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Music & Dance

How to Play Piano by Ear

$65

with Craig Coffman

Calendar Next available session starts Mar 16, 2024 at 9 am, runs for 1 week

Learn one of music’s deepest mysteries: how to play songs without relying on music. A very practical presentation of music theory that includes predicting chord progressions, learning from recordings, and transposing-all expressed in everyday language. This is an ideal follow-up to the “Instant Piano” class and is open to anyone who has a basic understanding of chords on any instrument. Expand your musical horizons, and free yourself from sheet-music dependence, and be the life of the party! Prior experience with chords recommended. Fee includes the online book, online follow-up lessons, a recording of the class and an optional monthly question and answer session. Class is held online using zoom. *This course includes ONE live online session, and students follow up on their own with provided video lessons.

Middle Eastern Belly Dance Mixed Level Drills & Thrills

$150

with Josephina Gasca

Calendar Next available session starts Mar 26, 2024 at 6 pm, runs for 10 weeks

Authentic Belly Dance, or raks sharqi, is an ancient form of dance. Raks sharqi means “dance of the east” in Arabic. Belly dance celebrates every body type and every stage of life. The dance is proud and powerful and soft and sinewy with elegant and isolating movements emanating from the core. It’s the Pilates of dance. And so much fun! This is a great refresher class for experienced dancers and suitable for dancers new to belly dance. Please wear comfortable clothing, similar to what you might wear to a yoga class that will allow for free movement and the ability to see your movement. Hip scarves make it even more fun. You can dance barefoot or in a pair of comfortable dance shoes in the studio. Zills (finger cymbals) will be used in class. Check in with the instructor before you purchase any. As an added bonus, you will also have access to a video library with instruction, drills, and ongoing choreography during the length of the session.

Play the Ukulele, Your Journey Begins Here!

$79

with Duncan Perry

Calendar Next available session starts Mar 27, 2024 at 6 pm, runs for 4 weeks
1 additional session on Apr 23, 2024

Learn to play the ukulele! It has never been more popular and you don't even have to know how to read music! On the uke you can knock out folk music, rock, blues, jazz, pop, country, tunes old and new -- even classical music. Duncan Perry, who has taught more than 700 students of all ages, will introduce you to essential chords and playing techniques using commonly known songs. Oh, and there are lots of laughs along the way. And, learning to play an instrument is good for your brain! You will need a playable ukulele and an electronic tuner or a tuner app. And when folks hear you play this happy instrument, well, they just have to smile! If you don’t own a ukulele, please contact Duncan at uketime24@gmail.com for information. What are you waiting for? Grab a uke and get ready for a musical adventure, then spread the joy!

Guitar w/ Randy

$90

with Randy Lindsey

Calendar Next available session starts Apr 8, 2024 at 5 pm, runs for 8 weeks
1 additional session on Jul 8, 2024

This Spring semester you can be playing songs on your guitar in just a few classes! We will discuss guitar technique as we practice learning a few basic chords and strumming patterns, which are all detailed in my book for reference as you practice at home on your own between classes. We'll actually play songs as part of our class. You will also discover how to read music in standard notation and guitar tablature! So, get some new strings, maybe a songbook, and start practicing (even if you don't know what you're doing). Make sure to bring lots of enthusiasm and questions about guitar! New students: $20 materials fee paid to instructor for two books and more. *No Class: 4/15 & 5/27.

Instant Piano for Hopelessly Busy People

$65

with Craig Coffman

Calendar Next available session starts Apr 8, 2024 at 6:30 pm, runs for 1 week
1 additional session on Jun 18, 2024

In just a few hours, you can learn enough secrets of the trade to give you years of musical enjoyment. Learn to play piano the way professionals do-using chords. The chord method is LOTS of fun and dramatically easier to learn than reading notes. Fee includes the online book, online follow up lessons, a recording of the class and also an optional periodic question and answer session. Class is held online using zoom and is partly hands-on instruction and partly lecture demonstration. *This course includes ONE live online session, and students follow up on their own with provided video lessons.

Singing w/ Randy

$90

with Randy Lindsey

Calendar Next available session starts Apr 8, 2024 at 6:30 pm, runs for 8 weeks
1 additional session on Jul 8, 2024

This Spring semester, in our Singing Class, we will focus on concepts such as accuracy of pitch, projection, pronunciation, and personal style. We will have fun singing songs in parts (SATB) while discussing vocal production to help you become a stronger, more confident singer. We need male/low pitch voices … We usually have more ladies than men, so if you're a bit shy about signing up, know that others are shy, too. Come discover the capabilities of your own voice! And you may be one of the students who surprises themselves! New students: $15 materials fee paid to instructor for 1 book and more. *No Class: 4/15 & 5/27.

Instant Guitar for Hopelessly Busy People

$65

with Craig Coffman

Calendar Next available session starts Apr 9, 2024 at 6:30 pm, runs for 1 week
1 additional session on Jun 19, 2024

In just a few hours you can learn enough about playing the guitar to give you years of musical enjoyment, and you won’t have to take private lessons to do it. This crash course will teach you some basic chords and get you playing along with your favorite songs right away. Fee includes the online book, online follow up lessons, a recording of the class and also an optional periodic question and answer session. Class is held online using zoom and is partly hands on instruction and partly lecture/demonstration. For ages 13+. *This course includes ONE live online session, and students follow up on their own with provided video lessons.

Modern Line Dancing for Beginners

$40

with George Oliver

Calendar Next available session starts Jun 3, 2024 at 5:30 pm, runs for 7 weeks

*Date change: This class will now start on Monday June 3rd.

We'll learn some easy line dances that use a variety of steps, including pop, Latin, hiphop, soul, and country/western. Be prepared for wicked, synchronized dancing fun, and get great exercise for the body and mind. All ages welcome; no experience necessary, but some ability to count musical beats is helpful.

***No Class: 6/17





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