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.
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. Includes textbook.
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 tuition 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 tuition waivers apply.
This class is for those who have prior experience playing guitar and want to hone their skills playing blues-style guitar. We will explore acoustic blues (ala Robert Johnson), electric blues (ala B.B. King and Buddy Guy), as well as British blues (ala Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, etc), and the American response (Stevie Ray Vaughn, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Joe Bonamossa, Derek Trucks, etc). Orchestration skills will also be learned.