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!

Digital Music Production & DJ Lab
12 years and up (DJ Amaze & Icon DJs)
Wednesday, 7:00–8:00pm
Starts September 24

Explore the different equipment, software, and techniques for music production, recording, remixing and DJing hands-on! Features special guests in the industry, as well as opportunities to play in the community.
REQUIRES: Headphones; Laptop computer or tablet; 4GB USB flash drive
ENROLLMENT: One semester
TUITION: $244 for 15-week semester

 

Individual DJ Lessons
Ages 12 and up
Schedule by arrangement through the registrar
One-on-one DJ lessons with DJ AMAZE! Learn the art of mixing, scratching and playlisting.
ENROLLMENT: Rolling; 6-week Session
TUITION: 30 min./week $231; 45 min./week $347; 60 min./week $462

 

Beginning/Intermediate Songwriting

12 years and up (Jessica Graae)
Wednesdays, 6:15–7:00pm
Write, develop and arrange lyrics, melody and chords for songs using a variety of approaches. Solo and collaborative songwriting will be explored in a fun, supportive setting. Students should have a basic knowledge of an instrument such as guitar or piano. At the end of the year, students will have an opportunity to perform in a special event showcasing their work.
PREREQUISITE: Instructor consent; older/younger students considered on individual basis.
ENROLLMENT: Entire academic year
TUITION: $180 for 15-week semester

 

Rock On! A Rock & Roll Performance Workshop

14 to 18 years (Christopher Braddock)
Saturdays, 11:45–12:45pm
Starts September 20

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: $235 for 15-week semester

 

Individual Improvisation Lessons

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 $189; 45 min./week $284; 60 min./week $378

 

Jazz Combo
14 to 18 years (Christopher Braddock)
Tuesdays, 7:15–8:45pm
Starts November 11

This ensemble focuses on a variety of jazz styles, including standards and ballads, New Orleans parade tunes, bossa nova, klezmer, funk and jazz-rock fusion. Students are coached on improvisation and part-writing and play a central role in determining arrangements and selecting music. Local jazz authorities and luminaries will be invited to work with the Jazz Combo throughout the year. Open to all instruments.
PREREQUISITE: Placement audition; older/younger students considered on an individual basis
ENROLLMENT: Entire academic year, beginning after marching band season
TUITION: Semester 1: $136 for 8-week semester; Semester 2: $253 for 15-week semester

 

First State Fiddlers
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
TUITION: $165 per 8-class semester (biweekly)

 

Brandywine Fiddlers
6 years and up (Shelley Beard)
Saturdays, 12:00–1:00pm
Start date & schedule TBA

This premier, prize-winning fiddle ensemble features young violinists (Suzuki or traditional) performing Irish, Scottish, Old Time and Bluegrass fiddle tunes. An Honors ensemble, the Fiddlers rehearse approximately 12 times per year and will participate in state and national competitions, high-profile performances and fundraising and outreach events for the school and community, often collaborating with the Matson Run Pickers. Limited to 10 students.
PREREQUISITE: Students selected by instructor
ENROLLMENT: Entire academic year
TUITION: None

 

Matson Run Pickers
10 to 18 years (Christopher Braddock)
Saturdays, 2:00–3:00pm
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. The Pickers rehearse approximately 12 times per year and frequently collaborate with students from the Brandywine Fiddlers and other ensembles.
PREREQUISITE: Students selected by instructor
ENROLLMENT: Entire academic year
TUITION: None

 

JAM IT! Bluegrass & old time acoustic sessions
All ages, all levels
Fourth Saturday of Every Month (September through May, except November) 3:00–5:00pm
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!

 

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


Programs are made possible, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency dedicated to nurturing and supporting the arts in Delaware, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Music School of Delaware is proud to be an active partner in the IN Wilmington Arts Campaign.