Enrichment Classes

*Pre-Twinkle families often opt to add another enrichment class to their schedule. This is available for an additional fee.

Orff Class (ages 8 and under)

A fun music education system based on German composer Carl Orff’s curriculum, which develops the musicality of each child through movement, singing, playing and improvisation. A small instrument kit will be mailed to the student prior to the institute. Taught by Nancy Cash-Cobb.

Interactive Journey through Art and Music (open to all)

Michele covers 1000 years of art and music history in a fun-filled, action-packed class that has garnered rave reviews from children and adults all over the U.S and beyond! Michele makes connections between painting, music, sculpture and architecture helping instrumental students to better relate to their pieces — and even non-instrumentalists will enjoy Michele’s dynamic and energetic presentation. Scaled to interest people of all ages Michele has successfully translated all the fun, activities and excitement of in-person classes into IJAM ONLINE! Taught by Michelle Horner.

Strings Pop! (Rising Artist Program)

StringsPop! is a Pop Music arranging approach for classically trained teens and tweens of all instruments. This innovative pedagogy is an experiential romp through applied music theory, inspired by the score of your favorite pop song. Students gain a solid understanding of chords, functional harmony, and compositional layers by crafting melodies with bass lines, harmony parts, and percussion elements. And it’s fun! Students create multi-layer recordings of their projects to share with family and friends, connecting generations of music-lovers with popular songs from the last 50+ years.

Adventures in Improvisation (book 2 and up)

Spend the week creating your own music on your instrument. Students will improvise in a warm, nurturing and fun environment. Previous experience in improvisation is not required. Learn to play music of different cultures and traditions through creative improvisations. Free your musical creativity in this unique course based on the Creative Ability Development philosophy. Taught by Laura Nerenberg.

Fiddle Class (violins, violas and cellos/bk 2 and above, basic reading skills)

Join in at one of two levels – beginning or advanced fiddle. If this is your first or second fiddle experience at NESI, select beginning fiddle. If you are a seasoned fiddler, select advanced fiddle. Learn as many songs prior to the institute. Music does not need to be memorized. Click here to download sheet music and audio. Taught by Kaity Newell.

Second Instrument Master Class (book 3 and up)

Students book 4 and up who would like to take a secondary instrument master class may do so as one of their chosen enrichment electives. The group class will follow the primary instrument. There is an additional fee for this elective. This class is not for beginners.

Musical History Tour (open to all)

Using opera and orchestral masterpieces, take a journey through history and experience music by the great composers. Gain a glimpse into the life, personality, and the time during which each of these composers lived. You will be exposed to the fundamentals of music appreciation as you learn both the vocabulary and substance of this incredible music. By acting out and portraying these stories using costumes, multimedia, and audience participation, Musical History ‘Mystery’ Tours brings the masterpieces to life in a way that is not only fun for children but also memorable and inspiring. Taught by Chuck Speicher.