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Classes and Ensembles

This page has a comprehensive listing of the classes and ensembles available to Music Institute students. In some cases, TMI students can participate in the Music Department's larger ensembles. We always update this page, but feel free to contact the office if you have any questions. (443) 518-4297 or

The Music Institute reserves the right to cancel classes that do not meet minimum enrollment requirements. 

Descriptions of many of these classes are listed below. If you do not find what you're looking for, contact the office! We are happy to coordinate a special class better suited for your needs. Unless otherwise noted, a $25 administrative fee is applied to the classes and ensembles listed above.

  • Colourstrings™
    Day/Time Location Cost
    Wed, 5:45 — 6:30 pm HVPA 260

    $315 Tuition
    $35 Materials

    Colourstrings™ is a world-renowned method of musical instruction that begins from the earliest stages of a child’s instruction and develops the necessary skills of study for college level. The Hungarian Szilvay brothers have based their method on the Kodaly method, which integrates instrumental studies with singing. In using scientifically related colors to identify specific strings, children develop the ability to read music readily in a natural progression of learning.

    Stage One – Book A
    Students will one receive 30-minute group lesson per week with a minimum of three and a maximum of five students per class. Eligible ages are 4-8 years old. Parents are encouraged to attend lessons. For more information about the Colourstrings™ method, visit the Colourstrings web site at

  • Suzuki® Beginning Violin
    Day/Time Location Cost
    Mon, 5:30 — 6:15 pm HVPA TBA $315

    The Suzuki® method is based on the principle that every child can develop his abilities during the early absorbing and sensitive years far beyond what most people can imagine. Dr. Shinichi Suzuki, a master violin teacher and founder of the Japanese Talent Education Movement, revolutionized violin teaching. A child learns music through the same process he learns his mother tongue language; the parents’ role is vital in the development of early learning ability. The parent attends lessons and helps with practice at home. The basic principles of the Suzuki®  Method consist of listening, motivation, proper technique, repetition and reinforcement. The primary goal is to train the student not only in musical abilities but also in his total human development. Students will receive a 45-minute group lesson per week. Parents are encouraged to attend lessons.

  • Songwriting Class I/II
    Day/Time Location Cost

    As arranged with Instructor

    TBA $315

    Get your half-written songs or first glimmerings of inspiration into finished, marketable shape. Learn to write your song down, fix the lyrics and say what you really mean to say, your way, with 30-year music industry veteran Bill Murphy. From first idea to finished lead sheet/arrangement. Copyright on all finished product stays with the student. Class runs 12 weeks.

  • Piano Performance & Music Cultivation Seminar
    Day/Time Location Cost

    TBA, TBA

    MRH $270

    Led by Gemini Piano Trio pianist, Dr. Hsiu-Hui Wang, this seminar series is held in an informal masterclass setting and covers all aspects of musical knowledge, wisdom, wellness, and piano performance preparation and planning strategies. This seminar aims to provide a fun and supportive atmosphere to help students build confidence, offers performing experiences, and nurtures their appreciation for music. Students will have the opportunity to participate in discussions and give constructive feedback to their peers.

    The seminar consists of 4 sessions and an opportunity to participate in the post-seminar recital at the recommendation of Dr. Wang. The seminar sessions meet during the spring semester from February through June and during the fall semester from September through December. Occasionally, if necessary, the seminar sessions may be extended to 2 hours to accommodate all performers with a short break. Eligible students may also participate in certain TMI recitals and HCC Masterclasses, as well as community outreach performance opportunities at the recommendation of Dr. Wang. The outreach performances may be counted toward community service credits. Please refer to individual schools for more details.

    For more information, please contact Dr. Wang at Age - Ages 7 and up or upon the recommendation of the instructor. Minimum number of enrollment is 4 per semester. Maximum number of enrollment is 10 or at the discretion of the instructor.

  • Percussion Ensemble
    Day/Time Location Cost
    Mon, 5:00 — 6:20 pm HVPA 140


    The HCC Percussion Ensemble is open to HCC music majors and high school percussionists (grades 9-12) who actively participate in their school music program. The Percussion Ensemble, led by Tim McKay, explores various styles of percussion music through weekly rehearsals and end of semester performances. 14 weeks.

  • Jazz Improvisation Class
    Day/Time Location Cost
    Tues/Thurs, 3:00 — 3:50 pm HVPA 140 $210

    This class teaches the basics of jazz improvisation. It is a skill that can be systematically learned. Basic instrument skills are required. For beginners to intermediate level.  

  • Gumbo Jam Bands—Ages 10—Adult
    Day/Time Location Cost
    Sun, Afternoon/Evening HVPA TBA $210

    Blues/Rock/Country World, and R&B. Many stylistic approaches spanning decades of recorded music. Vocalists encouraged. Course runs 12 weeks and is led by Scott Goriup.

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