Hattie’s Salon: The Louisville Academy of Music Returns to the KYCAD Mansion

Hattie’s Salon: The Louisville Academy of Music Returns to the KYCAD Mansion

Saturday November 23rd

6:30 Doors and light reception

7:00 - 8:00 salon

8:00 - 8:30 mingle

FREE

The Old Louisville Speed Mansion will ring again with music this November. The newly relocated Kentucky College of Art and Design welcomes back previous tenants, The Louisville Academy of Music, to Hattie Speed’s music room to host a winter salon. The program will feature LAM students and faculty plus special guests Ruth French, former Director of LAM,  and Musicologist Douglas Shadle, Professor at Vanderbilt. Learn about the rich history of the mansion and enjoy an evening of chamber music with gingerbread and mulled wine cozy behind the walls of a Louisville treasure.  

Louisville/Port au Prince Musical Exchange

The Holy Trinity Music School from Port au Prince, Haiti visited Louisville September 19th-22nd. We hosted 2 of their students for music lessons, took 4 of our students to dinner with their choir, and invited a few LAM students and families and Laura Atkinson, our voice teacher, to their concert on Saturday night. It was a beautiful week of sharing music across language and cultures and we look forward to working again with the Holy Trinity Music School in the future.

LAM and Holy Trinity students sing together before the Saturday concert.

LAM and Holy Trinity students sing together before the Saturday concert.

Fall Group Classes Now Open!

Music Theory with Jacob Gotlib

ENROLL

Learn how music works from the inside out! From note-reading to harmony to rhythm, Music Theory will help you master the building blocks of music with demonstrations, activities, and performances.

Dates: September 1 - November 17

Times: Sundays 11-12 or Mondays 7:30-8:30

Price: $150 for 12 week session

Ages 13 and up (unless recommended by private teacher) Must be proficient at reading treble clef

Children’s Choir with Laura Atkinson

ENROLL

This is a choir opened to girls and boys ages 6-10. This is a great option for children who love to sing, but who might not yet be ready for individual voice lessons. Here, children are introduced to concepts like breath, singing technique, pitch, rhythm and begin to sight read notes. Solfege based on movable ‘Do’ will be the standard. Singing is all done in unison to build skills in intonation and group singing, with the option of learning to sing in harmony depending on enrollment size. The choir will meet once a week for 45 minute sessions, and will perform in the Winter Recital at the end of a 9-week block. There will also be a chance for the choir to perform in an outreach concert with other LAM students.

Dates: 9/20-11/22 (no Class October 4th) 

Time: Fridays 5:30-6:15

Price: $120 for the session

Ages 6-10, no experience needed



Electronic Composition with Andrew Callaway

Learn how to use synthesizers, microphones, computers and audio editing software to compose music. Create sounds for multiple genres - classical, film, pop or video game music. Topics will cover composition, structure, harmony, synthesizers, waveforms, filters, EQ, compression, and mixing/mastering.

Dates: October 10 - Dec 19 (out for Thanksgiving week)

Time: Thursdays 7-8pm

Price: $120 for 10 classes

Ages 12+ All experience/skill levels welcome.

Chamber Music with Jeffrey Jamner

APPLY by August 15th, 2019

WHY study chamber music? Unlike solo playing or playing with a conductor, students learn how to listen and respond to each other for timing and balance, and they have to learn to negotiate their interpretive choices as a group. This is one of the most important and powerful ways to grow as a musician. Students enrolled in this chamber music class will be placed in chamber music ensembles (duos, trios, quartets, etc.) with music students at a similar level. They will receive 10 coachings per semester with Jeff Jamner and with other LAM faculty, work on their parts as part of their weekly private lessons, and are encouraged to rehearse between coachings. Middle and high school students may wish to prepare for the Macauley Chamber Music Competition run by the Chamber Music Society of Louisville.

*Space is limited and assignments will be confirmed by September 1st on your acceptance into the program based on availability, level, and pairing with other applicants.

