Registration is now open for Bay Chamber Concerts & Music School’s fall semester including individual private lessons, group classes and ensembles. The community music school offers a wide range of educational opportunities including the following options.

Odeon Chamber Music, a brand new group led by Odeon conductor Deirdre McClure and strings instructor Nate Martin, offers coaching for chamber ensembles. All players of winds, brass, strings and piano are welcome to join. Pre-formed groups, as well as individual players, are welcome. Coaching is available on a weekly basis, Tuesdays from 5:15 to 6:45 p.m. at the Music School. All ages and abilities are welcome. For students fully enrolled in private instruction at the music school, Odeon Chamber Music is offered at no charge. For all others, the cost is $210 for the 14-week session.

Ukulele I, taught by Jeff Weinberger, explores the basics of this friendly, fun and accessible instrument. Students will learn tuning, simple chords, songs, strumming techniques, entry-level musicianship, theory, playing with others and how to choose, maintain and care for their instruments. No experience is necessary. Students should bring their own instruments and electronic tuner. There will be three sessions of this class throughout the year, progressing through various levels leading up to Ukulele II.

Ukulele II, also led by Weinberger, includes three progressive eight-week sessions building on skills acquired in the Ukulele I series. The emphasis is more on musical literacy, rhythmic vocabulary, fingerstyle techniques, scales, more involved music theory, songs with more challenges and diversity, group playing and popular strumming techniques, all with fun and enrichment in mind. Serious but inclusive and rewarding is the goal. Players must know at least six chords and be able to play a simple song all the way through. The entire spectrum of "intermediate" level playing will be covered, though, and all players will have an equally important role.

To see a complete list of classes and private lessons offered by Bay Chamber Music School, visit or stop by the Bay Chamber office at 18 Central St. To register for classes or private lessons, contact Joan Kulle at 236-2823, ext. 107, or

Since 2009, Bay Chamber Music School, located in the downtown Shepherd Building, has been offering individual and group lessons to students of all ages and backgrounds. Instructors offer extensive musical knowledge, instrumental mastery, teaching ability and a challenging but relaxed and flexible approach. To ensure that the expense of lessons is not a deterrent, there is a scholarship program. Bay Chamber Concerts & Music School is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization.

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