SMARTS Fall Classes 2017

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SMARTS classes include Visual Arts, Music, Dance, Theater and Creative Writing. Classes are offered on a first-come first-serve basis via e-mail throughout the year. Prior to being offered SMARTS classes, you must submit an application for each student planning to take classes.

Below is a list of the classes that SMARTS is currently offering for Fall 2017. Currently, these classes are free to SMARTS (PK-12) students. More SMARTS classes will be offered as the year progresses.

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Current SMARTS Music Class Offerings

SMARTS Student Piano Lessons

SMARTS Student Piano Lessons provide you with a premier piano experience like nothing you’ve experienced before!  Our Yamaha digital piano lab is the only one of its kind in the Mahoning Valley where students will gain piano skills and are part of a musical community.  Being part of a piano lab is a unique experience because when we work together everyone achieves more.  Students interact with the teacher and other students through the use of state-of-the-art technology designed to personalize their learning experiences and meet every individual student at their skill level. SMARTS teachers are professionals in their field and come to us with years of experience and expertise.  SMARTS piano lessons are 75 minutes long once a week and including piano skills and music theory.  Each class consists of a

45 minute piano lesson followed by 30 minutes of music theory.  Maximum number of students is 8. For students who don’t have an instrument to practice on, SMARTS will provide an electric keyboard (first come first serve). SMARTS makes sure to complement our hands-on-music lessons by teaching topics such as musical notation reading, technical exercises, repertoire exploration, and much more. Our curriculum is designed to instill a core understanding and provide a comprehensive music learning experience for every SMARTS student.  Our facility, equipment and teachers make this a program you can’t find anywhere else in this area!

Requirements:  All SMARTS Piano Lessons are free to you but attendance, hard work, practice and dedication are required from all of our students.  If you know that your SMARTS Music student cannot attend one of his/her scheduled lessons, you must call 330-574-2787(ARTS) to notify SMARTS of an approved absence.  If your SMARTS Music student misses more than 3 lessons, he/she will be asked to withdraw from this session of SMARTS Piano lessons, giving another student the opportunity to participate. There will be SMARTS Piano Practice Cards issued and each student must practice at least one hour a week between weekly lessons.  Our suggestion is 15 minutes a day/four days a week, but you can decide what works for you, as this is the minimum requirement.  Remember, students will learn more with more practice. SMARTS piano students will take lessons for the entire year and showcase their hard work at the SMARTS Music Recital in May 2018.

Piano Class 1/
Grades 1-4

This class meets Tuesdays from 4:00pm – 5:15pm on the following dates:

December: 5

Cost: $5 for your music book (Average cost of a music book is $10)

Piano Class 2/
Grades 5-7

This class meets Tuesdays from 5:15pm – 6:30pm on the following dates:

December: 5

Cost: $5 for your music book (Average cost of a music book is $10)

Piano Class 3/
Grades 1-4

This class meets Wednesdays from 4:00pm – 5:15pm on the following dates:

December: 6

Cost: $5 for your music book (Average cost of a music book is $10)

Piano Class 5/
Grades 5-7

This class meets Thursdays from 4:00pm – 5:15pm on the following dates:

November: 30

December: 7

Cost: $5 for your music book (Average cost of a music book is $10)

Piano Class 6/
Grades 8-12

This class meets Thursdays from 5:15pm – 6:30pm on the following dates:

November: 30

December: 7

Cost: $5 for your music book (Average cost of a music book is $10)

SMARTS Adult Piano Lessons, $

Have you always wanted to learn piano?  Have you taken lessons in the past and really wished you had continued?  Well here’s your chance!  SMARTS is offering piano classes for adults for the first time in our history.  Our Yamaha digital piano lab is the only one of its kind in the Mahoning Valley where students gain piano skills and are part of a musical community. Students interact with the teacher and other students through the use of state-of-the-art technology designed to personalize their learning experiences and meet every individual student at their skill level. SMARTS teachers are professionals in their field and come to us with years of experience and expertise.  SMARTS piano lessons are 75 minutes long once a week and include piano skills and music theory.  Each class consists of a 45 minute piano lesson followed by 30 minutes of piano theory.  SMARTS makes sure to complement our hands-on-music lessons by teaching topics such musical notation reading, technical exercises, repertoire exploration, and much more. SMARTS piano curriculum is designed to instill a core understanding and provide a comprehensive music learning experience for every SMARTS student.  Our facility, equipment and teachers make this a program you can’t find anywhere else in this area!

Requirements: If you miss more than 2 classes you will be dropped from this series unless you have prepaid for the entire fall semester.

Adult Piano Class: Classes are open to anyone who is over 18 and no longer enrolled in high school.

Cost: If you pay for fall classes in advance the cost is $20/class and a total of $160/fall semester. Payment to be made to SMARTS before the first class. If you choose to pay at the time of class each week the cost is $25/class. Payment to be made to SMARTS before each class. Music books cost $10 each.

Piano Class 4/Adult Piano Class, $

This class meets Wednesdays from 5:15pm – 6:30pm on the following dates:

December: 6

Current SMARTS Visual Art Class Offerings

SMARTS 3/A Planned City - American Institute of Architects Programming Grades 6-12

If you could design a city, what would it be?  Would it be as big Pittsburgh or as small as Columbiana or somewhere in between?  Does your city have roads and rivers, parks and lakes, public buildings and houses?  This course will introduce city planning and its importance.  Along with that, we will introduce and discuss different building types and spaces within a city.  We will look at housing, churches, parks and monuments, stadiums and sports arenas, and civic buildings.  Then we will bring them all together… and this will become your city.

Class projects include space planning, drawing, rendering, model building, clay sculpting and city building.

This class meets Tuesdays from 5:30pm – 6:20pm on the following dates:

December: 5

Upcoming SMARTS Class Offerings

SMARTS Dance/ Creative Dance

The goal of this class is to introduce dance to students through a creative story-telling approach.  Students will learn the fundamentals of dance through activities that will explore spatial awareness, musicality, rhythms, locomotor skills, shapes, and levels.  The classes will not only focus on individual work, but on collaborative group work as well.  By the end of the class, students will be able to create and tell stories through movement and dance.

SMARTS Creative Writing/The Art of Storytelling

This goal of this class is to teach students how to be storytellers, dreamers, creators, think-outside-the-boxers using creative writing. The Art of Storytelling is a class designed for students to explore their imagination while working on their writing skills. The focus of the class is to examine the different writing genres and learn how to create stories using these styles. Additionally, students will develop skills in creating setting, structuring plot, and constructing and developing characters.

SMARTS Music/ Inner Rhythm

The goal of this class is to develop proper technique on hand drums using light auxiliary percussion. Focus will be on bringing out students' musical abilities and expanding on them. Students will also work to create music in a group setting and learn to interact with their peers. These skills include listening, responding, improvisation, adapting, understanding music vocabulary, and working together. By the end of the class, students will be connected musically as a fully functioning rhythm circle.

SMARTS Visual Art/ Elements of Art

The goal of this class is to introduce students to the Elements of Art.  The concepts of Line, Shape, Form, Color, Texture, Space and Value will be taught, and the students will create original works of art based on these elements.  This class teaches students what these basic building blocks are, while incorporating different artists and styles.  The focus is on how to use these seven elements in different ways.  As Pablo Picasso said, “Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.”  This class teaches students the fundamentals necessary to become amazing young artists.

SMARTS Visual Art/ Expressive Drawing

The goal of this Expressive Drawing class is to encourage students to explore self expression through drawing, utilizing the creative process as a mode of communication, experimentation, expression, emotion and personal reflection. Students will be encouraged to use art as a positive outlet while improving upon artistic skills and quality of work. Additionally they will be discussing and mindfully critiquing works created using SMARTS criteria. Students will be experimenting with mixed media, incorporating different artistic styles and elements while emphasizing thoughtful execution. This class will focus on providing students with the skills necessary for self expression, a greater understanding of expressive drawing and art’s ability to evoke emotion.

SMARTS Visual Art/ Experimenting with Materials

The goal of this class is to introduce students to a variety of art media.  These classes will allow students to experiment with materials and learn how to create in both 2-D and 3-D formats.  Each week a new medium will be introduced and taught.  These mediums will be both traditional and non-traditional.  The focus of this class is encourage creative thinking and teach the thought process that artists use when creating unique works.

SMARTS Theater/Action Acting

This goal of this class is to teach students how to understand different forms of self-expression, by learning to use their voices, bodies, movements, and facial expressions. The Action Acting class is designed to use short text from familiar stories as a springboard for students to practice using all three modes of self-expression.  Students will also develop the confidence to perform in front of and with their peers, retell stories in their own way, and use their imagination to create new stories.  Students will practice memorizing, retelling, and characterization.

