Please refer to TMA's policy for more details, including expectations from students and complete guidelines.

Classes may require a minimum enrollment. To ensure the class will proceed, please enroll PRIOR TO the first week of the new semester.

Instruction for the SPRING Semester 2018 will begin the week of January 28.


2790 W. College Ave., Ste. 7
  State College, PA 16801


Beginner Piano Class Instruction

Instructor: Brooke Welsh
Tuesdays 7:00PM - 8:00PM
Ages 8 and up

Tuition: $450/18 Weeks

Here is a class designed to meet the need for affordable beginner piano instruction in a one hour time frame! The course focuses on the fundamentals of piano technique and theory. In a hands-on piano lab group setting, students will be introduced to keyboard orientation, music reading, and notation. Sign up for an exciting time and learn the thrill of exploring the piano with other area youth.

You Can Ukulele Too!
Instructor: Christiana Usenza
Ages: 13+
Start date: Sept 18
Time: TBD
12 weeks
Level: beginner

This class is for beginners (ages 13 to infinity) who want to learn to playfully play ukulele music in a fun and participatory group setting. Each class will begin with a short lesson on chords & strumming patterns, and the bulk of the time will be spent playing songs (rock, folk, country, blues, jazz, pop, and world music). The teacher will provide songbooks and the group will rotate around a circle giving each student a chance to pick a song to learn that day. The students will be encouraged to sing along while doing so. It will be a low-pressure environment for each individual to join in only on what they feel comfortable with or compelled to do. Mostly it will be energizing to learn together and to make music with the group.

*Students will need to bring their own ukulele (soprano, concert, or tenor). If you have questions more info is available.

Chamber Music Class
Instructors: Sally Williams Minnich/Paul Kim
Ages: 11-18
Day and Time TBD
Tuition: $125 / 8 weeks
Spring Dates TBD

This class is for intermediate and advanced instrumental students who wish to participate in a small, coached chamber group (trios, quartets). Classes will meet for 8 weeks; 4 sessions will be coached by the instructor; 4 sessions will be rehearsal sessions. Students will learn how to shape music as a dynamic unit, refine listening skills, and develop empathetic playing with others. Repertoire will include standard classical pieces, with opportunities to explore contemporary arrangements of other styles and genres. Arranging and improvising will also be encouraged. Groups may perform on a recital near the end of the semester.

World Rhythms
Instructor: Christiana Usenza
Ages: 13+
Start date: Sept 18
Time: TBD
12 weeks
Level: beginner to advanced

This class is for students with all levels of musical experience (teens and adults) who are interested in learning the skills required of an ensemble, such as: collaboration & listening (& rocking out!). By focusing on African & Latin music, the students will learn about the foundations of rhythm, percussion technique & creativity. The group will start by learning a piece called “Gahu” which is from the Ewe culture in Ghana. This piece has five parts that play simultaneously and each student will learn to play and rotate all five parts. The teacher will soon introduce Afro-Cuban pieces & other world rhythms, and eventually improvisation. The class is very supportive and fun and focuses on listening & working together to create amazing music.

*A limited number of drums will be available for use in class. For those interested in purchasing a drum, guidance will be provided.

The Creative Ensemble
Instructor: Kevin Sims
Ages 10-18 (instrumentalists, singers)

Tuition: $168/14 weeks

The Creative Ensemble is a small, open-ended group which is largely student-directed, but instructor guided. The goal is to give students small-group playing and rehearsing experience, and to encourage improvisation, arranging, composition, and basic recording software and production techniques. In the Ensemble, decisions are made together, emphasizing "conductor-less" playing with songs and exercises that students design and contribute. Everyone works together to put songs together while learning valuable lessons in communication, recording, and performing.