Indian Hill Music

Indian Hill Music, Littleton MA, Phone: 978-486-9524, Community music school offering private and group lessons, all ages, abilities, styles near Acton, Westford, Groton, Harvard, Chelmsford, Concord. Professional performance series featuring symphonic concerts by the Orchestra of Indian Hill, plus chamber music, jazz, and family events.

Summer Day Music

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Please Note: We have received the maximum number of registrations for piano core students. Any additional piano students will be placed on a waiting list. Enrollment is still open for all other instruments.

July 23 – August 3, 2018 | 9:00 am – 4:00 pm | Mon - Fri

Ages 8-17 (grouped by age & skill level)
For students with at least two years of private lessons or equivalent experience

Thursday, August 2, 5:00 pm | 6:30 pm
Friday, August 3, Informal Concerts, 12:45 pm | 2:30 pm
Friday, August 3, 5:00 pm | 6:30 pm


Two weeks filled with Music, Friends, and Fun! Reach your goals together in core and elective classes and ensembles (including small chamber groups, bands, and full orchestra!) designed for a lively and enjoyable group learning experience. Boost your confidence through essential instruction in technique, theory, and musicianship. Explore a world of music styles and instruments for a fresh, new perspective. Open to students with two or more years of private lessons or equivalent experience.

Student and parent comments: "Summer Day Music is really awesome! ... I learned a lot about music and myself." ... "I really enjoyed all the elective classes I took ... I'd give 5 stars for every one!" ... "There are so many opportunities to play with other musicians and make friends. It's fun but there is also a lot to challenge you." ... "I especially liked trying out new instruments. It was so cool playing my violin in a rock band!" ... "My son enjoyed all of it. It was amazing and wonderful, and he cannot wait until next year!" ... "Amazing! I can't say enough about everyone's willingness to accomodate different kids and their needs."


$795 ($200 non-refundable deposit due at registration)
Scholarships are available for all Music School programs.

Before/After Care

$5 before care, $10 after care per day
Program interns will provide supervision each day from 8:00-9:00 am for early drop-off and from 4:00-6:00 pm for students requiring later pick-up.

Before/After Care Registration Form

Daily Schedule | Student Info | Core Classes | Faculty | Elective Classes | FAQS

Daily Schedule:

8:45 - 9:00 am Student Check-In
9:00 - 12:15 pm Core Classes: Students work on their primary instrument in classes and ensembles designed to improve technique and musicianship.
12:15 - 12:45 pm Lunch
12:45 - 4:00 pm Electives: Classes are 60 minutes in length. Students will choose six electives and be placed in three classes. Faculty may recommend more suitable courses than those selected by students.
4:00 - 4:15pm Student Check-Out

Student Performances:
Informal Concerts: Friday, August 3, 12:45 and 2:30 pm
Thursday, August 2, 5:00 and 6:30 pm.
Friday, August 3, 5:00 and 6:30 pm.
Students should reserve all these dates and times. Actual performance schedules will be determined and announced during the program.

Student Enrollment Info


Students must have at least 2 years of private lessons or equivalent experience, solid technique with their instrument, and good music theory and reading skills. For students just beginning to learn an instrument check out our Summer Music Explorers program!


Students who are not currently registered at IHM will have an informal placement meeting with the program manager to ensure an adequate playing level, answer any questions, and help with selection of elective courses. Placement auditions scheduled by appointment. If it is decided that a student does not yet possess the skills to participate in the program, other summer options will be offered. Credit or refund will be issued for any tuition paid.

Piano Students:

NOTE: The maximum number of piano students has been reached. Any additional students will be placed on a waiting list. Piano students will have a placement audition (dates TBA) so they can be matched appropriately in ensembles. Please note that we make every effort to place everyone appropriately within a wide range of playing levels. If a student's skill level does not match that of other students, the faculty may recommend more suitable options other than Summer Day Music. Pieces will be assigned ahead of time, and students are expected to practice the music with their teacher before the program begins.

Voice Students:

Students must be at least 12 years old to take the Voice Core curriculum. Voice electives are open to all ages, though some elective classes may have age restrictions.

Partial Program Enrollment:

Due to the nature of the Summer Day Music program and curriculum, it is not possible for students to enroll for only a portion of the program schedule, such as half days or one week of the full two week schedule. Every student is an important part of each group, class, or ensemble in which they participate, and daily attendance is crucial to continuity of their musical and educational experience.


The first day of the program will begin with a brief orientation meeting for all students. Parents are welcome to stay for the orientation. Building and etiquette rules will be shared, along with information about what to expect each day. School staff and faculty will be introduced so students know who to go to with questions or problems.

