Accordion

NATASHA SAYER

Level: 1-2

In this class participants will learn the basics of playing the piano accordion, including how to breathe, play chord buttons with the left hand and play simple melodies with the right hand, and then put it all together! Participants will have a chance to play along with familiar 3 chord folk songs in both 3/4 and 4/4 time signatures, learn some theory (circle of 5th) and improvise solos.

BANJO - BLUEGRASS

ELENA YEUNG

Level: 1-2

BBB (Basic Bluegrass Banjo)

Bluegrass banjo, or three finger-picking style, is quite a different story from it’s clawhammering ancestor; each one is characterized by a very unique rhythm, and using a very different hand posture, it can feel and sound like an entirely different instrument! This class will begin the basics of bluegrass banjo playing – rolls, pinches, hammer-ons, pull-offs, and slides. After that, you’ll learn about standard bluegrass licks and techniques that give bluegrass banjo its characteristic sound.

ENSEMBLE - NEW FOLK

DOUG BAKER

Level: 2-4

There is a lot of great new folk music being written and performed by young and exciting musicians. In our class, we’ll work on a number of songs from the past few years, arranging and rearranging them to fit our instrumentation and whims. I’ll bring the lyrics and chords to a number of new folk songs – songs that are interesting yet playable by anyone with basic skills with their instrument. Think of it as being a bit more planned than a jam but not as restrictive as a rehearsal. And the result will be some great music and a lot of fun.

All you need to bring is your willingness to share your talents vocally and on your acoustic instruments of choice. It would be great to have a variety of instruments in the class so we can make our arrangements full and interesting and really make use of what we have to play with.

ENSEMBLE - OLD TIMEY

JOHN REID

Level: 2-4

Old timey music is a hard style to nail down in words as it changed greatly over the years from single roaming minstrels to large multi instrumental bands. In many ways, it was music to dance to and often the lyrics illustrated the social times. I will be playing some early recordings of these tunes by the original recording artists and we will listen to them, analyze them and most importantly, play them. The emphasis will be on capturing the feeling of these tunes more so than featuring our musical proficiency. This class would welcome fiddles, guitars, banjos, mandolins, dulcimers…and of course a willingness to sing and stomp your feet!

FIDDLE - IMPROVE SKILLS

BARB ROSE OLORENSHAW

Level: 3-4

In this class, we will be looking at ways to improve technical ability, to develop your repertoire, and to play as an ensemble. It is recommended that you bring a recording device as material will be taught in a combination of ways. Please bring a music stand if you are able, a pencil and eraser, and a metronome if you have one. Also, I recommend you search youtube to find various videos of the band “Lúnasa” as they will serve as an example for some of our discussions.

GUITAR - BEGINNER

TIM FRASER

Level: 1-2

In these sessions we will learn the basics of guitar, including an introduction to the guitar, some note reading, building chords, strumming, use of pick or finger style, pointers on technique & finger strengthening/control exercises. We will learn a variety of songs in a few different keys. Please bring your acoustic guitar (not surprisingly, this is mandatory), a pick, a capo & a pen or pencil.

GUITAR - BAND IN THE HAND

BARRY TRUTER

Level: 2-3

Your picking hand has the ability to play bass notes, rhythm chords, melody lines and percussion – individually. Fingerstyle guitar enables you to exercise all four elements – AT THE SAME TIME! You don’t need to hire that expensive band to back up your vocals. You can do it all yourself. And that’s exactly what we’ll do using simple chords, pick ‘n strum patterns (arpeggios, alternating bass, calypso, reggae, ragtime syncopation), percussive techniques and familiar songs. Ability to move easily between major chords is the only pre-requisite necessary.

GUITAR - FINGERSTYLE BLUES

TIM WILLIAMS

Level: 3-4

Take your playing to a new level, or just “funk it up a little” with licks and techniques from the masters of Delta, Piedmont, and Texas acoustic blues. Students will need a working knowledge of first (bottom) position chords, at least two fingers and a thumb on their picking hand, and a sense of adventure. Using songs by artists such as Robert Johnson, Brownie McGhee & Sonny Terry, and Lightnin’ Hopkins students will learn thumb and finger independence, and the various uses of the blues scale.

GUITAR - INTRODUCTION TO JAZZ

RICK MOORE

Level: 2-3

Together we’ll take the first steps on a long, challenging, yet thrilling journey to play jazz guitar. The goal will be to have students play the ‘head’ of simple jazz standards, accompany each other with chords, and begin to improvise. We will choose from swing and blues repertoire and as far as possible, any theory will be taught through playing!

Knowledge of the fingerboard and reading notes will be very helpful for the learner. Advance materials will be forwarded to allow students to do some preparation. Students will be asked to bring a chart (notes and chords) to share of a favorite song.

GUITAR - RHYTHM

BRIAN KENNEDY

Level: 3-4

Along with melody, harmony, and tone color, rhythm is one of the four pillars that lay at the foundations of music. In this course we will explore all of the components that create great rhythm.

  • Tips and exercises for developing good right hand technique
  • Learn how to deconstruct the most advanced rhythms
  • The right chords + the right rhythm = the right feel
  • Applications for plectrum and finger-style playing
  • Styles explored: Swing; Blues; Bossa-nova; Waltzes and more

Whether solo or with a group, solid rhythm guitar is so much more than just keeping good time. Advanced Rhythm Guitar will help you bring new depth and added dimensions to your music regardless of what style you play.

This course aims to leave no student behind and will provide additional materials to challenge the more advanced players in the class.

MANDOLIN

STEVE GOODCHILD

Level: 2

The class will focus on the Mandolin as a rhythm (rather than solo) instrument to accompany songs as part of a band (which can be anything from a Guitar/Mandolin duo to a Mandolin Orchestra!). We will focus on basic chords and simple melody lines to add “musical colour” to song arrangements. No genre is safe(!) and we will try to cover familiar 3-4 chord rhythm arrangements to folk, country, bluegrass and beyond styles. There will be minimal theory and as much playing together as we can fit in! We will also learn something about the history of the instrument and its evolution into the different shapes and designs which we see today.

MUSIC THEORY / EAR TRAINING

JIM MCLENNAN

Level: 2-4

Roots Music Ear Training and Music Theory – Expand your playing through deeper knowledge of these key skills

The class will explain where chords come from, and different ways to use them. The Roman Numeral chord identification system will be introduced and students will learn to think of chord function, rather than just the letter name. We’ll develop the practical skills required when playing with other instruments, when using a capo and when having to transpose to a new key on the spot. The class will consist of theory, playing and ear-training components, where students will learn to recognize chords by hearing them.

Students should review the description of FAMI levels 2-4 and ensure that they meet all of the requirements for level 2 at a minimum. You should know your way around your instrument/fretboard reasonably well. If it’s a guitar, know the standard “guitar chords” in the keys of C, G, D, A, E.

UKULELE

JAKE PETERS

Level: 3-4

We will be discussing the history of the ukulele and its journey in the music world. We will cover various genres of ukulele music including slack key. This is an advanced low g ukulele class.

This class will build upon previous Ukulele Level 1 and 2 classes and will cover more advanced material. Therefore, students should meet the requirements described by FAMI level 3-4

VOCALS

DON HANSEN

Level: 1-4

This class is for everyone interested in singing. If you're inexperienced, even afraid to sing, or think that you can't sing, you'll discover that if you can speak, you can sing. If you're an accomplished singer looking for new information or skills or just the simple joy of singing, this is the class. Almost all of our time will be focussed on singing a great variety of songs, but also covered will be basic information about the voice, as well as how to develop, maintain and care for this most wonderful of instruments.