SMARTS Visual Art/Collaborative Art - “Different Worlds - One Planet”

In this class we will be working on a collaborative collage that emphasizes uniqueness and differences and the beauty that comes from all the variety we have to offer. The artwork created by each age group will be interlocking upon it's completion to signify individuals coming together as one, stressing unification while embracing diversity. This piece will consist of three segments depicting the globe with oceans and stylize landmasses existing on their own layers. Each group of students will be given a segment to build and layer upon. We will be focusing on building, body, variety and texture, using collage, drawings, paint and an array of objects. This class will strengthen teamwork and communication. As students work together, their own ideas and art will be intact, preserving individual taste, style and personality. This piece will embody the concept that together we all form a beautiful tapestry.

SMARTS Visual Art & Creative Writing/ Visual Language

This is a hybrid class that incorporates the elements of creative writing married with visual imagery.  The goal of this class is for students to learn basic creative writing skills while exploring how the relationship between visual art and language intertwine.  The projects will incorporate descriptive writing, imagination, illustration, and innovative ways to tell stories both with and without words.  At the end of the class, students will be able to generate story ideas and bring characters to life.

SMARTS Music/ Student Piano Lessons

SMARTS Student Piano Lessons provide you with a premier piano experience like nothing you’ve experienced before!  Our Yamaha digital piano lab is the only one of its kind in the Mahoning Valley where students will gain piano skills and are part of a musical community.  Being part of a piano lab is a unique experience because when we work together everyone achieves more.  Students interact with the teacher and other students through the use of state-of-the-art technology designed to personalize their learning experiences and meet every individual student at their skill level. SMARTS teachers are professionals in their field and come to us with years of experience and expertise.  SMARTS piano lessons are 75 minutes long once a week and including piano skills and music theory.  Each class consists of a 45 minute piano lesson followed by 30 minutes of music theory.  Maximum number of students is 8. For students who don’t have an instrument to practice on, SMARTS will provide an electric keyboard (first come first serve). SMARTS makes sure to complement our hands-on-music lessons by teaching topics such as musical notation reading, technical exercises, repertoire exploration, and much more. Our curriculum is designed to instill a core understanding and provide a comprehensive music learning experience for every SMARTS student. Our facility, equipment and teachers make this a program you can’t find anywhere else in this area!

SMARTS Music/ Adult Piano Lessons

Have you always wanted to learn piano?  Have you taken lessons in the past and really wished you had continued?  Well here’s your chance! SMARTS is offering piano classes for adults for the first time in our history.  Our Yamaha digital piano lab is the only one of its kind in the Mahoning Valley where students gain piano skills and are part of a musical community. Students interact with the teacher and other students through the use of state-of-the-art technology designed to personalize their learning experiences and meet every individual student at their skill level. SMARTS teachers are professionals in their field and come to us with years of experience and expertise.  SMARTS piano lessons are 75 minutes long once a week and include piano skills and music theory.  Each class consists of a 45 minute piano lesson followed by 30 minutes of piano theory.  SMARTS makes sure to complement our hands-on-music lessons by teaching topics such musical notation reading, technical exercises, repertoire exploration, and much more. SMARTS piano curriculum is designed to instill a core understanding and provide a comprehensive music learning experience for every SMARTS student.  Our facility, equipment and teachers make this a program you can’t find anywhere else in this area!

SMARTS Visual Art/ American Institute of Architects - “Planned City”

If you could design a city, what would it be?  Would it be as big Pittsburgh or as small as Columbiana or somewhere in between?  Does your city have roads and rivers, parks and lakes, public buildings and houses?  This course will introduce city planning and its importance.  Along with that, we will introduce and discuss different building types and spaces within a city.  We will look at housing, churches, parks and monuments, stadiums and sports arenas, and civic buildings.  Then we will bring them all together… and this will become your city.

Class projects include space planning, drawing, rendering, model building, clay sculpting and city building.

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SMARTS Visual Art/ Holiday Card Making Class

SMARTS held its second annual holiday card making class with students. This is a time to come out and learn about graphic card design and create original holiday themed cards.  This is our second card making class this season. The first class focused on original design and printmaking, and this class will focus on design and color.  Our visual art teacher will guide students through the process of creating a great image for a holiday card.  All of our classes are taught by professional artists and educators.  Each student will design a card that centers around one of the three themes for this year; Unity, Peace and Love, and Youngstown’s Winter Wonderland.  We look forward to seeing your original creations.  SMARTS will professionally print 2 students’ designs and sell them in the SMARTS store with proceeds to benefit future SMARTS classes.

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SMARTS at Ohio One
25 East Boardman Street, First Floor
Youngstown, OH 44503

330-574-2787 (ARTS)
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