Private Music Instruction
The Cady School offers one-on-one instruction on all woodwind, brass, string, and percussion instruments, as well as piano, voice, guitar, and bass. Instruction on specialty instruments, including fiddle, banjo, and Irish whistle, is also available.
Master classes are given in a group setting in which all students are invited to participate. Classes are lead by Master Teachers, who select students to experience a “mini” lesson in front of the class, benefiting all participants. Topics from previous Master Classes have included such diverse topics as playing techniques, reed-making, instrument care, choosing an instrument, and when to “upgrade” instruments. Please check the Events page for a list of upcoming Master Class sessions.
Advanced Musicianship Class
Students considering a career in music will benefit from this dynamic class, which is designed to give students a “real life” experience of what it means to be a music major in college. The class includes assignments and instruction in music theory, music history, sight singing, and ear training. Students also participate in a monthly repertoire class for which they prepare a piece of music to perform in front of the class and faculty. Guest speakers, including faculty from the College of Saint Rose, and alumni from SUNY Fredonia, Berklee, and the Crane School of Music, attend the repertoire class and share their individual experiences. Students learn about the entry requirements, auditions, and expectations of attending a college music program in a classroom setting with a low student-to-teacher ratio.
NYSSMA Prep Nights
Intended for students attending the NYSSMA (New York State School Music Association) Festivals for solos and small ensembles, these one-time sessions are open to any students (not necessarily Cady School students) looking to have a practice performance and evaluation. This class includes written evaluations with official NYSSMA forms, as well as general strategies for having a positive NYSSMA performance. Each student of small ensemble will have an individual performance and feedback session.
Please check back often as new classes may be offered at any time. If you have a need for musical instruction that is not listed under our course offering, please inquire as we may still be able to help.
Individuals will become more comfortable with the art of jazz improvisation as they learn to read and play over the top of chord changes and extend their knowledge of scales and modes.
Young Composers Class
Young composers will better understand the writing process and learn the proper handling of melody, harmony, chord structure, as well as the overall music theory behind composition.
The Cady School recognizes that ensemble playing is integral to a student’s musicianship and offers coaching for a variety of small ensembles. Participation in all small ensembles requires an audition and attendance at weekly rehearsals. Playing ability comparable to a NYSSMA level 4 is encouraged.