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​CMS also offers classes aimed at specific instrumental instruction and ensemble playing.



FREE classes, workshops, and ensembles open to all CMS participants in Private Study, Suzuki and Group classes​

Classes: Spring 2018

Classes start the week of February 12, 2018.

Guitar Ensemble

An ensemble for all types of guitars (electric: must have small and easy to set up amp) that will guide participants through the essential skills of performing in a group in which guitarists are often lacking exposure.  Guitarists will learn to play as a group by playing various parts in arrangements ranging from rock, jazz, folk, blues, and classical. 

Structure: Twelve 45 minute group lessons
Fridays, 5:05-5:50pm
Participants must have basic sight reading ability and have basic knowledge of scales and chords

UD Youth Steel Orchestra

This unique experience gives students the opportunity to learn the techniques of steel drum playing and performance while learning to read music symbols and charts. The class learns traditional Calypso music from Trinidad and Tobago in addition to music from other genres (Jazz, classical etc.) The basics of improvisation are taught to beginners while more advanced students are taught to transfer musical skills across instruments. No prior musical knowledge is required.

Who: 3rd-10th graders
Twelve hour and a half group lessons
Saturdays, 9:30-11:00 AM

Youth Acting Class "Animals"

This 10-session class is designed to bring out the “animal” in you! In this supportive and fun environment, students will explore the skills of concentration, imagination and communication. After choosing an animal that lives primarily on land, the student will begin a physical exploration. Through these first few “discovery” sessions, the actor will create a very unique animal/character. Basic improvisation techniques will then be introduced, and these animal/characters will begin to create an improvised soap opera… with new episodes every week. Come and share the excitement!

Stephen Pelinski is currently a core member of The REP (The Resident Ensemble Players) at the University of Delaware, where he is an actor and director and acting teacher. In the words of The Rep’s Artistic Director, Sandy Robbins, “Stephen's career is one of the most exceptional in the American Theatre. He has played a staggering number of the great roles of our dramatic heritage at a great many of our finest institutions, in productions directed by many of the giants and legends of our profession”.

Stephen Pelinski is a member of the Actor’s Equity Association and the SAG-AFTRA union.

Who: 6th-12th graders
Ten 60 minute group lessons
Hartshorne Hall
Saturdays, 9:45-10:45 AM
Feb. 17, 24, March 3, 10, 17, 24, April 14, 21, 28, May 5

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  • Amy E. du Pont Music Building
  • University of Delaware
  • Newark, DE 19716, USA
  • Phone: 302-831-2578