Currently, OCM offers private instruction in violin, viola, cello, double bass, piano and harp. Students receive once weekly 30 minute, 45 minute or one hour lessons. The school is open seven days a week and private lessons are available on both weekdays and weekends. Young children can start taking lessons as young as three or four years old. OCM also offers lessons for adults. Correct technique and musicality are emphasized from very early stages of learning. Students are required to practice regularly. Regular practice in addition to a highly qualified teacher is a key to success.
Very young children are taught through a variety of methods, designed to promote music reading from the beginning stages and correct fundamental techniques. Older children, as well as advanced students are taught correct technique through a regimen of scales, exercises, and etudes, and expressive musicality through a carefully chosen solo repertoire.
All students are highly encouraged to perform in Student Recitals. All students above the age of 7 and with a minimum of 3 months of beginning private lessons are required to perform an end of semester technical exam, in front of OCM faculty.
Musicianship classes incorporate aural skills, theory, form analysis and music history. Aural skills are vital for a developing musician. Various exercises help the student in perfecting pitch and rhythm skills. The exercises include sight-singing; rhythmic, melodic and harmonic dictation; interval recognition; chord recognition; conducting. The theory portion of musicianship class incorporates elements of music, builds musical literacy, develops analytical and listening skills. Form analysis aids in musical structure recognition and understanding. Music history incorporates the study of musical style, development of ideas, important composers and events throughout the history of Western music.
Musicianship classes are divided into three levels:
Musicianship I - designed for elementary aged students (ages 6 - 11)
Mondays 2:00 - 2:45 or
Fridays 5:45 - 6:30
Musicianship II - designed for students ages 12 to 14
Saturdays 3:10 - 3:55
Musicianship III - designed for advanced high school students
Saturdays 4:00 - 4:45
Classes for the Spring 2017 semester begin on January 6. Limit of students for each class is 6. In case of bigger interest, another class time will be added. Only students receiving private lessons at Oklahoma Conservatory of Music are eligible to register.
Classes meet on the following dates:
Mondays - January 9, 16, 23, 30 February 6, 13, 20,27 March 6, 13, 20, 27 April 3, 10, 17 May 1, 8, 15
Fridays - January 6, 13 February 3, 17, 24 March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 April 7, 14 May 5, 19
Musicianship II and III
Saturdays - January 7, 14, 28 February 4, 18, 25 March 4, 11, 18, 25 April 1, 8, 15 May 6, 20.
Chamber music promotes collaboration and cultivates performance and rehearsal skills. Students are placed in string quartets, string trios, piano trios, and other ensembles. Groups receive once weekly coaching from the OCM faculty. At the end of the semester groups are presented in the Student Recital. Other performance opportunities are also possible. To register for chamber music, contact Angelika Machnik-Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All students are highly encouraged to perform in Student Recitals. Two recitals are scheduled every semester. Through Student Recitals, young musicians develop performing skills, address the issues of stage fright and present the repertoire they have been preparing during the semester. Students also have a chance to listen to other students and learn from their performances. Young, beginning students are encouraged to perform at recitals as early as possible in order to acquaint themselves with playing in front of an audience.
Throughout the semester, teachers from the violin, cello and piano studios organize studio classes, where students have a chance to perform their music in front of their peers. They receive critique from both the teacher and other students. Studio classes are usually scheduled before recitals and auditions.