There are many ways that students in the studio interact and mentor each other. Along with weekly individual lessons, monthly small group workshops called mini-recitals are offered. This is where students play for each other in “student only” groups or work together in music projects or visit with inspiring professionals.
At NYS, we provide year-round recreational programming to annually engage over 2,000 young people of all ages, backgrounds, interests, and abilities in a safe environment. Youth are encouraged to explore new topics and skills, step out of their comfort zones, and connect with others. Programs are designed to introduce young people to a variety of activities throughout the year, as well have opportunities to try new things, without long-term commitments. Knowing that when young people have interests that they are passionate about they are more likely to create constructive goals and make healthier life choices, NYS engages youth right from the beginning, offering programming for ages 0-18 years. Partnering with local businesses and community members enables NYS to offer expansive and diverse, age-appropriate programming including: Infant through pre-school activities such as morning music classes, open gym, “Dads and Donuts,” and Saturday morning learn-to-play sports classes; Arts, cooking, nature, creative, games, and STEM-based activities; team and individual sports, special outings, for school-age youth; Certification classes, such as CPR, babysitting, and boating safety, and trips for older teens; Free community events for all ages that allow families to explore, interact, and create special experiences and traditions: “Get Hooked” Fishing Tournament, Touch-a-Truck, Winter Kite Festival, Young Artists Craft Fair, NYS BBQ and Campout, and Cardboard Boat Regatta
Whole Music offers Music instruction and development to students of all ages and ability levels. Private lessons, semi-private lessons, group classes and jamming workshops — Jamshops™ — are offered six days a week at our studio in Byfield, MA. Virtual lessons are also available via Skype, Facetime, or Zoom for clients who prefer the convenience of taking lessons from their own home. Additionally, we offer Specialty Classes with guest artists from around the world, and an Artist Development Program focusing on original content/songs/composition, vocal and instrumental development, songwriting, arrangement, recording and production, performance, image and marketing/promotion.
Our talented teachers develop specially curated lesson plans for each musician, delivering a well-rounded musical education for all ages and levels. Teachers connect with students and families to learn exactly how to help them discover the musician inside. Drums/percussion: Students learn rudiments, snare drum pieces, reading exercises, melodic percussion studies, improvisation, funk/rock/jazz/Latin studies as well as whatever music the student is interested in. All other instruments: From brass and woodwinds to strings and vocals, students can learn whatever instrument they’re interested in, discovering the musician inside by studying the music style of their choosing.