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After School Music Club offers keiki a wide overview of music

By Staff | Jul 21, 2016

Keiki can learn to play and perform songs in the After School Music Club.

LAHAINA – After School Music Club is a new program in Lahaina that gives keiki a wide overview of music. It’s an opportunity to learn from professional musicians who are “heart-bent” on instilling their passion for music into the coming generation.

The music club, located at the Lahaina Baptist Church Education Building and offered by Maui Music Mission, is open from 2 to 5:30 p.m. on school days (1 to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays).

Students register for a “session” listed on the registration form. Each session is about five weeks in duration.

During the session, all classes will be working on a performance set list. They will learn fundamental skills while practicing four songs each session.

Every Friday, the students study performance dynamics and etiquette, and have a practice jam or rehearsal.

The session ends with a concert, including recognition for achievers.

When keiki come through the door at music club, they are greeted and directed to follow the signs to their favorite class. The student will then sign up and may enter the class. If the class is full, they will have to choose another.

Each day, there will be up to seven classes to choose from at any time. The classes last 45 minutes, and there’s a break in between. During the break, students may purchase snacks and prizes with reward tickets that they will earn in the classrooms.

Next, a new session of seven class choices begins, and this cycle repeats a third rotation.

This club atmosphere makes it possible for keiki to get involved even if they have other commitments. Part-timers attend three days per week with a minimum of just 45 minutes of participation daily.

Others may stay three hours daily, and full-timers maximize participation five days per week. The only requirement is to attend a minimum 45 minutes each Friday, so that everyone is fully prepared when it is time for the show!

When keiki find an instrument that they love and want to advance training in that area, all they need to do is contact the instructor directly. Each instructor offers individual and small group personal lessons for keiki and adults. These lessons are offered in addition to music club, and rates are reasonable.

There are live performance opportunities for students at all levels twice monthly at The Outlets of Maui. Advanced-level students attend professional venues for musicians to learn as well as to perform.

An Open House will be held on Monday, July 25, from 6 to 8 p.m. Meet the instructors and turn in your registration.

To request a membership registration packet, e-mail mauimusicmission@gmail.com. For more information, contact Reuben Pali at 463-7856.