SMARTS Current Classes

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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. These classes are free to SMARTS (PK-12) students. More SMARTS classes will be offered as the year progresses.

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SMARTS Classes

About SMARTS Classes

SMARTS, Students Motivated by the Arts is a community art school located in the Ohio One Building, 25 East Boardman Street, First Floor, Youngstown, OH 44503, 330-574-2787.  

SMARTS classes include Visual Arts, Music, Dance, Theater and Creative Writing. Classes are offered on a first-come first-serve basis via email throughout the year. Prior to being offered SMARTS classes, you must submit an application for each student planning to take classes. Applications are at www.SmartsArtSchool.org.  Below is the list of classes that SMARTS is currently offering for Spring 2018. Currently, these classes are free to SMARTS (PK-12) students. More SMARTS classes will be offered as the year progresses.

SMARTS is a not for profit organization that operates from grants, donations and revenue generating programming. You can support SMARTS by donating, volunteering or purchasing items from the SMARTS Store. Your support will ensure SMARTS future.

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SMARTS Spring Classes 2018, Session 2

SMARTS Spring Session 2 classes will start the week of March 12, 2018. The new classes include Ceramics, Architecture, Dance, Fiction Writing, and Jazz Band at various grade levels. If you are interested in signing up for a class please make sure you fill out the above application. Once we have your application on file we will invite you to enroll of the class of your choice. Classes are offered on a first-come first-serve basis via e-mail throughout the year. Please be sure to sign-up for the class that best fits your child’s interest, schedule, and grade level.  

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SMARTS Visual Arts – Ceramics: Grades 6-12

This is an introductory studio class for students who wish to explore the art of ceramics. Emphasis will be placed on the design elements: line, shape, texture, form and Color. Focus will be on hand building techniques: pinch, coil and slabs. Some introduction to wheel throwing will be also introduced. Functional as well as sculptural applications will be explored. Glazing techniques will be introduced and explored. There will also be an introduction to traditional and historical ceramic arts incorporated into the studio experiences.

This class will run on Tuesdays from 5:30 - 6:45pm on the following dates
March: 13, 20, 27 (No class March 6)
April: 10, 17, 24 (No class April 3)
May: 1

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SMARTS Dance -- Creative Dance: Grades 5-12

This class gives students the opportunity to learn different styles of dance (hip-hop, jazz, contemporary, etc.), as well as how to use their own ideas to create short choreographed pieces. Each class will combine warm-ups, proper technique, and dance vocabulary to help students condition their bodies and train their minds. By the end of the class, students will bring all their skills together to perform a collective group dance.

This class will run on Wednesdays from 5:45 - 6:45 pm on the following dates
March: 14, 21 (No class March 7 and 28)
April: 11, 18, 25 (No class April 4)
May: 2

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SMARTS Creative Writing -- Fiction Writing: Grades 5-12

Aspiring storytellers will explore the journey of creative writing through reading and writing exercises designed as building blocks to develop their own original ideas into stories.  Students will be exposed to the origin of storytelling, as well as a variety of short story approaches, and they will have multiple opportunities to explore ideas of their own. Reading and writing skills will be practiced and improved and, by the end of this course, students will gain an improved understanding of setting, characters, plot structure, and point of view. This class will give students the opportunity to create the foundation for their own original piece of creative writing while significantly strengthening and expanding their reading skills.

This class will run on Wednesdays from 4:15 - 5:15 pm on the following days
March: 14, 21 (No class March 7 and 28)
April: 11, 18, 25 (No class April 4)
May: 2

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SMARTS Music – Jazz Band: Grades 7-12

SMARTS first Jazz Improvisation class where students will learn everything from the basics of music theory to jazz harmonies, basic ear training skills, music transcribing techniques, improvising solos, learning jazz repertoire, and interacting and communicating through music. All instruments are welcome, including voice, and students new and old to jazz are invited to join! You will be swingin' cool lines and creating strong grooves using the beautiful art form of jazz! Students must be proficient with their instrument and comfortable reading rhythms and notes.

