Category Archives: Classes

SUMMER OF LOVE SONGFEST!

Learn great music of the 60’s by Jefferson Airplane, the Grateful Dead, Simon & Garfunkel, Buffalo Springfield, the Youngbloods, Big Brother & the Holding Co., Country Joe & the Fish, and of course the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, and more!  A list of songs for each of the sessions is below.  Watch vintage videos of them all on our Youtube playlist here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t5ze_e4R9QY&list=PLNteU9hN30nPRIzs_N-wGtoL63m_7SH4V
Attend one workshop for $25, or all four for $80.  To sign up or reserve a place, email Joy Chang.

July 8 Joe Marquez – love, love, love!

All You Need is Love: The Beatles

Here Comes the Sun: The Beatles

Homeward Bound: Simon and Garfunkel

Somebody to Love: Jefferson Airplane

Honky Tonk Woman: The Rolling Stones

 

July 15 Chris Haugen – Songs of the Grateful Dead 

Friend of the Devil

Ripple

Truckin

Casey Jones

Brown Eyed Women

 

July 22 Joe Marquez – There’s Something happenin’ here …

Like a Rolling Stone: Bob Dylan

For What it’s Worth: Buffalo Springfield

Get Together: the Youngbloods

Paint it Black: the Rolling Stones

The Wind Cries Mary: Jimi Hendrix

 

July 29 Kurt Huget – The San Francisco Sound

San Francisco (Wear Some Flowers in Your Hair):  Scott McKenzie
White Rabbit:  Jefferson Airplane
Fixin’ To Die Rag:  Country Joe & The Fish
Piece Of My Heart:  Big Brother & The Holding Company
White Bird:  It’s A Beautiful Day
Dock of the Bay:  Otis Redding

 

Contact Joy Chang to sign up!

Meet the Beatles!

Meet the Beatles with multi-instrumentalist Chris Haugen

BeatlesWant to play with a group but don’t know where to begin? This is the class for you! Learn the legendary songs of the Beatles and build musical skills on your instrument. Learn the songs, develop chord and rhythm skills, sing and have fun yeah yeah yeah! You were only waiting for this moment to arrive!

Prerequisite: Intermediate ability on your stringed instrument. (Guitar, bass, mandolin, banjo, fiddle, voice).

Email program coordinator Joy Chang to sign up!

Beginning Chamber Music

“I am learning to play my instrument and now I want to play with other people, too.”

“I play in a community orchestra, but I want to play trios and quartets, too.”

“I don’t feel ready to tackle the great chamber music literature just yet, but I’d love to start with simpler pieces.”

If you’ve ever thought or said anything like the sentences above, you’re ready for our Beginning Chamber Music class.  Each week, you’ll spend an hour learning the fundamentals of listening and playing as a group under the guidance of an expert, sympathetic coach.  You’ll choose music with the right combination of technical and musical challenges for your group’s level. In addition to understanding the pieces you are playing, you’ll learn skills you can apply to any piece of music.

Check the Events Calendar to find out when this class is meeting.

Flute Ensemble

Matt Eakle is a master teacher and performer who loves to push musical boundaries as well as explore traditional styles.  In this weekly class, you’ll join a small group of flutists to play and learn under his expert and inspiring guidance.

Repertoire includes pieces and arrangements from classical, Latin, popular, and other styles.

The class meets weekly, with occasional gaps when Matt’s touring and performing schedule makes him unavailable.

Check the Events Calendar to see when this class is offered.

Ukulele for Kids

Ukulele may be the best starter instrument for young children.  It’s easy to handle, fun to strum, and always sounds upbeat and perky.

Topics covered in this class

Listening: Recognize rhythms, scales, and major and minor chords.

Playing: Read and play single notes and strum chords in first position.

Music: Play easy songs and melodies in a variety of styles.

Sharing: Perform for your classmates and for an audience.

Check the Events calendar to see when this class is offered.

Guitar for Kids

If your child knows the basics of guitar and wants to improve his or her skills in a small, friendly group setting, this class is the one.

Listening: Recognize rhythms, scales, chords, and chord progressions.

Playing: Read and play notes and chords in several neck positions.

Music: Play songs and melodies in a variety of styles.

Sharing: Perform for your classmates and for an audience.

Check the Events calendar to see when this class is offered.

Beginning Ukulele

Ready to have some fun with the most joyful, quirky, and irresistibly cheeky musical instrument on the planet?  No experience required. We’ll get you started playing your favorite songs at the very first class.

Topics covered in this class

Listening: Recognize rhythms, scales, and major and minor chords.

Playing: Read and play single notes and strum chords in first position.

Music: Play your first songs and melodies in a variety of styles.

Sharing: Perform for your classmates and for an audience.

Check the Events calendar to see when this class is offered.

Chamber Music Workshop

Play music from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Modern, and Contemporary chamber literature with the guidance of our expert, supportive coaches. String players, wind players, and pianists of all ages are welcome. Music-reading skills are essential; experience playing with others is a definite plus but not essential.  Our goals are to help you enlarge your familiarity with chamber music literature; become a more confident and proficient ensemble player; and meet others who share your interest in chamber music.

This class meets on Sunday mornings throughout the year.  The size and composition of ensembles varies from week to week and advance registration is required.  If you would like to join the class, please complete this survey and a member of our staff will be in touch with you.

Rock Band for Teens

Ready for some rock and roll? In this class, you explore the basics of playing and singing in a band with guitar, bass, drums, and keyboard.  And at the end of the session, the band is ready to perform.

Topics include listening, choosing and learning songs and parts, practicing, rehearsing, and becoming stage-ready.

Dave Getz, founding and still-touring drummer for Big Brother & the Holding Company, is the perfect mentor.

Check the Events calendar to see when this class is offered.

Beginning Guitar

You can start playing guitar and learning the basics of musicianship in a friendly, small group setting.

Prior experience is not required. If you do have some knowledge of the guitar, we recommend you meet with an instructor or staff member before enrolling so that we may place you in the appropriate class.

Topics covered in this class

Listening: Recognize rhythms, diatonic scales, and major and minor chords.

Playing: Read and play single notes and strum chords in first position.

Music: Play your first songs and melodies in a variety of styles.

Sharing: Perform for your classmates and for an audience.

Check the Events calendar to see when this class is offered.