Salisbury School of Music To Offer Jazz Improv, Theory

Artistic Director Marc Hoffman fills a gap in area music education.

 

January 19, 2011 (SALISBURY, NC) – Beginning in February, the Salisbury School of Music in downtown Salisbury will begin enrolling students in its new Jazz Improvisation and Jazz Theory classes for the Winter/Spring 2011 semester.

 

“More so than in any other forms of music, jazz encourages and even depends on improv because no two jazz musicians are going to play a song the same way,” said the school’s founder and artistic director, Marc Hoffman, who will teach both classes. “And of all the musical education available in the Salisbury area, including our own school’s, jazz improv and jazz theory have been woefully missing. It’s time we change that.”

 

Hoffman, who released his own all-original jazz compilation CD “Curioso” last year, also pointed out that a firm grounding in music theory is the backbone of jazz improvisation.

 

“We’re confident that interest in and turnout for the classes will be sufficient to start a student jazz band at the school. We have been encouraged by the success of our Summer Band Jam that we began last June. The band that formed from the camp has performed many times and just completed recording of its first EP.”

 

A study conducted at Johns Hopkins in 2008 found that when jazz musicians improvise, they enter “a remarkable frame of mind, during which, all of a sudden, the musician is generating music that has never been heard, thought, practiced or played before. What comes out is completely spontaneous.” (Dr. Charles J. Limb, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.)

 

“Learning how to improv with jazz can take a music student to a level of creativity he or she has never experienced before,” Hoffman said.

 

The Salisbury School of Music Jazz Improv and Theory classes will begin in February. Class times will be determined after registration.

 

The music school in Salisbury is also now registering students now for:

  • Shared and private violin instruction (Monday afternoon and evening)
  • Shared and private guitar lessons (Monday and Thursday afternoon and evening). Styles include rock, pop, Christian and jazz.
  • Private instruction in all woodwind and brass instruments (Tuesday and Wednesday evenings)
  • Yoga for singers and instrumentalists (class times to be announced)

 

 

The Salisbury School of Music offers private and group instruction in vocal and instrumental music for all ages, and classes in a variety of music topics. For more information, visit www.salisburyschoolofmusic.com or contact Marc Hoffman at 704-633-8188.

 

About the Salisbury School of Music:

 

At the Salisbury School of Music, all classes emphasize music theory along with technique in order to develop the “whole” musician. All instructors are professional musicians and experienced teachers, most with advanced degrees in music. The music school also encourages student teachers and usually places them with beginning students. The studio is located on the second floor of the historic Meroney Theater, 213 S. Main Street, in Salisbury, NC 28144,

The Salisbury School of Music Announces New Staff Member

Violinist Ryan Silvestri joins the faculty. 

August 17, 2010 (SALISBURY, NC) –  Marc Hoffman, founder and director of the Salisbury School of Music, has announced the addition of violin instructor Ryan Silvestri to the faculty.

Silvestri is currently a graduate assistant in violin performance at the UNC-Greensboro School of Music. He graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in music education from Florida State University in 2009.

Experienced as an orchestral player, chamber musician, and recitalist, Silvestri was a contracted member of the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra from 2007-2009 and has served as Concertmaster of the Brevard Music Center Sinfonia under the baton of former Pittsburgh Symphony Concertmaster Andrés Cárdenes. He has performed in masterclasses for William Preucil, Hal Grossman, the Audubon String Quartet, Cliff Colnot, Stefan Hersh, and Matt Albert. He has studied under Marjorie Bagley, Corinne Stillwell, Eliot Chapo, and John Wilcox.

“Ryan is a devoted educator and experienced in teaching both violin and viola,” Hoffman said. “We’re delighted to welcome him to the faculty.”

The Salisbury School of Music offers private and group instruction in vocal and instrumental music for all ages, and classes in a variety of music topics. For a complete list of classes, instructors and admission policies, visit www.salisburyschoolofmusic.com.

About the Salisbury School of Music:

The Salisbury School of Music is located at 213 S. Main Street in Salisbury, NC, on the second floor of the historic Meroney Theater. All classes emphasize music theory along with technique in order to develop the “whole” musician. SSM instructors are professional musicians and experienced teachers, most with advanced degrees in music. SSM also encourages student teachers and usually places them with beginning students. For more information visit www.salisburyschoolofmusic.com or call 704-633-8188. The Salisbury School of Music also maintains a Facebook page.

