World Music Ensembles

Explore music from around the world while playing with others! Ensemble experience helps you hone your rhythmic and listening skills, encourages teamwork and demands collaboration. You’ll find ensemble participation to be one of the most rewarding and valuable aspects of music study.

Alternative Style String Ensemble

Level 1: Ages 10+ (at least 3 years playing experience or equivalent of book 3 Suzuki)

Level 2: Ages 14+ (5+ years playing experience or equivalent of book 4 Suzuki)

Styles include: Fiddling, blues rock/ jazz, and pop music covers. Repertoire and arrangements will be selected based upon the enrollment. Techniques: rhythmic string playing, chopping, percussive techniques, comping chord changes, embellishing melodies, improvising. Electronics may be used in the advanced ensemble.

Boom Bap Ensemble

This ensemble will explore the history of Hip Hop and R & B music, write their own songs, arrange for the ensemble, and learn to write their own rhymes. This is a great outlet for students to gain a good perspective of how music can help them creatively express themselves.

Klezmer in the Neighborhood

Ages 14 and up. Klezmer in The Neighborhood will focus on some gems of the American and European Klezmer repertoires - repertoire flexible depending on instrumentation. Each class will focus on learning a tune or two by ear - written materials will be provided at the end of sessions, but recording of classes is encouraged as well! The goal will be to work on a small body of music as well as learning to make informed choices in how to play 'in the style'. Open to: Strings, Brass, Winds, Guitars/plucked strings (melody or chords), some folk instruments. One or two pianists max.

NMS Shout Band

A Brass Band that focuses on Jazz, Blues & Gospel Music. Students will learn to play Brass Band/2nd Line music, and develop improvisational skills, while learning the basic of arranging for a brass section.

Sherry & Alivia Craft Steel Band
Steel Band

From Bach to calypso, from rap to reggae, enjoy the magic of steel pans, the musical phenomenon from the Caribbean! At least one semester of individual lessons with instructor is recommended. Please contact Debby Teason for placement information. The class will learn a song of their choice on steel pans to perform on the NMS steel band recital at the end of the semester.