Workshops by Day

Workshops by Day

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Monday, October 29

Group Piano Lesson with Peter
With instructor Peter Morelli
Monday, 10/29, 3:00-4:00 pm, Cabot Room, 380 Concord Avenue
Best For: Young kids, elementary school, middle school, high school, adults

  • Play the piece of your choice (or sections of it) and improve on it with performance feedback from Peter. Each student will be given 10 minutes to play and receive feedback but are encouraged to learn by listening to other participants as well.

Tip to Frog: Harnessing the Power of the Bow for Expressive Playing
With instructor Jenny Shallenberger
Monday, 10/29, 4:15-5:45 pm, Cabot Room, 380 Concord Avenue
Best for: Elementary school, middle school, high school, and adult string students (participants should have at least 2 years of experience)
Bring your instrument!

  • Explore the different ways you can use the bow on a bowed stringed instrument to improve expressivity in your playing. We’ll start with some simple exercises for working on different bow speeds, followed by trying the effects of using different angles with the bow. We’ll finish with a brief "masterclass" format, where you’ll have the opportunity to play a short passage of your choice, and as a group we will discuss how to use the bow to help make the piece sound better.

Tweens and Teens Vocal Intensive
With instructor Greta Feeney
Monday, 10/29, 5:00-6:30 pm, Room 2, 380 Concord Avenue
Best for: Middle school and high school musical theatre, choral, and voice students (intermediate to advanced)

  • Get to the next level with your Broadway, crossover and contemporary classical solo repertoire! Bring an audition piece or solo you already know, and Greta will coach you and help you polish it to perfection in a supportive group learning environment.

The Other Side of the Screen: Mock Audition
With instructor Ryan Noe
Monday, 10/29, 6:00-7:00 pm, Callas Room, 396 Concord Avenue
Best for: Middle school, high school students preparing for auditions
Bring your instrument!

  • Go through the process of what it is like to audition for Massachusetts Junior/Senior Districts, as well as All-State and Youth Ensembles. Along with the performing aspect of the mock audition, faculty members will provide audition feedback as well as suggestions for addressing audition challenges, such as performance anxiety. We will also discuss audition preparation ideas to provide you with a plan for managing stress and getting to your own individual optimum performance level.

Meet the Ukulele
With instructor Tev Stevig
Monday, 10/29, 6:00-7:00 pm, Cabot Room, 380 Concord Avenue
Best for: elementary school, middle school, high school, adults

  • The ukulele is a very accessible and affordable instrument you can use to perform a surprisingly wide variety of music. Many techniques of fingerstyle guitar are much easier to play on the ukulele, and you can take it with you anywhere! In this workshop, through handouts and discussion, you’ll learn pitches and chords in the first position, some basic right and left hand techniques, and perform a tune together as a ukulele orchestra. Attendees must bring their own ukulele to the workshop (“entry-level” ukuleles can be purchased for $50-$100). No prior experience on ukulele or reading experience is necessary. Beginning through advanced students are welcome. More advanced students may be asked to show concepts to beginners as we work together.

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Opera But Were Afraid to Ask
With instructor Greta Feeney
Monday, 10/29, 6:30-8:00 pm, Room 2, 380 Concord Avenue
Best for: High school, adults

  • In this fun workshop, learn about the opera and how to get more enjoyment out of the whole experience. This is an introduction to standard repertoire with background about the traditions, personalities, and players that have fascinated the world for centuries. We’ll talk about opera, listen to music, watch opera clips, and even try singing a few tunes together.

Clawhammer Banjo / Guitar
With instructor Tev Stevig
Monday, 10/29, 7:00-8:00 pm, Cabot Room, 380 Concord Avenue
Best for: Middle school, high school, and adults
Bring your instrument! (5-string banjo or guitar)

  • Clawhammer is a relatively simple technique using only the performer's right hand thumb and middle fingernail to convey chords, melody, and rhythmic drive on plucked string instruments. Since the 60's and 70's clawhammer has developed dramatically into a style that is remarkably adaptable to folk music from around the world and can be used as simple accompaniment for fiddle players or for more virtuosic solo performances. In this workshop, through handouts and discussion, we will learn the basics of the clawhammer technique, including the "bum-ditty" stroke, open chords, and some melodic features. We’ll learn through call and response and working on concepts together in small groups. If possible, we will learn a simple tune together, utilizing the concepts learned. No previous clawhammer experience is required, though students should have a basic knowledge of tunings and basic left hand techniques for banjo or guitar. No reading experience is required. More advanced students may be asked to show concepts to beginners as we work together.