Dates: 10 coachings between September 15th-December 15th

Price: $200 for Semester

LAM receives proclamation from Mayor

The City of Louisville Honors The Louisville Academy of Music as we celebrate the 65th anniversary of this arts institution. For generations, the Louisville Academy of Music has contributed to the culture and lifelong learning of our city through music education. Students have learned and continue to learn skills they’ll rely upon for their entire lives.

Our City cheers the Louisville Academy of Music, its teachers, its leadership present and past, and its families for their role in our thriving arts scene!

Registration now open for Music Together

Join our friends at Shine Louisville for Music Together classes in our recital hall. These classes are perfect for little ones who aren’t old enough for private instrument lessons. Come sing, dance, and learn with the whole family! Register by buying tickets on their site HERE.

More about Music Together:

Music is a universal language. It transcends boundaries and reaches beyond culture to touch the depths of our souls, express our common emotions, and inspire us all. Music Together® connects families and communities across the globe as they express and explore our basic human instinct for making music. We believe that being a music-maker is as much a basic life skill as being a walker or a talker and that all children can achieve basic competence in music, provided their early music environment is sufficiently rich. Being a music-maker is our birthright - a basic human need.

Did you know all children are musical?
This research-based program is based on the belief that all children are musical. All children can learn to sing in tune and keep a steady beat and enjoy the music of their culture. But these activities are learned, and best learned through developmentally appropriate experiential activities and through the model of their primary caregivers.

What does this mean?
That children learn to sing the same way they learn to talk and walk and eat – through play and watching and imitating their primary caregivers, whether that means parent, grandparent, babysitter or nanny. And the families who make Music Together at Shine will tell you that the class is as much for them, as for their child!

LAM hosts national composition workshop

Dates: August 10-11 and 17-18, 2019 (inclusive)

Location: Louisville Academy of Music, University of Louisville

Pathways participants are talented young performers who may not yet identify as composers, but are passionately curious about creating their own music. The 2019 Pathways instruction team includes Dr. Allison Ogden, composer/performers Jecorey Arthur and Rachel Grimes, members of Longleash, and Loretto Project composer fellows Derek Carter (U. of L.), Sunbin Kim (Manhattan School of Music), Lucy McKnight (USC), and Ayanna Woods (Yale Univ.)

 

Participants will practice basic tools, techniques and approaches that will help them articulate their own musical ideas and enable them to pursue further explorations in composition. Topics covered will include improvisation, theory and form, style, and extended techniques. Over the course of two weekends, students will participate in group workshops, receive individual instruction, and will share a completed miniature composition for their own instrument by the final session of the workshop.

The Pathways Initiative will take place over four days, from August 10-11 and 17-18, and will be hosted at the Louisville Academy of Music and U. of L.’s Bird Recital Hall.

Visit Webpage for registration and more info!

LAM turns 65: Sunday July 28th

We are 65 years old!! Come celebrate our rich history and our bright future.

Sunday July 28th

2-5 pm 

Louisville Academy of Music

2740 Frankfort Avenue 

Louisville, KY 40206

We’ll celebrate with music by faculty and students plus history, crafts, and special guests! It will be a fanfare of fun for the whole family!

Free and open to the public. This event is part of the Cultural Pass.

Schedule for LAM’s Birthday Bash 

Sunday July 28th, 2-5 pm

Detailed Schedule:

2:00 Welcome

2:03 Sarah Cole, Nancy Staidle, and Sara Callaway play Haydn Trio

2:15 Wanda Wu: “Fountain in the Rain” by William Gillok

2:20 Gyuli Kambarova & Samir: “Tango”

2:30 Music Together Demo Class with Maria Whitley: All ages welcome!

2:50 Kaylynn Li, Lalo Symphonie Espagnole mvt. 2

2:55 Louisville Academy of Music Trivia

3:05 Jon Wysong: Arban Characteristic Study No.10 and a Dauverne fanfare 

3:15 1954 trivia

3:30 Meg Martin, Meditation by Thais

3:50 Tim Blunk solo guitar

4:00 Recognition of long term faculty, Ruth French, and a very special announcement!!

