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Course Offerings

Click to view/download PDF info. sheet for our upcoming term: etc Music School Class Offerings, Winter-Spring 2015

We are happy to announce etc. Music School’s Winter/Spring Term ’15 Offerings!
Registration is now open; e-mail etcmusicschool@gmail.com to register!

Regular Class offerings, Winter/Spring Term 2015:

1. Private lessons (piano starting at age 6, guitar starting at age 8, voice beginning age 10, composition beginning age 10):
Weekly private study will be available in piano, guitar, voice and composition.

Private lessons will be available in 30-min., 45-min. and 60-min. increments, with the following pricing:
$50 per 30-min. lesson
$65 per 45-min. lesson
$75 per 60-min. lesson

Pay by the month (4 weeks) or by term (17 weeks for Winter/Spring ‘15).
$50.00 off lessons if paid for a full term in advance (by Dec. 22, 2014)!

etc. Loyalty Promotion: $50.00 off private lessons if your student is also enrolled in The Evanston Tween Choir, The etc. Choir, etc. KidShows, etc. Presents or the etc. Arrangers’ Class!


2. Evanston Tween Choir (grades 4-6): NEW – Beginning March ’15!
A new ensemble for Winter/Spring ’15, the Evanston Tween Choir is a response to the several younger singers in our community who wanted to be a part of the unique, original repertoire that the etc. Choir from etc. Music School is known for!

Regular rehearsals: Saturdays, 2-3:30 P.M. at the Noyes Cultural Center (beginning in March ’15)
Pricing: $50 per student/month

etc. Loyalty Promotion: $50.00 off enrollment if also enrolled in etc Private lessons or etc. KidShows!



3. The etc. Choir (grades 8-12) (7th graders by audition):
The etc. Choir is the main community performance and fundraising wing of the etc. Music School experience. 

The mission of the etc. Choir is to instill a love of vocal music within the ensemble through positive, focused rehearsals and to engage and support our communities through polished performance of eclectic and challenging repertoire.

Note: 75% of the revenue of every paid gig the Evanston Teen Choir performs will go directly to the etc. Scholarship Fund to allow students who otherwise could not afford it access to etc.’s programming.

Regular rehearsals: Saturdays, 5-8 P.M. at the Noyes Cultural Center
Pricing: $375 per student/15-week term for Winter/Spring ‘15

etc. Loyalty Promotion: $50.00 off enrollment if also enrolled in etc private lessons, etc. Presents or The etc. Arrangers’ Class!


4. etc Arrangers’ Class (grades 9-12): NEW
This new hour-long, bi-monthly class will be open to students of all levels of compositional aptitude in grades 9-12.

We’ll work on and discuss our own choral arrangements and practice each other’s to look at and test out methodology while learning about general best-practice techniques for composing/arranging each week. As always at etc., the focus will be on collaborative teaching/learning in a driven AND supportive atmosphere!

Regular meetings: Fridays, 4 P.M. – 6 P.M., bi-monthly on weeks 1 and 3 at the Noyes Cultural Center
Pricing: $150.00 per student/8 class meetings

etc. Loyalty Promotion: $25.00 off enrollment if also enrolled in etc Private lessons, etc. Presents or the etc. Choir!


5. etc TinyShows (grades K-2):
etc TinyShows are a fantastic introduction to the etc. Music School learning and creating method for younger students. “Mentor-Buddies” taken from the older teen members of the school’s programs work with director Mike in creating a 15-20 minute original musical with the students, getting their ideas and created characters through fun, interaction theater and music games that stress the celebration of participation and imagination. Our performance will take place during class time on the final class day!

Regular rehearsals: Saturdays, 10 A.M. -11 A.M. at the Noyes Cultural Center
Pricing: $175 per student/12-week term

Note on ‘Mentor-Buddies’ for TinyShows and KidShows:
Any older (grade 8 and higher) etc students who wish to help out during rehearsals (minor tech. help, mirroring, theater game participation, etc.) will be welcomed and encouraged to do so under the “Mentor-Buddy” system. 