 

Tuesday, October 30

Intro to Music Theory
With instructor Rebecca Sacks
Tuesday, 10/30, 3:30-4:30 pm, Room 1, 380 Concord Avenue
Best for: elementary school, middle school, high school, adults

  • Participate in sight-singing and other activities in this fun introduction to music theory. Hear about the many aspects of music theory (sight singing, music appreciation, improvisation, composition, and more!) and learn about the overtone series, using a monochord built by Rebecca.

Sight-Playing and Four-Hands for Pianists (Preparation for Chamber Groups)
With instructor Natacha Rist
Tuesday 10/30, 3:30-4:30 pm (elementary school), Callas Rooom, 396 Concord Avenue
Tuesday 10/30, 6:00-7:00 pm (middle school, high school), Callas Rooom, 396 Concord Avenue
Best for: Elementary school, middle school, high school piano students

  • Try your hand at sight-playing simple solo and four-hand repertoire in this introduction to chamber music! (Repertoire will be easier than recital level pieces.) All participants will be grouped by age and level, and will receive copies of the music to follow along, sing, and clap when not playing.

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From Sight to Sound: Sight-Reading at Auditions
With instructor Robin Alfieri
Tuesday, 10/30, 3:30-4:30 pm, Cabot Room, 380 Concord Avenue
Best for: Elementary school, middle school, high school, adults
Bring your instrument!

  • Who doesn't need to learn more about approaching a new piece or passage at an audition? We’ll learn some tips and tricks as well as how to approach a fresh piece of sight-reading. Be prepared to think and try a few passages provided. Parents are welcome to watch and take notes!

Improvisation for All Musicians at Any Level
With instructor Michael Shea
Tuesday, 10/30, 4:00-5:00 pm, Room 2, 380 Concord Avenue
Best for: elementary school, middle school, high school, adults
Bring your instrument!

  • We'll examine approaches to solo and group improvisation, looking at musical elements in a variety of styles of music, including popular, jazz, and selected ethnic and European styles. We'll be doing a lot of playing in various combinations of instruments, applying different ways of structuring our music. There will be a variety of exercises and game structures for you to try out a variety of approaches to spontaneous musical composition.

The Romantic Cello
With instructor Colleen McGary-Smith
Tuesday, 10/30, 5:00-6:00 pm, Cabot Room, 380 Concord Avenue
Best for: Middle school, high school, and adult cello students (and observers)
Bring your instrument!

  • We’ll cover techniques necessary for playing late classical music and beyond, including shifting, bow use, vibrato and style. All participants will receive a handout to take home, and active participants may practice different strategies of shifting, vibrato, and more!

Performance Preparation
With instructor Tamara Medoyeva
Tuesday, 10/30, 5:30-7:00 pm, Room 1, 380 Concord Avenue
Best for: Middle school, high school, adults preparing for a performance, audition, or competition
Bring your instrument!

  • Play and receive comments and coaching to get ready for recitals or competitions. This is a great opportunity to get an increased awareness of your performance, different perspectives, and additional feedback.

What’s That?!
With instructor Lucy Joan Sollogub
Tuesday, 10/30, 6:00-6:45 pm, Cabot Room, 380 Concord Avenue
Best for: elementary school, middle school, high school, adults

  • Come learn about and play unusual instruments from around the world! We will sample: a dulcimette, rainstick, seed pods, cat paws (made from wood,) bowed psaltry, meditation bowl, boudran, limber jacks and limber pony, sansula/kalimba, autoharp, and for Halloween, the scary thunder tube! We will play individually and in groups, combining these most unusual instruments into a musical and ensemble experience.

