YOCJ is excited to get Back to Performing with these engaging Online Mini-Courses. This page has been updated for the Pre-Spring ~ Session IV. Registration closed on Mon. Feb. 22nd.

  1. Please peruse the course options below.
  2. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to register online via PayPal.
  3. Each course is $50 and runs for 5 weeks.
  4. Let us know if you have any registration questions:
  5. ENROLLMENT DEADLINE was Monday, February 22nd.
  6. FYI: Percussionists will need to fill out an informational link, in addition to registering via PayPal.

PRE-SPRING 2021 | Tuesdays
February 23rd to March 23rd

1. All Things Flute ~ Session IV | 7:00 to 8:00pm
led by Sandy Olson.  Open to all YOCJ Flutists!

Join us as we continue to explore and play our way through All Things Flute!
•Flute Ensembles and Recording!  From your recommendation last session, we will be starting off with City of Stars from La La Land!
•Important flute technique, scales and etudes
•Masterclass performances and feedback

2. Performing Rounds & Canons | 5:30 to 6:30pm
led by Dr. Nell Flanders. 
For 6th-8th grade STRINGS. Limited to 15 students.

Open to all middle school strings students. People have delighted in singing and playing rounds and canons since as far back as the 13th century. In this course we’ll learn rounds by a number of well known composers, including Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven. The final project will be to create a virtual orchestra out of student recordings, performing a canon from Bach’s Musical Offering. 

3. Performing Canons from Bach’s Musical Offering Section 1: 7:00 to 8:00pm (almost at capacity)
Section 2: 8:15 to 9:15pm (If more than 15 students sign up for Section 1, we will open Section 2 for the overflow.)
led by Dr. Nell Flanders. 
For 9th-12th grade musicians. Limited to 15 students per section.

Bach’s Musical Offering includes ten canons, which are all based on the same theme but constructed according to different compositional rules. In this course students will study and record several of Bach’s canons as a part of the Princeton Symphony Orchestra’s online Musical Offering project. Topics covered will include aspects of baroque performance practice, practice techniques to refine rhythm, intonation, and phrasing, recording techniques, and exploring the history behind this astonishing composition.

4. Performing & Experiencing Band Literature
7:00 to 8:00pm
led by Brian Woodward & Scott Collins
Open to all middle school & high school woodwind, brass, saxophone, and percussion students.

This course will be a 5 week experience that will feature the most classic band pieces to contemporary music written today.  This course is designed with performance in mind.  Students will experience an “on-line” band rehearsal.  Each hour long class will be packed with warm up activities, technique building, and the learning of a new piece each week.  Join the fun!  
*Students can use an existing Smart Music account for the course. Smart Music student accounts are also available for only $10 at

5. World Percussion | 7:00 to 8:00pm – led by Mr. Chris Colaneri.  Open to all middle and high school percussionists.  Special LINK for a Percussion Information survey, coming soon.

In this 5 week world percussion course, we will globetrot around the world exploring the instruments, traditional rhythms and cultures of 5 countries. We will also explore how to put these rhythms round the drum set, where practical. We will be traveling to West Africa, Brazil, Trinidad, India and China. It is recommended that you have an African or Latin percussion hand instrument (congas, bongos, djembe etc…) for this class. If you do not have an instrument, YOCJ will be able to lend the first 6 students to register with an instrument. We will also lend the first 5 students to register, with a steelpan straight from Trinidad! More information on the student loan contract and logistics for instrumental pick-up will be provided to the initial registrants. Join us!

1. Percussion Information Survey Link** Click HERE.
2. YOCJ Instrumental Student Loan Contract: Click HERE.

**Please read the conditions in the Survey Link carefully. The limited number of instruments are available to borrow on a first-come, first-serve basis, while instruments last. Completion of this survey doesn’t guarantee the availability of an instrument. YOCJ will contact you on your status after you submit your survey. 


Please let us know if you have any registration questions: