As beautiful to watch in performance as they are to hear, the violin, viola, cello and double bass are some of the most popular musical instruments of study. String instruments are the heart of the symphony orchestra and other classical ensembles, including string quartets. Bravissimo Music can also help with the guitar and harp.
A favorite instrument of study, the piano is ideal for beginner musicians because it allows them to visualize the keyboard and to develop an intuitive understanding of music theory. As a result, the piano provides the building blocks for composition in a variety of musical styles, including classical and jazz. Many singers, composers, and conductors study piano as a way to support their overall musical awareness.
Woodwind and brass instruments are a varied instrument family that has something for everyone, whether you prefer the graceful soprano voice of the oboe, or the heft and strength of the tuba. Today, wind players regularly participate in wind and jazz ensembles, and as regular members of symphony orchestras.
A healthy vocal technique is the basis for all styles of singing. We work with our students to build an awareness of breath and body alignment that facilitates free and expressive vocalization.
Each student is assigned a selection of varied repertoire that is appropriate for his or her voice. If the student expresses interest, we are delighted to work on music in foreign languages; all of our voice teachers are qualified to coach foreign language diction and aid in translation techniques.
To study Music Theory is to explore how music works. Beginning theory students solidify their musical literacy and learn about the fundamentals of pitch relationships (intervals, triads), rhythm and meter.
Bravissimo offers Music Composition students the rare opportunity to study Composition outside the college or conservatory setting. As a Bravissimo student, you will work one-on-one with a mentor who will provide you with insight and techniques to take your compositions to the next level.
Students learn how to physically communicate musical ideas in a comfortable and clear manner. They are instructed in metrical beating patterns, giving cues, starting and stopping pieces, and expressing dynamics and phrasing.
Conducting lessons are a wonderful supplement to any musical study. We recommend that all conducting students read music and have taken at least three years of instrumental or voice lessons before beginning conducting lessons.