BAC music classes are taught in increasing skill levels, beginning with basic classes for students completely new to the instrument. As they develop skills, students are moved into higher levels. Correct placement is important to musical development, and students are moved to new levels only with instructor approval.

Guitar Intro A
Ages 5-7
$76 ($69 BAC Members)
Instructor: Scott Reichard
This class is perfect for our youngest students to learn the basics of guitar. Students must bring a guitar to class.
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Guitar Intro B
Ages 5-7
$76 ($69 BAC Members)
Instructor: Scott Reichard
Young students will continue to build upon the foundation set in Guitar Intro A. Prerequisite: Guitar Intro A or instructor placement. Students must bring a guitar to class.
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Guitar Basics
Ages 8-15
$76 ($69 BAC Members)
Designed for those with no previous experience, this class is an absolute must for introduction to or re-acquaintance with everyone’s favorite instrument. Learn correct hand positioning, basics of strumming, and how to play open chords. Students must bring a guitar to class.
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Guitar 1 (Preparatory)
Ages 8-15
$131 ($118 BAC Members)
Once you’ve mastered the basics, you can begin to learn popular guitar songs from different genres. Along the way you’ll learn to play advanced chords, read chord progressions and TAB, and explore tempo variations in performance. Prerequisite: Guitar 1 or instructor placement. Students must bring a guitar to class.
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Guitar 2 (Advanced)
Ages 8-15
$131 ($118 BAC Members)
Saturday, 11:30am-12:30pm
Jan 13 – Mar 17 (10 weeks)
Instructor: Sharon Quigley
Build on the foundation established in Guitar 1 by learning new chord progressions, note-reading, advanced strumming patterns, and music theory. Prerequisite: Guitar Basics, Guitar 1, or instructor placement. Students must bring a guitar to class.
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Teen – Adult (Advanced)
Guitar 1
Ages 15+
Tuesdays, 7:00pm-8:00pm

$131 ($118 BAC Members)
In addition to basic note reading, learn proper hand positioning, and open chords. By the end of this course you will be strumming simple songs and using common chord progressions. Students must bring a guitar to class.
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Piano Intro (Beginner)
Ages 3-4 only*
$76 ($69 BAC Members)
This half hour class is perfect for our youngest students to learn the basics. Parent attendance and participation required. *Students 5-6 begin in Piano Basics. Max 8 students.
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Piano Basics (Beginner)
Ages 5-6 only**
$76 ($69 BAC Members)
Instructor: Matt McKinney
This half hour class is a great introduction to piano for our younger students. Parent attendance and participation strongly encouraged. **Students 7+ begin in Piano 1. Max 8 students
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Piano 1 Ages 7+ (Preparatory)
$131 ($118 BAC Members)
Instructor: Matt McKinney
Learn proper hand technique, how to read notes in bass and treble clefs, and how to keep tempo. Max 8 students.
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Piano 2 (Advanced)
Ages 8+
Saturday, 12:30-1:30pm
Jan 13 – Mar 17 (10 weeks)
$131 ($118 BAC Members)
Instructor: Matt McKinney
Learn more advanced pieces using both hands with two and three-note chords, and explore key signatures. Prerequisite: Piano 1 or instructor placement. Max 8 students.
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Adult Piano Basics (Advanced)
Ages 15+
Wednesday, 6-7pm
Jan 10 – Mar 14 (10 weeks)
$131 ($118 BAC Members)
Instructor: Matt McKinney
Learn basic playing technique in C position, beginning note-reading in treble and bass clefs, and counting of simple rhythmic patterns. Required before entering Level 1. Max 8 students.
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Piano 1 (Advanced)
Ages 15+
Wednesday, 7-8pm
Jan 10 – Mar 14 (10 weeks)
$131 ($118 BAC Members)
Instructor: Matt McKinney
Build on the foundation from Piano Basics by playing in both C and G position, learning major scales and chords, identifying intervals by ear, and learning to recognize musical terms and symbols. Prerequisite: Piano Basics or instructor placement. Max 8 students.
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Piano 2 (Advanced)
Ages 15+
Wednesday, 8-9pm,
Jan 10 – Mar 14 (10 weeks)
$131 ($118 BAC Members)
Instructor: Matt McKinney
Build on the foundation from Level 1 by learning complex rhythmic patterns, dexterity etudes, and pieces in both simple and compound meters. Prerequisite: Piano 1 or instructor placement. Max 8 students.
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Pre-Violin (Beginner)
Ages 3-4
Thursday, 9:45-10:15am
Jan 11 – Mar 15 (10 weeks)
$76 ($69 BAC Members)
Instructor: TBD
This class is perfect for the preschooler who expresses an interest in violin. Students will learn the proper way to hold their instrument and bow, how to produce notes, and how to be part of an ensemble as well as an audience. Parent attendance and participation encouraged.
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Intro to Violin A (Beginner)
Ages 5-7
$76 ($69 BAC Members)
Instructor: Prentice Johnson
Designed for the absolute beginner, children will learn the parts of the violin, how to properly care for their instrument, and how to hold and play the violin. Suzuki and other methods utilized.
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Intro to Violin B (Advanced)
Ages 5-7
Saturday, 9:30-10am
Jan 13 – Mar 17 (10 weeks)
$76 ($69 BAC Members)
Instructor: Prentice Johnson
For students who have taken Intro to Violin A. Refine playing techniques and be introduced to basic music theory. An emphasis is placed on correct form and good sound production. Suzuki and other methods utilized.
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Violin, Viola & Cello 1 (Advanced)
Ages 8+
$131 ($118 BAC Members)
Instructor: Prentice Johnson

