Winter 2021-2022 music opportunities at KCMC…


  • Private lessons – rolling registration
  • Student chamber music & musicianship program

                                                                                  Thursdays, Jan 6 – Feb 10

  • Fundamentals of Music Theory (small group class) 

                                                                                    Mondays,  Jan 10 – Feb 14

  • Introduction to Composition – Fridays, Jan 14 – Feb 18
  • Adult chamber music play-in event – Saturday, Mar 5, 2022

                 *** See below for details on all of these events ***



Continuing or returning students should sort out lesson schedules directly with their current (or most recent) instructor. If assistance in registration is needed, please contact the office directly: New students should contact the KCMC office directly. Instruction is available for students of piano, violin, harp, guitar, voice,  viola, and drums.

For youth students: private lessons can provide you with technical essentials that will help you prepare to become a more informed participant in the performing ensemble at your school. 

For adult students: Treat yourself to a reunion with the instrument you played years ago OR dive into a first-time experience playing an instrument. Instructors will advise you as to where and how to go about renting (or purchasing) an instrument that will best fit your musical goals. Morning lesson times may be available for adult students, so please inquire.



Chamber Music

January & February Chamber Music Program

Registration for the January & February sessions open NOW, and continuing through January 3, 2022.


        The student chamber music program this January & February will consist of a series of six Thursday (5:45-6:45 pm) chamber music rehearsals at KCMC. This program is designed primarily to accommodate string players and pianists, though players of other instruments should inquire if interested. Music faculty will work with participants in rehearsals designed to further accuracy in music reading, group intonation and sound quality, rhythmic problem solving, and other skills essential to collaborative music making. 

Note #1: Students will be assigned to groups in accordance with technical ability and experience with their instrument AND ALSO with chamber music  rather than by age group.

Note #2: Students new to the KCMC chamber music program are required to play a small placement audition for music faculty prior to January 3, 2022.. Alternately, a student may submit a short, recorded sample of their playing. In either case, the student should plan to play up to 2 minutes max of one or (preferably) two pieces. Those preferring to submit a recording need also meet the January 3 submission date.


Schedule: January 6, 13, 20, 27 AND Feb 3, 10

                (Feb 17 as a potential make-up date due to weather cancellation, if needed)

Fee structure:

$120.00 per participant    (6 sessions x $20.00)

$108.00 per participant who is also taking lessons at KCMC during Winter CM session (6 sessions x $18.00…….10% discount off full rate)


Music Theory Program

Fundamentals of Music Theory I 

Music reading, rhythmic problem solving, introduction to scale forms, intervals and chords. Small group class.


Schedule: (six Mondays)   Jan 10, 17, 24 and 31 AND Feb 7, 14    (5:00-6:00 pm)

              (NOTE: In the event of a “snow day” (as determined by SAU29) on a regular 

                    theory day, class will be held remotely.)


Fee structure:

$120.00 per participant    (6 sessions x $20.00)

$108.00 per participant who is concurrently taking private instrumental lessons at KCMC  

                 (6 sessions x $18.00…….10% discount off full rate)


NOTE: Private music theory lessons are available as well as this group class experience. Such lessons would be charged at the teacher’s regular private lesson rate. If interested, please register on the website in the private lessons area of the site.


Introduction to Music Composition

How to Give Form to Feeling and Ink to Ideas

              Registration now open and continuing through January 3:    


Students will work toward creation of original music. (Note: Participants in this class should be able to demonstrate reasonable understanding of the Fundamentals of Music Theory.)   


Schedule: Six consecutive weeks, Fridays, 5:00-6:00 pm [January 14, 21, 28; and February 4, 11, 18] 


Fee structure:

$120.00 per participant    (6 sessions x $20.00)      

$108.00 per participant who is concurrently taking private instrumental lessons at KCMC  

                 (6 sessions x $18.00…….10% discount off full rate)


and looking ahead…


 Spring Chamber Music Play-in event for Adults 

March 5, 2022 – two sessions: 1:00-2:15 pm and 2:30-3:45 pm 

Registration for this spring chamber music event open NOW, and continuing 

                      through January 7, 2022 

   (direct invitation/reminder email will be sent to past participants in early January) • Note: timing of this event to coordinate with ACMP’s World-Wide Play-In Weekend


Fall term highlights at KCMC

The community of teachers, parents, and supporters of KCMC warmly celebrate musical success born from the dedication of this past term’s participants. 


