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Music Department

Our music department strives to instill a deep appreciation and overall love of music in our students. Comprised of industry professionals, our teachers strive to inpire students with their love and passion for music. Students will use techniques learned during lessons as stepping stones for their future. We promote overall development of cognitive as well as aesthetic learning. Music lessons are offered in both group and private instructional settings. Weekly lessons are taught by certified or professional musicians to students of all ages. Throughout the year students will learn basic musical techniques such as those listed below in our curriculum. By the spring, the students are excited to take part in our recital given in our lovely black box theatre. (The New Rose Theatre) We also help students prepare for things such as NYSSMA Solo Evaluation Festivals. You may register for a private lesson at any time during the year but must call to set an individual time with an instructor. For group ensembles, such as young performers' classes (group singing for children ages 6-7, 8-9, 10-12) registration must follow the regular weekly alloted schedule. Enriching young minds with culture and providing a solid foundation in musical knowledge is among the key elements here at the Hudson Valley Conservatory.

Instrumental Curriculum:

Posture, Breathing Techniques, Embouchure, Fingering, Warm Ups, Rhythmic Counting, Melodic/Harmonic Reading (Treble or Bass Clefs), Sight Reading, Ear Training, Scales (Major, Minor, Chromatic), Chords (Block or Arpegios), Instumental Care, Practice Habits, Basic Music Theory*

Vocal Curriculum:

Posture, Breathing Techniques, Pure Vowel Formations, Diction Attack, Ear Training, Melodic Reading (Treble or Bass Clefs), Rhythmic Counting, Intonation Reinforcement, Warm Ups, Sight Reading (Solfege - using moveable Do), Practice habits, Care of Voice, Foreign Language (Italian, Latin, French, German) Basic Music Theory*, Repertoire, History, Musical Expression

*Basic Music Theory includes the following:

Note Values and Rests, Dynamics, Slur and Tie, Accent, Fermata, Barline, Measure, Double Barline, Repeat, Coda, D.S. al Coda, Segno, D.S. al Segno, Fine, Form (A Section, Trio...), Accidentals (flat, sharp, natural), Key Signatures, Chromaticism, Half and Whole Step, Intervalic Relationship (third, fifth...), Chordal Relationships (I-IV-V...), Music History