Fall 2021 music opportunities at KCMC below

 

FIRST – our big news…OVER THE SUMMER….

 

     KCMC has relocated to its new home in a series of studios on 105 Maple Avenue, Keene! The First Baptist Church of Keene graciously welcomed us to rent our teaching spaces within their building. Without missing a weekday lesson day, and with the invaluable and energized assistance of a host of KCMC community members, our work with students continued throughout the summer. If you and yours have not already resumed activities with us at 105 Maple, we look forward to seeing you soon!

 

     A shout-out to some of the special folks who made possible the near seamless transition to our new digs:

  • Chris Martin‘s work with ferrying equipment to Maple Ave and also to the storage space in Swanzey
  • Steven Corrieri, Nick Grassi and Mark Polifrone (the Director of Music at First Baptist Church) for their great help in moving the pianos      
  • Adelyn Hayward for her help with sorting and boxing the music library, and also for recycling those items to be reused at a local public school 
  • Steven S. for helping to move things to Maple Ave, and also for assisting in establishing the KCMC lawn signs now in the front lawn area of First Baptist Church

Additionally: 

KCMC would like to thank all of you who donated funds to help with our moving costs. Moving is never easy, but it’s especially hard when you have to move a grand piano, 4 upright pianos, a closet-full of violins and violas, and a harpsichord!

 

Your donations, given through our Facebook campaign  have totaled nearly $1,000! Your gifts have helped significantly.

 

Your support these past few months have been crucial for KCMC’s unexpected move. We couldn’t have done it without you! 

 

Thank you all very much!

And now, the Fall 2021 programs:

 

  • Private lesson opportunities continue 

                Registration now open

 

Lessons available for: violin, viola, guitar, harp, piano, music theory, trumpet, voice, and percussion.

 

     Continuing or returning students should sort out lesson schedules directly with their current (or most recent) instructor. A weekly lesson is advised.

 Adult students: Don’t let the real challenges of the work schedule dissuade you from taking lessons; talk to your private instructor about any need to have your lesson schedule best interface with the real demands of your work! [If assistance in registration is needed, please contact the office directly kcmcoffice@gmail.com.

 

     New students should contact the KCMC office directly

For youth students: lessons can provide you with technical essentials that will help you prepare to become a stronger participant in the performing ensemble at your school. KCMC is located extremely close to Keene Middle School, and is a very short drive from the high 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.

 

NOTE: Private instruction in music theory (a series of eight once-weekly lessons) IS available in Fall 2021. Registration as per other private lesson instruction…

                Registration now open

 

  • Fall 2021 Chamber Music Play-in event for Adults

       November 6, 2021      two sessions: 1:00-2:15 pm and 2:30-3:45 pm

                 Registration now open and continuing through September 10:  

 

          Join the ever-expanding crew of Monadnock area chamber music fans as we convene for the playing of repertoire from the standard and also more contemporary repertoire. Hope to see you on November 6th

 

     Important: Please register directly with Faith Miller (faithsmiller@yahoo.com) for this one event. There will be an (exciting!) new KCMC website upcoming in the fall, though we don’t want to lose communication with any play-in participants between the cracks at the time of the website changeover. Thanks in advance for your patience.                                                                                 

 

  • Youth Chamber Music and Musicianship Program  

  (not offered in Fall 2021; expected return: winter 2021-2022)

 

  • Fundamentals of Music Theory I (small group class)

  (not offered in Fall 2021; expected return: winter 2021-2022)

 

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Finally, as a reminder to the KCMC community:

Guidelines On-going for In-Person  Lessons During the Covid-19 Pandemic

For Teachers, Students, and Guests:

As of September 1, 2021….and until further notice…KCMC will re-institute the mask mandate as a precautionary measure again the COVID-19 resurgence and the highly infectious Delta variant. This decision by the Board is in accordance with the mask mandate being observed by our host organization – First Baptist Church of Keene – and also the other organizations (YMCA daycare, Boy Scouts, Bingo Club) having part-time use of the facility. KCMC teachers will continue to disinfect teaching areas between students. Beyond this general statement…

 

  1. If you are feeling unwell, please stay home.  
    1. Possible symptoms of COVID-19 include: 1. Fever 2. Respiratory symptoms such as runny nose, sore throat, cough, or shortness of breath 3. Flu-like symptoms such as muscle aches, chills, and severe fatigue 4. Changes in a person’s sense of taste or smell.
  2. For all individuals (including children older than 2 years): face coverings should be worn while inside KCMC.  Please read the CDC’s guidance on the use of face coverings
  3. Students, or parents, must complete a Covid-19 Prescreening Questionnaire before every lesson held at KCMC. The questionnaire should be handed to the teacher at the beginning of the lesson time.
  4. Teachers should self-monitor their wellness and attest that they are well enough to teach by filling out KCMC Teacher Wellness Statement at the start of their teaching day.
  5. Good hand hygiene is strongly encouraged.
  6. Teachers and students (or patents) should communicate with each other prior to lessons regarding these precautionary measures.

Note: KCMC is keeping up with the SAU 29 guidelines in Keene and the State recommendation for schools.  

 

Looking ahead to Winter 2021…..

  • Registration period for winter term private lessons: on-going, on-line registration
  • Jump onto our website from time to time to discover updates. We will have a redesigned website coming soon!

Winter newsletter updates will come your way mid-November.

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