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.

Harmonica 1 | $165

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.
#63394, Truax-Early Learning Center, 3/21-5/9, Tuesday, 6:30-8:30 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.
#63411, Truax-Early Learning Center, 1/30-3/6, Monday, 6:30-8:30 PM

Applied Guitar 2 | $125

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.
#63412, Truax-Early Learning Center, 3/20-4/24, Monday, 6:30-8:30 PM

Piano Semester 1 | $165

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.
#63403, Truax-Main Building, 1/18-5/10, Wednesday, 9-10 AM

Piano Semester 2 | $165

Continuation of Piano 1. Students will continue studies of note reading, technique, rhythm, and music theory.
#63404, Truax-Main Building, 1/18-5/10, Wednesday, 10-11 AM

Piano Semester 4 | $165

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 2 yrs of recent private lessons.
#63598, Truax-Main Building, 1/18-5/10, Wednesday, 11 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 Melissa Richardson at melissamrichardson@gmail.com for more information.
Truax Campus - A1033A/B, 9/9-12/15, 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.
Truax Campus - A1033A/B, 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.
Truax Campus - A1033A/B, 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.
Truax Campus - A1033A/B, 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.
Truax Campus - A1033A/B, 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.