Music Lessons in Centerbrook, CT



Ages 12-17, Private or Semi-Private lessons, 45 or 60 minutes, 8-week sessions, For students with musical skills and a strong interest in creative contemporary music

Learn the basics of Apple’s GarageBand music software with the goal of creating songs and developing your musical ideas into fully produced arrangements. Learn about digital recording, midi, and how to connect your computer to a digital piano. Projects can combine virtual software instrument multi-track recording with live audio performance. You can edit, transpose, and add effects to your project and make an mp3 recording to share your music. Owning an Apple computer and digital piano is not required, but a plus.

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Faculty for this Program

Thomas Briggs

Thomas Briggs studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston and received his BA in Music Education, Summa Cum Laude, at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and retired in May ‘09 from the United States Coast Guard Band after 30 years of service. He was the principal percussionist, arranger/composer, and musical director of the Coast Guard Masters of Swing jazz septet. He is also an award-winning published composer. He has written and arranged many works for all types of musical ensembles, from symphonic winds to percussion, chamber groups and jazz ensembles. In the field of education, Tom has published a beginning-intermediate piano method book, two drum-set and two snare drum method books. Tom is currently the Music Director at the Community Music School and has been a member of the faculty since 1985. He offers private instruction on piano, composition, percussion, drum-set, computer technology, and jazz piano and improvisation. Since 1996, Tom has directed the CMS Jazz Ensemble and has produced over 85 arrangements and compositions for the group. Tom teaches Monday – Wednesday in the Spring Semester. Tom teaches Wednesdays in the Summer Session.