Our one on one classes mixed in with our group theory and ensemble lessons make sure that all music students are getting the most of our program. We are certified by the National Piano Guild which examines eligible student annually. Students start their music journey with us as early as 3 years old. Each student getting a customized curriculum to best fit their musical and artistic needs!
Music Theory Classes
In addition to the one on one lessons, music students take theory classes to enhance their musicianship.
Our piano curriculum is backed by well-known and respected organizations: The American College of Musicians, and The National Guild of Piano Teachers. Our students not only learn proper technique, history of music, and harmony, but they qualify to be examined each year by the Guild and receive official diplomas and certifications. This recognition aids students in their applications to specialized schools, colleges, and even certify them as piano teachers.
This course will provide each student with individualized attention and will cover everything from proper finger placement on the keys, to performance, and appropriate interpretation of the great classical composers. They will learn how to recognize music from different styles and eras, by ear training.
The annual exams will be designed based on each student’s level. This piano course will be supported by a theory class that compliments the practice of piano playing. Due to the level of prestige and rigor of the Piano Guild, our students will learn to read music, and translate it via their performance. The exams at their highest level will test the student’s ability to sight read.
Piano teachers at UCMD are qualified to take their students to the Guild exams, and will work to prepare them for high honor achievements. In the 25 years of our Academy, we have graduated over 30 students from the complete Guild program (7 years), and over 150 students for Guild Certificates.
The Guitar program at UCMD is custom made to fit the needs of each individual student. Students have the option to learn on electric, acoustic or bass guitar. Techniques covered will vary from finger style picking to plectrum technique, in a classical, Jazz, or rock style. Beyond learning proper technique, they will have the opportunity to more extensively work on popular songs of their choosing. Each lesson is 30min- 60 minutes long depending on the student’s guitar goals.
Our vocal lessons provide students at all ranges of experience to work in a highly tailored, one-on-one environment with experienced voice educators.
We believe that the voice is the most intimate and powerful instrument that human beings possess and our pedagogical approach is at once approachable and rigorous. Students are encouraged to master essentials of music theory and ear training as a foundation to excellent musicianship.
Students will learn essential vocal techniques and performance, including:
Posture, breath control, maintaining a legato line, Diaphragm (its importance, location, accessibility, etc., Diction, Solfège, song interpretation, and performance value.
The programs of study for percussion covers Caribbean drums congas, bongos, claves etc. and extends to full kit. The lessons are designed to develop performers with strong fundamental skills and sophisticated musicianship, who can apply these skills to any musical setting: orchestral, solo, ensemble, commercial, or nontraditional. Students will achieve a high degree of professional competence and learn appropriate stylistic approaches various genres of music.
Students that show an exceptional level of musicianship, collaboration and discipline get invited into the UCMD Ensemble. This group rehearses various genres of music from tumbao to samba to rock this team does it all!
Theatre, and acting is a secondary supporting program at UCMD that comes into our curriculum as we start prepping for our large scale custom productions. All UCMD students are invited to audition to our annual productions, those selected will start training theatre techniques.
In the musical theatre dance classes acting and character interpretation is a part of their day to day training.
Foundations of Art introduces students to the materials, techniques, concepts, and processes essential to understanding the visual arts and the role of the artist, through a series of projects, readings, class critiques, videos, slide presentations, and various kinds of field trips. Students explore how to manipulate and master various mediums to make their creations come to life, and how to transmit a message through the arts. This class supports entrepreneurial thinking and guides students to way of making their art marketable
Art at UCMD!
Our arts program touches on the basics and beyond. We encourage students to hone their design skills while giving them an entrepreneurial spirit.
Our UCMD dancers have a wide variety of styles to choose from. They all train in technique, performance, and in choreography. We strive annually prep them to support our custom productions, perform in special events and end of year shows. Year after year they form an incredible bond and learn all elements of the art of dance! From eating right to training efficiently.
Latin Dance/ Salsa/ CASINO
Salsa is a popular form of social dance that originated in the Caribbean. The movements of salsa have origins in Cuban son, Puerto Rican bomba and plena, cha-cha-cha, mambo and other dance forms. We will focus on cuban-salsa on-1 and rueda which is socially danced at outings and gatherings. In this class students will understand tempo, quick footwork, turns and partner exchange, and styling while keeping on beat. It is a fun, fast, dynamic, and technique heavy class.
Ballet is a highly technical form of dance with its own vocabulary based on French terminology. It has been globally influential and has defined the foundational techniques used in many other dance genres/cultures. Students will learn technique , barre work, combinations across the floor, leaps and turns as well as ballet vocabulary. They will also work on small combinations that may later turn into choreography for selected performances. The course difficulty varies based on student level. This is the base for all styles of dance and is highly recommended. All dancers need ballet at some point in their artistic journey!
Musical Theatre/ JAzz
Jazz dance is an umbrella term that can refer to several related dance styles. All of them are connected via common roots, namely tap, ballet, Jazz music, and African-American rhythms and dance. Musical Theatre is a form of theatrical performance that combines songs, spoken dialogue, acting, and dance. Students will be leaning basic Jazz technique as well as different variations of Jazz such as Latin, Street & Broadway. Students will also get the opportunity to incorporate acting by portraying certain characters throughout a routine. The course difficulty varies based on student level.
Tutu Tots ages 2-5yrs
Our tutu-tots program is an intro to dance designed to support the exploration of dance in young students. This course covers beginnings of ballet, creative movement, gymnastics and flexibility.
Our Acro-Gymnastics course will be a strong core of the UCMD dance program. It will train students to understand and train balance, core, and upper body strength. Students in this course will learn cartwheels, round-offs, kickovers, backhandsprings among other individual tricks. Acro students will learn choreographies that include balancing skills, running, jumping, leaping, agility movements. We will train flexibility, splits, scorpions, and engage team work via stunts and lifts. It will be a high energy, and physically engaging class!
As students advance in dance levels, they are invited into our dance where we head to regional and national competitions! This is a 2018 competition at StarQuest dance where our team received platinum!
The Hip-Hop is a dynamic and popular class that explores movements that complement the gracefulness of the classical dances. Students in this course will be exposed to a more intense physical training than in any other class. It will focus on conditioning, strengthening our bodies, and choreographing movements that involve sharp strong movements such as lifts, handstands, break-dancing, pop-locking, and popular social dances. We will be dancing to top hit. It will be a fun class with many opportunities to bring in your own flair and style!
Lyrical/ Contemporary/ Modern
Lyrical dance is a style of dance created by merging ballet and jazz. It is usually emotionally charged and expressive and gives dancers a chance to express a range of strong emotions through their dancing. Contemporary dance is an expressive form of dance which unlike lyrical which focuses on fluidity and finishing movements, abandons the classical aspect of dance and uses unconventional movements from all styles. Modern dance is a style that uses elements such as contract/release, floor work and improve. Since all 3 styles require the dancer to connect with emotions, students will not only be learning techniques but how to feel the music and express themselves through the art of dance. They will learn exercises based on the style and will learn combinations that may later turn into choreography for selected performances. The course difficulty varies based on student level.
Creative combo ages 5-8
Our Creative Combo course invites students ages 5-8 and exposes them to all styles. This is our 1st performing group meeting twice a week.
is a highly-expressive, Spanish dance form. The flamenco is a solo dance characterized by hand clapping, percussive footwork, and intricate hand, arm, and body movements. The dance is usually accompanied by a singer and guitar player. flamenco dance is known for its sweeping arm movements and rhythmic feet stomping. Flamenco dancers spend a great deal of time practicing and perfecting the often difficult dance.