4:15 Emily Steinbach + Jeff Jamner third movement of the Mozart Sonata for 2 pianos4:30 4:25 Drop the Needle Trivia

4:40 Saxophone Quartet: Caleb Dries, Sowmyan Viswanathan, Jacob Pilling, and Derek Siebert

4:55 Raffle draw


+ Trumpet, Saxophone, Piano, Violin, and Computer Music demos/mini lessons, win music lessons/group class,  and enjoy a reception with cake and more!!



Former LAM Director receives lifetime achievement award

Congratulations to former Louisville Academy of Music director and teacher Ruth French! Fund for the ArtsChurchill Downs, and the Lawrence Family Foundation are excited to announce Ruth as the 2019 Carnival Cruise Lines Lifetime Achievement in the Arts Award Winner!

We’re thrilled that Ruth is being recognized at this year’s 2019 Awards in the Arts presented by Kindred Healthcareand Joy Mangano on Saturday, April 27.

Don't miss your opportunity to join us in celebrating our extraordinary arts community! Purchase your tickets before they sell out. Visit: http://awardsinthearts.com/

Welcome Trumpeter Jon Wysong to our Faculty!

Welcome Jonathan Wysong to the LAM faculty! Jon is a trumpeter and arts administration professional based in Louisville. In his 20-year career, he has performed at venues such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Grand Ole Opry. Jonathan holds a Bachelor of Music in Education from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, a Master of Music in Trumpet Performance from the University of Louisville, and will soon hold a Master of Arts in Arts Administration from the University of Kentucky.

Jon is now taking trumpet students on Saturday afternoons. Contact us today for lessons with Jon today!


Spring Children's Choir: Sign Up Today!

The Children’s Choir at Louisville Academy of Music

This is a choir open to all singers between the ages of 6 and 10. This group setting offers a great alternative for children who love to sing but might not be quite ready for private voice lessons. Children will be introduced to concepts such as breath, singing technique, pitch, rhythm and will begin to sightread notes. Solfege based on movable ‘Do’ will be the standard. Singing is all done in unison to build intonation and group singing skills. The choir will meet once each week for 45 minute sessions and will perform in the Spring Recital at the end of the 10-week block.

Ages 6-10

Fridays 5:00-5:45 pm

$120 (classes and performance inclusive)

April 19th - May 24th, May 31st Concert

Taught by Laura Atkinson

Sign up on JackRabbit Student Portal or contact LAM: 893-7885 or info@laofm.org

Give the Gift of Music

* All LAM Group classes cost $200 per 10-14 week session.

Register HERE

For private instrument lessons please fill out our interest form.

LAM World Music Ensemble

All are welcome to join the LAM World Music Ensemble with Penelope Quesada who will guide this exciting 14 week session around the world with music.

Students will  use Orff percussion instruments as well as their voices to make beautiful music from cultures near and far. This is a wonderful class to learn ensemble playing, strengthen community, learn globally, be exposed to new languages, and develop percussion and vocal skills. The session will end in a performance for families plus additional community performances. Read more about Penelope Quesada’s experience as a performer and teacher here.

No prior experience necessary- instruments and music will be provided.

Ages 8-15

Saturdays 2-3pm

Feb. 23rd- June 1st (no class on April 6th)

The Children’s Choir at Louisville Academy of Music

This is a choir open to all singers between the ages of 6 and 10. This group setting offers a great alternative for children who love to sing but might not be quite ready for private voice lessons. Children will be introduced to concepts such as breath, singing technique, pitch, rhythm and will begin to sightread notes. Solfege based on movable ‘Do’ will be the standard. Singing is all done in unison to build intonation and group singing skills. The choir will meet once each week for 45 minute sessions and will perform in the Spring Recital at the end of the 10-week block.

Ages 6-10

Fridays 4-4:45 pm

March 15th- May 31st, no class on Friday, April 12

Electronic Composition

Learn to use microphones, computers and audio editing software to compose music. Create sounds for multiple genres - classical, film music, pop, hip-hop, or video game music. Topics covered include composition, structure, harmony, synthesizers, waveforms, filters, EQ, compression, and mixing/mastering. Both current and historical electronic music works will be listened to and analyzed.

Ages 12+. All experience/skill levels welcome.

