The Studio

Rock, Jazz & Folk 2017-2018

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!

Songwriter's 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


Rock On! A Rock & Roll Performance Workshop
14 to 18 years (Christopher Braddock)
Saturdays, 12:15–1:15pm
Starts September 23

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, bassists, pianists, vocalists and drummers.
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PREREQUISITES: Instructor consent; older/younger students considered on an individual basis.
ENROLLMENT: Entire academic year
TUITION: $262 per 15-week semester


Private Lessons in Improvisation
7 years and up
Call to schedule

Make yourself a more complete musician! Learn to navigate chord progressions in a variety of styles, jam your way out of trouble spots and add textural contributions to existing musical works. Trade solos and learn how to accompany others.
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ENROLLMENT: Entire academic year (four 9-week quarters)
TUITION: Per quarter (8 sessions): 30 min/week $217; 45 min/week $325; 60 min/week $433


Jazz Combo
14 to 18 years (Christopher Braddock)
Tuesdays, 7:15–8:45pm
Starts September 26

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.
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PREREQUISITES: Placement audition; older/younger students considered on an individual basis
ENROLLMENT: Entire academic year
TUITION: Semester 1: $153 for 8-week semester; Semester 2: $285 for 15-week semester


Small Wonder Jazz Singers
Adults 18 years and up (Martin Lassman)
Mondays, 5:30–7:30pm
Starts September 11

The Small Wonder Jazz Singers is a wonderful opportunity to sing jazz/pop music in a smaller group setting while making friends ranging in age from Young Professional to Newly Retired. Prior jazz experience is not necessary, but prior singing experience is required. Most of our new members have never sung jazz before. The ability to read music is a plus but part tracks are often provided and rehearsals are recorded and available online for further study if desired. The director, Martin Lassman, is a jazz pianist who directs the Cab Calloway jazz choir and has directed honors jazz choirs in Maryland. Our repertoire ranges from Duke Ellington to The Pentatonix. Potential new members are welcome to sit-in with the group for two rehearsals to experience the fun!
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ENROLLMENT: Entire academic year
TUITION: $205 per 16-week semester


First State Fiddlers
Suzuki Book 3 and up (Shelley Beard Santore)
Saturdays, biweekly, Time TBA
Start in September

Learn and play fiddle music from the Celtic, Canadian and various American folk traditions. Offsite performances.
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PREREQUISITES: Suzuki Book 3 and up
ENROLLMENT: Entire academic year
TUITION: $141 per 8-week semester


Brandywine Fiddlers
An Electric Violin Ensemble
Suzuki Book 5 and up (Shelley Beard Santore)
Saturdays, biweekly, Time TBA

Students will study and perform as an electric violin ensemble playing pop music. An Honors ensemble, the Fiddlers rehearse approximately 12 times per year and participate in state and national competitions, high profile performances and fundraising and outreach events for the school and community. Equipment recommendations will be made by Shelley Beard Santore.
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PREREQUISITES: Students selected by instructor; outside students considered on an individual basis
ENROLLMENT: Entire academic year
TUITION: $187 per 6-week semester. Music School students may be eligible for scholarships.


Matson Run Ensemble
10 to 18 years (Christopher Braddock)
Saturdays, 1:30–3:00pm
Start 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 plucked string instruments, hammered dulcimer and fiddle. Learn musical style and improvisation, as well as technique and reading skills. The ensemble rehearses approximately 12 times per year.
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PREREQUISITES: Students selected by instructor
ENROLLMENT: Entire academic year


Jam It! Bluegrass & Old Time Acoustic Sessions
All ages, all levels (Richard Myers)
Select Saturdays, 2:00-4:00pm
Start date & schedule TBA

Join faculty, friends and students in a monthly jam session bringing together Bluegrass & Old Time enthusiasts. All ages and levels can share in this opportunity to perform together.
ENROLLMENT: Drop in—it’s free!


Open Mic Nights!
All ages, all levels
Select Thursdays, 7:00–9:00pm
Schedule TBA in September

Join us on select Thursdays for Open Mic Nights for musicians and spoken word artists! Sign-Ups at 6:30pm and performances from 7:00 to 9:00pm. Grand piano, mics, monitors, mixing board, drum set, lights, guitar/bass amps provided (contact us for availability). Professional piano and guitar accompaniment available by request in advance. Complimentary audio recording of your performance provided. Stay for the after party!
ENROLLMENT: Sign-Ups at 6:30pm
TUITION: Drop in—it’s free!


Private study in rock, jazz, R&B, latin, bluegrass, folk & irish

ENROLL: (302) 762-1132
TUITION: See private study rates in Wilmington

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