The mission of the school is to develop and encourage an interest in music within the community at large. It also strives to make classes affordable, offering opportunities to those who might otherwise have difficulties in obtaining music lessons.
Founded by Mrs. I. Peace Hazard and Mme. Charbonnel in 1933 as the Neighborhood Guild School of Music, today's Knapp School of Music offers weekly lessons in piano, guitar, woodwinds, violin, drums, voice and flute. The Knapp School of Music takes its name from pianist Raymond Knapp who directed from 1939-92. Mr. Knapp was a protégé of Madame Avis Bliven Charbonnel, Nicholas Slonimsky, and David Barnett. According to one former student, "Mr. Knapp maintained a high level of pedagogy — teaching a holistic approach to music that encompassed history as well as theory, technique, and composition." Mr. Knapp taught and inspired many pianists, two of whom are currently on the faculty.
Private Lessons and Group Classes
Private lessons and group classes are offered in piano and jazz piano, guitar, mandolin, violin, drums, clarinet, voice, saxophones, trumpet, flute, bass clarinet and music composition.
Private Instructor for Children with Special Needs
We provide a flexible environment in which to nurture and encourage the abilities and talents of children with special needs. We offer students instructional support and the opportunity to express their feelings through music with the goal of increasing levels of independence, confidence and self-esteem. Please call 789-9301 and leave a message for Konstantina Feldman, she will be happy to meet with you to discuss the program. Konstantina has over 17 years of teaching experience and is a State of RI qualified Teacher Assistant for children with special needs.
Simply call the Neighborhood Guild at 789-9301 and have your name put on the music lesson list. An instructor will telephone you with enrollment information.
Private Lessons and Group Class Fees
All private lessons will be paid for in advance and by the month. Payments are due on or before the first lesson of the month. The cost of a half-hour lesson is $20. There is a $20 non-refundable registration fee paid prior to the first class, and annually (in September) thereafter. Please note, the registration fee is not collected during the summer. Students will purchase music books and materials from the instructor, as the need arises.
Group classes, which run for 6 or 8 weeks, are priced at a reduced rate and are paid for in-full at the time of sign-up at the Front Desk.
No refunds will be given for missed classes. When sufficient advance notice is given for an absence a make- up lesson may be offered, as the instructor's schedule permits. Please call ahead of time if you know you will miss a class. Please give one months notice if you decide to discontinue lessons. This will assist in accommodating those students on a waiting list.
Each private lesson student has a half-hour lesson once each week, on the same day and hour.
Preparing for Classes and Instrument Maintenance
All students must have an instrument at home. Daily practice is very important. Parents can assist by helping the student set up regular practice times, free from interruption, noise and other distractions. Providing verbal encouragement and listening to students play is also helpful. For proper aural development, pianos should be tuned regularly.
Student recitals are held periodically at the Guild. Students are invited to participate. There is a small charge to attend the recitals.
|Konstantina Feldman||piano, voice, special needs instruction|
|Molly Hammell||flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, saxophones (alto, tenor, baritone)|
|Joel McCoy||trumpet, voice|
|Brendan Moore||piano, jazz piano|
|Peter Scartabello||drums, piano|