Uncaged Musicians

Classes & ensembles for students ranging in age from birth to adult!

An invigorating love of music can begin as early as birth or as late as mature adulthood, and a fun, collaborative musical environment lays the groundwork for music as a source of joy and solace, an intrinsically rewarding form of active entertainment, and a safe way to channel aggression or frustration into productive creativity. The benefits of music on all aspects of life are beyond measure.

 

Children love to sing and play, clap and dance, create and explore. Fairy Lights, Wind Dancers, Sun Catchers, Twinklers, Fireflies, and Sparklers use singing and movement to develop understanding of pitch, rhythm, tempo, dynamics (volume control, a parental favorite!), written notation, emotional content, and storytelling through music.

 

Our more grown up beginners appreciate a different approach. In our Teen and Adult multi-level classes, students can be inspired by more advanced players and offer support to less experienced classmates. Students delve deeply into topics determined by participants and play ensembles together that allow for each to be challenged the right amount.

 

Intermediate and Advanced Uncaged Musicians continue to enjoy camaraderie as they progress into higher levels of playing. These motivated experts-in-training work on tailored exercises, widely varied repertoire, ensembles pieces, technique, expression, ear training, and music theory.

Fairy Lights

Fairy Lights classes provide a solid musical foundation in a sweet, playful format. The classes are lovingly designed around the Musikgarten Family Music curriculum, a multifaceted gem of a teaching method that is a perfect match for our studio's Suzuki and Dalcroze Eurythmics-based approach. Each class has plenty of singing and movement, age appropriate focused listening activities, exploration of percussion instruments, and ear training in rhythm and pitch.
 
Most Fairy Lights are 0-3 years of age, but older students who can move safely around babies are perfectly welcome and will be included fully in class activities with special activity modifications to reflect their age, temperament, and experience. Children must be accompanied by a familiar, trusted adult for the duration of each class. Families use the provided songbooks and recordings regularly at home not only to build musical skills but also to foster connection between each child and their caregiver, teacher, and fellow students.

Wind Dancers & Sun Catchers

Music-making is just as much a physical experience as it is a mental and emotional one, and for young children it is important to have a strong grasp on the motor skills required for instrument playing as well as an intrinsic feel for basic melodic and rhythmic structures. Wind Dancers and Sun Catchers use the Cycle of Seasons Musikgarten curriculum, including a variety of folk songs, dances, fingerplays, percussion instruments, and ear training to gain the experience that allows them to transition smoothly with confidence to the musical instrument of their choice. Pre-Twinklers is a direct preparation for instrument play and uses a combination of Musikgarten, Suzuki, and Piano Safari.
 
Wind Dancers (offered in the fall) and Sun Catchers (offered in spring) typically range in age from three to five years. Parent/caregiver attendance is generally expected. Each class builds upon the previous one, so regular attendance is encouraged. Recordings and songbooks are provided and near-daily at-home singing and/or listening is essential not only to build musical skills but also to foster connection between each child and their caregiver, teacher, and fellow students.

Little Twinklers

Note: Little Twinklers is a short, add-on class; students must be concurrently enrolled in Wind Dancers, Sun Catchers, or Fairy Lights.


Embark on instrumental musical study in a frustration-free environment! Little Twinklers enjoy the experience of beginning their first musical instrument in a class setting, helping one another learn proper instrument posture and basic technique and master their first songs: the Twinkle Variations that are the cornerstone of the first Suzuki book on any instrument, as well as a few select simple tunes and exercises. Little Twinklers move more slowly and include more repetition than our regular Twinklers. Classes are lively, with lots of movement-based learning and games. 

 

Materials needed: All string students will need a properly sized violin/cello, bow, case, shoulder rest (violin only), endpin anchor (cello only), and rosin. All piano students need an instrument (preferably an acoustic piano or a fully-weighted, touch-sensitive electric piano) to practice on at home.