Folk Music Jam Session
With instructor Lucy Joan Sollogub
Tuesday, 10/30, 6:45-8:15 pm, Cabot Room, 380 Concord Avenue
Best for: Middle school, high school, adults
Bring your instrument! (any classical instrument: winds, strings, percussion, voice, etc or any folk instrument: guitar, banjo, ukelele, mandolin, fiddle, autoharp, harp, tin whistle, etc)

  • For players of any instrument, come play (and sing) together! We’ll try some simple folk songs and instrumentals from the U.S. and British Isles. Music and lead sheets will be provided. Reading music is optional. We will play some warm-ups with partial scales and drones, and sample lead and back-up playing together.

 

Wednesday, October 31

Jazz & Blues Keyboard Ensemble for Beginners
With instructor Susanna Fiore
Wednesday, 10/31, 2:00-2:45 pm, Pavarotti Room, 396 Concord Avenue
Best for: Elementary school

  • Learn some easy jazz songs by singing, drumming, and playing simple parts on the keyboard. We’ll end by playing together as an ensemble!

Family Drum Jam
With instructor Susanna Fiore
Wednesday, 10/31, 3:30-4:50 pm, Cabot Room, 380 Concord Avenue
Best For: Young kids, elementary school, middle school, high school, adults

  • Learn songs and rhythms from West Africa, the Caribbean, and Latin America. Try playing simple parts on traditional West African drums, congas, and small percussion instruments!

How Do I Practice?
With instructor Kathryn Rosenbach
Wednesday, 10/31, 3:30-4:30 pm, Bernstein Room, 396 Concord Avenue
Best for: Elementary school, middle school, high school, adults
Bring your instrument!

  • Come learn new and interesting ways to practice for your lessons and performances! Bring your instruments, pieces, and assignment books. Some attendees will be asked to illustrate different practice techniques.

Flute Choir Fun
With instructor Mary Cunningham
Wednesday, 10/31, 3:30-4:15 pm (Beginner/Intermediate), Room 2, 380 Concord Avenue
Wednesday, 10/31, 4:30-5:30 pm (Intermediate/Advanced), Room 2, 380 Concord Avenue
Best for: Elementary school, middle school, high school, and adult flute students
Bring your instrument!

  • Flute Choir Fun offers flute players from the Powers and wider community the opportunity to play together. Participants will develop skills including ensemble awareness, tuning, tone, vibrato, technique and chamber work in a fun, supportive environment. Attendees will be placed in ensembles by experience level.

Register for the 3:30 pm workshop (beginner/intermediate):

Register for the 4:30 pm workshop (intermediate/advanced):

Baroque String Techniques
With instructor Sarah Freiberg Ellison
Wednesday, 10/31, 5:00-6:00 pm, Cabot Room, 380 Concord Avenue
Best for: Middle school, high school, adults
Bring your instrument!

  • Join us for an introduction to baroque string techniques! You’ll play some examples and try out baroque bows and gut strings.

Jazz Music Jam Session
With instructor Michael Shea
Wednesday, 10/31, 6:30-8:00 pm, Cabot Room, 380 Concord Avenue
Best for: Middle school, high school, adults
Bring your instrument!

  • We'll be playing a lot of mainstream and contemporary jazz tunes, by request and by accident. Bring your instrument (piano, drumset, and a few amplifiers will be provided), your tunelists, and any written lead sheet collections you’d like to use. Everybody is welcome and everybody will be playing as they wish, within conventions of cordiality.

 

Thursday, November 1

Learn to Play…Irish Jigs!
With instructor Ellery Klein
Thursday, 11/1, 3:30-4:30 pm, Cabot Room, 380 Concord Avenue
Best for: Elementary school, middle school, and high school violin, viola, and cello students Bring your instrument!

  • Come learn some tunes by ear on your string instrument! You’ll get an introduction to the style of Irish fiddling through 1 or 2 commonly played Irish jigs (“Haunted House” plus another one if there’s time!).

