Play for Fun (Guitar)
In Play for Fun-Western & Indian Music, Students learn technique to play effortlessly, any genre of instrumental music.
About the Course
Play for Fun is for students who just want to play an instrument and have Fun! OVIMA works with its students in a holistic way developing the individual, and not just the students, artistic and musical skills.
Our Play for Fun Group Classes are currently offered only for GUITAR and are held once a week for 60 minutes. Students learn to tune their guitar, learn the various sections of the instrument, and technique to play any genre of music. Students will focus on simple left hand development, introduction to basic major and minor chords; moving up the fretboard with an introduction to the 8th note strumming, work on your finger down the fretboard and start mixing up the chords; picking across multiple strings while reinforcing your open chord skills; continue the inside/outside picking technique; start mixing up your picking skills; and slowly playing the Guitar.
In each quarter, students work with 2 areas of technique:
Areas of Technique
Quarter 1: Picking, Using downstrokes and playing open strings
Quarter 2: Upstrokes and Strumming
Quarter 3: Using Down Up Strokes, More Complex Strumming
Quarter 4: Hammer and Pull Ups
The students will do warm-up exercises and scales pertaining to that area of technique. In a 10-class period, students must bring in at least 3 songs, that they would like to work on from a specified genre for the quarter. Songs are to be submitted to the office right after they Register for Classes. For the age group 7-11 years, instructors will suggest songs. If the song a student brings in is difficult, the teacher will be able to recommend something else, or the student could bring in something else as well.
Who can Join
7-11 Years; & 12 +
Group (min 3 and max 5)
Genre: Western Music
- Quarter 1: Folk Tunes
- Quarter 2: Country
- Quarter 3: Light Rock (Beatles)
- Quarter 4: Light Jazz and all of the above
Students individually perform 1 song that they have worked on during the quarter, at the end of each quarter. Students are additionally provided other platforms to perform. Additionally, OVIMA Global has numerous performing platforms it has made available to students to promote our constant effort in developing CONFIDENCE & SELF-EXPRESSION in students.
In-class Performances (Non-Performance Quarter):
The 1st and 3rd Quarters are Non-Performance Quarters (Students perform in an In-Class Performance-Not Open to Parents and Public, ONLY to students).
Quarterly Jam Sessions
This is a platform made available for students to come together with whatever they want to sing or perform. They do not have to memorize their music for these Jam Sessions. Performance in these Jam Sessions is NOT MANDATORY but students are encouraged to participate.
Recital Performance (Performance Quarter):
The 2nd and 4th Quarters are Performance Quarters (Students perform in a Recital Performance – Open to Parents and Public).
Quarterly Seasonal Concerts
Students would prepare a song or piece per the Seasonal Theme and would have the opportunity of working with the instructor just once. This means that the student MUST come prepared knowing the tune of the song and lyrics from memory or knowing the piece completely in the case of instrumentalists. This again is NOT MANDATORY, but students are encouraged to participate.
Students must meet age / level requirements: 7-11 Years; 12-17 Years; and 18+ Years.
If a student wants to be successful, then he/she must attend their classes regularly as participation and practice are two major components for success. Students / parents are required to notify OVIMA Global and the instructor in advance of any absences. For Play for Fun Classes there is just one day in the Quarter assigned for Make Up Classes. Students are NOT PERMITTED to miss more than ONE class in the Quarter. If a student is missing a class the OVIMA office must be informed 24 hours in advance.
- Laptop / Desktop preferably NOT ipad, tablet, phone
- Good Broadband Connection
- Have the Zoom app downloaded to their computer
- Microphone, Headphones, Amp.
- Bluetooth speaker or / and additional device to play a track on
Students MUST put in at least 30 mins of practice daily to see the difference from one week to the next. Additionally they are required to send in Practice Videos on the WhatSapp Group Chats so that instructors are able to guide them and constantly monitor their progress in as well as out of the classroom. All students must fill out the Practice Google Sheet shared with all students at the beginning of the quarter. Additionally, all students must fill out their Goals Sheet also shared with them at the beginning of the Quarter.
- Students MUST bring all materials, books to class.
- Students are responsible for buying their own books suggested by the teacher.