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Founded in 2018, McB@GCC (Music con Brio at the Goodman Community Center) is our first expansion site! Our two organizations are partnering to present a new Music con Brio violin program at the Goodman Community Center. This is an extracurricular after school music program offering violin lessons. All students attend the program twice per week: once for a 45-minute group class and once for a 30-minute partner lesson. The program runs for 15 weeks each in the fall and in the spring, and we may also offer an optional 4-week summer session. During the school year, we work with the Goodman staff to ensure access for participants in the Goodman after school programs; this program is also open to students unaffiliated with the Goodman Center.

Tuition is charged on a sliding scale, and individual payment plans are available. No one is turned away due to financial need! Also, instruments are provided on loan free of charge to all students who need them for the duration of their enrollment in the program.

Music con Brio’s founders and teachers have custom-designed a holistic music curriculum that includes instrument technique, note reading, rhythm, ear training, music theory, group playing, and solo and group performance practice. The partner lessons are primarily devoted to teaching the specifics of playing the instrument properly, beautifully, and without pain or tension, as well as learning specific pieces of music. The group classes involve group playing, solo performance practice, and work on note reading, rhythms, music theory, and ear training. The classes and lessons directly complement each other and are both necessary for success in Music con Brio.

 

We ask all our students to earn taking home their violins. This means two things: that students must master a set of foundational skills to ensure correct (and injury-free!) practicing, and that students learn how to properly take care of their instruments. It also enables students to build up their own investment in their skills, and helps them take ownership of their learning.

 

We begin by teaching a solid violin hold, good violin playing posture, and proper bow grip. These skills take a great deal of muscle coordination, and need time to develop. In order to facilitate the proper development of all these skills, we work with the students on them in every lesson and group class until they have been properly learned. We do not ask the students to practice these skills at home until they have already mastered them in lessons, thereby ensuring correct at-home practice when the students are ready to work without direct supervision.

Once the correct posture, violin and bow holds have been learned, our next goal is making a beautiful sound produced with tension-free playing. Again, this is a process and takes time to develop, but we find it is well worth the time and effort to spare families the agony of the stereotypical squeaky beginner sound!

 

While working on these physical skills, students are also learning how to play music together in a group by watching and listening to their teachers, how to behave in class and on stage, and how to take care of their instruments. Finally, we introduce some foundational rhythm and ear training concepts using clapping, singing, and some note-reading using music flashcards.

 

In the spring of their first year, students are invited to perform their first solo in the annual Spring Solo Recitals, usually held in May at Emerson Elementary School. For the rest of their time in Music con Brio, each semester students will perform in one Community Concert with the rest of Music con Brio, and one solo recital each year. Additional performance opportunities may also be offered, including occasional performance opportunities at the Goodman Center.

 

As students advance, group classes will be divided into three sections: Group playing time (playing common repertoire, known as “review pieces”,) solo time, and theory/ear training. Once students are in sufficiently advanced, additional repertoire will be assigned for group classes and performances. As students develop their own outside musical interests, they may also choose to work on repertoire for orchestra auditions, Solo and Ensemble competitions, or other projects during lessons with their Music con Brio teacher.

Find out more about how to enroll here.