Fall Youth Program

Youth Program - Fall 2017

Fall term dates: August 28 - December 22

Stillwater Music is closed on Durango School District 9R holidays and seasonal breaks. We are open on 9R professional development days. We also close for any 9R snow days or other 9R emergency closures. So during the Fall 2017 term we are scheduled to be closed on these days:

    • Monday, September 4 - Labor Day
    • Monday-Friday, November 20-24 - Thanksgiving break


BEFORE YOU CHOOSE A CLASS, PLEASE READ THIS...

Stillwater Music offers classes for students of all ages and experience levels. Classes are taught by professional, real world, working musicians with years of experience touring, directing bands, recording, performing and writing music. Our teaching philosophy is simple: PLAY MUSIC, HAVE FUN and PERFORM LIVE!

Stillwater’s community classes & workshops (see below at the end of this page) are an opportunity for youth and adults to learn and play music together in a relaxed and fun environment. We especially encourage family members to participate in these classes together.

Faculty members direct Stillwater classes as one would with a professional group: expecting professionalism, while enjoying the process. We teach and implement musical lessons that carry over into daily life: respect, developing self esteem, working together towards a common goal, and learning to follow directions by listening and interacting appropriately with faculty and fellow students.

NOTE: Occasionally the actual instructor for a class may not be the one that appears in the class listings below, due to class enrollment and instructor teaching loads. Any instructor changes are made by the end of the first week of classes in any given term/semester.

AGE GUIDELINES: Though suggested, Stillwater does not emphasize age grouping within classes; we do emphasize placing students based on musical experience and maturity.  If you would like to discuss placement of your child in our program

TUITION POLICY: Tuition includes at $50 registration deposit. In most cases this deposit is non-refundable after the first day of classes. Please refer to our Policies and Procedures for full details.

MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS: Students who already play an instrument are encouraged to bring their instrument to class. Stillwater instructors arrange songs to fit the students and instrumentation in each class. Instruments provided for in-class rehearsals: marimba, vibraphone, electric piano keyboards, steel drums, acoustic & electric guitar, electric bass, drum kit and percussion. Students are also encouraged and offered opportunities to sing.


INTRODUCTORY CLASSES

Introductory classes are appropriate for younger students who have little or no musical experience.

"Hand Jive" - Introductory Percussion
Suggested age range: 6-9 years/grades 1-3 (see age guidelines above)
Mondays 2:00 - 2:55pm
Tuition:
$225

Instructor: Steve Dejka

In this entry level music/rhythm class students explore a variety of world beat rhythms utilizing conga drums, Afro-Caribbean hand percussion and voice.

*** This class is full. To get on the wait list, click the button below. ***

 

 

 


"Animas Alloy" - Beginning Steel Drum Band

Suggested age range: 7-10 years/grades 2-4* (see age guidelines above)
Mon. & Wed. 4:00 - 5:25pm
Tuition: $525
Instructor: Steve Dejka & Boothe Iberg 

*We highly suggest students take our “Introductory Percussion” class before enrolling in this class. Instructor approval/guidance is required to enroll in Steel Drum Band; please contact Steve Dejka (sdejka@stillwatermusic.org, 970-769-0171).

In this entry level band class, students begin to experience playing music in a group, utilizing pianos/keyboard instruments, mallet instruments (marimba & steel drums), percussion, congas, and voice.

*** This class is full. To get on the wait list, click the button below. ***

 


BEGINNING CLASSES

Suggested age range: 9-12 years/grades 4-6* (see age guidelines above)

*Middle school age/grade students with little or no music experience may be appropriate for this class. If you are unsure of your child’s experience level please contact Steve Dejka sdejka@stillwatermusic.org, 970-769-0171) for appropriate placement.

Popular and standard songs are learned and performed as a group. Students are encouraged, though not required, to practice at home in preparation for group performances. Instruments provided for in-class rehearsals: marimba, vibraphone, electric piano keyboards, drum kit and percussion. Students who already play an instrument are encouraged to bring their instrument to class. Students are also encouraged and offered opportunities to sing.

