SMARTS Music

Student Piano Lessons

SMARTS Student Piano Lessons provide you with a premier piano experience like nothing you’ve experienced before!  SMARTS piano lessons are once a week and include piano skills and 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 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 2019.

Class times depend upon class placement.

 

Adult Piano Lessons

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. SMARTS piano lessons include piano skills and 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 adult student. Our facility, equipment and teachers make this a program you can’t find anywhere else in the 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.Classes are open to anyone who is over 18 and no longer enrolled in high school.

Any adult over age 18, not in school | Teacher: Mr. Jason Volovar
This class meets Tuesdays from 5:20-6:50 pm on the following dates
October: 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
November: 6, 13, 27 (No class November 20)
December: 4, 11
Cost: If you pay for fall classes in advance the cost is $20/class and a total of $220/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 $20 each.

Rock Band

Want to be a rock star but not too keen on starting a band in your parent’s garage? Join this gig! We’re looking for guitarists, drummers, singers, bassists, keyboardists – you name it. In this class the students will be working together to write original songs. Throughout the process, students will get a hands-on experience of being "in the band” from the initial stages of collaborating with each other to complete their own songs, to rehearsing together and finally recording their songs! Students of this class will get a fuller appreciation of music creation, teamwork and what it takes to actually record a hit song and perform a live show as a real band! The SMARTS Rock Band will showcase their original song(s) at the SMARTS Holiday Open House during the last class.

Requirements: Students must be proficient with their instrument and comfortable reading rhythms and notes to enroll.

Grades: 7-12 | Teacher: Mr. Simon Kenneally 
This class will meet on Tuesdays from 5:15-6:45 pm 
October: 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 
November: 6, 13, 27 (No class November 20) 
December: 4, 11

 

Violin Lessons

This is the second beginner-level violin class offered at SMARTS. Violin 1A is a pre-requisite for this class. If a student has prior violin skills, they may opt to take a skills assessment with a SMARTS Instructor by appointment to place into a higher class.

Grades 3-6 - Teacher: Miss Claire Lyons 
This class meets on Tuesdays from 4:00 – 5:00 pm on the following dates: 
October: 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 
November: 6, 13, 27 (No class November 20) 
December: 4, 11 

Grades 7-12 - Teacher: Miss Claire Lyons 
This class meets on Tuesdays from 5:00 – 6:00 pm on the following dates: 
October: 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 
November: 6, 13, 27 (No class November 20) 
December: 4, 11 

Grades 3-6 - Teacher: Miss Claire Lyons 
This class meets on Tuesdays from 6:00 – 7:00 pm on the following dates: 
October: 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 
November: 6, 13, 27 (No class November 20) 
December: 4, 11

Jazz Improvisation

In this class, 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!

Requirements: Students must be proficient with their instrument and comfortable reading rhythms and notes to enroll.

 

Grades: 7-12 | Teacher: Mr. Vinny Vivacqua 
This class will meet on Thursdays from 5:20-6:45 pm on the following dates: 
October: 4, 18, 25 (No class October 11) 
November: 1, 8, 15, 29 (No class November 22) 
December: 6, 13

Voice 101

Learn how to develop your body’s primary instrument – the voice – to make music! SMARTS Voice lessons are taught by a trained vocal coach who will help you learn technique, breath control, enunciation, pitch, and reading music. Bring a song you’d like to sing in a genre you love to the first class!

Grades: 4-8 | Teacher: Ms. Amanda Nottingham 
This class meets on Wednesdays from 4:00 - 4:45 pm on the following dates: 
November: 7, 14, 28 (No class November 21) 
December 5, 12 

Grades: 7-12 | Teacher: Ms. Amanda Nottingham 
This class meets on Wednesdays from 4:45 - 5:30 pm on the following dates: 
November: 7, 14, 28 (No class November 21) 
December 5, 12 

Grades: 4-8 | Teacher: Ms. Amanda Nottingham 
This class meets on Wednesdays from 5:40 - 6:25 pm on the following dates: 
November: 7, 14, 28 (No class November 21) 
December 5, 12

SMARTS Beats

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 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 K-12 | Teacher: Mr. Matt Hayes 
This class meets on Thursdays from 2:40-3:10 pm on the following dates: 
November: 1, 8, 15, 29 (No class November 22) 
December 6, 13 

SMARTS Beats 2: Grades K-12 | Teacher Mr. Matt Hayes 
This class meets on Thursdays from 3:15-3:45 pm on the following dates: 
November: 1, 8, 15, 29 (No class November 22) 
December 6, 13

Inner Rhythms

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 Inner Rhythms: Grades Pre K (Ages 3-6) | Teacher: Mr. Matt Hayes
This class meets on Thursdays from 3:45-4:15 pm on the following dates:
October: 18, 25
November: 1, 8, 15, 29 (No class November 22)
December 6, 13

Family Drum Circle

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!

Grades: K-12 | Teacher: Mr. Matt Hayes 
This class meets on Thursdays from 5:30-6:30 pm on the following dates: 
October: 18, 25 
November: 1, 8, 15, 29 (No class November 22) 
December 6, 13