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440 Main Street - Middletown CT 06457
(860) 344-0525

Instrument Introduction Program

Is your child participating in band next year but doesn’t know which instrument they want to play? Picking the right instrument is important to your student’s success in band, but the decision is most often arbitrary. Making an informed instrument choice will reduce the chance that your student will get frustrated and quit. Our Instrument Introduction Class will introduce your child to the different options they have and help them make a more informed decision.

In the class your student will learn about and play 5 of the major instruments offered in band including Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet and Trombone. Each day is dedicated to a different instrument where they will learn how the instrument works, how to get a sound out of it and ultimately how to play basic notes. Basic music theory and reading is incorporated as well as the maintenance and challenges of each instrument. Ultimately your student will be able to pick an instrument knowing their options based on their experience with that instrument.

The program is four hours a day for one week and costs $90. You must pre-register at least two weeks before the class and commencement will depend on enrollment, maximum class size will be six students. You are welcome to stay and watch your child’s progress or leave them for the duration of the class. All instruments and accessories are provided, all you need to bring is a willingness to learn. At the end of the class your teacher will provide you with an assessment of your child’s skills and an instrument recommendation.

This years program is being held by Kara Cook. Ms. Cook is a music educator from Long Island, NY. She went to the University of Hartford, the Hartt School and graduated in 2014 with a Bachelor of Music Degree in music education. Kara performed with the Hartt school saxophone ensemble at the 2010 North American Saxophone Alliance conference in West Point, New York. In 2012, she was a part of the clarinet section for the Hartt School Wind Ensemble’s performance of John Corigliano’s “Circus Maximus.” She also performed with her saxophone quartet, Party of 4, at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia at the 2013 International U.S. Navy Band Saxophone Symposium. Kara is a general music teacher at Haddam-Killingworth Middle School for grades 6 and 7. She also works at three private schools teaching band, grades 4-8, and general music, grades K-4.

Classes are being offered the following weeks and times:

July 24th - 28th

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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Store Hours

Monday: 12:00pm - 8:00pm
Tuesday: 12:00pm - 8:00pm
Wednesday: 12:00pm - 8:00pm
Thursday: 12:00pm - 8:00pm
Friday: 12:00pm - 8:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am - 6:00pm
Sunday: Closed
About Us!

Your place for music lessons and supplies in Middletown. Middlesex Music Academy is a non-corporate locally own business. As a member of the Middlesex Chamber of Commerce we strive to support local businesses and build the community as a whole.