Music & Creative Arts

YCCA - West Suburban YMCA Center for the Creative Arts

 
The West Suburban YMCA offers music and creative arts classes for all ages and abilities through the YCCA – West Suburban YMCA Center for Creative Arts. Located in our lower level, we have a full music and recording studio full of instruments and recording equipment.
 
Our programs include:
  • Private Music Lessons (drums, bass, piano, guitar, voice, songwriting, film, music production)
  • Rock Band
  • Music Production Class
  • Movie Making
  • Dance

Please email Music & Creative Arts Director Kevin O'Connell or call him at (617) 244-6050 x3028 for more information. 

Private Music Lessons

All ages! 
 
FREE Intro Lesson For All New Students!

Drums, bass, guitar, piano, voice, photo, video and music production

2017-18 Private Lesson Tuition

30min: $33 members / $38 non-members
60min: $66 / $76 non-member

Our private lessons are customized to each student's ability, style and musical interest. The instructor and student determine work together to set short and long-term goals while navigating through music on their given instrument(s).

CLICK HERE to sign up for Private Lessons!

Summer Sessions 2018

Want to write and record your own music this summer? Registration is open for Summer Sessions 2018 - the West Suburban YMCA Center for the Creative Arts (YCCA) one-of-a-kind collaborative summer music program for teens. Like no other program in the area, Summer Sessions focuses on the process, not just the content. Our Music & Creative Arts staff mentor young musicians throughout the whole process from putting the band together to recording original music right here at the Y.

Music & Creative Arts

February Vacation Workshop

SESSION: 18WIN
Class Program ID Day/Time Ages Fee Register
February Vacation Workshop YCCAFEBVACA Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri/12:00 AM - 12:00 AM 10 years and up Family or Adult $500.00
NonMember $500.00
Youth or Teen $500.00

Modern Dance Class

After floor warm ups, we will do alignment work in the center, locomotor movement across the floor and learn modern dance repitory.

SESSION: 18ESP
Class Program ID Day/Time Ages Fee Register
Modern Dance Class YCCA401 Wed/04:30 PM - 05:30 PM 7 to 12 years Family or Adult $110.00
Youth or Teen $140.00
NonMember $180.00

Movie Making

The YCCA offers a video editing and film studies course designed to enlighten several different aspects of the young filmmaker. For students interested in filming, acting, writing, producing or editing, this class is held once a week with the goal of a creating a short video. The instructor will support the class in the creation of their own story line while providing the structure needed to finish their project within the given time frame. All video projects will be hosted on the YCCA’s Vimeo account at the end of each semester!

SESSION: 18WIN
Class Program ID Day/Time Ages Fee Register
Movie Making YCCA200 /12:00 AM - 12:00 AM 10 to 17 years Family or Adult $208.00
Youth or Teen $310.00
NonMember $405.00

Music Production

Students learn recording, mixing, and mastering techniques in a number of different projects. Students learn about microphones, recording instruments, making beats, creating samples, running recording sessions, and much so more!

SESSION: 18WIN
Class Program ID Day/Time Ages Fee Register
Music Production YCCA350 /12:00 AM - 12:00 AM 10 to 17 years Family or Adult $208.00
Youth or Teen $310.00
NonMember $405.00

Photography

Photo students have the opportunity to shoot their natural surroundings right here at the West Suburban YMCA. Our photo instructor provides guidance with the idea of promoting visual creativity by giving students the freedom to discover whatever they like through pictures. After capturing their favorite sights, the students upload their shots to a computer, experiment with photo editing and enhancement, and print their work to take home! Canon digital cameras are available for students to use during class.

SESSION: 18WIN
Class Program ID Day/Time Ages Fee Register
Photography YCCA201 /12:00 AM - 12:00 AM 10 to 17 years Family or Adult $208.00
Youth or Teen $310.00
NonMember $405.00

Pre-Ballet Dance Class

Student will warm up in a circle by moving body parts rhythmically, then by playing a rhythm game. We will work on simple alignment exercises as well as some marching, skipping, running and leaping to music, then end with creative/imaginative movement stories and games.