Harp Ensemble
With instructor Lucy Joan Sollogub
Thursday, 11/2, 4:30-5:45 pm, Room 2, 380 Concord Avenue
Best for: Elementary school, middle school, high school,and adult harp students (non-harp students may observe)
Bring your instrument!

  • Come play harp together with other harpers! After tuning and warming up on some scales and intervals we will play simple traditional tunes arranged in two or three parts. Music will be taught by ear, and with notation. Non-harpers who have an interest in the instrument may come and observe and play some simple drones on 1-3 harps we have to share.

String Band!
With instructors Ellery Klein and Tev Stevig
Thursday, 11/1, 4:30-5:50pm, Cabot Room, 380 Concord Avenue
Best for: elementary school, middle school, high school, adults (any instrument is welcome – even non-string players!)
Bring your instrument!

  • Arrange a simple tune into a fun cacophony of melodies, harmonies, chords and rhythms! We'll read through or learn an easy tune, which we'll arrange collaboratively into a string band. All instruments are welcome to participate!

Conquer Your Performance Anxiety!
With instructor Greta Feeney
Thursday, 11/1, 5:00-6:30 pm, Pavarotti Room, 396 Concord Avenue
Best for: Middle school, high school, adults, and parents

  • If you have ever felt nervous before performances and auditions this workshop is for you. Explore ways to prepare your mind and body for an exciting and joyful experience. Empowering information and skills including exercises using breath and energy work will unite the mind and body for a more successful musical you! Exercises will include positive visualization and meditation, as pertains to performance practice for musicians and athletes. Conquer your nerves and even make them work for you!

The Harpsichord and Its Many Uses
With instructor Lisle Kulbach
Thursday, 11/1, 6:00-6:45 pm, Cabot Room, 380 Concord Avenue
Best for: Middle school, high school, adults

  • Through the Renaissance and Baroque periods, the harpsichord has been a solo instrument as well as an instrument used for accompaniment. Beginning with the instrument itself, learn how the plectra work, then see a demonstration of different styles (English, French, German) on the instrument, and finally, learn about figured bass by listening to a sonata with the instructor and a soloist.

Tenor Madness! An Introduction For Plucked String Players
With instructor Tev Stevig
Thursday, 11/1, 6:00-7:00 pm, Room 1, 380 Concord Avenue
Best for: Elementary school, middle school, high school, and adults
Bring your instrument! (tenor banjo, tenor guitar, mandolin, violin, or cello, or bring another instrument for comparison)

  • Tenor Madness! is an introduction to tenor guitar and tenor banjo. These 4-string instruments that use unique tunings open up a variety of possibilities for chords and melodies and allow us pluckers to emulate many of the things that happen on violin and cello. More strings are definitely NOT necessarily better! In this workshop, through handouts and discussion, we will learn some basics about tenor plucked string instruments, the variety of genres they can be used for, and some of the advantages they give us over our regularly used guitars and banjos. We will learn some basic chord shapes and scales in the first position, listen to musical examples, and learn a basic tune together. No previous experience on tenor banjo or guitar is required. More advanced students may be asked to show concepts to beginners as we work together. Mandolin, violin, and cello players are also welcome.

Healing for Tired Voices
With instructor Greta Feeney
Thursday, 11/1, 6:30-8:00 pm, Pavarotti Room, 396 Concord Avenue
Best for: Adult singers and high school musical theatre/choral/voice students

  • Voices become tired and stop functioning optimally for a number of different reasons, but there are many things that can be done every day to make your voice clearer, healthier, and well projected. In this fun and informative workshop, learn about vocal anatomy, vocal health and hygiene and understand how to achieve optimum vocal performance in daily life. Learn some exercises designed to increase resonance and decrease pressure on the larynx. Gain speech awareness as you refine and relax the tongue position and allow freely flowing air to project your voice. Fun tongue twisters and rhyming exercises, as well as simple musical 'vocalises' help bring it all together in this crash course designed to make you a better steward of your own voice.

