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July 2020


Jul

14

First Note Workshop - Trumpet

Tuesday July 14th, 2020 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Online (5 student min/10 student max)

$15 (or $10 per student with new rental)

New player? We can get you started!

Students will learn how to properly assemble/disassemble their instruments, and how to care for it. They will then learn the basic techniques on how to produce good tone and play their first song on their new instrument!

Hosted online by our wonderful, qualified staff of Brass Bell lessons teachers!

First Note Workshop - Trumpet
 

Jul

17

Virtual Session - Learn About Instruments and Reserve Your Rental

Friday July 17th, 2020 - 6:30pm

Brass Bell Music Facebook Page

Whether you’re a beginning band or orchestra student looking to pick out an instrument for the very first time, or you've been out of school for a while and looking for a new hobby, we’ve got you covered! Our goal is to make the instrument selection process fun and easy by bringing our instrument try-outs to your home...VIRTUALLY!

A team of our veteran staff are going LIVE on Facebook on Friday, July 17th, to walk you through each starting band and orchestra instrument. They will demonstrate to you how each instrument sounds, show you what you will need to play it, and explain how you can rent one this summer without the stress or long-term commitment of buying. To top it off, you can take advantage of our event-exclusive online rental deals to make the process easier than ever. Hope to see you there!

Virtual Session - Learn About Instruments and Reserve Your Rental
 

JUL

18

&

25

How to Learn Music in Half the Time:
A 3 Part Workshop For String Players

Part I: Saturday July 18th, 2020 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Part II: Saturday July 18th, 2020 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Part III: Saturday July 25th, 2020 - 11:00am - 12:00pm

Online (maximum six student per session)

$20 per class or $50 for all three sessions

Music is fun but it can be hard to learn, especially when a new piece comes along. It can be intimidating, and it might feel like you don’t know where to start.

Sight reading is an essential skill for musicians, particularly when auditioning or getting acquainted with a new piece of music. This workshop will cover various techniques needed to master sight reading. Participants will learn how to approach a piece of music, how to play music for the very first time, and how to evaluate their sight reading to make more efficient use of practice time.

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This workshop is intended for all students, but is best suited for those that are comfortable enough with basic note-reading and has played through at least one method book. This workshop is perfect for students who struggle with sight reading, or want to improve their sight reading skills before the school year.

The sessions provided are three separate one-hour workshops. The first will be an oral session that will cover sight reading skills in music theory and understanding the music. The second will cover sight reading in regards to the instrument and how the student can best translate the notes to how they play on their instrument (violin, viola, cello or bass). Students in this session will learn various instrumental techniques and mute on virtual video and practice on their own before moving on to the next technique. Finally the last will be a guided practice session of the skills learned in the first and second workshop sessions, so that students are setting themselves up for independence and success after completing the workshop. Students will present a sight-read piece each and receive collective feedback and then all the participants will sight read a piece together.

At the end of the three workshop sessions, students should be able to learn songs in their studies more efficiently and more effectively.

 
How to Learn Music in Half the Time: A 3 Part Workshop For String Players
 

Jul

23

First Note Workshop - Violin & Viola

Thursday July 23rd, 2020 - 11:00am - 12:00pm

Online (5 student min/10 student max)

$15 (or $10 per student with new rental)

New player? We can get you started!

Students will learn how to properly assemble/disassemble their instruments, and how to care for it. They will then learn the basic techniques on how to produce good tone and play their first song on their new instrument!

Hosted online by our wonderful, qualified staff of Brass Bell lessons teachers!

First Note Workshop - Violin & Viola
 

Jul

27

to

31

Canary Reeds Woodwind Workshop

Monday July 27th - Friday July 31st, 2020

Online - 9:00am - 3:30pm (3.5 hours of active screen time each day)

Tuition: $250 per student (maximum of 25 students)

The Canary Reeds Woodwind Workshop is a one-week online institute focused on developing the skills and musical knowledge of beginning and intermediate woodwind players. Working with Canary Reeds, students will engage in individual lessons on their instruments, group masterclasses, and facilitated discussions about various topics related to their instruments and music as a whole.

At the end of this one-week camp, students will gain proficiency and understanding on their instruments, develop real world applications of music, employ practice and rehearsal strategies, and be able to function independently as musicians. The camp will culminate in a final video project where students will play as soloists with Canary Reeds.

All you need is your instrument, internet connection, Zoom, and a place where you can play, learn, and have fun! To sign up, call Brass Bell Music Store at 414.963.1000.

Canary Reeds Woodwind Workshop
 

Jul

29

Nuvo Instrumentals Teacher Information Session

Wednesday July 29th, 2020 - 10:00am

Online

Let's talk about Nuvo instruments!

Nuvo instruments are the perfect way to bridge the gap between playing traditional recorder and beginning band. High-quality, affordable, durable and 100% waterproof, these instruments make learning music accessible to young students and adult learners alike. Better yet, Nuvo-specific curriculum is available for online and in-person learning for both adults and children.

Topics covered during this information session will include cleaning/disinfecting the instruments and free online teaching resources available to you. Time will be provided for participants to ask any questions relating to Nuvo instruments or the WindStars curriculum.

FREE and open to all music teachers!

Hosted by Nuvo Instrumentals and Brass Bell Music Store.

To register and receive the meeting link, please RSVP to [email protected] by July 24th, 2020.

Nuvo Instrumentals Teacher Information Session
 

July

30

Triplets Class with Lil Rev

Thursday July 30th, 2020 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Brass Bell Music Store Facebook Live Stream

Learn one of the most revered strokes in ukulele history with ukulele master, Lil Rev!

