American Folk and World Music

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Beginner String Band

Elementary – Adults; 3 units
Ben Proctor, Instructor

Mondays, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Tuition: $207 per semester; $189 or less with lessons

Intermediate String Band

Grade 6 – Adults; 3 units
Ben Proctor, Instructor

Mondays, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Tuition: $207 per semester; $189 or less with lessons

Hammered Dulcimer Class

High School & Adults; 2 units
Mitzie Collins, Instructor
Mondays, 5:30-7 p.m., 9/8-11/10, 1/19-3/30 and/or 4/13-5/11
Tuesdays, 9:30-11 a.m., 9/9-11/11,, 1/20-3/31 and/or 4/14-5/12

Tuition: $138 per 10-week session or $127 or less with lessons
$69 per 5-week session or $64 or less with lessons

Hammered Dulcimer Ensemble

High School & Adults; 2 units
Mitzie Collins, Instructor
Mondays, 5:30-7 p.m., 9/8-11/10, 1/19-3/30 and/or 4/13-5/11

Tuition: $138 per 10 week session or $127 or less with lessons
$69 per 5 week session or $64 or less with lessons

Community Mbira Ensemble

High School & Adults; 2 units
Glenn West, Director

Mondays, 6:30-8 p.m.

The Eastman Community Mbira Ensemble is open to anyone regardless of experience. Beginning students will learn the playing techniques and be introduced to the basic repertory of the mbira dzavadzimu (literally, “mbira of the ancestral spirits”), the traditional instrument of the Shona culture of Zimbabwe.  The Intermediate Ensemble is open to individuals who are comfortable playing both parts of two fundamental songs (Kariga Mombe and Nhemamusasa).

Essential aspects of the music that will be learned and applied include the interlocking of different parts, traditional singing practices, rhythmic accompaniment, and the social and cultural context of the music. Students will also be guided to understand the music from the traditional Shona point of view as well as integrating it with their own musical understanding.

Class Details

Tuition: $138 per semester; $127 or less with lessons.

Gamelan Ensemble

High School & Adults; 2 units
Ellen Koskoff, Director

Saturdays, 3-5:30 p.m. Location: ET 12

The Eastman School’s Balinese gamelan, Lila Muni (Beautiful Sound) is an ensemble consisting largely of percussion instruments, such as metalophones, gongs, and drums, as well as flutes and voices. Gamelan at Eastman, as in Bali, is a communal effort. Our members include Eastman students, faculty, and staff, as well as many members of the Rochester community. Learned through the oral/aural tradition without notation, the music requires players to work together for long periods to learn the music and how to play it. The result is a sense of group unity and pride for the audience to hear the music and witness the collective efforts of the group.

Each year, Lila Muni performs throughout the Northeastern United States and in Canada in programs of traditional and contemporary Balinese music, interactive workshops for audiences of all ages, and in creative collaborations with Western musicians and composers. New members are welcomed into the Eastman gamelan each year, regardless of musical experience.

Tuition: $138 per semester; $127 or less with lessons.

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Last Updated: July 17, 2014