SESSION: 18ESP
Class Program ID Day/Time Ages Fee Register
Pre-Ballet Dance Class YCCA400 Wed/03:30 PM - 04:15 PM 5 to 7 years Family or Adult $110.00
Youth or Teen $140.00
NonMember $180.00

Rock Band

Our Rock Band class is a collaborative program where students attend weekly rehearsal with their group in preparation for our schedule of various performances at the Y and out in our community. This class will be held under the guidance of our YCCA music staff. A wide variety of genres, instruments, and song choices are always explored!

SESSION: 18WIN
Class Program ID Day/Time Ages Fee Register
Rock Band YCCA130 /12:00 AM - 12:00 AM 10 to 17 years Family or Adult $247.00
Youth or Teen $370.00
NonMember $494.00

Summer Sessions 1

Ages 11-18

Like no other program in the area, Summer Sessions focuses on putting together a unique band with the goal of writing & recording original music in our Studio right here at the Y. Participants can build and improve upon the creative skills of songwriting, filming, audio engineering, video editing, production, and instrumental or vocal performance while creating a complete professional project.

Summer Sessions will offer students the opportunity to form new advanced skills that help mold young musicians into experienced, successful collaborators. These projects help foster abilities and work ethic that are not exclusive to the music industry, but can be applied to so many other careers and educational experiences. Summer Sessions focuses on the process, not just the content. Oh, and did we mention your work is featured on Spotify?!

SESSION: 18SUM
Class Program ID Day/Time Ages Fee Register
Summer Sessions 1 YCCASESSION1 Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri/09:00 AM - 04:30 PM 10 years and up Youth or Teen $900.00
Family or Adult $900.00
NonMember $1,125.00

Summer Sessions 2

Like no other program in the area, Summer Sessions focuses on putting together a unique band with the goal of writing & recording original music in our Studio right here at the Y. Participants can build and improve upon the creative skills of songwriting, filming, audio engineering, video editing, production, and instrumental or vocal performance while creating a complete professional project.

Summer Sessions will offer students the opportunity to form new advanced skills that help mold young musicians into experienced, successful collaborators. These projects help foster abilities and work ethic that are not exclusive to the music industry, but can be applied to so many other careers and educational experiences. Summer Sessions focuses on the process, not just the content. Oh, and did we mention your work is featured on Spotify?!

SESSION: 18SUM
Class Program ID Day/Time Ages Fee Register
Summer Sessions 2 YCCASESSION2 Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri/09:00 AM - 04:30 PM 10 years and up Youth or Teen $1,000.00
Family or Adult $1,000.00
NonMember $1,250.00

Summer Sessions 3

Like no other program in the area, Summer Sessions focuses on putting together a unique band with the goal of writing & recording original music in our Studio right here at the Y. Participants can build and improve upon the creative skills of songwriting, filming, audio engineering, video editing, production, and instrumental or vocal performance while creating a complete professional project.

Summer Sessions will offer students the opportunity to form new advanced skills that help mold young musicians into experienced, successful collaborators. These projects help foster abilities and work ethic that are not exclusive to the music industry, but can be applied to so many other careers and educational experiences. Summer Sessions focuses on the process, not just the content. Oh, and did we mention your work is featured on Spotify?!

SESSION: 18SUM
Class Program ID Day/Time Ages Fee Register
Summer Sessions 3 YCCASESSION3 Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri/09:00 AM - 04:30 PM 10 years and up Youth or Teen $1,000.00
Family or Adult $1,000.00
NonMember $1,250.00

Summer Sessions 4

Like no other program in the area, Summer Sessions focuses on putting together a unique band with the goal of writing & recording original music in our Studio right here at the Y. Participants can build and improve upon the creative skills of songwriting, filming, audio engineering, video editing, production, and instrumental or vocal performance while creating a complete professional project.

Summer Sessions will offer students the opportunity to form new advanced skills that help mold young musicians into experienced, successful collaborators. These projects help foster abilities and work ethic that are not exclusive to the music industry, but can be applied to so many other careers and educational experiences. Summer Sessions focuses on the process, not just the content. Oh, and did we mention your work is featured on Spotify?!

SESSION: 18SUM
Class Program ID Day/Time Ages Fee Register
Summer Sessions 4 YCCASESSION4 Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri/09:00 AM - 04:30 PM 10 years and up Youth or Teen $1,000.00
Family or Adult $1,000.00
NonMember $1,250.00

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