Pandemic Programming

Fall 2020

GMYS is pleased to offer online classes in three topics this fall instead of our regular orchestra rehearsals. Although this can't replace making music together in person, it WILL allow us to keep improving our musical skills until it's safe to gather again.

Classes will be led by our Artistic Director, Bob Blais,

and will meet using Zoom for six Saturdays October 17 - November 21.

Registration and payment deadline: 5pm Thursday, October 15

Space may be limited, so register now!

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Class descriptions

Rhythm Studies**: The funny symbols that make up music are very tricky! We will talk about how to count better, with increasingly challenging rhythm problems to take apart and solve. You will be a much better counter at the end of this class.


Conducting: Have you ever wondered what conductors do, and how they do it? We will discuss this, you'll learn to conduct different beat patterns, how to cue, and cut off. And, Bob will answer any questions you have!


Practice Techniques**: This will be a participatory class. We will play for each other, and discuss how we practice, what practice is, and the challenges of good practice. This will make you a better musician!


**There are two levels for the rhythm studies and practice techniques classes. Bob will assign students to a class level based on past GMYS experience. For students who have not played with GMYS (or haven’t played with us recently), please contact Bob ( in advance so he can determine the best placement. He may ask for a short video of you playing your instrument.

Schedule & Tuition

All prices are for the 6-week course.

Most classes are only 30 minutes long because we know many of you

are already spending lots of time doing online learning during the week.

9 – 9:30           Rhythm Studies (novice / intermediate)                $ 60.00

9:30 – 10         Rhythm Studies (intermediate / advanced)            $ 60.00

10 – 10:30       Conducting                                                          $ 60.00

10:30 – 11       Practice techniques (novice / intermediate)            $ 60.00

11 – 12            Practice techniques (intermediate / advanced)       $120.00

Because of the pandemic, we have extremely limited funds for Tuition Assistance at this time. Please email our Executive Director, Leah Wilhjelm, ( ) if paying full tuition would present a barrier to participation for your student.

Registration and payment deadline: 5pm Thursday, October 15th


Payments will be made online – link provided when registration is complete.

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