"Blue Eggs & Spam" - Beginning Combo
Mon. & Wed. 4:00 - 5:25pm
Tuition: $525
Instructor: Mark Rosenberg

*** This class is full. To get on the wait list, click the button below. ***


 


"MetroGnomes" - Beginning Combo

Tues. & Thurs. 4:00 - 5:25pm
Tuition: $525
Instructor: Steve Dejka

 


"Pop Cappella" - Beginning Vocal Ensemble

Tue. 4:00 - 5:00pm
Tuition: $235
Instructor: Jeroen van Tyn

This a cappella vocal ensemble focuses on singing unaccompanied rounds, simple melodies, two part harmonies and partner songs. We will also focus on beginning vocal technique and solfege. Participation requires that students be able to sing independently, in tune, and to sing melodic lines by ear. Instructor approval is required to enroll in Pop CappellaFor placement in this class, or for any questions, please contact Jeroen van Tyn (jvantyn@stillwatermusic.org, 970-946-3049).


*** NEW CLASS ***

Beginning Chamber Music Class
Suggested age range: any age, with the below-described musical ability
Wednesdays 5:00-5:40pm
Tuition: $180
Instructor: Sandy Kiefer

You don't need to play alone! Join a chamber music class and play with at least three other people. Beethoven and Bach wrote music for you! Participants must be able to read music, count in quarters, eighths, half notes, and play one sharp and one flat.


 

*** NEW CLASS - STARTS OCTOBER 10 ***

Beginning Ukulele Group Lessons
Suggested age range: adults & youth 10 & up

Thursdays 4:00-4:30 pm October 12 - December 7 (no class on Nov 23)
Tuition: $65
Instructor: Denise Leslie

Stillwater Music offers this group lesson for adults and youth 10 years and up with no experience playing music or the ukulele. Basic instruction will include learning a series of major and minor chords, strumming techniques and basic vocal skills. Student are required to own a ukulele.



INTERMEDIATE CLASSES

Suggested age range: 11-15 years/grades 6-9* (see age guidelines above)

*High school age/grade students with little or no music experience may be appropriate for this class. Check with Steve Dejka (sdejka@stillwatermusic.org, 970-769-0171) for appropriate placement.

Popular and standard songs are learned and performed as a group, with an emphasis on improvisation, music theory and musical literacy. Students may begin to focus on one or two primary instruments.

"Boom Sonic" - Intermediate Combo
Mon. & Wed. 5:30 - 6:55pm 
Tuition: $525
Instructor: Boothe Iberg

*** This class is full. To get on the wait list, click the button below. ***



"32nd St. Collective" - Intermediate Combo

Tue. & Thu. 5:30 - 6:55pm
Tuition: $525
Instructor: Davis Jones

*** This class is full. To get on the wait list, click the button below. ***



Vox Harmonix" - Intermediate Vocal Ensemble 
Tue. & Thu. 5:30 - 6:55pm
Tuition: $525

Instructor: Jeroen van Tyn

This a cappella vocal ensemble focuses on singing unaccompanied contemporary and classic songs in multi-part harmony. We also focus on intermediate vocal technique and solfege. Participation requires that students be able to sing harmony parts independently, in tune, and to sing melodic lines by ear. Instructor approval is required to enroll in Vox Harmonix. For placement in this class, or for any questions, please contact Jeroen van Tyn (jvantyn@stillwatermusic.org, 970-946-3049).


*** NEW CLASS ***
Intermediate Chamber Music Class
Suggested age range: any age, with below-described musical ability
Wednesdays 5:00-5:45pm
Tuition: $180
Instructor: Sandy Kiefer

You don't need to play alone! Join a chamber music class and play with at least three other people. Beethoven and Bach wrote music for you! Participants must be able to read music, count in dotted rhythms, sixteenth notes, slurs of four to sixteen notes per bow and play three sharps and three flats. Musical repertoire will be selected according to students’ abilities.



ADVANCED CLASSES

Suggested age range: 13-18 years/grades 8-12* (see age guidelines above)

Popular and standard songs are learned/performed as a group, with a continued  emphasis on improvisation, music theory and musical literacy. Students may begin to focus on one or two primary instruments. Songs are learned at a quick pace, and students are expected to practice daily at home. Private lessons are highly recommended for students playing in advanced groups.


