Class descriptions

 Fall 2020 On-line Class Descriptions and Schedule

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Welcome!  Classes will meet on-line on the following Sundays:  Sept. 13th, Sept. 27, Oct. 4, Oct. 18, Nov. 1, Nov. 15, and Nov. 22.    Class times are listed below.   

Fiddle – Jeanne Freeman 

Beginner fiddle II – For those who have completed the Absolute Beginner I class, but are not yet ready to move up to the intermediate/advanced class.  Emphasis will be on continuing to strengthen skills covered in the prior class, and building a repertoire of tunes.

Beginner Irish fiddle – For students who have played the violin/fiddle for at least a year but wish to develop Irish fiddling style and technique.  Emphasis will be on building a repertoire of session tunes and introducing bowings and ornamentations. 

Intermediate/Advanced Irish fiddle – For those who know some Irish fiddle but are working on expanding their repertoire, ornamentation, and developing their bowing style.

Whistle and Flute – Ellen Redman

Beginner whistle – For those just starting to play the whistle or flute.  The class will focus on learning all the notes on the instrument in preparation to learning some basic tunes.  This is also a good beginner class for those who have never played but who are interested in eventually moving on to Irish flute or uillean pipes. 

Intermediate/Advanced whistle and flute  – For those who have at least a year of experience playing the whistle or flute (either silver or Irish).  Common session tunes will be taught, along with ornamentation and tone production and breathing.

Mandolin/Tenor Banjo/Guitar – Claudine Langille   

Beginner and Intermediate –  We will create the specific programming (classes or possibly some private or semi-private lessons) based on students’ needs and ability levels – so please contact us if you are interested and we will arrange the schedule.  Beginners will learn the basics of the instruments, including basic chords and melody structures; you’ll be playing away in no time! For Intermediates, the emphasis will be on growing your repertoire, improving your ear, and spicing up your ornamentation. 

Intermediate slow session for mixed instruments – Claudine Langille

Some experience on your instrument is required; emphasis will be on developing skills and confidence to play in a session (learning tunes by ear, familiarity with keys and modes, tunes types, building sets, and basic “session etiquette”).  This class will literally function as a slow-paced session with a number of new tunes being played each week and past tunes being revisited. 

Bodhran  – Mary Gardner 

Beginner –  For absolute beginners as well as those with limited experience.  This class will focus on learning basic rhythms and patterns for jigs, reels, polkas, and slip jigs, and well as proper tipper technique.  

Intermediate  Students with previous experience will focus on incorporating the left hand to explore the tonal aspects of the bodhran.  We will also learn how to accompany tunes in sessions with a focus on playing musically.  

Course Times (all Sundays): 

Time

 

     

11:00 a.m- 12:00 p.m.

 

Beginner Irish fiddle

Beginner whistle

 

12:00-1:00 p.m.

 

Intermediate fiddle

Intermediate flute and whistle

 

1:00- 2:00 p.m.

 

Beginner fiddle II

Mixed instrument slow session

 

 

Times TBD

 

Beg. Bodhran

Int. Bodhran 

 

Mandolin

 Banjo

Guitar

 

 

 

   

 *Times may be subject to some adjustments based on final enrollment; students will be notified of any changes if this occurs.  A class may be subject to cancellation if fewer than 3 students enroll.  Thanks for your cooperation and flexibility.  

**We will create the programming based on students’ levels and needs.  Private or semi-private lessons may be 30 minutes, larger groups will be 45-60 minutes.

Questions?  Contact Jeanne:  info@ctirishmusic.com. 


 

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