Older beginners will learn 1-octave scales, simple note reading, how to use dynamics, and basic music theory.
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Violin, Viola & Cello 2 (Advanced)
Ages 9+
Saturday, 11am -12pm
Jan 13 – Mar 17 (10 weeks)
$131 ($118 BAC Members)
Instructor: Prentice Johnson
Students will continue to progress by learning simple 2-octave scales, advanced fingerings, and complex bow strokes. Learn to play pieces in both simple and compound meters. Prerequisite: Violin, Viola & Cello 1 or instructor placement.
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Violin, Viola & Cello 3 (Advanced)
Ages 10+
Saturday, 12-1pm
Jan 13 – Mar 17 (10 weeks)
$131 ($118 BAC Members)
Instructor: Prentice Johnson
Introduction to 2nd (cello) and 3rd (violin & viola) position and the mechanics of shifting. Techniques will be applied to both major scales and pieces of music. Emphasis will be placed on accurate note reading and successful sight reading in preparation for orchestral auditions. Admission by instructor placement only.
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Violin, Viola & Cello 4 (Advanced)
Ages 10+
Saturday, 1-2pm
Jan 13 – Mar 17 (10 weeks)
$131 ($118 BAC Members)
Instructor: Prentice Johnson
Students will be introduced to 2nd, 4th, and 5th positions as they refine the mechanics of shifting. Techniques will be applied to both major and minor scales and pieces of music. Emphasis will be placed on accurate note reading and successful sight reading in preparation for orchestral and chamber music repertoire. Admission by instructor placement only.
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Infant/Toddler Music & Movement (Beginner)
Ages 6mos – 3yrs
$131 ($118 BAC Members)
Thursday, 10-10:45am
Jan 11 – Mar 15 (10 weeks)
Instructor: Debbie Parks
This fun interactive class is for parents/caregivers and little ones. Each class will include rhythmic activities, stories, finger plays, singing, dancing, and instrument exploration.
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Ukulele Intro (Beginner)
Ages 4-7
Saturday, 10-10:30am
Jan 13 – March 17 (10 weeks)
$76 ($69 BAC Members)
Instructor: Steve Sinde
Designed for the young beginner, this class will introduce students to the proper way to hold their ukulele and how to produce notes. The small instrument size makes it very comfortable for small hands to learn on. Students will learn simple songs and how to be part of an ensemble.
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Ukulele Basics
Ages 7+
Saturday, 10:30-11am
Jan 13 – March 17 (10 weeks)
$76 ($69 BAC Members)
Instructor: Steve Sinde
Beginning students will find the ukulele fun and easy to play! With only four strings, the ukulele is the perfect instrument for learning basic chords and simple strumming patterns. Students will learn valuable solo and ensemble techniques.
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Drum Basics (Beginner)
Ages 7-9
Saturday, 11-11:30am
Jan 13 – March 17 (10 weeks)
$76 ($69 BAC Members)
Instructor: Steve Sinde
This class will introduce students to the most basic elements of the percussion world. Students will learn how to properly hold drumsticks, read and understand basic rhythmic notation, as well as how to have fun and be a rock star! Students must bring a drum or drum pad and a pair of drumsticks to class.
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Drum 1 (Preparatory)
Ages 10+
Saturday, 11:30am-12:30pm
Jan 13 – March 17 (10 weeks)
$131 ($118 BAC Members)
Instructor: Steve Sinde
Build on the foundational skills learned in Drum Basics. Students will study intermediate level rhythmic notation including drum rolls, rudiments, and percussion duets. Group drumming allows students to apply a knowledge of notation and rhythms in an improvisational setting that promotes spontaneity and creativity. Prerequisite: Drum Basics or instructor placement. Students must bring a drum or drum pad and a pair of drumsticks to class.
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Youth Harmonica (Preparatory)
Ages 8-15
Thursday, 6-7pm
Jan 11 – Mar 15 (10 weeks)
$131 ($118 BAC Members)
Instructor: Clement Bashir
This class is designed with the absolute beginner in mind. Students will learn basic techniques, the 12-bar blues pattern and receive an introduction to improvisation.
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Harmonica 1 (Teen-Adult)
Ages 15+
Thursday, 7-8pm
Jan 11 – Mar 15 (10 weeks)
$131 ($118 BAC Members)
Instructor: Clement Bashir

Learn basic techniques of breathing, blowing and playing, as well as the 12-bars blue pattern.
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Harmonica 2 (Teen-Adult)
Ages 15+
Thursday, 8-9pm
Jan 11 – Mar 15 (10 weeks)
$131 ($118 BAC Members)
Instructor: Clement Bashir

Learn to incorporate single note bending, tongue blocking, and play octaves to fatten up your tone and expand your sound.
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PRIVATE LESSONS

Private Lessons Ages 4-6

$20 ($18 BAC Members) for 20-min lessons
$201 ($180 BAC Members) for 10 weeks
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Ages 7+
$30 ($27 BAC Members) for 30-min lessons
$301 ($270 BAC Members) for 10 weeks
$60 ($54 BAC Members) for 60-min lessons
$601 ($540 BAC Members) for 10 weeks
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Lessons are 20, 30, or 60 minutes long and offered in 10-lesson packages, as scheduled upon registration, starting the week of January 8th. All private lessons must be completed within the session in which they are purchased.

Students may select an available slot at registration by e-mailing Prentice Johnson, music coordinator, at prentice@beverlyartcenter.org.

*Private lessons must be started by the second week of each session.
Lessons available for:
-Voice
-percussion
-piano
-violin
-flute
-clarinet
-guitar
-saxophone
-cello
-viola
-bass
-trumpet