Group Violin

This 10-week session will cover early ensemble playing and music theory. Students will also have the opportunity to perform solo pieces from their lessons with a pianist for their peers. We will perform a final group concert and will have other community performance opportunities as a group. This is the perfect way for students to strengthen their violin playing and to build community alongside their private lessons. To create a more hands-on experience, the class is taught by two violin teachers plus a pianist for solo and group playing.

Wednesdays March 13- May 15th

Level II: 4:15-5:15

Level I: 5:15-6

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Penelope Quesada leads the first LAM World Music Ensemble!

Session I: A Winter Celebration with The LAM World Music Ensemble

Enroll HERE

All are welcome to join the LAM World Music Ensemble with Penelope Quesada who will guide this exciting 8 week session around the world to learn about winter holiday traditions from around the world.

Students will  use Orff percussion instruments as well as their voices to make beautiful music from cultures near and far. This is a wonderful class to learn ensemble playing, strengthen community, learn globally, be exposed to new languages, and develop percussion and vocal skills. The session will end in a performance for families plus the kids are invited to play for the pre-show of the Louisville Ballet’s The Nutcracker!

No prior experience necessary- instruments and music will be provided.

When: From October 13th to December 8th. (off week  of Thanksgiving).

When: Saturdays 10am-11am

Where: LAM

Price: $120

Ages: 8 to 15 years old

Group Violin Classes- Halloween Session now Enrolling!

Violin Group Classes at LAM with Sara Callaway and Sarah Cole!

Session I: September 5th-October 24th

Wednesdays

Level 2: 4:30-5:15

Level 1: 5:15-6:00

final performance will include spooky songs, costumes, and candy

-Play music with a group, practice solo pieces with piano, and begin basic theory/eartraining-

$150 for session including pianist and music

Please discuss levels and sign up through your private teacher or email info@laofm.org

 

 

 

LAM hosts innovative composition workshop

We are excited to host Longleash trio and Dr. Allison Ogden in their new program the Pipeline Initiative: an introductory composition workshop for high school age instrumentalists from backgrounds that are underrepresented in the field of composition.

"As new music specialists, we are confronted with the many inequities and imbalances in the field of composition on a daily basis. With the Pipeline Initiative, we hope to address one very small part of the systemic inequities that exclude certain groups in our society from acts of cultural production. This program will provide students with the artistic tools to articulate and amplify their musical perspective, through a craft-based approach intended to get students composing in a cognizant way, regardless of what form their chosen mode of musical expression may ultimately take."

-Longleash

Read more HERE

Piano Faculty releases CD!

Gyuli Kambarova, one of our piano faculty, has released a new CD "Memories" with the soundtracks that she composed for the documentary about orphans and their foster families called "You Are Not Alone!". Special thanks goes to Samir Kambarov and Alexey Fedirko who supported and worked with her on this project. 

She will host a cd release party Sunday, December 2, 2018 2-4 pm at LAM.


You can listen to the samples and purchase "Memories" on her website:
https://www.gyulikambarova.com/memories

Mezzo-soprano Laura Atkinson joins our faculty this fall!!

Mezzo-soprano Laura C. Atkinson is an active performer in both the United States and in Germany. She has debuted with various orchestras in both countries, including the Nashville Symphony, New Haven Symphony, the Louisville Orchestra, the Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra, the Carmel Bach Festival Orchestra, the American Baroque Orchestra , the Gewandhaus Orchestra, and the Braunschweig Staatsorchester. Read more here.

She will start teaching this fall at the Louisville Academy of Music. Contact us to find your lesson spot today!

Welcome Jeff Jamner to our Faculty!

We are so excited to welcome Jeffrey Jamner to our piano faculty at LAM! Jeff received his Bachelor of Music degree from Mannes College of Music, his Master of Music degree in Piano Performance and Piano Pedagogy from the University of Louisville, and his Doctor of Music degree in Piano Performance at the Manhattan School of Music. Jeff has done so much for music education in Kentucky and we are thrilled to have him as part of our musical community. 
Note: Due to his limited availability with his current position at The Kentucky Center he will only be teaching a limited studio by audition only.