Core Classes

  • Brass Core

    For students of - trumpet, horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba
    • Brass Ensemble
    • Full Orchestra
    • Instrumental Technique
    • Listening & Repertoire
    • Masterclass - Individual or Mixed Brass
  • Guitar/Bass Core

    There is no core program for guitar students. Acoustic bass students may enroll in the classical string core curriculum. If a student is able to choose another core instrument they will have various opportunities to play guitar or electric bass in elective classes like Pop/Rock Ensemble, Jazz Combo, Improvisation, and more.
  • Harp Core

    For students of - pedal or lever harp
    • Harp Ensemble
    • Individual Repertoire
    • Instrument Technique
    • Mixed Chamber Ensembles with Instruments
    • Full Orchestra
  • Percussion Core

    For students of - percussion, drum set, mallets
    • Mallet Ensemble
    • Percussion Ensemble
    • Instrument Technique
    • Full Orchestra
    • Masterclass - Individual or Mixed Percussion
  • Piano Core

    Piano Ensembles - duos, trios, 2 piano ensembles (4 or 8 hands)
    • Ensemble Rehearsals
    • Individual Coaching
    • Instrument Technique
    • Special Workshops - Eurhythmics, Alexander Technique, Performance Skills

  • Strings Core

    For students of - violin, viola, cello, bass
    • Chamber Ensembles
    • Full Orchestra
    • Instrument Technique
    • Listening & Repertoire
    • Masterclass - Individual or Mixed Brass
  • Voice Core

    For all voices - soprano, alto, tenor, bass
    • Vocal ensemble/Choir
    • Individual Repertory
    • Sight Singing
    • Vocal Technique/Healthy Voice
    • Singing in Languages
  • Winds Core

    For students of - flute, clarinets, oboe, bassoon, saxophones
    • Woodwind and Chamber Ensembles
    • Full Orchestra
    • Instrument Technique
    • Listening & Repertoire
    • Masterclass - Individual or Mixed Winds



Steve Savage, Brass


Eric Kamen, Piano, Jazz, Theory
Pei-Chun Lin, Composition


Laurel Martin, Fiddle


Greg Passler, Guitar, Jazz
Joe Pierog, Guitar, Ukulele


Maria Rindonello-Parker, Harp


Abe Finch, Percussion


Christina Dietrich, Piano

Vladimir Gurin, Piano
Eric Kamen, Piano
Tatiana Kolossova, Piano
Amy Lee, Piano
Monica Tessitore, Piano


Tim Terranella, Strings & Orchestra
Angel Hernandez, Violin/Viola
Caroline Reiner-Williams, Cello


Susan Bonito, Voice


Pei-Chun Lin, Flute
Henry Tervo, Winds
Eileen Yarrison, Flute, Theory


Deborah Fleischman

Elective Classes

2018 Electives Brochure

  • Beginning Instruments

    Important Note: Students will not be placed in more than 2 beginning instrument classes for their elective periods.

    African Drumming
    Ages 8-12, 13-17

    This rousing drumming experience uses native rhythms of Africa, powerful beats, and unique instruments to create exciting music. Students learn about hand drumming, the history of early African music, and how to improvise in an ensemble.

    Beginning Cello
    Ages 8-12, 13-17

    Through exercises and simple songs you'll learn the basics of cello technique including hand position, bow hold, posture, fingering, intonation, tone production, and more. Also explore the history of this beautiful and very versatile member of the string family

    Beginning Flute
    Ages 8-12, 13-17

    Students are introduced to the fundamentals of tone production, breath support, hand position, and posture, through simple exercises and fun, familiar melodies.

    Beginning Guitar
    Ages 8-12, 13-17

    Learn the basics of guitar playing - chords, strumming, melodies, and note reading. Play and sing along with popular songs from folk and rock styles.

    Beginning Harp
    Ages 8-12, 13-17

    Learn basic harp techniques, how to read treble and bass clefs at the same time, melodies, chords, and the history behind this entrancing instrument.

    Beginning Harp Level 2
    Ages 10-17

    For students who have had the Beginning Harp elective or have had some experience with harp. Take it to the next level!

    Beginning Piano
    Ages 8-12, 13-17

    While you're learning some simple songs like "Happy Birthday" and the "Star Wars" theme that you can play and use right away, you'll also be learning the basics of playing piano - clef reading, scales, chords, playing by ear, and more.

    Intermediate Piano
    Ages 10-17

    If you have taken the Beginning Piano elective before or have studied piano on your own, take your playing skills to the next level! Intermediate to advanced level players are welcome. You'll get personalized instruction for your particular skill level.

    Beginning Clarinet & Saxophone
    Ages 8-12, 13-17

    Try one or both instruments! You'll learn basic technique and playing skills and be able to play a few simple tunes. Learn some of the history of these very popular woodwinds and explore the wide variety of music styles in which they're used.

