Brooklyn Center for the Arts department of music is dedicated to providing a professional training program for its students in the various musical offerings that introduces students to the wonderful world of music.
Our goal is to prepare and reinforce all of our students with the necessary skills to be a competent musician. We do this by building skills musical literacy, rhythm, dexterity and ear-training. As well as through solo and ensemble performance. We provide instruction in brass and woodwind, strings, piano, guitar, percussion and vocal.
Our main requirements are practice, focus and commitment.
Vocal lessons will focus on reading the notes of the musical scale, identifying pitches and rhythms at appropriate levels as they participate in program.
Our Keyboard course is a fun way for individuals to launch or continue their musical journey.
Drums are popular instruments and are found in a wide variety of musical styles. Students will learn fundamentals of stick drumming through studying Rudiments and Sticking Patterns.
Stringed instruments sound beautiful, however, they also offer many other benefits. Some of the benefits include mental, physical and social: sharpened memory, greater perseverance, better social skills
Trumpet, Clarinet, Trombone and Saxophone are excellent instruments for both classical music and jazz. Although they can be challenging in the beginning, their versatility and popularity make them a joy to play.
In keyboarding class, students build skills in musical literacy, rhythm, dexterity, ear training, as well as solo and ensemble performance. This course is a fun way for individuals to launch or continue their musical journey; while impacting their cognitive, affective and kinesthetic domains in a manner that supports individual development which is conducive to learning.
We offer expert instruction in the art of singing. Our teachers are well rounded musicians and performers from various prestigious institutions and backgrounds, who will demonstrate proper breathing, vowel modifications, and proper placement, which are essential to fine vocal production.
Lessons will focus on reading the notes of the musical scale, identifying pitches and rhythms at appropriate levels as they participate in program
Trumpet is an excellent instrument for both classical music and jazz. Although trumpet can be challenging in the beginning, its versatility and popularity make it a joy to play. Ages 8 and up.
Clarinet is one of the most versatile instruments available. It possess one of the greatest ranges of the wind instruments. With rich tone quality in all ranges. Ages 8 and up.
The trombone is a musical instrument in the brass family. Like all brass instruments, sound is produced when the player’s vibrating lips (embouchure) cause the air column inside the instrument to vibrate. Nearly all trombones have a slide mechanism that varies the length of the instrument to change the pitch. Ages 8 and up.
Saxophone is one of the most popular and “coolest” instruments. There are many opportunities for saxophonist to perform. Ages 8 and up.
Our guitar classes offer the students a rigorous program with many options and caters to a variety of stylistic preferences. We have an emphasis on developing the student’s technical approach and music reading abilities. Students can start guitar classes as early as 5 years old.
In the violin classes students will build skills in musical literacy, rhythm, dexterity, and ear training. Stringed instruments sound beautiful, however, they also offer many other benefits. Some of the benefits include mental, physical and social, sharpened memory, greater perseverance, better social skills.
The bass guitar, also called electric bass or simply bass, is a stringed instrument played primarily with the fingers or thumb, by plucking, slapping, popping, strumming, tapping, thumping, or picking with a pick. The bass guitar is similar in appearance and construction to an electric guitar, but with a longer neck and scale length, and four to six strings. Like the electric guitar, the bass guitar has pickups and it is plugged into an amplifier and speaker for live performances. Many styles of music utilize the bass guitar, including rock, heavy metal, pop, punk rock, country, reggae, gospel, blues, symphonic rock, and jazz. It is often a solo instrument in jazz, jazz fusion, Latin, funk, progressive rock and other rock and metal styles.
The cello looks like the violin and viola but is much larger, around 4 feet long, it has thicker strings than either the violin or viola. The Cello of all the string instruments sounds most like a human voice, and it can make a wide variety of tones, from warm low pitches to bright higher notes. Since the cello is too large to put under your chin, one plays it sitting down with the body of the cello between the knees, and the neck on left shoulder. The body of the cello rests on the ground and is supported by a metal peg. The cello is played in a similar manner to the violin and viola, using the left hand to press down on the strings, and the right hand to move the bow or pluck the strings.
The harpsicle is different from the other stringed instruments. It's smaller than the six foot tall harp at about three feet. There are usually one or two harps in an orchestra and they play both melody and harmony. Each string sounds a different note. The strings come in different colors to help tell one string from another.
Drums are a popular instruments and are found in a wide variety of musical styles. There are many opportunities for ensemble play for an accomplished drum student. The Brooklyn Center for the Arts has several high quality drum sets for instruction, practice, and performance. Students will learn fundamentals of stick drumming through studying Rudiments and Sticking Patterns. Students will study Funk, Jazz, and World drum set patterns and also learn to read the music notation. Ages 7 and up.
Students will learn Marimba basics and Mallet Control. They will learn major and minor scales and read notation as guided practice. Melody and harmony concepts will be discussed.
Djembe students will explore rhythms and cultures of West Africa while simultaneously learning poly-rhythms, ensemble playing, call and response, improvisation and technique. Listening to recordings in class will also take place.
Justin Chance (Justin O’Souna), born in Brooklyn, N.Y., received his degree in Music Education from South Carolina State University (Orangeburg, S.C.).
Justin is both an educator and performer of music who has performed across the country with a wide variety of ensembles holding leadership positions in most.
He has performed as a soloist for a variety of events. He is a member of NEA (National Educators Association), NAfME (National Association of Music Educators), SCMEA (South Carolina Music Educators Association) and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America Inc. among others.
He currently serves as the Interim Artistic Director and Department Head for Keyboard and Instrumental Music at the Brooklyn Center for the Arts (BCA).