American Folk and World Music

String Band

Elementary – Adults; 3 units
TBA, Instructor
Mondays, 6:15-7:15 p.m.

Not offered in 2016-17

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 Includes group lesson 5:30-6:15 or 7:15-8 p.m.

Tuition: n/a

 

Bluegrass Band

Grade 6 – Adults, 3 units
TBA, Instructor
Wednesdays, 6:15-7:15 p.m.

Not offered in 2016-17

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. Includes group lesson 5:30-6:15 or 7:15-8 p.m.

Tuition: n/a

 

Hammered Dulcimer Class

High School & Adults; 2 units
Mitzie Collins, Instructor
Mondays, 5:30-7 p.m., 9/12 – 11/14, 1/23 – 4/3 and/or 4/10 – 5/15
Tuesdays, 9:30-11 a.m., 9/13 – 11/15, 1/24 – 4/4 and/or 4/11 – 5/16

Tuition: $140 per 10-week session; $129 or less with lessons
             $70 per 5-week session; $65 or less with lessons

COURSE DESCRIPTION FOR HAMMERED DULCIMER CLASSES:
10 week sessions each semester.

Instructor:  Mitzie Collins, B.M.,  M.A.,   585-747-1219              samplerrec@aol.com
First-time students should consult with the instructor before enrolling for the class or leasing or purchasing an instrument.

Class Times:
The class meets on Monday evenings from 5:30 to 7 pm and Tuesday mornings 9:30 to 11am in Messinger One.  Students will register for a specific class time, but may change to the other class when it is more convenient.

Instruments:  
Each student should have an American-style hammered dulcimer, and their own instrument stand.  For students who do not own an instrument, leasing a hammered dulcimer and stand is possible through several local sources.  

Prerequisites:
Music reading is not required, but is useful.  The class is appropriate for 7th grade students to adults of any age.  Any previous musical experience, such as singing in a church choir, lessons on any instrument, playing in a band, as well as a fascination with the long-ringing sound of the hammered dulcimer will be a valuable asset in beginning the study of the hammered dulcimer.  

Expectations and Musical Progress:
Class attendance and practice at home are very important.  Students will be playing tunes and scales and arpeggios from the very first lessons.  Using a “One-Room Schoolhouse Approach” students with different levels of experience and skill all participate in the class. The positive social atmosphere of the class enhances the instruction and promotes sharing of resources between students.          

Learning Resources:
Students are encouraged to bring recording devices or use their smartphones to record any part of the lesson that they feel will be valuable.  Notated copies of the music will be handed out.  Students will keep their own notebook of classroom handouts. 

Repertory
The tunes learned are those popular at contemporary dulcimer festivals as well as historical New York state tunes, folk songs, hymns, carols, and some popular music.  

Performance Opportunities:
Each semester I will arrange a time for students to take part in an event at Eastman, such as the Winter Festival, or to play in the community at venues such as St. John’s Home, and the Fiddlers’ Fair at the Genesee Country Village and Museum.      

Goals:
My goal as a teacher is to help each student become an independent hammered dulcimer player.   I want students to be able to learn tunes aurally as well as from notation, to be able to play rhythmically alone and with other musicians and to embrace a wide repertory.  I will provide assistance for students to pursue their individual repertory choices.     

 

Hammered Dulcimer Ensemble

High School & Adults; 2 units
Mitzie Collins, Instructor
Mondays, 7:30-9 p.m., 9/12 – 11/14, 1/23 – 4/3 and/or 4/10 – 5/15

Tuition: $140 per 10-week session; $129 or less with lessons
             $70 per 5-week session; $65 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: $140 per semester; $129 or less with lessons.

 

Advanced Mbira Ensemble

High School & Adults; 2 units
Jennifer Kyker, Director
Sundays, 1:30-3 p.m.

Tuition: $140 per semester; $129 or less with lessons.

 

 

Gamelan Ensemble

High School & Adults; 2 units
Ken Luk, Director
Wednesdays, 6-7:30 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: $140 per semester; $129 or less with lessons.

 

Brazilian Percussion Ensemble

High School & Adults, 2 units
Julio Pabon, Director
Sunday, 2-3 p.m.

Tuition: $140 per semester; $129 or less with lessons

 

Zimbabwean Marimba Ensemble

High School & Adults; 2 units
Instructor: Jennifer Kyker
Sunday, 3-4:30 p.m. Location: ET 12

The vibrant, danceable sound of the Zimbabwean marimba has spread across the globe since the instrument was first developed at Bulawayo’s Kwanongoma College in the mid-twentieth century. The beauty of Zimbabwean marimba music lies in the way multiple parts interact with each other, often in response to aural cues played by one or more members of the ensemble. A Zimbabwean marimba ensemble features bass, baritone, tenor, and soprano marimbas, as well as gourd shakers, or hosho. Other instruments may also enter the mix, from drum set, saxophone, trumpets, and guitars to Zimbabwe’s iconic mbira dzavadzimu.

An oral tradition taught without the use of written notation, the Zimbabwean marimba is easily able to accommodate students with no musical background, as well as dedicated percussionists. Taught by Eastman Musicology Professor Jennifer Kyker, Eastman’s ensemble also benefits from the participation of Simbarashe Kamuriwo, an accomplished Zimbabwean marimba player and Master’s student at Houghton College.

Tuition: $140 per semester; $129 or less with lessons

 

 

Last Updated: May 18, 2016