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Online “Closed” Berklee College of Music Free Music Lesson Interest Series for Adults, 11/10/20 – 2/2/21, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM ET

11/10/2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm, Free

DESCRIPTION: The Berklee Institute for Arts Education and Special Needs (BIAESN) is generously offering free, group music lessons to adults on the autism spectrum. Traditional instruments options include: Alto Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute, Trombone or Trumpet.  Virtual or Digital instruments available from the Bandlab for Education platform may also be used.

Last year these free music lessons were only available to adults with Asperger profiles in Greater Boston who could attend in-person lessons. For Fall/Winter 2021, lessons are both free totally online.  Adults with Asperger profiles who live anywhere can participate!

This Interest Series lets up to 15 participants explore and grow as independent and ensemble musicians using traditional instruments or digital instruments during practice and group lessons.  Lessons will focus on note reading, technique, and recording as participants work to record music with their peers. Participants will use Bandlab for Education (a free platform) to collaborate in an ensemble and to optionally use virtual/digital instruments.    Click here to watch a video explaining how Berklee Staff will use Bandlab for Education during this interest series.

At the end of this interest series, Berklee staff will curate an online ensemble performance that each student will receive.  This ensemble performance will also be featured on the Berklee Institute for Arts Education and Special Needs website and the AANE website.  Click here to listen to “Embraceable You,” the ensemble performance of the Winter/Spring 2020 Berklee Music Lesson Interest Series.

   Clarinet – Caron Hurley, Julie Meadows, and Sarah Fard
   Flute – Scott Leung, Sarah Fard, and special guest Sarah LaPierre (current music educator of Woodman Park Elementary School in Dover, NH!)
   Guitar – Sarah Fard
   Drums – Digital loop via Bandlab for Education!
   Bass – Special guest Andrew Moreau of Celebrity Series Boston
   Trumpet – Special guest and Waltham Public Schools music educator David Aquilina and Andrew Moreau 

Important Things to Know:

  1. Because of the Covid-19 situation, rental instruments are not available from Berklee College of Music.  You have several options:
    1. Use your own instrument 
    2. Use a digital instrument available from Bandlab for Education.
    3. Rent an instrument on your own. (Click here to download a list of instrument rental companies in Greater Boston and across the US.)
  1. Students can choose to play one of these traditional instruments:
    1. Alto Saxophone
    2. Clarinet
    3. Flute
    4. Trombone
    5. Trumpet or
    6. digital/virtual instruments available on Bandlab for Education.
  2. Note that a piano keyboard interface is used for all of the digital/virtual instruments (other than drums).  You will be able to learn how to read music and develop keyboarding skills that you can use for any MIDI instrument.  However, you won’t learn how to play a physical instrument.
  3. Technology Requirements for Zoom:
    1. a computer or tablet device
    2. an Internet connection
    3. a webcam so you can see and interact with others
    4. Audio capability and built-in or accessory microphone

4. Technology Requirements for Bandlab for Education

  1. a computer or tablet device
  2. an Internet connection
  3. Audio capability and built-in or accessory microphone

5. Your registration confirmation email will include a Zoom link to join your lessons and instructions for accessing Bandlab for Education.

WHEN: Nov 10, Nov 17, Dec 1, Dec 8, Dec 15, Jan 5, Jan 12, Jan 19, Jan 26, Feb 2 

TIME: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM ET

WHERE: Online via Zoom

FACILITATORS: Staff from the Berklee Institute for Arts Education and Special Needs

COST: Free

REGISTRATION:  Registration is required.  After you have registered, a confirmation email is sent with a link to attend the program. Registrants who do not receive the confirmation email should check their email spam folder. Registration closes 24 hours prior to the first session. Early registration is highly recommended as many programs fill quickly.

Registration for this group has ended.

EVENT & GROUP INFORMATION: All AANE programming is currently online. The following terms are used for different audience specifications:

  • “Open” events/groups may have different participants joining from session to session and “Closed” events/groups have the same participants for a set number of sessions.

CODES OF CONDUCT: Participants at AANE events are expected to act respectfully toward other participants and group facilitators. AANE reserves the right to deny admission, ask an individual participant to leave, or remove participants from the event/program for inappropriate or disrespectful behavior. For more information see FAQS.

TECHNICAL SUPPORT: The online platform for the event/program will be listed in the confirmation email from AANE. For assistance with Zoom, please visit the Zoom Help Center prior to the event to become familiar with the platform.


6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Stephanie Birkdale, AANE
617-393-3824 x232