Briargrove Music Arts Summer Brass Club Affordable. Convenient. Fun.
Our Mission There are many parallels between the training of a great brass musician and the training of a great athlete. The disciplined, consistent practice and repetition of fundamentals and exercises lead us to the strengthening of muscles which brings us greater success in our field. Our Club is modeled after a gym, with open hours during which students may come and go as they please and participate in group classes that are designed to educate, strengthen and inspire brass musicians of all ages and levels to reach new heights of musicianship. We are offering low prices and flexible hours in order to create an inclusive and diverse community of brass players from all over Houston.
What You Get Each session you purchase will include 4 hours of education on the fundamentals of brass playing, pedagogy and performance, as well as introductions into music theory, improvisation in all styles and experience playing in small and large ensembles.
Schedule Throughout June and July you can book during any of these daily sessions: Monday-Friday 8AM-Noon Monday-Friday 2PM-6PM Saturday Master Classes 10AM-2PM Scheduling a session is easy! Just click HERE to access the form to choose your schedule then go HERE to choose your single session or package.
What It Costs: We offer the option of purchasing sessions a la carte or in bundles: 1 session for $60 5 sessions for $275 10 sessions for $450 (save $150!).
About Our Educator Aaron Houzvicka is a Houston-based Trombonist and Music Educator. At Briargrove Music Arts Aaron teaches piano, guitar, percussion and brass instruments. He also teaches trombone private lessons for Clear Creek ISD and North Shore ISD. As a performer, Aaron has toured internationally with Houston Music Hall of Fame Inductees’ Los Skarnales, and has experience performing in a wide variety of musical settings from Salsa and Jazz to Orchestras and small brass ensembles. Guest educators and pros from around the city are likely to “drop-in” to the studio to participate in exercises and masterclasses!
Briargrove Music Arts Summer Brass Club Monday-Friday Sessions
In order to best serve our community we have decided to offer a flexible schedule that will best fit our students’ busy lives. Throughout June and July, students will be able to book as many or as few sessions as they’d like. Our weekday sessions are offered Monday through Friday in two separate time slots: Morning Sessions: 8AM-Noon Evening Sessions: 2PM-6PM
These 4-hour sessions are extremely flexible, with students being allowed to come and go as they see fit. When you purchase a session, you are gaining access to 4-hours of education from a skilled instructor. A half-hour private lesson can cost anywhere from $20-$40, and our 4-hour sessions only cost $60! As you can see, you are getting a bargain even if the student can only participate for 1 hour of the session. And if the student stays for the entire session, even better! You can save even more money if you take advantage of our bundles.
Saturday Master Class Schedule Each Saturday of our Summer Brass Club will feature four 1-hour masterclasses each designed to challenge brass musicians of all skill levels and to educate students on a variety of topics.
Exploring Fundamentalsis a series of masterclasses in which students will discover new exercises, methods and routines to enhance their warm-ups and develop daily routines. Workshop is a high-intensity class designed to improve technique, articulation and harmonic understanding through scales and arpeggios. Pro-Tipsis a lecture series that covers a wide variety of topics from practice tools and techniques to discovering how to compose a melody or improvise over any style of music. Brass Band is a weekly opportunity for students to read, rehearse and perform music from different styles of music and to explore the differences and similarities of melody, harmony and rhythm.
8th ● Exploring Fundamentals - Find Your Best Sound
● Workshop - Major Scales: Flat Keys ● Pro-Tips - Practice Tools: Metronomes, Tuners, Drones & Recording ● Brass Band - Classical Music: Early Masters
15th ● Exploring Fundamentals - Tune and Tone
● Workshop - Major Scales: Sharp Keys ● Pro-Tips - Play it by Ear ● Brass Band - Jazz Music: Learn to Swing
29th ● Exploring Fundamentals - Phrasing: Following the Line
● Workshop - Minor Scales: Sharp Keys ● Pro-Tips - How to Win the Audition
● Brass Band - Music from Movies: Setting a Scene
July 6th ● Exploring Fundamentals - Advanced Articulation: Styles and Syncopation
● Workshop - Major Arpeggios: Flat Keys ● Pro-Tips - Sight Reading: Rhythms, Phrases, Patterns and Styles ● Brass Band - Orchestral Music: Brass Excerpts