  • Ongoing instruction and progress of both youth and adult students in private lessons at our 105 Maple Street studios. Students thrived under the expert teaching and coaching of our teachers of piano, violin, harp, guitar, voice, viola, and drums. 


  • A chamber music play-in event for Monadnock-area adult musicians, November 6th. Thirteen chamber musician devotees from Keene and environs (Dublin, Francestown, Keene, Marlborough, Nashua, New Ipswich, Peterborough, and Wilton, NH; Guilford, VT) gathered for an afternoon of playing and friendship in music. The musicians prepared and rehearsed a variety of works including: Schubert: (Cello) Quintet in C Major, D.956; Beethoven: String Trio in C Minor, Op.9, no. 3;  Hecker: Woodwind Quartet; Heitor Villa-Lobos: Trio for Oboe, Clarinet and Bassoon; Norman Dello Joio: Trio for Flute, Cello and Piano; J.S.Bach: Sonata #1 in C Major for 2 violins & cello;  and Beethoven: String Quartet Op.18, no.3, among other pieces. 


  • The return to in-person student recitals with a program at KCMC’s 105 Maple Avenue base on November 6th.  A good number of families and fans gathered in the Fellowship Hall to listen and to support the fine efforts of all the program participants.


Violin student Quinn Veith led off the program by playing three short pieces, two from the initial volume by Suzuki and one by Vermont composer David Tasgal. Quinn impressed the audience with her confidence in playing for this special recital event, and in her ability to hold on to her own part while being accompanied by piano. Following Quinn, Kathryn Kaminski presented two pieces for harp solo, the first by American composer Daniel Burton and the second by French composer Bernard Andrés. For some audience members, this was a first experience with hearing harp music; Kathryn’s clear and steady playing was a most welcome introduction to the repertoire. Next on the program, Maria Fallon continued the program’s international bent in her performance of two violin duets, the first a Cantabile by Belgian composer Charles de Beriot, and the second an Allegretto by Hungarian-born British composer Matyas Seiber. Maria played the lead part in both duets and scored a win in this, her debut performance. Collin Mowat played next; he offered a most enjoyable performance of Allegro from a Miniature by Gelmer-Rainer Sinisalo. While Collin had played on the most recent KCMC virtual recital (brought to us by the pandemic), this was his first time to perform for a live audience of this size. His performance was obviously well prepared and worthy of his confidence. Harp compositions by Bernard Andrés were once again featured as Judith Aucoin Olsen offered her first in-recital performance on the pedal harp. She brought out the arpeggiation inherent in these pieces, and also the lovely melody lines in the upper register. Judith’s performance of the Bourree (from Petite Suite Classique) by French-born American composer Marcel Grandjany was an additional treat for the audience. Performance by Gaetana Martin capped the program. Gaetana played the opening movement (Allegro) from Concerto #2 by Russian composer Anatoli Komarowski. This movement features some moments of sustained lyricism and also some of more energized, rapid movement. Gaetana well-negotiated the transitions requisite to the piece, presenting a very pleasing conclusion to the afternoon event.


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Make a Gift to KCMC 

Get into the holiday spirit with a year’s end financial gift to your community music center! 


As a nonprofit organization your generous contributions make it possible for KCMC to continue providing the best possible music education and performance opportunities in the Monadnock Region.  Thank you for your support!!!


                Spring newsletter updates will come your way mid-February. We hope to 

                          see many of you involved in the upcoming programs at KCMC!   


Keene Community Music Center is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Your donations may be tax deductible. Please consult your tax adviser.

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