 

Little Twinklers typically range in age from three to five years and play violin, cello, or piano (not all instruments and levels are offered each session; see above schedule for details and feel free to request the one you are interested in if it is not currently offered). Each class builds upon the previous one, so regular attendance is encouraged. Short, near-daily child-led practice between classes is required. Listening to the provided recording a minimum of 2-3 times a week ensures smooth progress and heightened motivation.

Twinklers

Embark on instrumental musical study in a frustration-free environment! Twinklers enjoy the experience of beginning their first musical instrument in a class setting, helping one another learn proper instrument posture and basic technique and master their first songs: the Twinkle Variations that are the cornerstone of the first Suzuki book on any instrument, as well as a few select simple tunes and exercises. Classes are lively, with lots of movement-based learning and games.
 
Materials needed: All string students will need a properly sized violin/viola/cello, bow, case, shoulder rest (violin/viola only), endpin anchor (cello only), and rosin. All piano students need an instrument (preferably an acoustic piano or a fully-weighted, touch-sensitive electric piano) to practice on at home. All recorder students need a soprano recorder with Baroque (not German) fingering and a bag or case to transport it safely to and from class.
 
Twinklers typically range in age from five to ten years and play violin, viola, cello, recorder, or piano (not all instruments and levels are offered each session; see above schedule for details and feel free to request the one you are interested in if it is not currently offered). Students under age six must have graduated from Wind Dancers & Sun Catchers or Little Twinklers or demonstrate a similar level of musical experience; students age six and up may enroll with no prior experience necessary. Each class builds upon the previous one, so regular attendance is encouraged. Short, near-daily child-led practice between classes is required. Listening to the provided recording a minimum of 2-3 times a week ensures smooth progress and heightened motivation.

Fireflies

Fireflies forge on further into the Suzuki and Piano Safari books. Classes are lively, with lots of movement-based learning and games, and build upon the interests, temperaments, and preferences of the students enrolled. Simple two-part harmony is explored as well as improvisation, composition, and conducting.

 

Materials needed: All string students will need a properly sized violin/viola/cello, bow, case, shoulder rest (violin/viola only), endpin anchor (cello only), and rosin. All piano students need an instrument (preferably an acoustic piano or a fully-weighted, touch-sensitive electric piano) to practice on at home. All recorder students need a soprano recorder with Baroque (not German) fingering and a bag or case to transport it safely to and from class.

 

Fireflies typically range in age from five to twelve years and play violin, viola, cello, recorder, or piano (not all instruments and levels are offered each session; see above schedule for details and feel free to request the one you are interested in if it is not currently offered). Each class builds upon the previous one, so regular attendance is encouraged. Short, near-daily child-led practice and CD listening between classes is required. Students must have graduated from Twinklers or have proven a similar level of experience.

Sparklers, Intermediate, & Advanced Classes

These classes function as semi-private study and/or small ensemble coaching. A few students playing at similar levels study together to benefit from a collaborative approach to learning music. Students play violin, viola, cello, recorder, or piano (not all instruments and levels are offered each session; see above schedule for details and feel free to request the one you are interested in if it is not currently offered). Sparklers are typically ages 5-12 years of age and in late Suzuki book one or early Piano Safari book two. Intermediate and Advanced Ensembles are open ages, child through adult. Intermediate Ensemble is roughly Suzuki book 2-3. Advanced Ensemble requires at least mid Suzuki book 3+ and includes players playing masterwork core repertoire. Please check the schedules below for upcoming offerings!

Teen & Adult Classes

Our teen and adult students are a treasured resource in our studio community, always willing to offer fellow students of all ages and levels practical suggestions and encouragement! Teen and adult students thrive in our multi-level classes of students grouped by age. A variety of levels from beginner through advanced students are welcome! Students play violin, viola, cello, recorder, or piano (not all instruments are offered each session; see above schedule for details and feel free to request the one you are interested in if it is not currently offered). Teen students range from 12 to 18 years and Adult students are 18+ years. Students enjoy this unique combination of master class style workshop and group ensemble playing, with rotating focus on improvisation, rhythm, ear training, music theory, and more! Repertoire will be chosen based on the interests of the students enrolled. Please check the schedules below for upcoming offerings!