Fall 2021 Group Classes

Group classes are now listed at Wayland Recreation, and registration will open at their site on August 30th. Details are below.

To find the classses at the Wayland Recreation site, "Register for Programs or Activities"; when the menu opens up, click "Fall 2021", then as follows to find your class in the alphabetical lists:

Pre-K: Move and Groove Together (online); Violin Together for Child and Caregiver, age 4-5 (in person)

Youth (all in person): Creativity through Improvisation; Fiddling Fun for String Players; Small Group Intro to Guitar; Violin Together for Child and Caregiver, age 6-7

Early Childhood and Pre-K classes

Move and Groove Together (online)

Wednesdays, first session 9/29/21 - 11/17/21

10:00 - 10:30 (age 2)
10:45 - 11:15 (age 3 - 4 )

Ms Dianne leads with singing, ukulele, flute, and guitar, and her classes are filled with fun songs, dancing, finger plays, colorful felt board stories, puppets, props, hand-held percussion instruments - even a sweet puppet pal “Lala” the singing Lamb!

This teacher-led, caregiver facilitated music class combines the best of both worlds: music and play! Through fun and age-appropriate activities, children will explore basic concepts in music, including rhythm, pitch, musical instrument families, and even meet some famous composers and their best-loved works. A shared love of music and fun will create a social model for making friends and a sense of community.

Adult partner and child will participate from the comfort of home, yet maintain the routine and repetition so valuable to young kids as we meet live each week at the same time. By the end of this course, children will have gained their first experience of musical concepts and enriched their overall development—all through fun and play!

With class leader Dianne Spoto, Early Childhood Music specialist

Fee: $120 per 8-week session

Location: Wayland School of Music dedicated Zoom platform

Violin Together for Child and Caregiver - Small Group Intro

Wednesdays, fall semester: 15 weeks, 9/22/21 - 1/26/22 (no class 11/17, 11/24, 12/22, 12/29)

1:30 - 2:20 - age 4-5 [for age 6 -7, see Youth classes listing below]

Think your child's too young to learn violin? Think again! In our upbeat class, both your child AND you will get a great start on violin through creative, playful activities including games, movement and song. Brain plasticity for music and language is at a peak and supple young bodies adapt easily to violin. Meanwhile, you will learn right along with your child and be able to help them much more fully at home!

Our professional instructor uses a developmentally-appropriate approach and works with children and parents together. No prior musical experience is needed, and there's plenty of individual attention! You will learn how to support your child’s learning at home, and your child will love playing along with you! Correct size violins provided for BOTH of you for class and home use, plus book and CD to keep.

With registered Suzuki Violin instructor Allison Dobbs

Class size: minimum 3 student/caregiver pairs, maximum 4 student/caregiver pairs

Fee: $455 per semester including loaner violins in appropriate sizes for BOTH child and adult, plus book and CD to keep.

Location: Wayland Town Building Activity Room, 41 Cochituate Road

Youth Classes

Creativity through Improvisation (age 7 - 12)

Tuesdays, fall semester: 15 weeks, 9/28/21 - 1/18/22 (no class 12/21, 12/28, 1/4)

4:45 - 5:30

Pianists and string players (including guitar) - if you’ve had six months of more of lessons or more, you too can learn to improvise! You’ll experiment at your own level with the building blocks of music – rhythm, melody, harmony and texture – while learning to improvise, play by ear, and grow your own musical ideas.

You’ll play creative games such as “Musical Tag” and “Guess the Animal”, learning to listen and respond, while experimenting with open-ended, curious ways of playing that seek to “see what happens” musically, rather than trying to reach a preconceived result. In the process you’ll become more creative and develop growing confidence in your own musical voice.

With Instructor Casey Murray - Creative Ability DevelopmentR and American Roots specialist

Class size: minimum 4 students, maximum 6 students

Fee: $320 per semester

Location: Wayland School of Music, 304 Boston Post Road

Fiddling Fun for String Players (age 7 - 12)

Tuesdays, fall semester: 15 weeks, 9/28/21 - 1/18/22 (no class 12/21, 12/28, 1/4)

5:30 - 6:15

If you can violin/viola/cello/bass/guitar - you can fiddle! String players of any instrument, from near-beginner to advanced, can join in and will be able to participate at their own level with our customized curriculum. 

You’ll meet the repertoire and styles of different fiddling traditions including Irish and Scottish, American and more, and learn fun fiddling techniques like the chop, double chop, waterfall, wiggle and flick! By the end of the session students will have their own repertoire of fun fiddling tunes that they know by heart.

With Instructor Casey Murray - Creative Ability DevelopmentR and American Roots specialist

Class size: minimum 4 students, maximum 6 students

Fee: $320 per semester

Location: Wayland School of Music, 304 Boston Post Road

Small Group Intro to Guitar (age 6 -7 and 8-9)

Tuesdays, fall semester: 15 weeks, 9/28/21 - 1/18/22 (no class 12/21, 12/28, 1/4)

3:30 - 4:20 - age 6-7

4:30 - 5:20 - age 8-9

Learn to play the acoustic guitar in a fun class designed to engage and inspire! Students begin with basic techniques, simple songs, rhythms, and beginning chords, in a relaxed setting including singing, movement and games. As they progress through the program they'll learn to play both by ear and by reading music.

Includes a loaner acoustic guitar in appropriate size for child, plus book and CD to keep.

With instructor Francesco Barone, Guitar faculty

Class size: minimum 3 students, maximum 6 students

Fee: $455 per semester including a loaner guitar and footstool, plus book and CD to keep.

Location: Wayland School of Music, 304 Boston Post Road

Violin Together for Child and Caregiver - Small Group Intro

Wednesdays, fall semester: 15 weeks, 9/22/21 - 1/26/22 (no class 11/17, 11/24, 12/22, 12/29)

2:30 - 3:20 - age 6-7 [for age 4 - 5, see Pre-K listings above]

In our upbeat class, both your child AND you will get a great start on violin through creative, playful activities including games, movement and song. Brain plasticity for music and language is at a peak and supple young bodies adapt easily to violin. Meanwhile, you will learn right along with your child and be able to help them much more fully at home!

Our professional instructor uses a developmentally-appropriate approach and works with children and parents together. No prior musical experience is needed, and there's plenty of individual attention! You will learn how to support your child’s learning at home, and your child will love playing along with you! Correct size violins provided for BOTH of you for class and home use, plus book and CD to keep.

With registered Suzuki Violin instructor Allison Dobbs

Class size: minimum 3 student/caregiver pairs, maximum 4 student/caregiver pairs

Fee: $455 per semester including loaner violins in appropriate sizes for BOTH child and adult, plus book and CD to keep.

Location: Wayland Town Building Activity Room, 41 Cochituate Road

Wayland School of Music Violins

The Wayland School of Music Difference

Wayland School of Music (WSM) instructors are passionate about music, our instruments, teaching and learning! Having already achieved success, we teach because we truly want – and love – to do so. We call this the "Wayland School of Music Difference" and it's the heart of our hiring policy.

Whether you have no experience or plenty, and whatever your musical goals, you'll find an outstanding teacher here who'll support you in achieving them, and also - when you’re ready - encourage you and challenge you to reach for more!