September 16 thru December 15
Introducing the Brass Connections Virtual Performance Program
All Ages, All Brass Instruments
“Music education opens doors that help children pass from school into the world around them a world of work, culture, intellectual activity, and human involvement. The future of our nation depends on providing our children with a complete education that includes music.” Gerald Ford
This 12-week virtual program is designed to make up for the many lost performance and educational opportunities brass students will face as band programs move to online instruction due to COVID-19. Brass Connections is intended to supplement and enrich students’ private and in-school instruction to ensure that these vital formative years of development are not lost.
Students across the country are headed back to school this fall with extremely limited access to music education. With band programs shifting to entirely virtual instruction, it is inevitable that certain fundamental aspects of instruction will slip through the cracks — even in the best of programs.
In order to help bridge these gaps for both students and band directors, this course will focus on continuity of instruction from a live classroom to the virtual emphasis on live performance; technical skills such as intonation, time, rhythm, and scales; coping with nervousness; audition materials for honor bands and youth orchestras; listening skills; and practice discipline. Younger students will learn the appropriately scaled concepts above, with emphasis on music fluency, playing games, learning how to build good habits, and fostering a love of music that will last a lifetime.
- September 16 through December 15, 2020
- 12 weeks with a week-long break for Thanksgiving
- Weekly Performance Class (1 hr)
- Weekly Studio Class (1 hr)
- Optional Private Lessons
- Guest presenters and clinicians
All classes will be recorded and available to students to re-watch at any time. Class meetings will be held at mutually agreed upon times.
Performance Class (1 hour per week)
This class is meant to rebuild the lost experiences due to virtual band class as a result of the pandemic. In small studio groups, each student will play every week for their peers and receive feedback and coaching from me. Topics addressed include:
- Time and rhythm
- Audition materials
- Performance anxiety
- Ensemble preparation
- Practice skills
Studio Class (1 hour per week)
This session is designed to give students the opportunity to ask questions, develop critical thinking skills, gather inspiration, and experiment with new ideas. There will often be guest presenters. Topics will include:
- Basic music theory
- Ensemble playing
- Music fluency
- Listening skills
- Guest presenters and clinicians
- Connecting students with world-class educators and performers
- Introduction to new and different concepts and styles
Option A: Full Program (without weekly private lessons)
- $800 paid in full by September 15; OR
- $300/month in three installments (9/15, 10/15, 11/15)
Option B: Full Progam PLUS weekly 30-minute private lessons
- $1200 paid in full by September 15; OR
- $433/month in three installments (9/15, 10/15, 11/15)
- Current students receive a $100 discount.
Additional lessons are available to all students upon request at the rate of $33 per half hour, upon request.
A limited number of partial scholarships are available. Discounts available for participating referrals. Although the course is designed for maximum value, if cost is a problem, do not hesitate to fill out this form.
If you have any questions about the program, please contact me by using the link below. I am happy to discuss any specific needs, requests, or accommodations you might require. It is my goal to provide outstanding musical instruction for brass students in the most affordable ways possible.
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About Dr. Andrew Harms
Dr. Andrew Harms is a top-call orchestral musician and teacher residing in the Greater Boston metro. Dr. Harms received his Doctorate in Trumpet Performance from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and a Masters in Performance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance. Dr. Harms has performed with many of the United States’ finest orchestras and ensembles, has presented masterclasses and recitals across the world, and his work is published regularly in the Journal of the International Trumpet Guild. Dr. Harms has administered music programs in five states and serves on the board of the New England Brass Band. Always a learner, Dr. Harms has studied trumpet with many of the world’s finest musicians, including Tom Hooten of the LA Philharmonic, famous composer and soloist Anthony Plog, Dominik Gaus of the Berlin Philharmonic, David Krauss of the MET Opera Orchestra, Micah Wilkinson of the Pittsburgh Symphony, Ben Wright of the Boston Symphony, and David Bilger of the Philadelphia Symphony.