The Studio

Rock, Jazz & Folk

Did you know the Music School offers diverse programs in rock, jazz and folk music? Our expert faculty can provide training for individuals or coaching for existing groups. You may also participate in classes, workshops and demonstrations by noted guest artists and faculty members, many of whom perform in the Music School's annual concert series. With expanded offerings in a range of musical styles, there is truly something for everyone!

Songwriters Collective
14 years and up
Saturdays, 2:00–3:30pm
Schedule TBA in September

Join us for songwriting sessions with Music School faculty and other local artists who will help you refine your craft.
ENROLLMENT: No pre-registration required
TUITION: $10 per class


From Songwriting to Live Sound & Recording
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Ages 14 and up (Paul Boris, songwriter; Don Zabitka, live sound and recording)
Thursdays, 7:00–8:00pm
Starts September 24

Learn valuable, hands-on skills for improved writing, live sound and professional recording of your music in this comprehensive class!
REQUIRES: Telephone interview ENROLLMENT: Fall semester only
TUITION: $235 for 15-week semester


Rock On! A Rock & Roll Performance Workshop

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14 to 18 years (Christopher Braddock)
Saturdays, 12:15–1:15pm
Starts September 19

Learn and perform popular rock songs from the 1950s to the present, and develop solid ensemble skills in a small rock band. Explore a wide variety of sub-styles, with emphasis on musical analysis, improvisation, song-writing and the social history behind the music. Open to guitarists, pianists, vocalists and drummers.
PREREQUISITE: Instructor consent; older/younger students considered on individual basis.
ENROLLMENT: Entire academic year
TUITION: $247 for 15-week semester


Individual Improvisation Lessons

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7 years and up
Call (302) 762-1132 to schedule
Make yourself a more complete musician! Learn to navigate chord progressions in a variety of musical styles, jam your way out of trouble spots and add textural contributions to existing musical works. Trade solos and learn how to accompany others.
PREREQUISITE: Instructor consent; older/younger students considered on individual basis.
ENROLLMENT: Entire academic year
TUITION: Per quarter (8 lessons)
30 min./week $199
45 min./week $298
60 min./week $397


Jazz Combo
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14 to 18 years (Christopher Braddock)
Tuesdays, 7:15–8:45pm
Starts November 10

This ensemble focuses on a variety of styles such as standards and ballads, New Orleans parade tunes, bossa nova, klezmer, funk and jazz-rock fusion. You’ll learn improvisation and part-writing, help develop performance repertoire and work with local jazz authorities and luminaries throughout the year. Open to all instruments.
PREREQUISITE: Placement audition; older/younger students considered on an individual basis
ENROLLMENT: Entire academic year, after marching band season
TUITION: Semester 1: $144 for 8-week semester; Semester 2: $268 for 15-week semester


Jazz Choir
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Grades 9 to 12 (Martin Lassman)
Wednesdays, 7:30–8:30pm
Starts September 23

Sing great jazz and pop music in a variety of styles, including swing, Latin and ballad! Improve your voice as you learn to tune chords, improvise and sight-read. Each semester will include performance opportunities.
PREREQUISITE: Informal YouTube audition
ENROLLMENT: Entire academic year
TUITION: $175 per 16-week semester


Adult Jazz Choir
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18 years and up (Martin Lassman)
Wednesdays, 6:30–7:30pm
Starts September 23

Join a jazz vocal ensemble for experienced adult singers performing swing, Latin and ballad styles! You’ll work on tuning chords and dissonant intervals, improvisation, solo singing in a jazz style and sight-reading music. Each semester will include performance opportunities.
PREREQUISITE: Informal YouTube audition
ENROLLMENT: Entire academic year
TUITION: $175 per 16-week semester


First State Fiddlers
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Suzuki Book 4 or equivalent (Shelley Beard)
Saturdays, biweekly, TBA
Learn and play fiddle music from the Celtic, Canadian and various American folk traditions. Frequent offsite performances and some collaborations with the Brandywine Fiddlers. A pre-requisite for the Brandywine Fiddlers.
PREREQUISITE: Suzuki Book 4 or equivalent
ENROLLMENT: Entire academic year


Matson Run Folk Ensemble
10 to 18 years (Christopher Braddock)
Saturdays, TBA
Starts date & schedule TBA

This prize-winning Honors ensemble explores a variety of American folk music styles—from Old Time and gospel to Bluegrass and "Newgrass"—in addition to folksongs from as far away as Turkey and Korea. Open to all plucked string instruments that comprise a traditional string band: guitar, banjo, mandolin, dobro and bass. Learn musical style and improvisation, as well as technique and reading skills. Matson Run rehearse approximately 12 times per year and frequently collaborate with students from other ensembles. The Brandywine Fiddlers have been merged with this ensemble.
PREREQUISITE: Students selected by instructor
ENROLLMENT: Entire academic year


JAM IT! Bluegrass & old time acoustic sessions
All ages, all levels
Fourth Saturday of Every Month (September through May, except November & December) Time TBA
Join faculty, friends and students in a monthly jam session bringing together Bluegrass & Old Time enthusiasts. All ages and all levels can share in this opportunity to perform together.
ENROLLMENT: Drop In - it’s free!


Open Mic Nights!
Thursdays, 7:00–9:00pm
12/10, 2/11, 4/14

Join us on select Thursdays for Open Mic Nights for musicians! Sign-Ups at 6:30pm and performances from 7:00 to 9:00pm. Mics, monitors, mixing board, drum set, lights, guitar/bass amps provided (contact us for availability).
ENROLLMENT: Sign-Ups at 6:30pm
Tuition: Drop in—it’s free!


Private study in rock, jazz, improvisation, R&B, latin, bluegrass, folk & irish
ENROLL: (302) 762-1132
TUITION: See private study rates in Wilmington

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