"Graphic IQ" - Advanced Combo
Wednesdays 5:30 - 6:55pm
Tuition: $330

Instructor: Ryan McCurry

If student has not previously been in an advanced Stillwater class, please contact Ryan McCurry (jazzpianoryan@gmail.com, 970-946-8655) before registering for this class.



"Super Bad" - Advanced Combo

Tue. & Thu. 5:30 - 6:55pm 
Tuition: $525

Instructor: Boothe Iberg

If student has not previously been in an advanced Stillwater class, please contact Steve Dejka (sdejka@stillwatermusic.org, 970-769-0171) before registering for this class.


*** NEW CLASS ****
Advanced Chamber Music Class


Suggested age range: any age, with below-described musical ability
Wednesdays 5:45-6:25pm
Tuition: $180
Instructor: Sandy Kiefer

You don't need to play alone! Join a chamber music class and play with at least three other people. Beethoven and Bach wrote music for you! Participants must be able to read music, count in dotted rhythms, sixteenth notes, slurs of four to sixteen notes per bow and play three sharps and three flats. Musical repertoire will be selected according to students’ abilities.



COMMUNITY CLASSES

"Batucada de Durango" - Community Samba Band

Wednesdays 7:15 - 8:45pm
Recommended age/experience level: adults and youth 12 & up, no experience required
Tuition: $330
Instructor: Clay Lowder

A percussion based ensemble for adults and youth (12 & up) in the Durango community and surrounding areas. This ensemble consists of traditional Brazilian and Afro-Cuban rhythms and percussion instruments including; surdu, caixa, repinique, tamborim, and agogo, among others. This group will schedule performances in the Durango area (TBA). No prior experience is necessary and all instruments are provided. Participants may attend one or both sessions.

 


*** NEW CLASS - STARTS OCTOBER 12 ***
Community Ukulele Band

Suggested age range/experience level: adults & youth 10 & up; some playing experience recommended.
Thursdays 4:30-5:30pm October 12 - December 7 (no class on Nov 23)
Tuition: $120
Instructor: Denise Leslie

Stillwater Music offers this group for adult & youth ukulele players ages 10 & up who have little or no experience in a group setting. Focus is on learning to play a variety of music selections in a band setting to develop a performance song set to include group vocal singing. Songs are chosen that are of interest to students and appropriate for students' experience level. Students are required to own an instrument. Special ukulele purchase options are available by contacting Denise Leslie at 970-903-6417.

Beginners who have not previously played ukulele may join this class but MUST also register for the Beginning Ukulele Group Lesson, which takes place during the 30 minutes immediately prior to the ukulele band class (see class listing above).

 

PRIVATE LESSONS

Private lessons are available for just about any instrument.

Private lesson rates:
  • $25.00 per half hour
  • $37.50 per 45 minutes
  • $50.00 per hour

Please see our Policies and Procedures for our private lesson policies & guidelines. Group lessons are also available.

For more information, please contact Steve Dejka, Music Director, at (970) 769-0171 or sdejka@stillwatermusic.org.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

Partial or full scholarships are available for youth students with financial need. Scholarships may be used for classes and/or private lessons through Stillwater. Stillwater Music uses federal free and reduced lunch income guidelines to determine scholarship eligibility and award levels. In addition, Stillwater offers partial or full scholarships for at-risk youth and for developmentally disabled adults. For more information about scholarships please contact Steve Dejka, Music Director (contact information is below).

Scholarships are awarded per term: Winter/Spring term (January-May), Summer term (June-August) and Fall term (September-December).

Download the Scholarship Application Form.


Deadlines for submitting Scholarship Applications (by term):


  • Winter/Spring term: December 1
  • Summer term: May 1
  • Fall term: August 1

For more information, please contact Steve Dejka, Music Director, at (970) 769-0171 or sdejka@stillwatermusic.org.

Youth scholarships are made possible by Durango Friends of the Arts, First United Methodist Church and the Daniel Finn Memorial Scholarship Fund.