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.

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.

Viol Consort

For ages 16+. Group meets every other week.