2020 - Spring Session of Evening Classes
The Spring Session has been cancelled due to Covid-19 - Please visit our covid quarantine music page to find other ways to engage with and support traditional musicians during this time.
Intermediate Old Time Banjo - with Ted Ingham
Scottish Fiddle Intensive (Beg/Int) - with Joanne Garton
Beginner Old Time Banjo - with Dana Robinson
Old Time Stringband Ensemble - with Dana Robinson
Trad Music Ensemble - with Jeremiah McLane
Klezmer Music - with Zoe Christiansen
American Harmony Singing - with Heidi Wilson & Avery Book
Old Time Fiddle (Int/Adv) - with Mark Di Stefano
Scandinavian Tunes - with Alex Kehler
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
Scottish Fiddle Intensive with Joanne Garton
3 Monday Evening Classes from 6:30-7:30pm
April 20 - May 4 | $75
Scottish Fiddle Intensive for Beginner and Intermediate Fiddlers (and melody players)
This class is intended for advanced beginner or intermediate fiddlers looking to learn Scottish tunes, technique, and cultural context. We'll cover three basic Scottish tune types: a march, a strathspey, and a reel, and learn how they integrate with different styles of traditional Scottish dance. Come prepared to learn new things and refine your fiddle chops!
Old Time Stringband Ensemble with Dana Robinson
8 Tuesday Evening Classes from 7:30-8:30pm
April 21 - June 9 | $200
In this course, our class will agree upon a number of oldtime tunes in advance. We’ll then come together to make them sound great in an ensemble setting. We’ll identify the role the individual instruments play and how they fit together to create a unified groove. Attention will be given to taking time, listening and relaxing into a tune. The fiddle, banjo, guitar, mandolin and bass are all welcome.
Trad Music Ensemble with Jeremiah McLane
6 Tuesday Evening Classes from 6:30 - 8pm
April - May (April 21, 28; May 5, 12, 19, 26) | $150
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.
American Harmony Singing with Avery Book and Heidi Wilson
6 Wednesday Evening Classes from 6:30-8pm
April 22 - May 27 | $150
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.