These exciting workshops are led by amazing members of the NMS faculty and give students the opportunity to explore and learn in a fun interactive environment. All workshops are free for students enrolled in 16 or more lessons in an academic year! Let the office know which workshop(s) you would like to attend and we will be happy to register you! Students not taking 16 or more lessons can attend any workshop for $10.

First Steps in Composition Workshop

Learn the basics of composing and expressing yourself through your own music. Students will be introduced to creating motifs and melodic forms (sentences and periods), combining melody with accompaniment, binary/ternary forms, and expanding a melody into a small form piece (binary or ternary). This Workshop is for students who are already comfortable with musical notation and an instrument (at least two years of lessons). This is a very hands-on experience, where everyone will learn how to create something small but meaningful.

Fun with Rhythms Workshop

In this fun interactive workshop, master drummer and educator Jesse Hameen II will guide students on a journey - exploring the world of rhythm. Students will play various percussion instruments, dissect various rhythms, learn about groove and gain a deeper understanding of why rhythm is the root of all music. Percussion instruments will be supplied at the workshop – but feel free to bring your own.

Songwriting Workshop

There’s no ONE right way to write a song, so in this workshop, students will explore many elements of songwriting. Lyrically they’ll hone their storytelling skills and create meaning by using imagery, metaphor and perspective. Musically, students will learn to use basic music theory to write memorable melody lines, unique rhythms and chord progressions. We’ll look at the inspiration process; where do ideas come from and how to do we cultivate creative flow? As well as the editing process; how do we craft a song into greatness? Students will experiment with solo and small-group writing exercises. They’ll be encouraged but not required to share songs with the class, where we will address vocal health, performance skills, and learning to give constructive and compassionate feedback. Instruments encouraged but not necessary!