In School Lessons (After4 Programs)

Guitar LessonsGlee ClubUkulele Lessons

Guitar

full_0003_AG75CE_largeFor over 13 years, Snider School of Music has been bringing music to our local schools and communities by offering group guitar lesson through the After 4 program.  We started this program at our local public school, Bedford Park and continued to grow our program and expand to Blessed Sacrament, Whitney P.S. and Allenby P.S. in Toronto.  All classes are taught by one of the great teachers from our school.  In most cases, this teacher will have a registered TDSB # as they have taught night school or other programs through the TDSB.  The following is a breakdown of the costs involved and a sample lesson plan detailing what the kids will learn and accomplish during the 8-10 week program.

Cost: $17.00 per student per lesson ($136.00 per 8-week session) No HST as music lessons are exempt.

Cost for Guitar Rental (If the student requires a rental): $35.00 + HST for 7 or 8 week session.  Our guitars are provided by Snider School of Music Inc..  They are typically a 3/4 nylon or 3/4 steel string acoustic guitar.  Students have the option of purchasing the instrument after the session is complete.  If a student requires a rental, they should contact the store prior to the beginning of the session.  You can reach us at: 416.483.6927

Number of Students: We recommend at least 4 students per session and as many as 8-12 per teacher.  If demand requires, we can always bring in a 2nd teacher and divide the group into 2 classes (if spaces permits)

Age Group: Our guitar program is best suited to kids in grade 4 – 7.  However, we have had success with some younger children.  Preferably if they have taken music outside of the school.

Lesson 1

  • explain the parts of a guitar
  • rhymes to remember the string names (important for tuning the guitar)
  • diagrams of how a chord is formed
  • explain what guitar TAB is – a universal notation system for guitarists
  • teach a simple 1 string melody (james bond theme, bat man theme , smoke on the water etc.)

Lesson 2 or 3

  • introduce chords (strumming all the strings at once to form a chord)
  • rhythm studies (copy the rhythm that the teacher plays
  • teaches 3 chords to form a song structure
  • talk about general music concepts (time signatures, bars, beats, rhythmic values)
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Lesson 4 or 5

  • establish a pop song that the kids are familiar with
  • tips for moving between chords (ie. moving between G to C to Amin) – this requires very few movements from the player
  • try to encourage sing-alongs with the guitar playing.  Establishes melody and rhythm all-in-one
  • introduce tips such as stickers on the fretboard, power chords, abridged chords for kids who cannot physically reach the chords
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Lesson 5 onward

  • introduce a pop song which we familiarized in the previous lesson (examples from the past includes – Lady Gaga, AC/DC, Green Day, Beatles)
  • continue to work on individual songs (incl. chords, melody, rhythm and technique
  • addressing each students progress/ dilemmas on an individual basis
  • continue to introduce new songs for advanced students
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Glee Club

microphone-vintageFor over 11 years, Snider School of Music has been bringing music to our local schools and communities by offering group guitar lesson through the After 4 program.  We started this program at our local public school, Bedford Park and continued to grow our program and expand to Blessed Sacrament, Whitney P.S. and Allenby P.S. in Toronto.  We are pleased to introduce a brand new program created by our Vocal / Piano staff here at Snider School of Music.

The Pop Stars program is an eight session class that runs once a week in school (either lunch-time or after school). Students will learn age appropriate popular and classic pop songs ranging from The Beatles to Lady Gaga.  As well as learning songs, they will focus on pitch, reading common rhythms in pop melodies, performing techniques and singing in harmony.  We will also emphasize the techniques & strategies needed to be a good soloist. The number of songs the students learn will vary according to the group and age of the students.  Adding choreography will bring the entire show together.  No previous dance or vocal training is required for this program.

Cost: $17.00 per student per lesson ($136.00 per 8-week session) No HST as music lessons are exempt.

Number of Students: We recommend at least 4 students per session and as many as 12 per teacher.  If demand requires, we can always bring in a 2nd teacher and divide the group into 2 classes or divide the group into classes on 2 different days (if spaces permits).

Age Group: Our Pop Stars program is best suited to kids aged 8 – 12.

Experience Needed:  None.  This program is suited for young beginners who have never had vocal or dance lessons before.  Both boys and girls are welcome

Equipment Needed: A piano or keyboard (with speakers) for the instructor.  Nothing required for the students.

Lesson 1,2,3

  • Vocal warm-ups – “get to know you” activities
  • Melody rhythm reading
  • Repertoire – 2 Songs
  • Review Songs and start a new one
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Lesson 4,5,6

  • Vocal warm – ups
  • Review songs and harmonies
  • Practice harmonies in groups with provided recording
  • How to be a good soloist
  • Work with soloists
  • Briefly talk about choreography.  We will ask students, who are interested, to come up with some ideas for simple choreography at home
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Lesson 7,8

  • Vocal warm -ups
  • Rehearse songs
  • Practice simple choreography movements while singing
  • Work out the kinks and review
  • Perform all songs with harmonies, soloists and simple choreography.  At this point, we will invite all of those who are interested to watch the final performance.
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Ukulele

bc-ukeFor over 14 years, Snider School of Music has been bringing music to our local schools and communities by offering group guitar lesson through the After 4 program.  We started this program at our local public school, Bedford Park and continued to grow our program and expand to Blessed Sacrament, Whitney P.S., Bessborough and Allenby P.S. in Toronto.  All classes are taught by one of the great and experienced teachers from our school.  In most cases, this teacher will have a registered TDSB # as they have taught night school or other programs through the TDSB.  The following is a breakdown of the costs involved and a sample lesson plan detailing what the kids will learn and accomplish during the 8-10 week program.

Since we started our Ukulele program, we have seen an enormous growth in the instrument’s popularity.  Ukulele is an easy, portable, inexpensive, and unique instrument known for its “island” sound.  You can’t help but smile when you hear the soothing sound of a Ukulele.  The After 4 Ukulele program is geared towards beginners.  Whether you have experience playing an instrument or have never picked up a Ukulele, everyone will be playing a few songs at the end of this session.  By the end of the 8 week session, the students will have a good understanding of the basic chords, rhythm patterns and overall technique needed to play the instrument.  A sample of past songs include: Iron Man, Eye of the Tiger, James Bond Theme, Bat Man, Smoke on the Water.  Past selections also include songs by Imagine Dragons, Katy Perry, AC/DC, Green Day & The Beatles.

Cost: $17.00 per student per lesson ($136.00 per 8-week session) + $30.00 (incl. taxes) for a Beaver Creek Plastic Soprano Ukulele.  Total = $166.00 (The normal retail cost of this ukulele is $46.99 + taxes)  No HST as music lessons are exempt.

If cost is an issue for some students, we will be happy to lend a Ukulele to each student for the class.  The use of the Ukulele would be in class only. 

Number of Students: We recommend at least 4 students per session and as many as 8-12 per teacher.  If demand requires, we can always bring in a 2nd teacher and divide the group into 2 classes (if spaces permits)

Age Group: Our ukulele program is best suited to kids in grade 4 – 6.  However, we have had success with some younger children.  Preferably if they have taken music outside of the school.

Here is what an 8-week Ukulele lesson plan looks like:

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    Week 1 - Intro to Ukulele
    Week 2 or 3 - Chords
    Week 4 or 5 - Songs
    Week 5 onwards
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