The goal of an Uptown Music Collective education is to create a well rounded musician, the type who can perform music any style of music with proficiency. The musician will understand how to write music for any common instrument. They can read the score to a theatric musical while still rocking out to a Metallica song, then perform a classical piece or sing an aria.
The Uptown Music Collective has been developing its curriculum and tweaking its courses for twelve years. The success of the curriculum can be seen in every school performance and through the success of its alumni. UMC students are regularly accepted into prestigious music programs, such as Berklee College of Music, Duquesne University, and the Shenandoah Conservatory.
The UMC Course of Study is divided into four levels: beginner, intermediate, advanced, and apprentice. Each level has its own lesson curriculum, series of classes and required workshops. All classes and workshops must be passed with an 80% or above to be eligible to move to the next level.
All new students who join the UMC may be evaluated for lesson level and may test out of classes and or workshops where applicable at the discretion of the UMC’s Executive Director.
Private Lessons: Each level of lessons follows a well-thought out and engaging curriculum designed to lead the students from absolute beginner to advanced, while teaching discipline, a strong work ethic and a love of music.
Music Theory and other Classes: Starts from scratch and covers basic to advanced musical concepts and notation principles.
Basic Skills Workshops: These skills workshops function as an extension of UMC private lessons and teach technique in a motivation group selling.
Music Styles Workshops: These basic styles workshops will introduce the new student to playing with an ensemble as well as instruct important performance techniques in different musical idioms.