    Beginning Trumpet
    Ages 9-12, 13-17

    Learn the basics of this very popular brass instrument and discover the wide variety of music the trumpet can play from early music to jazz. Proper technique is covered through fun exercises and songs.

    Beginning Violin
    Ages 8-12, 13-17

    Learn proper basic technique for creating a good tone, and play simple songs on the violin. Discover the history and evolution of the violin, and the different styles of music for which it is used.

    Intro to Singing
    Ages 8-12, 13-17

    If you can talk, you can sing, so everyone can and should learn to use their voice in a healthy, natural way. Every instrumentalist can benefit from the knowledge you'll gain about intonation, pitch, intervals, tone quality, and more.

    Ages 12-17

    An introduction to a simple, fun, and very popular instrument. Learn how to hold and tune your ukulele, then a few basic strum patterns and 3 simple chords will have you playing tunes right away!

  • Ensembles

    Chamber Ensembles
    Ages 8-17

    Intermediate to advanced students are placed in duos, trios and quartets to learn the skills of collaborative playing: how to follow or lead, and how to listen, balance sound and match musical expression.

    Hit Smash!
    Ages 8-12, 13-17

    In the style of Blue Man Group and Stomp, students learn to create percussion instruments out of everyday objects like buckets, plastic tubes, metal cans, and kitchen utensils. Fun and engaging music, choreography, and teamwork all add up to an exciting performance experience. No percussion experience required.

    iPad Ensemble
    Ages 12-17

    Using the latest technology, students learn to play virtual instruments in an ensemble. New music is created using apps for single or multiple players on iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch. Students also learn audio engineering skills like the pros! Students should provide their own device, but a few loaners will be available.

    Pop/Rock Ensemble
    Ages 12-17

    Students perform a variety of pop, rock and American Songbook tunes, creating their own arrangements of classic songs. Participants who have written original songs may also have the chance to play them with the group. For guitar, bass, piano, drums and singers.

  • Folk Music & Irish Traditional Music

    Irish Fiddling
    Ages 8-17

    Put your violin to a new purpose—playing traditional dance tunes from Ireland. We will learn reels, jigs, barn dances, polkas and slides by ear. For students with at least 2-3 years violin experience.

    Irish Traditional and Folk Singing
    Ages 8-14

    Explore the world of Irish song, taught in the traditional style – by ear. Learn about the history and legacy of Irish music, and build a repertoire of traditional material. Class begins with gentle warm-ups focusing on breathing, tone and flexibility.

  • Jazz

    Intro to Jazz Piano
    Ages 12-17

    Perfect choice for the classical piano player who is curious about jazz piano style. Get the scoop on jazz chords, scales, and rhythms, and reading a chart. Explore your creative side with improvisation. For students with intermediate or higher piano skills.

    Jazz Combo
    Ages 12-17

    Improve your ensemble playing and learn the essential elements of group improv and swing. For guitar, piano, brass, winds, percussion, violin. A good undertanding of keys, scales, and chords is helpful.

  • Theory and Composition

    Intro to Composition
    Ages 8-17

    Basics music theory concepts - chords, scales, rhythm patterns - are reviewed and applied to creating your own musical compositions.

    Composition Level 2
    Ages 12-17

    For students who have already taken the Composition elective, or who have prior experience with composition basics.

    Ear Training
    Ages 8-12, 13-17

    Improve your ear and improve your playing! Learn to identify intervals and chord qualities, and to sing or play melodies by ear. Class includes solfege (do-re-mi) and other aural theory exercises to help you know and understand what you're hearing in music.

    Improvisation - New!
    Ages 8-17

    This is new twist on our very popular Jazz Improvisation class. It deals with making music your own - turning scales into something more interesting, exploring the unique sounds and patterns of different cultures, and bringing your creative mind to life! All instruments welcome.

    Musicianship for Muggles
    Ages 8-12

    “Quills and scross at the ready!”  Students will learn the basics of writing music: clefs, key signatures, time signatures, and pitch notation. The teacher will plan musical examples from the Wondrous Wizarding World, and the students will attempt to capture and write them down.

    Music in the Movies
    Ages 12-17

    Prepare to be "Spirited Away" and travel to the fantastic world of Japan and Studio Ghibli, exploring the music of Joe Hisaishi. Students will discuss themes, motifs, orchestration, and have the chance to create their own musical arrangements..

    Skills Building
    Ages 8-12

    Focus in on the building blocks of music and increase your understanding of the essentials. Class will include ear training, sightsinging, and lots of practical exercises to improve your playing, no matter what instrument you play.

    Stranger Themes
    Ages 12-17

    Students will listen, discuss, transcribe melodies, analyze intervals and harmonies of select pop favorites. Musical selections could include “Africa,” “Don’t Stop Believin,” “Thriller.”

