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Great Times! New Faces!
by Ginevra Ralph, Director of Education
Welcome back to Fall term classes and year-round lessons for all ages at The Shedd. The School is open 7 days a week, and we work hard to match your busy family schedules with flexible lesson timing. Meanwhile, these are momentous times in The Shedd’s 17 year history, as our major capital campaign Completes the Transformation of our wonderful – but decidedly aging – building into a more welcoming, accessible, energy efficient, and better functioning music school and performance center.
Over the past two years we have remodeled and added to the restrooms on all 4 floors of the Music School and dramatically changed the balcony and seating in the Jaqua Concert Hall. Next will be the start of work in the 1962 School wing to improve the sound attenuation, ambience, climate controls and much more efficient use of space. In early 2019 we plan to begin work on the bottom floor, converting 4 usable classroom and a variety of storage space into 12 new, fresh teaching spaces of different sizes. We will be staggering renovations so that lessons and classes don’t “miss a beat”!
You will see new Faculty faces this year. Among others, we are excited to welcome fiddler Donna Wynn, Connie Gardner (sax, clarinet), Carla Lamb (trumpet), Megan Letky (violin), and the fun Ladies of a Certain Age tap class! If you want to try an instrument, but don’t have one, give us a call – we can typically provide one to check it out.
Term Announcements
Fall classes begin Sunday, September 16.
Begin private lessons anytime!
No classes scheduled: Thursday, November 22 (Thanksgiving Day)
Focus on the Classes...
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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 (from spirituals, folk, 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 grades K-3 on Tuesdays, and Basic Piano for grades 4-8 on Wednesdays

Don’t see the class you want? Don’t fit the age range specified? Are you home schooling and want a class in the morning or something special in your curriculum? Write or call The Shedd Institute Music School Registrar ( or 541.434.7015) today! We can most likely tailor a class or special sessions to fit your interests!!!
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