World Music: Makam and the Music of the Middle East
With instructor Tev Stevig
Thursday, 11/1, 7:00-8:30 pm, Room 1, 380 Concord Avenue
Best for: Middle school, high school, and adults (should have a general understanding of basic western musical concepts such as scales, chords, and rhythms)
Bring your instrument or just your voice!

  • In this workshop, we will explore the world of Makam, the basis for much of the modal music traditions of the Middle East. Through handouts and discussion, we’ll learn the basic ideas encompassed in makam and how these ideas developed into music that is so unique to this region. A short performance will be included as part of the presentation, after which we will all learn a piece in makam Ussak, one of the basic makams in the Ottoman art music tradition. Attendees need not be performers, though instrumentalists and vocalists are encouraged to take part in call and response demonstrations. Instrumentalists who wish to get a true appreciation of makam should bring instruments capable of performing non-tempered pitches (not a piano, for example). Some reading experience is required. More advanced students may be asked to show concepts to beginners as we work together.

Parents as Practice Partners
With instructor Sarah Bacon
Thursday, 11/1, 7:00-8:00 pm, Cabot Room, 380 Concord Avenue
Best for: Parents of music students

  • Parents and caregivers, take advantage of this great opportunity to learn some tips and tricks from Sarah to aid and support your child’s practice at home. Includes lecture and small group discussion.

 

Friday, November 2

Let Your Cello Speak
With instructor Colleen McGary-Smith
Friday, 11/2, 4:00-4:45 pm, Room 2, 380 Concord Avenue
Best for: Elementary school, middle school, high school, and adult cello students
Bring your instrument!

  • So much emphasis is placed on left hand technique that the bow is often forgotten. This is our voice and where we make our voice unique. Learn about the bow and right hand technique through a variety of bow exercise, arm movements, and more!

Twinkle, Twinkle, Moody Star!
With instructor Amy Beshara
Friday, 11/2, 4:00-4:45 pm, Cabot Room, 380 Concord Avenue
Best for: Young kids and elementary school students in Suzuki book 1 who can play “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” from memory
Bring your instrument!

  • In this workshop, we’ll get moody playing Twinkle and other Suzuki Book 1 pieces in minor and modal keys. With a few simple changes in finger positions, we can play in a range of different tonalities, accessible even to the most beginner students.

Super Sight-Singing Strategies
With instructor Emily Romney
Friday, 11/2, 4:00-5:00 pm, Pavarotti Room, 396 Concord Avenue
Best for: Adult singers and high school musical theatre/choral/voice students

  • Are you a singer who would like to be a better sight-reader? This workshop will give you techniques using key signatures, intervals, and scales to make sight-singing easier and more enjoyable, and increase your musical confidence.

Meet the Tin Whistle
With instructor Lucy Joan Sollogub
Friday, 11/2, 5:00-6:00 pm, Room 2, 380 Concord Avenue
Best for: elementary school, middle school, high school, adults

  • Come learn about the tin whistle family and try playing a D whistle! We will learn whistle technique and play partial scales and 2 or 3 tunes. Whistles will be available on loan for the class, or bring your own!

Violin & Viola Posture Bootcamp
With instructor Amy Beshara
Friday, 11/2, 5:00-5:50 pm, Cabot Room, 380 Concord Avenue
Best for: Elementary school, Middle School, High School students
Bring your instrument!

  • Registered yoga teacher Amy Beshara will lead students through a series of exercises and tips for playing with better posture and ease of movement.

Working With a Pianist: From Twinkles to Concertos
With instructor Guan-Ting Ku
Friday, 11/2, 5:30-7:00 pm, Bernstein Room, 396 Concord Avenue
Best for: Elementary school, middle school, high school, adults
Bring your instrument!

  • With collaborative pianist Kai-Ching Chang, we will demonstrate how the different styles of piano playing affect your performance. The demonstrations will provide tips for both students and parents so you can play your best during performance time!

Intro to Afro-Caribbean Drumming
With instructor Nurudafina Abena
Friday, 11/2, 6:00-730 pm, Cabot Room, 380 Concord Avenue
Best for: middle school, high school, adults

  • Explore the music and rhythms of West Africa, the Caribbean, and Latin America. Try West African drums, congas, and small percussion instruments.