Triplets Class with Lil Rev
 

August 2020


Aug

06

First Note Workshop - Violin & Viola

Saturday August 6th, 2020 - 11:00am - 12:00pm

Online (5 student min/10 student max)

$15 (or $10 per student with new rental)

New player? We can get you started!

Students will learn how to properly assemble/disassemble their instruments, and how to care for it. They will then learn the basic techniques on how to produce good tone and play their first song on their new instrument!

Hosted online by our wonderful, qualified staff of Brass Bell lessons teachers!

First Note Workshop - Violin & Viola
 

Aug

07

First Note Workshop - Trumpet

Sunday August 7th, 2020 - 10:30am - 11:30am

Online (5 student min/10 student max)

$15 (or $10 per student with new rental)

New player? We can get you started!

Students will learn how to properly assemble/disassemble their instruments, and how to care for it. They will then learn the basic techniques on how to produce good tone and play their first song on their new instrument!

Hosted online by our wonderful, qualified staff of Brass Bell lessons teachers!

First Note Workshop - Trumpet
 

Aug

07

Virtual Session - Learn About Instruments and Reserve Your Rental

Friday August 7th, 2020 - 6:30pm

Brass Bell Music Facebook Page

Whether you’re a beginning band or orchestra student looking to pick out an instrument for the very first time, or you've been out of school for a while and looking for a new hobby, we’ve got you covered! Our goal is to make the instrument selection process fun and easy by bringing our instrument try-outs to your home...VIRTUALLY!

A team of our veteran staff are going LIVE on Facebook on Friday, August 7th, to walk you through each starting band and orchestra instrument. They will demonstrate to you how each instrument sounds, show you what you will need to play it, and explain how you can rent one this summer without the stress or long-term commitment of buying. To top it off, you can take advantage of our event-exclusive online rental deals to make the process easier than ever. Hope to see you there!

Virtual Session - Learn About Instruments and Reserve Your Rental
 

Aug

07

to

25

New Music Reading Session (Virtual for 2020!)

Friday August 7th - Tuesday August 25th, 2020

Online

We are inviting local band and orchestra teachers to join us for our annual New Music Reading Session, VIRTUAL for 2020! This year our classrooms may look slightly different, but we are still here to help find you the best repertoire for your needs. For safety and convenience, we are bringing resources to you to listen to from the comfort of your home or office, at a time that works best for you. The best part is that you will still get to enjoy the perks and discounts associated with the event, even though you will have more time to choose! To take advantage of this free online resource, please fill out this short registration form. Register by July 31st for a free event gift!

New Music Reading Session (Virtual for 2020!)
 

Aug

27

Fingerpicking Two Chord Songs with Lil Rev

Thursday August 27th, 2020 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Brass Bell Music Store Facebook Live Stream

Let uke master lil rev, show you how to accompany yourself with some fun and simple picking patterns, using two chord songs.

Fingerpicking Two Chord Songs with Lil Rev
 

September 2020


Sep

24

Learn The Voo-Doo-Dee-O-Do Strum with Lil Rev

Thursday September 24th, 2020 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Brass Bell Music Store Facebook Live Stream

Learn how to do the Voo-Doo-Dee-O-Do strum with Lil Rev, a fascinating syncopated strum from the heart of the Vaudeville era.

Learn The Voo-Doo-Dee-O-Do Strum with Lil Rev
 

October 2020


Oct

25

to

31

2020 Wisconsin State Virtual Music Conference

Tentatively Sunday October 25th - Saturday October 31st, 2020

Online - Presented by Wisconsin Music Educators Association

WMEA has made the careful decision to postpone the Wisconsin State Music Conference until October 2021. Instead, WMEA, in collaboration with WSMA, will present the "2020 Wisconsin State Virtual Music Conference" - a special professional learning and networking experience that will be made possible through technology, enabling music educators, exhibitors and others to come together virtually amidst social distancing restrictions resulting from COVID-19. The "2020 Wisconsin State Virtual Music Conference" will deliver a unique experience by offering a one-week, all-virtual event. Through digital delivery of this event, WMEA and WSMA will bring the music education community together under the theme "Vision 2020: The Future is Now" to make a strong difference in the professional lives of music educators and the students they teach.

2020 Wisconsin State Virtual Music Conference
 

Oct

29

Roll Strokes Made Easy with Lil Rev

Thursday October 29th, 2020 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Brass Bell Music Store Facebook Live Stream

Learn to execute and integrate roll strokes into your ukulele strumming.

Roll Strokes Made Easy with Lil Rev
 

November 2020


Nov

19

12 Bars / 8 Bars with Lil Rev

Thursday November 19th, 2020 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Brass Bell Music Store Facebook Live Stream

Learn two of the most common blues progressions via some fun songs, as well as how to add boogie notes to your strum.

12 Bars / 8 Bars with Lil Rev
 

December 2020


Dec

05

12 Bar Blues and 12 Blues Licks for Ukulele

Saturday December 5th, 2020 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Brass Bell Music Store

Cost: $20

This class will explore the 12 bar blues form on the uke, as well as teach the melody player some interesting blues licks in a variety of keys. Basic Skills required: Must read tablature {be able to play simple melody} and know some basic chords.

12 Bar Blues and 12 Blues Licks for Ukulele
 

Dec

17

The Boom-Chuck Strum Class with Lil Rev

Thursday December 17th, 2020 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Brass Bell Music Store Facebook Live Stream

We'll learn to play the boom-chuck strum a couple of different ways alongside a batch of fun bluegrass and old time favorites!

The Boom-Chuck Strum Class with Lil Rev
 

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