This class will have a placement process and students will be placed according to their abilities. Class placements will be held on March 5 at SMARTS from 4:00 - 6:45 pm. After signing up for the class, you will be contacted by our SMARTS Staff Administrator, McKenzie Teter, to schedule your placement time slot. Be prepared to perform a piece of your choice and then sight read a selection chosen by the teacher.

Beginning Jazz: Grades 7-12
This class runs on Mondays from 4:00 - 5:00 pm on the following dates
March: 12, 19, 26 (No class March 5)
April: 9, 16, 23, 30 (No class April 2)

Jazz Improvisations: Grades 7-12
This class runs on Mondays from 5:15 - 6:45 pm on the following dates
March: 12, 19, 26 (No class March 5)
April: 9, 16, 23, 30 (No class April 2)

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SMARTS Spring Classes 2018, Session 1

SMARTS Spring Session 1 classes will start the week of February 12, 2018. The classes include Ceramics, Painting, Photography, Dance, Rhythms Hand-Drumming, Violin, and Piano. If you are interested in signing up for a class please make sure you fill out the above application. Once we have your application on file we will invite you to enroll of the class of your choice. Classes are offered on a first-come first-serve basis via e-mail throughout the year. Please be sure to sign-up for the class that best fits your child’s interest, schedule, and grade level.  

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SMARTS Music--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.  SMARTS makes sure to complement our hands-on-music lessons by teaching topics such as rhythm, chords, notes, octaves, scales, music notation, and so much more.  Our curriculum is designed to instill a core understanding and provide a comprehensive 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
January: 16, 23, 30
February: 13, 20, 27 (No class February 6)
March: 13, 20, 27  (No class March 6)
April: 10, 17, 24 (No class April 3)
May: 1
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
January: 16, 23, 30
February: 13, 20, 27 (No class Feb 6)
March: 13, 20, 27  (No class March 6)
April: 10, 17, 24 (No class April 3)
May: 1
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
January: 17, 24, 31
February: 14, 21, 28 (No class February 7)
March: 14, 21 (No class March 7 and 28)
April: 11, 18, 25 (No class April 4)
May: 2
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
January: 18, 25,
February: 1, 8, 15, 22
March: 1, 15, 22 (No class March 8 and 29)
April: 12, 19, 26 (No class April 5)
May: 3
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
January: 18, 25,
February: 1, 8, 15, 22
March: 1, 15, 22 (No class March 8 and 29)
April: 12, 19, 26 (No class April 5)
May: 3
Cost: $5 for your music book (Average cost of a music book is $10)

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SMARTS Music -- 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 as rhythm, chords, notes, octaves, scales, music notation, and so much more.  Our curriculum is designed to instill a core understanding and provide a comprehensive 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 spring 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 spring classes in advance the cost is $20/class and a total of $ 240/spring 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
January: 17, 24, 31
February: 14, 21, 28 (No class February 7)
March: 14, 21 (No class March 7 and 28)
April: 11, 18, 25 (No class April 4)
May: 2

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SMARTS Visual Arts -- Intro to Ceramics: Grades K-3

This class will focus on hand building techniques and the basic formulas used to make useful, decorative ceramic art. Students will explore the different elements of ceramics such as texture, coiling, pinching, and design. While engaging their imagination, students will also enhance their building skills. This class is designed to be instructive, informative, and fun!

This class meets on Tuesdays from 4:15 - 5:15 pm on the following dates
February: 13, 20, 27 (No class February 6)
March: 13, 20, 27 (No class March 6)
April: 10, 17, 24 (No class April 3)
May: 1

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SMARTS Visual Arts -- Intro to Ceramics: Grades 4-6

In this beginner’s ceramic course, students with learn basic hand building techniques such as slab building, coil building, and basic glaze knowledge while applying creative concepts to their projects. This will be a process orientated class and students will work towards finished products such as pinch pots and coil pots.

