Music Classes, Lessons & ENSEMBLES
The BW Community Arts School offers a wide array of instrumental and vocal music educational opportunities. From private lessons to classes to ensembles, there are opportunities for all ages and all abilities. Leveraging the facilities and resources of Baldwin Wallace's renown Conservatory of Music, CAS students are able to take advantage of many opportunities unique to the campus. In addition to these immersive experiences, educators, conductors and artists can find ways to engage in our professional development opportunities.
Music Department Faculty
Jennifer Andersen-Germaine is an accomplished flutist although the piccolo is her main instrument. She has studied under Mary Kay Fink, William Hebert, George Pope, and Randy Hester. Jennifer has been an Adjunct Professor of flute for the Baldwin Wallace University Community Arts School since 2001. An active musician, Jennifer is a member of the Ekklesia Ensemble and the Cleveland Winds. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance from Baldwin Wallace and a Master of Music in Flute Performance from the University of Akron.
Jeanette Hagerty is the Program Coordinator – Theatre and Music Ensembles for the Community Arts School and is a proud graduate of Baldwin Wallace University, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in arts management in 2016. Hagerty is a member of the Arts Management Association and brings three years of leadership experience with her, including a performance background in theatre. As program coordinator, she holds a working knowledge of community engagement as well as event and program management. She was born and raised in the Northeast Ohio area.
Music classes are a great way to introduce musical concepts to students in a group setting. Our music classes and programs for early learners from infants through elementary school are designed and taught by expert faculty who understand child development and musical growth. Typical class offerings include MusicPlay, Dalcroze Eurhythmics, and Rhythmic Solfege.
Students may enroll in private lessons to receive one-on-one instruction and coaching from a Community Arts School faculty member. Lessons are offered at many times during the week with most of them occurring in the weekday afternoons, weekday evenings and weekends. Students typically enroll in lessons that meet once a week for a half-hour for the full semester. The Community Arts School offers a rolling admission where students may enroll at any time during the semester.
Private lessons allow each student to develop independently through the careful guidance and mentorship of expert, credentialed faculty.
The BW Community Arts School offers instrumental and vocal ensembles for students in grades 4 through retiree! Each ensemble fosters a unique, positive culture that supports individual growth while also teaching the skills and training needed contribute to the artistic development of the greater ensemble. Our New Horizons Band and Orchestra Program allow adults of any ability to participate in a full band or string orchestra ensemble. The BW Men’s Chorus and BW Women’s Chorus are open to students high school age and up. An audition is required for each.
Suzuki Center for the Violin
The Baldwin Wallace Suzuki Center offers private lessons and group classes using the Suzuki method for ages 4 & up. With careful guidance from specially trained teachers, parents help their children learn to play violin through the same natural process that occurs when their children learn to speak. The establishment of this "Suzuki triangle" provides the stimulation and encouragement that children need to acquire other critical learning skills.
Summer Arts Programs
For over 90 years, The Conservatory of Music at Baldwin Wallace University has been bringing school age and adult learners to campus for focused music study through workshops, camps and training institutes. Offerings include Summer Music Camps for Grades 4-9, High School College-Prep Intensives, and the Summer Institute for Music Teaching and Learning. Caring staff, a safe campus, outstanding facilities, excellent food service and comfortable residence halls combine to make each participant’s experience a positive one. The BW dining hall provides an array of healthy meal options and will work with individual camp participants regarding dietary needs.
In partnership with the Baldwin Wallace University School of Education, the BW Community Arts School offers professional development opportunities for certified educators and teaching artists. With the University campus only being minutes from the airport and with modern on-campus living arrangements, participants around the world seek out opportunities to come to BW in the summer to learn from highly credentialed faculty. The portfolio of offerings is typically made available in January.