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.
Aaron Copland asked two questions to his listeners. “Are you hearing everything that is going on?" And, “Are you being sensitive to it?” Did you ever listen to a piece of music and wonder how the composer got that sound, or what makes a piece so moving? This course will help you develop a deeper appreciation of what might be the most rewarding of all art forms, whether you’re listening to Bach, Bartok, the Beatles, or Beyoncé. You will learn some basic techniques of music listening that can be applied to all genres of music. In each class we will listen to a wide variety of music from different eras and genres. Senior adult and disabled retiree tuition 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. 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.
Music is more than the tune and lyrics. It can be an expression of the political and economic times in which it was written. Take an in-depth examination of music through the ages as you listen to music from various eras spanning from the Baroque period through the 21st century. Distiguish the styles and influences of each major era. Senior adult and disabled retiree tuition waivers apply.