Rock Valley College
Rockford, Illinois

Music Classes

Music is the heartbeat of the soul!

 


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view all course in our Fall 2013 Schedule


Music for little ones


MUSIKGARTEN is an innovative early childhood music program created by internationally-renowned early childhood music educator Lorna Lutz Heyge, Ph.D. and Audrey Sillick, Montessori pioneer, to provide the highest quality music education programs possible for children and their families. 

MISS VAL a licensed Musikgarten instructor, brings 12 years of experience teaching music and a love of young children to these joyful and fun classes. Singing, both structured and free dancing, plus instrument play foster a love of music, natural to all children. Develops the basic skills needed for formal music study at a later age. Course fee includes family packet (parent book, CD, and instrument).



Sing with Me – Dance with Me
(Designed for parents/grandparents and their children ages 15 months to 3 1⁄2 years) PREREQUISITE: FIRST CLASS IS A MANDATORY PARENT MEETING (NO KIDS).


WIZ 815 RV        Valerie Blair                       $80
9/11-12/18         W 9:00-9:45 am    13 Sessions
RVC Student Center                      Room 1222
NO CLASS 11/27 & 12/4
WIZ 815 RV16   Valerie Blair                        $80
9/14-12/14         Sa 9:00-9:45 am   13 Sessions
RVC Student Center                        Room 1222
NO CLASS 11/30

Cycles of Seasons
(Designed for parents/grandparents and their children ages 3 and 5) PREREQUISITE: FIRST CLASS IS A MANDATORY PARENT MEETING (NO KIDS).
WIZ 815 RV14   Valerie Blair                        $80
9/11-12/18        W 10:00-10:45 am  13 Sessions
RVC Student Center                        Room 1222
NO CLASS 11/27 & 12/4
WIZ 815 RV15  Valerie Blair                        $80
9/14-12/14        Sa 10:00-10:45 am 13 Sessions
RVC Student Center                        Room 1222
NO CLASS 11/27 & 12/4



Piano for whizInstant Piano for Hopelessly Busy People
(Ages 13 & Up) Some music teachers may not want you to know this, but you don’t need years of weekly lessons to learn piano. In just a few hours, you can learn enough secrets of the trade to give you years of musical enjoyment. How do we do it? While regular piano teachers teach note reading, piano professionals use chords. And you can learn all the chords you’ll need to play any song in this one session. Any song. Any style. Any key. If you can find middle C and know the meaning of Every Good Boy Does Fine, you already know enough to enroll in this workshop. Total beginners can request a free pamphlet by sending a SASE to Innovative Keyboard Instruction, 2841 S. Southwind Dr., Gilbert, AZ 85296 Required $29 material fee (workbook and practice CD) will be collected in class by instructor.
Topics include:
• how chords work in a song
• how to get more out of sheet music by reading less of it 
• how to form the three main types of chords
• how to handle different keys and time signatures
• how to avoid “counting”
• how to simplify over 12,000 complex chords
MUS 800 BLL   Craig Coffman                    $40
11/16                  Sa 9:00am-Noon              1 Session
Bell School Rd. Ctr  3350 N. Bell School Rd.  Room 013

How to Play Piano by Ear
(Ages 13 & Up) Learn one of music’s deepest mysteries: how to play songs without relying on music. A very practical presentation of music theory that includes predicting chord progressions, learning from recordings, and transposing- all expressed in everyday language. This is an ideal follow-up to the “Instant Piano” class and is open to anyone who has a basic understanding of chords on any instrument. Expand your musical horizons, and free yourself from sheet-music dependence, and be the life of the party! Prior experience with chords recommended. Materials fee of $29.00 for the How to Play Piano by Ear Book and Practice CD will be collected in class by the instructor. Topics include:
• how to determine when chords change
• how to predict the chord progression
• how chords help you find the correct melody
• how the melody helps you find the correct chords
• how to learn songs from recordings in all keys
• how to transpose
• the Universal Key Signature
• how to use the Circle of Fifths
• how to recognize the most common chord patterns
• how to find the starting note
MUS 800 BLL2   Craig Coffman                                $40
11/16                Sa 1:00-3:30 pm               1 Session
Bell School Rd. Ctr  3350 N. Bell School Rd.  Room 013