This class meets on Thursdays from 4:00 - 5:15 pm on the following dates
February: 15, 22
March: 1, 15, 22 (No class March 8 and 29)
April: 12, 19, 26 (No class April 5)
May: 3

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SMARTS Visual Arts -- Photography: Grades 8-12

In this Photography class, students will learn about important figures in art history while discussing the materials and concepts used in various forms of artwork. The class will also discuss how visual and design elements are used to create content. Each class will give the student an opportunity to investigate their own world in a project that centers around the student's environment, object, personal experience, and emotion. Students will be exposed to the various styles that correspond with photography while inspiring and instilling self-awareness and personal growth.

This class meets on Wednesdays from 4:15 - 5:45 pm on the following dates
February: 14, 21, 28 (No class February 7)
March: 14, 21 (No class March 7 and 28)
April: 11, 18, 25 (No class April 4)
May: 2

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SMARTS Music -- Family Drum Circle, Grades K-12

A family drum circle is a noisy and fun, family friendly event, where people come together in order to connect in the entertaining and rhythmic experience of a percussion ensemble. This class is meant to empower one another in the act of celebrating community and life through rhythm and music. People of all levels of musical expertise are welcome and encouraged to participate! Come together and share in this rhythmical experience; everyone has something to offer the circle!

This class meets on Thursdays from 5:45 - 6:30 pm on the following dates
February: 15, 22
March: 1, 15, 22 (No class March 8 and 29)
April: 12, 19, 26 (No class April 5)
May: 3

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SMARTS Music -- Violin Lessons

SMARTS Violin lessons give students the opportunity to investigate the world of strings in an exciting and informative private lesson setting that will surely allow each student to fully explore their artistic expression.  The SMARTS Violin program is a premier program with SMARTS. Students work in small groups of either 3 or 4 with the violin instructor, and parents welcomed and encouraged to participate.  In a 75-minute session each week, students will learn to identify musical terms, music theory, musical styles, history, maintenance, and the basics of musical performance on the violin.  Personalized and tailored instruction is designed to utilize each student’s current abilities and then building skills upon that foundation. The emphasis of this class is on the pedagogy of the violin, a full-spectrum view of string performance is obtained.  This type of enrichment and one-on-one attention is something you cannot find anywhere else in the Mahoning Valley! Students will be required to journal their time on a practice card.

Violin 1: Grades 3-5
This class meets on Tuesdays from 4:00 - 5:15 pm on the following dates
February: 13, 20, 27 (No class February 6)
March: 13, 20, 27 (No class March 6)
April: 10, 17, 24 (No class April 3)
May: 1

Violin 2: Grades 3-5
This class meets on Tuesdays from 5:15 - 6:30 pm on the following dates
February: 13, 20, 27 (No class February 6)
March: 13, 20, 27 (No class March 6)
April: 10, 17, 24 (No class April 3)
May: 1

Violin 3: Grades 6-8
This class meets on Thursdays from 4:00 - 5:15 pm on the following dates
February: 15, 22
March: 1, 15, 22 (No class March 8 and 29)
April: 12, 19, 26 (No class April 5)
May: 3

Violin 4: Grades 9-12
This class meets on Thursdays from 5:15 - 6:30 pm on the following dates
February: 15, 22
March: 1, 15, 22 (No class March 8 and 29)
April: 12, 19, 26 (No class April 5)
May: 3

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SMARTS Music -- Beats Class

We are happy to announce that for the first time in our 20 year history, SMARTS Beats classes are available to the community at our new facility in the Ohio One Building in downtown Youngstown. SMARTS Beats is a music-based learning opportunity for students with special needs. Eligible students are pre-K to grade 12, must be enrolled in special education services through their local public school district and have a current IEP or 504 plan in place. SMARTS Beats classes are taught by our highly trained staff but our policy requires that an adult accompany each student to class

If you would like to sign-up your child for our Spring Beats classes, please be sure to read the instructions before submission. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us via email or give us a call at (330) 574-2787. Thank you for your support of SMARTS!  

