2019 - Fall Session of Evening Classes
The Fall Session runs from Sept. 22 - Dec. 17
Klezmer Music - with Zoe Christiansen
The Not-So-Fast Jam - with Jacob & Gretta Stone, & Susan Reid
Bluegrass Banjo Sampler - with Jacob Stone
Trad Music Ensemble - with Jeremiah McLane
Guitar in Alternate Tunings - with Art Edelstein
American Harmony Singing - with Heidi Wilson & Avery Book
Old Time Banjo - with Tom MacKenzie
Old Time Fiddle - with Dana Robinson
Old Time Stringband - with Dana Robinson
All Classes are held at the Center for Arts and Learning on 46 Barre Street in Montpelier, VT.
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Summit School, 46 Barre St. #5 Montpelier, VT 05602
Trad Music Ensemble with Jeremiah McLane
6 Tuesday Evening Classes from 6:30 - 8pm
Nov. - Dec (Nov. 5, 19, 26; Dec 3, 10, 17) | $150 | Rm 200
Trad Music Ensemble will focus equally on group performance and individual musicianship while playing with others. Repertoire for the class will be send out via audio and sheet music prior to each class, thus reserving time in class for arranging, improvising, harmonies, ear-training, chord theory, melodic variation, and general discussion. The repertoire will feature tunes from a wide variety of sources including Quebec, France, Scandinavia, New England, the British Isles, to name a few. Level: intermediate to advanced; the ability to read music is helpful but not required; playing by ear will be a staple of the class.
Playing Guitar in Alternate Tunings with Art Edelstein
6 Wednesday Evening Classes from 5:30-7pm
Oct. 2nd - Nov 6th | $150 | Rm B-7
Most guitarists play in “standard tuning” and that works well for many musical styles, but there are many more ways to tune a guitar besides EADGBE. DADGAD, DGDGBD, DGDGCD, CGDGCD are just a few of the tunings employed by guitarists. In this course we’ll look at several alternative guitar tunings especially DADGAD and DGDGBD. We’ll learn melodies and chords in these tunings and learn a variety of Celtic and American songs employing these tunings. We’ll learn how to play rhythm in these tunings as well. Both fingerstyle and flatpicking guitarists can benefit from this course.
Students taking this course should be intermediate level, with a basic knowledge of the guitar fretboard and some basic fingerstyle/flatpicking technique.
Old Time Banjo with Tom MacKenzie
6 Wednesday Evening Classes from 6-7:15pm
Oct. 2nd - Nov 6th | $150 | Rm 200
Take your banjo playing to the next level. Intermediate to Advanced.
We will work on specific tunes, and songs, and learn how to play more than just the melody. Emphasis on the structure of the music so that you can play along even before you have learned the tune itself. Harmonies, background playing and accompaniment of songs will be covered. Bring your favorite tunes and songs and we can get down to the nitty-gritty.
American Harmony Singing with Avery Book and Heidi Wilson
6 Wednesday Evening Classes from 6:30-8pm
Oct. 16 - Nov 20 | $150 | Rm 207
This 6 week course will serve as introduction to the rich harmony singing traditions of the United States. The music we'll share comes out of African American, English, Scots Irish, Irish, British, and more folk singing traditions. This course places a special emphasis on "living songs," songs with purpose: work songs, healing songs, graces, lullabies, travel, songs of connection, transformation, resistance, resilience, and celebration. We will sing three and four part harmony songs, introduce the basic theory behind the music, and apply that through small group singing, improvisation, work on vocal technique, and harmonization. This is a great space to explore beautiful harmony singing and to challenge yourself in a warm and supportive environment.
Refund and Payment Policies:
After the first week of programming, no refunds will be provided.
Student cancellation the week before the program begins results in a refund of ½ the tuition.
No refunds or make-up classes offered for student absences due to illness or family emergency.