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.

Did you start learning an instrument and now want to learn how to jam with other people? Learn the basics of playing music with others in an American string-band. This class is for students who have some basic proficiency playing chords and melodies on instruments such as guitar, mandolin, fiddle, banjo, bass, ukulele, and other stringed instruments. The repertoire will be classic American folk tunes like You Are My Sunshine and Old Joe Clark. Students will have the opportunity to play simple or more complex parts, learn by ear, and even improvise. Separate group Lessons (Folk Guitar, Ukulele, Banjo, Mandolin) may be formed if students are interested (contact Ben Proctor ben@benproctor.com)

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

 

Intermediate String Band

Grade 6 – Adults, 3 units
Mondays, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Ben Proctor, Instructor

This class is for students who have proficiency playing at faster tempos and more complex melodies, such as those found in bluegrass and old-time music circles. Students will learn the basics of embellishment, improvisation, and backup playing. The repertoire will be classic American bluegrass and old-time songs such as Soldier’s Joy and I Am A Pilgrim. Separate group Lessons (Folk Guitar, Ukulele, Banjo, Mandolin) may be formed if students are interested (contact Ben Proctor ben@benproctor.com)

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, 7:30-9 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