SMARTS Beats 1: Grades 1-4
This class meets on Thursdays from 4:00 – 4:30 pm on the following dates
February: 15, 22,
March: 1, 15, 22 (No class March 8 and 29)
April: 12, 19, 26 (No class April 5)
May: 3

SMARTS Beats 2: Grades 5-12
This class meets on Thursdays from 4:45 – 5:15 pm on the following dates
February: 15, 22,
March: 1, 15, 22 (No class March 8 and 29)
April: 12, 19, 26 (No class April 5)
May: 3

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SMARTS Dance -- Modern Dance & Hip-Hop: Grades K-2

This class will begin with the basics of Modern dance and work with creative movement.  While exploring how to move their bodies, students will have the opportunity to work on creative projects and design their own dances and movements.  The class will cover the basics of modern technique and learn about the great pioneers of modern dance. They will then begin to learn about the different styles of Hip-hop and after students have a grasp of Modern dance, they will get a chance to experience high energy, Hip-hop choreography.  

This class meets on Tuesdays from 3:45 - 4:30 pm on the following dates
February: 13, 20, 27 (No class February 6)
March: 13, 20, 27 (No class March 6)
April: 10, 17, 24 (No class April 3)
May: 1

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SMARTS Dance -- Modern Dance & Hip-Hop: Grades 3-6

This Modern Dance class will begin with the basics of modern dance and work with creative movement.  Student will explore the different ways their bodies can move and will be challenged to reach outside their normal movement patterns.  Students will have a chance to work on creative projects and design their own dances individually and in groups.  These group projects will allow students to collaborate, problem solve, and work together in their artistic process.  The class will cover the basics of modern technique and learn about the great pioneers of modern dance.  After students have a grasp of modern dance, they will get a chance to experience high energy, Hip hop choreography, learn the history behind Hip-hop, and explore some of the basics of freestyle dancing.

This class meets on Tuesdays from 4:40 - 5:30 pm on the following dates
February: 13, 20, 27 (No class February 6)
March: 13, 20, 27 (No class March 6)
April: 10, 17, 24 (No class April 3)
May: 1

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Teacher: Curtis Smith

SMARTS Visual Arts – Ceramics: Adults $

Does your bucket list include taking a ceramics class?  Are you someone who loves visual art and likes to work with their hands?  This class is a great opportunity for you to come join us here at SMARTS and get a short 4 week ceramics introductory course under your belt.

This is an introductory studio class for students who wish to explore the art of ceramics. Emphasis will be placed on the design elements: line, shape, texture, form and Color. Focus will be on hand building techniques: pinch, coil and slabs. Some introduction to wheel throwing will be also introduced. Functional as well as sculptural applications will be explored. Glazing techniques will be introduced and explored. There will also be an introduction to traditional and historical ceramic arts incorporated into the studio experiences.

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

Cost: The cost of these 4 classes with all materials included is $120.  We must have a minimum of 8 adults with a maximum of 12 students enrolled to teach the class.  Payments are to be made to SMARTS no later than April 9. This fee covers the use of the equipment and classroom, the teacher instruction, and all materials.  Donations are always accepted, and any money raised from adult classes supports our ability to offer free programming to all PK-12 students who attend SMARTS classes.

This class will run on Thursdays from 5:30 - 6:45pm on the following dates

April: 12, 19, 26

May: 3

SMARTS Previous Classes

SMARTS Dance/ Creative Dance
Grades K-3

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
Grades 4-6

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
Grades 4-6

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
Grades K-3

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
Grades K-3

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
Grades K-3

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
Grades K-3

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”
Grades 1-12

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
Grades 1-12

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
Grades 1-12

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”
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.

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SMARTS Visual Art/ Holiday Card Making Class
Grades 3-12

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)
info@smartsartschool.org