Summer Band Jam To Perform In Downtown Salisbury

Music students participate in the town’s Summer Night Out event.

: L-R: Kevin Aitken, Miles Cloninger and Willow Beeker of the SSM Summer Band Jam

August 2, 2010 (SALISBURY, NC) — The Salisbury School of Music’s Summer Band Jam group will performing during downtown Salisbury’s “Summer Night Out” on Friday, August 6th, in front of the historic Meroney Theatre, 213 South Main Street. Performances will be at 7:00 and 8:00 PM. A special guest, SSM voice and theory student McClain Miles, will be singing during the break between the band performances.

Summer Band Jam musicians include: Willow Beeker, vocals; Kevin Aitken, lead guitar; Miles Cloninger, rhythm guitar; Salisbury School of Music instructor Patrick Reaves, bass guitar; and faculty instructor Hayes Smith, drums.

The students have been improving their musical skills at the school this summer as they have been learning how to play with other musicians. With the help of instructors who are all professional musicians — including the school’s artistic director Marc Hoffman — they’ve worked on stage presence, harmonizing, arranging and other keys to becoming a good band member.

“This group had done a tremendous job these past two months,” Hoffman said. “Their enthusiasm for and growth as musicians has been amazing. Thanks to the success of the Summer Band Jam the SSM will be adding the program once weekly on a year-round basis.”

The Summer Band Jam students and faculty performed together for the first time on Friday, July 16, also in front of the Meroney Theatre where the Salisbury School of Music is located.

Salisbury’s Summer Night Out will take place from 5-9 p.m. throughout the downtown business district. Other events include several musical performances, such as The Brubakers on East Fisher Street, face painting, free trolley rides, and a variety of specials and refreshments at downtown businesses that will stay open late for the event. For more details and the schedule of performances, visit www.downtownsalisburync.com.

For more information on the Salisbury School of Music, visit www.salisburyschoolofmusic.com.

About the Salisbury School of Music:

The Salisbury School of Music offers private and group instruction in vocal and instrumental music for all ages, and classes in a variety of music topics. All classes emphasize music theory along with technique in order to develop the “whole” musician. SSM instructors are professional musicians and experienced teachers, most with advanced degrees in music. SSM also encourages student teachers and usually places them with beginning students. For more information: www.salisburyschoolofmusic.com or call Marc Hoffman at 704-633-8188.

Salisbury School of Music Announces “Singing For The Stage”

New summer course is inspired by popularity of TV shows centered on music.


June 2, 2010 (SALISBURY, NC) – The Salisbury School of Music in downtown Salisbury, NC, is offering a new course this summer entitled Singing For The Stage.

SSM artistic director Marc Hoffman performing with the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra.

Beginning July 6, the summer course will offer group and individual sessions for aspiring singers between the ages of 13 and 18, and individual sessions for students over 18. The course will cover singing techniques for theater, film and television, as well as basic music theory.

“With the success of ‘Glee,’ ‘American Idol,’ and other shows centered on music that are all the rage these days, we saw the need to offer these sessions in our area,” said SSM artistic director Marc Hoffman, who also teaches voice, piano, composition and improvisation. “Singers have a great advantage in auditions and in performance if they learn the proper techniques necessary for performance in these specific arenas.”

Hoffman notes that techniques for successfully singing on the stage, in film, or on television differ greatly from solo recital techniques. “Eye contact, facial expression, volume, microphone techniques, etc., are all essential,” he said.

Singing For The Stage sessions will begin Tuesday, July 6, and continue each Tuesday throughout the month. Tuition is $60 for group session and $100 for individual sessions. Interested students should call the school at 704-633-8188 to schedule class times. Space is limited so students should contact the school as soon as possible.

The Salisbury School of Music offers private and group instruction in vocal and instrumental music for all ages, and classes in a variety of music topics. For a complete list of classes, instructors and admission policies, visit www.salisburyschoolofmusic.com.

About the Salisbury School of Music:

The Salisbury School of Music is located at 213 S. Main Street in Salisbury, NC, on the second floor of the historic Meroney Theater. All classes emphasize music theory along with technique in order to develop the “whole” musician. SSM instructors are professional musicians and experienced teachers, most with advanced degrees in music. SSM also encourages student teachers and usually places them with beginning students. For more information visit www.salisburyschoolofmusic.com or call 704-633-8188. The Salisbury School of Music also maintains an Facebook page.