Spring 2017 Group Classes

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Classes are 12 weeks: February 27, 2017 to May 27, 2017

Register by February 15. To register, return a completed registration form with class payment to NISOM. No refunds after class registration deadline.

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Children's Classes

Kids’ Beginning Piano 3 (Ages 6-10)
Tuesdays 5:30-6:00 PM with instructor Holly Gaunitz

Continue the musical journey in NISOM’s electronic piano lab! Designed for students who have taken Kids’ Beginning Piano II or taken two trimesters of private piano lessons. Besides continuing to improve on the basics (technique, rhythm, note reading, & simple melodies), students will have the opportunity to learn in a fun, interactive classroom setting. Build teamwork and leadership by taking turns leading the class, develop musicianship through playing together as an ensemble, and improve performance skills by playing for each other in a stress free environment. Continue in books from Kid’s Piano II. Limit 4 students. $140.

Students continuing from the winter or a previous session do not need to fill out a new registration form but must register with the class payment by February 15.

Design Your Own Class

Offered in piano, voice, guitar, and preschool music with no experience needed and no registration deadline! See below for details.


Teen & Adult Classes


Senior Citizens: Ask for the senior discount to receive $15 off your class fee!

Advanced Guitar Technique   (Ages 12-Adult)
Mondays 8:00-8:30 PM with instructor Marcus DeJesus

Have you played guitar for at least 1-2 years and want to bring your technique to a new level? This class will explore classical guitar finger picking, speed exercises, Segovia scales, and train the mind of students that wish to play more than the basic chords. The methods of Ricardo Iznaola train the guitarist to learn how “perfect practice, makes it perfect.” Basic guitar experience required. Limit 6 students. $140+ books.

How to Jam! (Ages 12- Adult)
Mondays 8:30-9:00 PM with instructor Marcus DeJesus

Learn to jam! Are there rules to jamming in a group? How can we create music on the spot? This course can serve as a recreation opportunity for players who would like to express their musical ideas with other musicians and learn the basic rules of improvising. The goal of this course is to help the student put into practice all the knowledge they have in scales, chords and arpeggios by playing with others. This is a class to explore extreme creativity, develop ensemble instinct skills and become comfortable with the stage. Limit 6 students. $100 materials included.

Adult Beginning Piano 2

Thursdays 2:30-3:00 PM with instructor Holly Gaunitz

Continue what you’re learning for those have already begun to learn piano in Adult Beginning Piano I or those brushing up on what they learned as a child. It’s never too late to learn! Learning piano in a group setting is an enjoyable, stress free experience. We will continue work on the fundamentals as well as that song you’ve always wanted to play. Class limit: 4. $140 or $125 with Senior Citizens discount + books.


Adult Performance Ensembles

Join Dubuque Community String Orchestra, New Horizons Band, or Encore Chorale for only $25 with no audition required! Additional senior discount not valid. Ensembles operate on a semester schedule. 

All Ages - Design Your Own Class!

Learn a new skill with your friends!
Form your own class with two or three friends based on your schedule. A fun and flexible option! Available for both children and adults with no age or experience requirements; similar skill level among students is best. (Young children may not be able to participate in all classes.) Choose from the following class types, instructors, and lengths, and then sign up for any time that is available. Instructor schedules vary. Prices do not include books. Ask about a senior discount.

Instruments and Instructors:

Piano: Laura Chase, Holly Gaunitz Student limit: 4
Voice: Pam Crawford, Rebecca Lansing Student limit: 5
Guitar: Bill Encke, Marcus DeJesus Student limit: 4
Preschool Music: Rebecca Lansing Student limit: 7

Class Length Pricing:

45 minute class (3 student minimum):  $140 each
60 minute class (4 student minimum):  $160 each

No registration deadline. After February 27 you may register a 9-week course beginning March 27 for $105 (45 min) or $120 (60 min); or a 6-week course beginning April 17 for $70 (45 min) or $80 (60 min).


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