Instant Guitar for Hopelessly Busy People
(Ages 13 & Up) Have you ever wanted to learn the guitar but simply find it difficult to find the time? In just a few hours you can learn enough about playing the guitar to give you years of musical enjoyment, and you won’t have to take private lessons to do it. This crash course will teach you some basic chords and get you playing along with your favorite songs right away. Bring your acoustic guitar. Required materials fee of $29 will be collected in class by the instructor for workbook and practice DVD. 
Guitar

Topics include

• how chords work in a song
• how to form the three main types of chords 
• how to tune your guitar
• basic strumming patterns
• how to buy a good guitar (things to avoid) 
• how to play along with simple tunes
See DUAL REGISTRATION OFFER below.
MUS 800 BLL3      Craig Coffman                            $40
11/16                  Sa 3:45-6:15 pm            1 Session
Bell School Rd. Ctr 3350 N. Bell School Rd.  Room 013


RVC Piano Classes with Inger Langsholt

      SPECIFIC REGISTRATION PROCEDURE:

  • Choose appropriate age/skill level: attend the first class.
  • Register and pay at first class (check only please).
  • A piano or keyboard with standard size keys needed for home preparation of assignments.
  • Dates/times and class level assignments subject to change at instructor's discretion.

PIANO CLASSES FOR NEW (INEXPERIENCED) STUDENTS
Classes designed for beginning level students. No experience required!

Preparatory Piano I
(ages 4-7)    Inger Langsholt                  $101
9/11-12/18  W 2:30-3:30 pm        14 Sessions 
NO CLASS 11/27

Preparatory Piano I
(ages 4-7)    Inger Langsholt                    $85
9/14-11/16    Sa 10:00-11:15 am    9 Sessions
NO CLASS 10/5

Preparatory Piano I
(ages 4-7)     Inger Langsholt                  $85
9/14-11/16    Sa 1:00-2:15 pm       9 Sessions
NO CLASS 10/5

Elementary Piano I
(ages 9-12)   Inger Langsholt                $108
9/9-12/16       M 4:45-5:45 pm     15 Sessions

Elementary Piano I
(ages 9-12)    Inger Langsholt               $101
9/11-12/18     W 4:30-5:30pm      14 Sessions

Elementary Piano I
(ages 9-12)    Inger Langsholt                $85
9/14-11/16     Sa 4:45-6:00pm      9 Sessions
NO CLASS 10/5

PIANO CLASSES FOR CURRENT (EXPERIENCED) STUDENTS
Classes designed for students who have previously attended piano classes or have past experience.

Preparatory Piano II
PREREQUISITE: Preparatory Piano I.
(ages 5-8)       Inger Langsholt               $85
9/14-11/16      Sa 2:15-3:30pm    9 Sessions
NO CLASS 10/5

Preparatory Piano II & III
PREREQUISITE: Preparatory Piano I.
(ages 5-8)       Inger Langsholt             $101
9/11-12/18      W 3:30-4:30 pm   14 Sessions
NO CLASS 11/27

Preparatory Piano III & IV
PREREQUISITE: Preparatory Piano II.
(ages 5-8)        Inger Langsholt          $108
9/9-12/16        M 2:45-3:45 pm  15 Sessions

Preparatory Piano III & IV Piano recital
PREREQUISITE: Preparatory Piano II.
(ages 5-8)  Inger Langsholt             $85
9/14-11/16  Sa 3:30-4:45pm   9 Sessions
NO CLASS 10/5

Elementary Piano II & III
PREREQUISITE: Elementary Piano I.
(ages 9-12)  Inger Langsholt          $108
9/9-12/16     M 3:45-4:45pm   15 Sessions

Elementary Piano V & VI 
PREREQUISITE: Elementary Piano IV.
(ages 9-12)     Inger Langsholt                     $85
9/14-11/16      Sa 11:15am-12:30pm  9 Sessions
NO CLASS 10/5