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Academic Year Information

The AMLA Latin Music School of the Performing Arts is located in the heart of Philadelphia’s Latino Community. AMLA’s Latin Music School is a school focused on music education with the goal on promoting the development, dissemination and understanding of Latin America music and culture in the Philadelphia/Delaware Valley Region, with a strong emphasis on youth.

ACADEMIC YEAR:

There are two separate sessions in the academic year:

Fall: Beginning on the second week of September and ending on the second week of December.

Spring: Beginning on the second week of January and ending on the second week of June.

SEMESTER PRICING: Applicants must meet with the School Administrator in order to register or you can go online at www.amla.org under the school tab. Once registered, class times, levels, and instruments will be selected. Students will receive a class roster and reminded of their first class. All payments must be made in advance with cash, money order, or credit card. The payments options are biweekly, monthly and per session.

Registration Fee: All students must pay an annual registration fee at the beginning of the school year. *These fees are not refundable.

  • $20  for Children and Teens
  • $30  for Adults

Group Lessons: Meets once a week for an hour for instrumental lessons and one hour for theory. The minimum number of students required per group session is 3.

*Fees are to be paid at the time of the first lesson.

  • $18.75 per student per week – Instrumental

Private Lessons: Individual lessons are once a week for 30 minutes.

*Fees are to be paid at the time of the lesson.

  • $22.50 a lesson for Child/Teenager per week
  • $25.00 a lesson for Adults per week

COURSES OFFERED:

We offer music instruction for children, teens, and adults in the following areas:

  • Guitar (Electric & Acoustic)       Bass/Cuatro
  • Latin Jazz and Classical Piano   Voice/ Choir
  • Latin Percussion                           Drums

Music Theory: (8 years old and above):

Students are introduced to rudiments of music theory, study music notation, both reading and writing, including melodic and rhythmic exercises. All music lessons include 1 hour of Music Theory a week. Students get to train using the Berklee PULSE software, created by Berklee School of Music. PULSE is Berklee’s real time, web-based music education program for students worldwide.

COURSES DESCRIPTION:

  • Guitar/Bass/Puerto Rican Cuatro (all ages): In this course, students will be introduced to the instrument (parts, terms, fingers and position) and will learn about scales, arpeggios, rhythms patterns of accompaniments, chord changes, and their application in popular songs and standards. Basic knowledge of music is recommended, but not a requirement. The repertoire will be selected by the instructor according to the student’s level.
  • Piano: (all ages): In this course, students will develop basic keyboard and musicianship skills including technique, sight reading, accompaniment, theory, scales, chord changes, progressions, and the harmonic functions. In addition, students will develop listening and rhythm skills and learn to identify any major key from its key signature. Basic knowledge of music is recommended, but not a requirement. The repertoire will be selected by the instructor according to the student’s level.
  • Voice/Choir: (all ages): In this course, students will learn to sing with consistent and accurate coordination, to develop coordinated breath support to help stamina and increase control, demonstrate a free-tone with minimum tension and to sing in harmony. Techniques of vocal projection, and scales exercises will be part of this class. Basic knowledge of music is recommended, but not a requirement. The repertoire will be selected by the instructor according to the student’s level.
  • Latin Percussion: (all ages): In this course, students will be introduced to the different kind of instrument for this specific genre such as: conga, bongos, timbales, and minor percussion (guiro, maracas, clave, bell, etc.); basic elements to perform typical Latin rhythms. Students will also learn about the correct posture in relation to the instrument, basic techniques from Latin Percussion, and coordination exercises in relation to clave. Basic knowledge of music and techniques are recommended, but not a requirement. The repertoire will be selected by the instructor according to the student’s level.
  • Drums (5 years old and above): In this course, students will be introduced to the drums and its components. They will also learn how to develop proper grip, playing area, and sound and how to achieve balance and evenness between their hands. In addition, students will learn to play basic drum rudiments, including the double stroke roll, single stroke roll, paradiddle, double paradiddle, triple paradiddle, drag, drag paradiddle 1, flam, and flam accent. Basic knowledge of music and techniques are recommended, but not a requirement. The repertoire will be selected by the instructor according to the student’s level.

AMLA Latin School of the Performing Arts: LSPA hosts the Christmas Fest and the Spring Recital each year. These events provide an opportunity for students to showcase what they have learned throughout the year as well as provide valuable performance experience. In addition, these are special occasions for community members to come together and enjoy high-quality Latin Jazz music performed in their own neighborhood.

AMLA SCHOOL CLASS SESSIONS DAYS and TIMES:

AMLA Latin School of the Performing Arts is open

  • Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays from 4:00pm to 8:30pm
  • Saturdays from 10:00am to 2:00pm

For more information you can contact us at Office: (215) 324-0746, ext. 246. You can also send us an email at aacosta@esperanza.us

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