Study music fundamentals such as note reading, rhythm, and theory; piano techniques and interpretation; methods for analyzing music and developing good practice habits; sight reading; and ensemble playing on electric pianos. Text required.
Class Piano II begins with a review of Class Piano I and covers major and minor scales; intervals up to an octave; accompaniment styles; ABA form; syncopation; secondary chords; pedaling; other scale forms; harmonizing with i, iv, and V7 in minor; jazz styles; 2-hand accompaniments; and major and minor 7th chords. Emphasis is on basic functional skills, such as reading, harmonizing, playing by ear and improvising, along with basic technique, elementary repertoire, and music theory (written). Class includes lecture, group, and individual performance, with some individualized instruction. Outside practice is required. Text: Contemporary Class Piano, 7th ed. by Elyse Mach.
Use a full-size piano keyboard and earphones which allow both instruction and silent practice sessions. Learn finger technique and note reading before purchasing your own piano. Student should have access to a keyboard or piano to reinforce skills learned. Text required: Alfred's All-In-One. Please come to first class with this book.
There is so much music around us - you can’t go into a store without hearing it. We are bombarded with sound in almost everything we do. However, there is so much music that is not heard any more - music we consider ‘classical’. This class will devote it’s time to listening to classical music written from the 1600’s to the 21st century. Gain a new perspective to music and learn how it was written. Senior adult and disabled retiree course fee waivers apply.
Learn contemporary guitar techniques with an emphasis on reading notated music, chord symbols, and chord diagrams. Classes include ensemble and solo performance of assigned pieces as well as music with a more improvisational approach. For the adult student ages 16 and up.
Survey the various genres of music indigenous to the United States and their influences musically, historically, and socially. Learn how these genres came about, and flourished, through reading, video, and listening. Topics such as the Civil War, Reconstruction, WWI, Harlem Renaissance, the Great Depression, WWII and the Civil Rights movement will be discussed in context of their contemporaneous composers/performers. Senior adult and disabled retiree course fee waivers apply.
There is so much to learn and appreciate with this genre of music. Continue the study of blues and jazz and explore even more composers and performers. All music lovers welcome. Senior adult and disabled retiree course fee waivers apply.
Take a journey back 60 years and learn how Rock and Roll began, the reasons for its immediate popularity and the simultaneous hatred of it. Social, economic, and political issues will be explored concerning their impact and reasoning behind the music. The British Invasion, the Psychedelic Era, 70s Arena Rock, 80s, and 90s will also be covered. Senior adult and disabled retiree course fee waivers apply.