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music education classes for 2018-19

MYS is dedicated to providing a comprehensive musical experience for all of our students. We offer additional music education classes led by Terry Burk, our Music Education Instructor of over 20 years. These classes are available at no additional cost to MYS students and their families.

Taking advantage of our music education classes strengthen students' overall skills as musicians, and helps prepare students for college coursework. In many cases our courses have helped students test out of college requirements!

Please note: class sizes are limited and registration is required. Click here to register. 


This course is designed for students ready to flex their composing muscles. Beginners or experienced composers are welcome to sign up. After the first class, individual and small-group lessons will be provided. Students are encouraged to develop their own unique and creative composition style throughout this course. Instruction in traditional “Beethoven-style” harmonization will also be available. Compositions by students will have the opportunity to be performed by fellow orchestra members at our Composition Recital on January 26.

Class Information (Trimesters 1 & 2):

Symphony Orchestra: Noon-1:15pm, Choir Room, Highland

Class Dates (15 classes): Sept. 29, Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27, Nov. 3, 17, Dec. 1, 8, 15, Jan. 5, 12, 19, 26 (18.75 hours of class)

Philharmonic & Repertory Orchestras: 8:30-9:45am, Choir Room, Highland

Class Dates (16 sessions): Sept. 9, 16, 23, 30, Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28, Nov. 11, 18, Dec. 2, 16, Jan. 6, 13, 20, 27, Feb. 3 (12 hours of class)

String Orchestra: 11:05-11:50, Choir Room, Highland

Class Dates (15 classes): Sept. 29, Oct. 13, 20, 27, Nov. 3, 17, Dec. 1, 8, Jan. 5, 12, 19, 26 (10.5 hours of class)

Composition Recital: January 26th at 2pm in the Highland Middle School Auditorium


This introductory class will cover the basics of conducting - how to give an upbeat, how to beat a few simple patterns, show dynamics, give cutoffs etc., read a score, and in general how to lead in a way others can follow.

Class Information (Trimester 3):

Philharmonic & Repertory Orchestras: 9:00-9:45am, Choir Room, Highland

Symphony Orchestra: Noon-12:45pm, Choir Room, Highland

Class Dates (9 Classes):

Feb. 23, March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, April 6, 13, 20 (6.75 hours of class)

Please Note: Students may not meet on some Saturdays during the season. A schedule will be given to students at their first class.