Meet the Mountain Dulcimer
With instructor Lucy Joan Sollogub
Friday, 11/2, 6:00-7:00 pm, Room 2, 380 Concord Avenue
Best for: elementary school, middle school, high school, adults

  • Hear about the interesting history of the mountain dulcimer and learn the basics of playing the instrument. We will experiment with the instruments, play some scales, simple RH brushing technique, LH fretting technique, and play some simple folk tunes. All participants will be lent a cardboard (or wooden) dulcimer to use in the class.

 

Saturday, November 3

Nepali Folk Tunes and Rhythms
With instructor Amy Beshara
Saturday, 11/3, 9:00-10:00 am, Room 2, 380 Concord Avenue
Best for: Middle school, high school, adults

  • In this workshop, we will learn some Nepali Folk Tunes and Rhythms with Nepali Sarangi master Shyam Nepali and Powers fiddle instructor Amy Beshara. Nepal has its own special kind of fiddle called a Sarangi. It’s carved from a solid piece of wood, is shaped to look like a bird, and has four strings just like a violin. The music of the Nepali Himalayas has similarities to the fiddle music from the Appalachian mountains of America! Legendary Sarangi player Shyam Nepali comes from a prominent musical lineage in Nepal, and has been living in Boston for the past 5 years. He is one of the co-founders of the Himalayan Heritage Cultural Academy in Medford.

Senior District Mock Audition
With instructor Meghan Jacoby
Saturday, 11/3, 9:00-10:30 am, Room 1, 380 Concord Avenue
Best for: high school students preparing for Senior District auditions
Bring your instrument!

  • We’ll start out with strategies for reaching the highest scores on the senior district audition in the categories of scales, sightreading, and solo repertoire. After a discussion of strategies, practice tips, and ideas to conquer performance anxiety, you will have the opportunity to play a mock audition to perform scales, your selected solo piece, and a sample sight-reading excerpt. Afterwards, you’ll receive written comments based off of the comment sheet used by district judges.

Preparing Scales for Orchestra Auditions
With instructor Guan-Ting Ku
Saturday, 11/3, 9:00-10:00 am, Brewster Hall, All Saints’ Church, 17 Clark Street
Best for: Elementary school, middle school, high school
Bring your instrument!

  • Practice 3 octave scales and prepare for your auditions with other students and instructor Guan-Ting Ku. We will talk about fingerings, tempo, and shifting for some of the scales.

Improvisation on the Black Keys
With instructor Yas Ishibashi
Saturday, 11/3, 10:00-10:45 am, Pavarotti Room, 396 Concord Avenue
Best For: Young kids, elementary school, middle school

  • Explore melody-making by clapping rhythms of your choice, then try playing a melody on the black keys of the keyboard while the teacher plays a harmony.

Sight-Reading Techniques for Orchestra Auditions (Violin Students)
With instructor Guan-Ting Ku
Saturday, 11/3, 10:00-11:00 am, Brewster Hall, All Saints’ Church, 17 Clark Street
Best for: Elementary school, middle school, high school violin students
Bring your instrument!

  • Practice sight-reading and scales in preparation for your upcoming orchestra audition. We will demonstrate some examples of popular excerpts, then try to play some of them yourself!

Singing in Twos
With instructor Emily Romney
Saturday, 11/3, 10:00-11:00 am, Bernstein Room, 396 Concord Avenue
Best for: high school, adult singers

  • This workshop is for experienced choristers and people who like to sing with others. You only need to be able to sing in tune and learn music on your own. The session will include duet coaching and rehearsals for every singer, warm ups and musical techniques for part singing and making harmony as a soloist in a group, one or two on a part.

