DAC music instructor Christina DeMaio is teaching the Sing! Sing! Elementary Group Voice class for grades 1-5 at the DAC on Thursdays from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m., starting on Jan. 9.

Registration is open now for music classes that begin in January at the Darien Arts Center. The DAC Music Program includes private lessons for cello, guitar, flute, violin, voice, piano, and music theory as well as group classes. DAC instructors, professionals chosen for their individual artistry and teaching skills, include Juanita Bosee, music director; Christine DeMaio, Anthony DiTaranto, Christine Geeding, Daniel Hague, Sharon Levin, Stephanie Wong and Daniel Saulpaugh.

Private music instruction is available for students as young as five years and for older students including middle and high school students, who develop skills to play music they enjoy, and adults who have decided to acquire a new skill. Qualified students have the opportunity to participate in the Royal Conservatory of Music Program, which offers adjudicated testing in both music theory and practical application. To register for private music instruction or for more information about the RCM program, contact Bosee at juanita@darienarts.org or call 203-655-8683.

Group music classes are available for kindergarten through high school students and include piano, voice, composition and jazz band classes. To register for group music classes, visit darienarts.org.


New Group Piano for beginners, grades K to 2, Friday, 4 to 4:45 p.m., Jan. 10 to March 20, $225. Students will be exposed to a musical “playground” and will be fully engaged with visual, auditory, and kinesthetic (feel/touch) activities while using electric keyboards.

New Sing! Sing! elementary group voice, grades 1 to 5, Thursday, 5:30 to 6:15 p.m., Jan. 9 to March 19, $210. Through musical games and activities, students will learn proper vocal techniques while receiving an introduction to music literacy. The group will have an in class performance for parents.

Beginning Young Composers, grades 3 to 5, Saturday, 3 to 4 p.m, Jan. 11 to March 21, $168. Beginning composition students will learn the basics of writing music and compose simple pieces that explore specific parts of the compositional process. Guidelines for the program at the DPS will be adhered to.

Advanced Young Composers, grades 5 to 12, Saturday, 1:15 to 2:45 p.m., Jan. 11 to March 14, $256. Student composers with more experience will work in a workshop setting, writing and critiquing each other’s music and work on self-directed pieces, with the opportunity of recording them. Pieces may be submitted to the program through the DPS.

New Beginning jazz band, grades 5 to 9, Saturday, 12 to 1 p.mm, Jan. 11 to March 21, $168. Open to students currently playing a band instrument, piano, guitar, bass or drum set. Learn music in the jazz, pop and rock styles and develop skills in improvising, creating and performing original music in preparation for any audition for school jazz bands.