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I'm Too Old to..."
by Ginevra Ralph, Director of Education
At The Shedd Institute, that excuse doesn’t cut it as a reason not to explore something that has always intrigued you. Our response is “It’s never too late.” OK, it probably is too late to make it to Carnegie Hall – but, honestly, is that your reason for wanting to make music?
Perhaps 2% of all music students go on to be professionals. That’s great. But the other 98% get to consider themselves life-long music-makers who do it simply because they enjoy it. There are some adults who have never stopped playing, either for themselves or with others. But a vast majority of us have put that clarinet, violin, or cello in a closet “for later”, “when I have time”, “after the kids are gone”. Still others have a particular instrument in mind that they have always wanted to try but didn’t know how to acquire one or find an instructor.
Cello, for example, is one that adults seem to gravitate to. It has such a gorgeous tone. It’s portable, and it can be played solo or in large or small groups. Nationally known educator John Holt’s book It’s Never Too Late describes his personal journey in picking up the cello as an adult. “Extreme cellist” Yo Yo Ma comments, “The beauty of Holt’s book is that he himself set his own standards for music making. The reason for playing music is not to compare yourself to anyone but to bring forth what is inside of you.”
If you aren’t sure which instrument you would like pick up, we suggest creating your own “Music Box” set of lessons. Try a month of lessons on piano, then cello, then harmonica or banjo, and find what fits for you. We have instruments you can rent on a short term basis, so that you don’t have to invest in one until you are ready to choose.
We also offer need-based scholarships and some donors have specific focuses, such from the Professional Women’s Forum to support a woman coming back to enrich her life through music-making or a couple of memorial gifts to support guitar students.. 25% of current Shedd students are adults – and they are having a blast! We hope you will join them as your New Year’s resolution!!
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- Winter classes begin Sunday, January 8.
- Begin private lessons anytime!
- No classes scheduled: Monday, January 16 (MLK Day), Monday, February 20 (President’s Day)
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The Music Box
Music Box provides a beginning foundation in music education with hands-on explorations of different instruments, songs and musical styles to help students discover the right “fit” for their musical interests and pick a favorite instrument for further study. Each week introduces a new song from our Music Box CD (ranging from spirituals, folk, jazz, bluegrass and more) followed by a hands-on introduction to a new instrument led by a Shedd Faculty member! Read more...
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Basic Piano
Piano is a great instrument for anyone to start music lessons on and a fundamental tool for all instrumentalists, singers, and songwriters. It provides a strong foundation for reading music, manual coordination, and ear training all at the same time. In our Basic Piano courses students will learn basic keyboard orientation and simple melodies. We have two Basic Piano sections: Basic Piano for K-3 on Tuesdays and Basic Piano for 4-8 on Thursdays.
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