Students will sign up to ensure that there is a good balance of ‘Mentor-Buddies’ to KidShows students per rehearsal. If a student signs up and completes at least half a term (6 weeks) of ‘Mentor-Buddy” service, they will receive an additional $125.00 off of their term’s bill!



6. etc KidShows (grades 3-6):
etc KidShows are shorter one-act pieces of musical theater crafted for and with young people. With the help of director Mike, teen members of the etc programs serve as mentors to younger budding performers, and together they create original scenes and songs for the 3-6th graders to perform, involving the older students in learning about teaching while giving the younger an opportunity to stretch their creative wings!

Regular rehearsals: Saturdays, 11 A.M. -2 P.M. at the Noyes Cultural Center

Winter/Spring term. tech week: April 27 – April 29, 2015
Shows: April 30-May 2, 2015
Pricing: $300 per student/12-week term (plus 3 tech. nights, 4 shows)

etc. Loyalty Promotion: $50.00 off enrollment in etc.KidShows if also enrolled in etc Private lessons!


7. etc Presents (grades 7-12):
etc Presents shows are main-stage, fully-original musicals created with high-schoolers, for high-schoolers, about topics high-schoolers are interested in. We meet each weekend to rehearse a living, breathing new work each term, in which the writers and composers themselves are on-hand – and often involved themselves – and able to see first-hand what is working and what is not, making for an exciting learning AND teaching experience for all!

Regular rehearsals: Saturdays, 2-5 P.M. at the Noyes Cultural Center
Winter/Spring term. Tech week: May 4-7, 2015
Shows:  May 8-10, 2015
Pricing: $300 per student/12-week term (plus 3 tech. nights, 4 shows)

Note: To be a student creator for the Presents program, interested students must be able to attend the etc. Presents Student Board Meetings, which will be held on Fridays from 4-6 P.M., bi-monthly on weeks 2 and 4 during the term. The cost to be on the Board but NOT in the shows is the same as being in the show itself or being a part of the Student Board AND being in the shows.

etc. Loyalty Promotion: $50.00 off enrollment in etc. Presents if also enrolled in etc Private lessons, the etc. Choir or the etc. Arrangers’ Class!


Ongoing Opportunities (Free of charge to etc Students):

1. Jam session opportunities: ‘etc’ will always be open to allow students the opportunity to bring their band in to practice or audition to perform with the etc. Choir or etc Presents. As long as one of the members is a registered etc Young Artist, they are welcome! Please e-mail director Mike at etcmusicschool@gmail.com for more details.

2. Community Performances: The etc. Choir is constantly on the lookout for opportunities to engage and inspire our communities, and will perform several times a term. We will also make good use of our YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and other social media outlets to best connect with our communities, especially young people, and engage them with what we are doing at etc!

3. Monthly “SONG JAM” Music Nights: etc. Music School holds monthly open-mic “Song Jams”, whereby students can showcase their own music or their favorite music with professional accompaniment and student-sourced p.r. support!


Academic Calendar: Winter/Spring term, 2015:

Monday, Jan. 5: Winter/Spring ‘15 term begins for all private lessons/classes
Sunday, April 5 – Saturday, April 11: etc. Spring break NO LESSONS OR CLASSES
April 27-29: etc KidShows Tech. Week
April 30-May 2: etc KidShows Show weekend
May 4-7: etc  Presents Tech. Week
May 8-10: etc Presents Show weekend

Saturday, May 30: end of Winter/Spring ’15 term

The Private Lesson term is 17 weeks long for Winter/Spring ’15.
The Ensemble term is 12 weeks long for Winter/Spring ’15.
The Choral term is 15 weeks long for Winter/Spring ’15.

Contact Us:
Any questions are welcome at etcmusicschool@gmail.com. We’d love to speak with you!

Please Note: Scholarship options are available for students in need! We do NOT turn anyone away for inability to pay. Please contact director Mike at etcmusicschool@gmail.com with possible scholarship inquiries!

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