The Uptown Music Collective, the area’s premier nonprofit school of music, will be holding their annual Summer Open House on Saturday, May 15th, from 11am-2pm, at their facilities at 848 West Fourth Street in Williamsport. Prospective students will able to tour the facilities, meet with teachers, and register for lessons, classes, and workshops. There will be light refreshments served and entertainment by student groups.
Established in April of 2000, the Uptown Music Collective has developed a reputation as the premier source of music education in the area. Offering private lessons at all levels on guitar, bass, drums, keyboards and vocals, as well as classes and workshops in music theory, songwriting, and styles such as the Blues, Jazz, Classical and Rock. The primary age range of the Collective is 10 – 18 yrs old, but is open to all ages and levels. Along with private lessons, the UMC offers a myriad of programs including its flagship Performance Program. This program educates students about the ins and outs of major and minor performances, including direction, production, preparation and technical aspects of the performances. The program also brings outstanding student run performances to the area, including the most recent, “Heard It through the Grapevine: A Tribute to The Music of Motown.”
The Uptown Music Collective is currently enrolling for their 15 week Summer Semester, which will run from May 17th through August 28th. There are openings for students of all levels who are looking for private instruction on the guitar, bass, drums, keyboards and voice. The Uptown Music Collective will also be offering its popular workshop series which includes; an introduction to Blues, the new and improved Rock Workshop and it popular Jazz Workshop, as well as more advanced performance workshops for the same styles. This summer’s classes include Music Theory 1 – 3 and Harmony.
At this Saturday’s Open House, prospective students will also be able to enroll in the very popular Summer Music Workshop Series. These week long workshops run from 10am to 4pm and are separate are open to all interested students. Students do not have to be enrolled in lessons or classes to take part in these high impact workshops. This year’s workshops topics include Beginner Guitar, I Wanna Rock, Intermediate Guitar, Vocal Performance, Bass Guitar, Drum Technique (w/styles and tuning), Playing the Blues, Jazz Improvisation and Repertoire, and Advanced Guitar.
Other programs available include the iOn Uptown Program which is a free program open to the public that teaches students the ins and outs of video and audio production via a bi-monthly webcast. Students learn all aspects of production from writing to shooting to editing to final production. Also, this summer semester will culminate with the Uptown Music Collective’s Summer Music Fest at the Brandon Park Band shell in Williamsport. This free day of music on Aug 8th will feature student groups, student recitals, local bands, clinics, and much more.
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