  • Voice

    Intro to Singing
    Ages 8-12, 13-17

    If you can talk, you can sing, so everyone can and should learn to use their voice in a healthy, natural way. Every instrumentalist can benefit from the knowledge you'll gain about intonation, pitch, intervals, tone quality, and more.

    Show Choir
    Ages 8-17

    Sing, move, and groove to Broadway showstoppers and top-of-the-chart hits, and light up the stage like the star you are! Working as a team you'll combine your singing with simple dance steps and movement, to interpret a song, express a mood, and create a performance.

    Irish Traditional and Folk Singing
    Ages 8-14

    Explore the world of Irish song, taught in the traditional style – by ear. Learn about the history and legacy of Irish music, and build a repertoire of traditional material. Class begins with gentle warm-ups focusing on breathing, tone and flexibility.

  • Miscellaneous

    Adventures in Listening
    Ages 8-17

    Listen to all types of classical music, from the Renaissance to Modern periods, including jazz, opera and ballet. We will study score reading, conducting and orchestration, learn how a film score is produced, and discover some fun facts about great composers and performers of the past and present.

    Conducting and Score Reading
    Ages 12-17

    What does a conductor do? It's much more than keeping a beat. Learn basic beat patterns, and techniques for directing an ensemble's speed, dynamics and expression. Study a variety of scores and see how the conductor makes music out of these complex musical maps.

    The Making of Instruments
    Ages 8-17

    Ever wondered what the difference is between a harpsichord and piano, or a French horn and English horn? Explore the unique qualities of all kinds of instruments. Video presentations and hands-on exercises will guide students through the process of creating an instrument from start to finish.

    Ages 8-17

    Body and breath awareness are important skills for a well trained musician. This introduction to Yoga for musicians is the perfect way for you to discover for yourself the benefits of this time-honored body work. Gentle stretches and guided meditation are the perfect way to end a busy day of music-making.


Is my child ready for Summer Day Music?

Students should have good playing and reading skills with two years of private lessons or equivalent experience. For students who are new to Indian Hill Music, the program manager will schedule a placement meeting at a mutually convenient time. Students do not need to prepare any particular repertory for the placement meeting, but should choose one or two pieces of contrasting style that demonstrate their current playing level. This meeting is also an opportunity to answer any questions about the program, and to provide guidance for appropriate elective class selection.

What are the check-in and check-out times?

Students should arrive between 8:45 and 9:00 am. Check-out time is 4:00-4:15 pm. Please note an adult must come in to the building to check-out students at the end of each day of the program. Teenagers who drive themselves to school are an exception to this rule.

What if I need to drop my child off early or pick them up after check-out time?

Before Care ($5/day) is provided for students who arrive between 8:00 and 8:45 am, and After Care ($15/day) is available for students who will be picked up after 4:15 to 6:00 pm. Fill out the form and bring it with payment on the first day of the program to sign up for Before/After Care.

Should students bring their own instruments?

For core classes (except piano and percussion) students should bring their own instruments every day of the program. There is some secure storage space if a student occasionally needs to leave their instrument at school overnight. For all Beginner Classes instruments will be provided by the school. Students who own an instrument are welcome to bring it each day to class.

My child plays several different instruments. Can they be used in the program?

Yes. Students are welcome to play multiple instruments. This should be indicated on the registration form. If there is a particular elective the student would like to use their second instrument for, this information should be shared with the Class & Ensemble Manager for proper processing and scheduling.

Is home practice required?

Home practice is not required, but it is encouraged if students are inspired. Home practice does support faster progress.

Is daily attendance required?

Daily attendance is strongly recommended. We cannot offer makeup classes or refunds for missed days. If a student is going to miss all or part of a day this information should be shared with the program interns at least 24 hours in advance. If a student needs to leave before 4:00 for any reason an adult must come into the building to check them out.

What should my child wear?

The students should wear comfortable, casual clothing. T-shirts and shorts are okay. Footwear must be worn in the building at all times.

What about lunch and snacks?

Please provide a lunch and an afternoon snack for your child and a refillable water bottle. Please note this is a nut-free program. Students will have access to a refrigerator and microwave.

Are the performances open to the public?

Yes. Family and friends are welcome to attend all the Summer Day Music performances. On the two concert days - Thursday and Friday - students who are performing in the evening may stay after 4:00 pm and a dinner will be provided free of charge.

Indian Hill Music

36 King Street
Littleton, MA 01460
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September through June:

Monday:  9am – 9pm
Tue-Fri:    9am - 8pm
Saturday: 8am - 5pm
Sunday:   Office Closed

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Indian Hill Music shares the transformative power of music, through teaching and performing, and giving music generously when there is need.


The programs of Indian Hill Music are supported in part by a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, and with funds from the council administered by the Local Cultural Councils.

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