With spring in the air and the hope to return soon to in-person lessons, Dedham School of Music is happy to announce an expansion in our leadership team that allows us to foster our wonderful faculty and deepen our connection with our community and donors. We are hiring a part-time executive director who will be responsible for executing the Board's strategic priorities through organizational growth, community relations, fundraising, and program development. You can find the job description here.
Linnea Bardarson, who has been serving as our interim executive director (as well as piano instructor and accompanist extraordinaire!) will continue to serve in a leadership role as faculty liaison, supporting and growing our wonderful music instructors. The new executive director will work closely with Linnea and Laura Swartz, DSM's administrative assistant.
DSM is proud to offer classes for all ages, starting as young as six months old!
Protest music, divas, madness in opera... all are up for exploration and discussion in Molly Doran's Women in Music class that begins on Sept. 21. This six-week class based on the university-level course she teaches will also include women and the classical music canon, blues queens, women and madness in opera. For adults and teens ages 16+.
Also starting the week of Sept. 21... our Group Piano classes with sections for both kids and adults! This is a popular way to 'try out' piano. To accommodate demand, we're offering two sections for kids ages 6 - 7 (Mondays or Wednesdays). We also have a Tuesday section for kids ages 8 - 10. And, there's an adult class on Tuesday nights. Space is limited so don't delay!
What do pillows, spice containers, and pans and spoons have in common? They're all common items you can use to have fun in our Music, Mommy, & Me class! Ms. Viviana is back with an online format of her popular class for caregivers and children. Starting the week of Sept. 30, we'll have two options on Wednesday mornings -- one for ages 2 and under and another for ages 2 - 5.
Are you interested in digital music production? Join our Exploring Music Technology course beginning on Oct. 5. Jenn Allen Zevos will cover the digital audio workstation, MIDI sequencers, synthesizers, drum machines, and audio editing techniques like mixing and post-production editing. Course participants will have a small portfolio of original tracks by the end of the ten-week session. For adults and teens ages 14+.
Check them all out here!
Many hands playing pianos in lesson after lesson. Instructors and students huddling together at music stands. Musicians, sitting shoulder to shoulder, playing wind, brass, and percussion instruments. Audiences gathering for live performances.
Not too long ago these scenes depicted DSM’s vibrant community. For the sake of our community’s health, we simply cannot imagine a scenario where we can conduct in-person lessons, rehearsals, and performances at the start of the fall semester.
But here’s what we can envision:
Instructors and students connect virtually for lessons. A family listens to a musician’s progress from the next room. A dog tries really hard to join a lesson. Our tech-savvy faculty produce recorded and live performances. Together we celebrate the power of music to transcend hardship.
We know we will be together in person again. But we know that for now, we must keep our instruction and performances online.
We hope you’re as excited as we are about another opportunity to make music together. We’ve added some awesome new classes for all ages and a new Prelude to Piano (mini-lesson) option for our young learners. We're also excited to start a four-week session of community band this week!