Courses

Below is a complete list of current Musical Arts Academy course and ensemble offerings for the 2017–2018 school year.

Classes are divided among two sessions and meet weekly unless otherwise specified. Please visit the registration page for specific course meeting dates and times or feel free to contact the instructor for additional information.

EARLY CHILDHOOD MUSIC CLASS

Just like a language, children start learning music when they are born. At first, they watch and listen and babble in response to their environment. In Early Bird Music Classes, your child will participate in 45 minutes of informal, structured guidance in music, which will give your child the opportunity for exposure to an extensive music vocabulary and to play and experiment with music. This class is for ages birth–5.

  • Tuition: $140 per session
  • Class meeting time: Tuesdays, 11–11:45 a.m.
  • Session 1 Dates: September 12, 19, 26; October 3, 17, 24, 31; November 7, 14, 21
  • Session 2 Dates: January 16, 23, 30; February 6, 20, 27; March 6, 13, 27, April 3
  • Room: 192
  • Instructor: Christina Hornbach
FLUTES SOLI

Flutes Soli is a group for flutists from grade seven and higher who want to play flute music with flutists. This group is meant to be challenging for some and moderate for others, but it will be a learning experience and fun for all who join! For ensemble policies, as well as a detailed schedule of rehearsals and performances, please visit the Flutes Soli website.

  • Tuition: $25 per session
  • Class meeting time: Tuesdays 6:45–7:45 p.m.
  • Room: 130
  • Instructor: Julie Sooy
SESSION 1: 
  • Rehearsal Dates: October 3, 10, 17, 24; November 7, 14
  • Fall Concert: November 18, Time TBA (Downtown Holland – Christmas music)
SESSION 2:
  • Rehearsal Dates: March 13, 27; April 10, 17, 24; May 1
  • Spring Concert: May 5, 7:30 p.m. (Park Congregation Church, Grand Rapids, with West Michigan Flute Orchestra and Great Lakes Flutes)
KANTO CHILDREN’S CHOIR

KANTO is one of our performance division children’s choirs. We welcome singers in grades 3–8 with unchanged voices. After auditioning prior to the session, singers are placed in either SHIRA or KANTO. KANTO performs a fall and spring concert each year and has previously collaborated with the Holland Chorale and the Holland Symphony Orchestra.

  • Tuition: $100 per session or $180 for the year
  • Class meeting time: Mondays 7:15–8:15 p.m.
  • Room: 194
  • Instructors: Kristin Baron
SESSION 1
  • Rehearsal Dates: September 11, 18, 25; October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; November 6, 13
  • Dress Rehearsal: November 18, 3–5 p.m. (Concert Hall)
  • Fall Concert: November 19, 3 p.m. (2 p.m. call time - Concert Hall)
SESSION 2
  • Rehearsal Dates: November 27; December 4; January 8, 15, 22, 29; February 5, 12, 19, 26
  • Dress Rehearsal: March 4, 2–4 p.m. (Concert Hall)
  • Spring Concert: March 5, 7 p.m. (6 p.m. call time - Concert Hall)
LARKS CHILDREN’S CHOIR

LARKS is our new Preparatory Division Choir! The focus of LARKS will be on listening skills, musicianship, healthy vocal development and age-appropriate rehearsal skills. Though LARKS will not sing in formal concerts, the group will provide an in-class demonstration at the end of each session. This non-performing group is intended for students in kindergarten through second grade. 

  • Tuition: $100 per session or $180 for the year
  • Class meeting time: Mondays 6:15–7 p.m.
  • Session 1 Dates: September 11, 18, 25; October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
  • Session 2 Dates: January 8, 15, 22, 29; February 5, 12, 19, 26
  • Room: 192
  • Instructor: Amy Kate Peterson
MUSIC HISTORY FOR ADULTS

This class offers an overview of music history for the Western classical music-loving non-musician who is interested to know more about composers or place works into a historical context. This class is an opportunity for members of the community to be a part of MAA even though they may not read music or play an instrument. Participants will be expected to read a short article and listen to the provided music prior to each meeting so that classes are part lecture and part group discussion. The fall session covers music through the Classical period and the spring session reviews all music post-Beethoven. 

  • Tuition: $140 per session
  • Class meeting time: Mondays 4:30–5:30 p.m.
  • Session 1 Dates: September 11, 18, 25; October 2, 16, 23, 30; November 6, 13, 20
  • Session 2 Dates: January 15, 22, 29; February 5, 19, 26; March 5, 12, 26; April 2
  • Room: 194
  • Instructor: Genevieve Beaulieu
SHIRA CHILDREN’S CHOIR

SHIRA is one of our performance division children’s choirs. We welcome singers in grades 3–8 with unchanged voices. After auditioning prior to the session, singers are placed in either SHIRA or KANTO. SHIRA performs a joint fall and spring concert each year with KANTO. 

  • Tuition: $100 per session or $180 for the year
  • Class meeting time: Mondays 6:15–7 p.m.
  • Room: 194
  • Instructors: Kristin Baron
SESSION 1:
  • Rehearsal Dates: September 11, 18, 25; October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; November 6, 13
  • Dress Rehearsal: November 18, 3-5 p.m. (Concert Hall)
  • Fall Concert: November 19, 3 p.m. (2 p.m. call time - Concert Hall)
SESSION 2:
  • Rehearsal Dates: November 27; December 4; January 8, 15, 22, 29; February 5, 12, 19, 26
  • Dress Rehearsal: March 4, 2-4 p.m. (Concert Hall)
  • Spring Concert: March 5, 7 p.m. (6 p.m. call time - Concert Hall)
TROMBONE CHOIR

The MAA Trombone Choir is open to all trombonists participating in a Hope College ensemble or concurrently taking private lessons. The choir will perform at least once a semester and will play literature from a wide variety of musical styles to satisfy all musical appetites. An audition is required for admittance. Please contact the instructor for more information.

  • Tuition: $25 per session
  • Class meeting time: TBA
  • Room: TBA
  • Instructor: Adam Graham
WOODWIND QUINTET

The woodwind quintet is comprised of students on flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and french horn. The quintet will perform once a session. An audition is required for admittance. Please contact the instructor to schedule an audition prior to registration. 

  • Tuition: $150 for the year
  • Class meeting time: TBA
  • Room: TBA
  • Instructor: Gabe Southard