History of the Flute Through Audio Recordings
With instructor Meghan Jacoby
Saturday, 11/3, 10:30 am – 11:50 pm, Room 2, 380 Concord Avenue
Best for: elementary school, middle school, high school, adults

  • Jump on an audio tour through history's most beloved flutists and their famous recordings! Go beyond YouTube to learn about flutists such as Paul Taffanel, Philippe Gaubert, Marcel Moyse, Eli Hudson, Jean-Pierre Rampal, William Bennett, and their recordings that are out of print or not available to the general public. As a group, we will listen to and discuss the playing of each flutist and compare how the flute sound has changed over the nearly 130 years of recordings that will be presented. You’ll leave with an extensive list of both historic and contemporary flutists to aid in your future google searches.

Odd Meters
With instructor Amy Beshara
Saturday, 11/3, 10:30-11:30 am, Cabot Room, 380 Concord Avenue
Best for: Elementary school, middle school, high school, adults

  • Deepen your internalization of music in 5, 7, and 9. This workshop will include Dalcroze style movement (in bare feet), clapping and singing rhythms, and movement with props like tennis balls and handkerchiefs.

Sight-Playing for Existing Chamber Groups
With instructor Natacha Rist
Saturday, 11/3, 11:00am-12:00pm, Callas Room, 396 Concord Avenue
Best for: Elementary school, middle school, high school, and adult students who are interested in or already participating in a chamber group

  • Interested in joining a chamber group? No time for sight-playing practice in your existing chamber group? Join Natacha and guest teachers to learn about sight-playing, the parameters and challenges of playing instruments other than your own, and working together in a small ensemble.

Classical Techniques for Electric & Acoustic Guitarists
With instructor Dan Acsadi
Saturday, 11/3, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm, Brewster Hall, All Saints' Church, 17 Clark Street
Best for: Middle school, high school, and adult guitar students
Bring your instrument!

  • Learn to incorporate classical techniques, tips, and tricks into your personal guitar playing style to enrich your practice routine, provide new ideas, and increase your mastery of the instrument.

Violin Rockstar
With instructor Amy Beshara
Saturday, 11/3, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm, Cabot Room, 380 Concord Avenue
Best for: Elementary school, middle school, and high school violin students
Bring your instrument!

  • No bows required! Learn to play some pizzicato chords on your violin and accompany yourself singing. We’ll learn “Love Song” by the Cure and “Sweet Dreams” by the Eurythmics.

Viola Voila
With instructor Jenny Shallenberger
Saturday, 11/3, 12:00-1:30 pm, Room 2, 380 Concord Avenue
Best for: Elementary school, middle school, high school, and adult viola students
Bring your instrument!

  • We’ll begin with a short history of the viola through video clips and some recordings. You’ll learn about significant viola players who have shaped the instrument and its repertoire. We’ll finish with a round of “stump the violist” and a chance to play some music written for multiple violas, each with individual parts.

Meet the Viola da Gamba
With instructor Jane Hershey
Saturday, 11/3, 1:00-2:00 pm, Cabot Room, 380 Concord Avenue
Best for: elementary school, middle school, high school, adults

  • Come hear the sweet and inviting sound of the viola da gamba, a 6-stringed instrument with frets that is played with a bow, by listening to music from the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Then try the instrument yourself! It comes in three sizes (small, medium and large) appropriate for ages 8-80, so you can find the right fit. Ask Jane about the Early Music community, and learn about Powers’ extensive viola da gamba collection that is available to lend to young beginners or older students for classes or lessons, or for rent to the wider community.

Piano Group Class
With instructor Natacha Rist
Saturday, 11/3, 4:30-5:30 pm, Cabot Room, 380 Concord Avenue
Best for: Elementary school, middle school, high school, and adult piano students

  • Come ready to play a piece you're working on, and/or learn practical skills like sight-playing, ear-training, rhythm games, practical theory and music history, related to the pieces performed or sight-read.

 

Time Determined by Teacher/Participant

Suzuki Masterclass
With instructors Sarah Bacon, Robin Alfieri, Madalyne Cross, and Guan-Ting Ku
Date and time determined by availability
Best for: currently registered Powers students

  • The Suzuki department is pleased to offer violin masterclasses for all Suzuki violin students. Students will receive 15 minutes of private lesson instruction with a Suzuki violin teacher other than their normal instructor. This special masterclass will be arranged by the teachers, no registration necessary.
 

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