tuesday, 6:00-8:00 PM Instructor: Scott Mullarky
#35158, Truax-Protective Services Building, 9/17-10/22, Tuesday, 6-8 PM Instructor: Scott Mullarky
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.
#10056, Truax-Protective Services, 7/9-8/13, Tuesday, 6:00-8:00 PM Instructor: Scott Mullarky
#35160, Truax-Protective Services, 11/5-12/10, Tuesday, 6:00-8:00 PM Instructor: Scott Mullarky
Want to get going on mandolin? This basic course will teach tuning the instrument, basic picking techniques, essential scales and chords. Along the way, we’ll learn to play a few classic bluegrass and old time tunes. No need to be able to read music or have any musical ability at all. But you will walk away from this course with plenty of both to carry you onward. Come kickstart your skills on mandolinu today! Students need to bring their own mandolin.
#36783, Truax-Protective Services, 9/9-10/14, Monday, 6-8 PM Instructor: Scott Mullarky
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
#35200, Truax-Health, 10/1-11/19, Tuesday, 6:30-8:30 PM Instructor: DeWayne Keyes
This course will cover general banjo basics, chords and strumming, and the basics of the Bluegrass three-finger picking style. Upon finishing the course, the student will be able to play basic accompaniment for songs and be able to choose a direction for further study.
#36799, Truax-Protective Services, 10/28-12/2, Monday, 6-8 PM Instructor: Scott Mullarky

Community Ensembles

JOIN US! Musical ensembles perform several times throughout the year at locations throughout the district. Performances are posted on the event calendar and open to the public. 

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.
Future offerings will be posted here.
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 Louis Menchaca at LMenchaca@madisoncollege.edu to schedule an audition.
Future offerings will be posted here.
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 Caroline Henneberry at chenneberry@madisoncollege.edu for more information.
Future offerings will be posted here.
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.
Future offerings will be posted here.
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.
Future offerings will be posted here.

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