Music Courses

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Ukulele 1

Strum a song using easy chords during the first class! The ukulele has long 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.

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Ukulele 2

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.

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Folk Guitar 1

This is a course designed for the novice, but reinforces the basics and moves along quickly if you want to review. Learn by the chord/accompaniment method, so there is no need to be able to read music. A variety of drills, techniques, and songs enable anyone to learn how to understand, strum and pick the guitar. Bring your own guitar (preferably acoustic) to each class.

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Folk Guitar 2

Completion of Folk Guitar 1 is strongly recommended. More advanced chords, strumming, and picking techniques are applied.

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Applied Guitar 1

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.

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Applied Guitar 2

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.

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Banjo 1: Bluegrass Style

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.

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Piano
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Piano Semester 1

This course is for those with no or minimal piano background. Learn basic note reading, technique, rhythm, and music theory. Pieces will include familiar melodies of classical, folk, and pop songs.

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Piano Semester 2

Students will continue studies of note reading, technique, rhythm, and music theory.

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Piano Semester 3

Students will continue studies of technique and music theory including rhythm, harmony, chord progressions, scales, and key signatures.

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Piano Semester 4

Piano 4 incorporates new technique, duets and chording.

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Intermediate Continuing Piano

Intermediate Continuing Piano is a group piano course for those 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.

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Piano for Pleasure

This group piano course will cover some technique and theory and improvisation, as well as classical, pop and holiday music.

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Band/Ensemble

Madison College Big Band Online

Conductor Jamie Kember will help you continue your music education by leading you through works for jazz ensemble virtually. Rehearsal notes, guided listening, and small group masterclasses will assist you in learning new music and help you improve on your instrument. Participation will help you dedicate time each week for making music. Open to all. Contact Jamie Kember at JKember@madisoncollege.edu for more information.

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Madison College Choral Collective Online

If you enjoy singing, consider joining the Madison College Choral Collective. This community-based vocal ensemble comprised of Madison College students and staff, as well as Madison-area community members, finds joy in group singing and fulfilling the ensemble's mission of bringing choral performances to campus and the surrounding Madison area. Madison College Choral Collective is a non-audition, inclusive organization, and all are welcome.

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Madison Community Orchestra Online

Conductor Blake Walter will help you continue your music education by leading you through works for orchestral ensembles virtually. Rehearsal notes, guided listening, and small group masterclasses will assist you in learning new music and help you improve on your instrument. Participation will help you dedicate time each week for making music. Open to all. Contact Blake Walter at BWalter@edgewood.edu for more information on the orchestra.

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Madison Municipal Band Online

Conductor Scott Teeple will help you continue your music education by leading you through works for concert band virtually. Rehearsal notes, guided listening, and small group masterclasses will assist you in learning new music and help you improve on your instrument. Participation will help you dedicate time each week for making music. Open to all. Contact Scott Teeple at Scott.Teeple@wisc.edu for more information.

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Other Music

Film Music

Coming to a classroom near you! The experience of a lifetime! Examine soundtracks of major film composers throughout film history. Some film composers that we may study include Alfred Newman, Max Steiner, Bernard Herrmann, Ennio Morricone, John Williams, Alex North, Danny Elfman and Han Zimmer, among others. You will explore musical tools and film scoring techniques to discover how they work to enhance the film and captivate audiences. You can also try your hand at adding soundtracks to film. No music experience required.

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Harmonica 1

The harmonica is a fun, simple, yet expressive musical instrument. In this class we will look at beginning harmonica techniques such as getting single notes, popular melodies, blues, bent notes, and improvising. Ability to read music is unnecessary.

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Harmonica 2

This course is intended for current harmonica players who need new ideas to further develop their playing. Participants should already know how to get single notes, play simple songs, and some basic blues. This class will explore harmonica techniques such as: solo improvising, vibrato, high note playing, slides, chord shuffles, minor keys, tongue blocking, and tone quality.

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Music Theory and Composition

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 his or her newfound theory skills by creating an original composition using the musical knowledge gained through the coursework.

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Music Theory Fundamentals

Would you like to become more familiar with the theory of music? Acquire the skills necessary to understand Western music notation as well as to analyze and listen with an informed ear. Weekly lessons will include note reading, rhythm/melody/harmony structure and recognition, and music terminology. Class time will include written and ear-training exercises.

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Registration

Use the links above to find a class and register online or phone (608) 258-2301, menu option 2 for registration assistance.