Beginner Flatfooting
Aug
20
to Oct 8

Beginner Flatfooting

Clogging is an American traditional dance. Sometimes called flatfooting, buckdancing or jigging, it's a style of rhythmic improvisation that developed alongside old time music as European and African American musical traditions met and influenced each other in the southern United States. There are solo & "team" clogging styles, and this class will explore both, with a possible/optional performance in January.

Footwear should be either low-heeled tap shoes or leather-soled shoes. (The point is to make rhythms with your feet, so anything that helps you hear yourself and doesn't stick to the floor will work fine).

7 Mondays from August 20th- October 8th (excluding Monday September 3rd for Labor Day)

6-7pm at the Eastwood Christian Children's Center, 1601 Eastland Ave, Nashville, 37206

 

Taught by Kristin Andreassen

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Adult Beginner Fiddle
Aug
13
to Oct 8

Adult Beginner Fiddle

Students will explore the basics of Old Time fiddling. We will learn traditional Tennessee and round peak fiddle tunes, focusing on those that are common in community jam sessions. Tunes will be taught by ear, and we will dissect the techniques used such as rhythmic bowing and chords. Prior fiddle or violin experience useful but not necessary! Students must bring their own instrument.  

8 Mondays from August 13-October 8th (excluding September 3rd for Labor Day)

$240/semester

Taught by Chloe Edmonstone

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Beginning Songwriting: Muse, Memory, Imagination
Aug
13
to Oct 8

Beginning Songwriting: Muse, Memory, Imagination

Words, riding timelessly on a melody, speaking directly to us… how does this happen, over and over again? Songs have a very mysterious and gentle power to encircle us, entertain us, move us, and simply enrich our experience of being alive. Communicating love, desire, tradition, protest, betrayal, courage, anger, hope—  and all the shades in between— songs are deeply woven into our human story. 

I invite you to join the conversation and imagine writing one! Songwriting is slowing down to navigate the landscape of muse and memory and imagination. Songwriting is loving the shape of ordinary phrases as they leave our mouth. Songwriting is humming in the kitchen until the melody feels particularly sweet. Songwriting is play, and practice, and craft — and it is an art that is accessible and rewarding to anyone who has some reserve of patience or capacity for attention! 

To begin, please bring the following tools - your infinitely unique perspective on life, a willingness to sit with a puzzle that only you can reveal, and an openness to others as we encourage and champion each other. Instruments are welcome but not required, and a background in music is helpful but not needed. 

8 Mondays, 6-7:15 (no class Monday Sept 3rd for Labor Day)

$240/semester

Taught by Maya DeVitry

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Greenhorn Guitar
Aug
13
to Oct 8

Greenhorn Guitar

  • Eastwood Christian Children's Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This class, for brand newcomers to guitar, will teach the most invaluable building blocks of guitar playing, addressing both right and left hand techniques, the importance of steady rhythm, and building basic chords.  This rock solid foundation will fortify students by instilling great habits which will make their playing easier and more satisfying in the future.  Students can bring their own guitars or rent one for $40/semester.  YeeHaw!!!

7 Mondays, from August 13th- October 8th, (no class August 3rd for Labor Day

4:30-5:30

$240/semester

Taught by Jordan Tice

Instrument rental $40/semester

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Ukulele Mockingbirds
Aug
13
to Sep 24

Ukulele Mockingbirds

  • Eastwood Christian Children's Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Learn to play right away!  In this class we will dive right in to beginner chords and have students playing well known songs by the end of the very first class!  Perfect for a new string player, the ukulele is easy on little fingers and simple to strum.  Students will learn some classic standards, and will even get to play along with other instruments as repertoire builds.  This is also a fantastic entry way into other stringed instruments!  You can't go wrong with the ukulele!

Taught by Rachael Davis

8 Mondays from August 13-October 8, 4:30-5:30pm  (No class Sept 3rd, for Labor Day)

$240

 

 

 

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Fiddle From Scratch
Aug
13
to Oct 8

Fiddle From Scratch

  • Eastland Christian Children's Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This class, appropriate for ages 5 and up, is a Suzuki-inspired intro to fiddle class, which slowly builds foundational techniques of fiddle playing, in the setting of traditional Appalachian tunes and songs.  Younger students will start by playing on "box" fiddles, which are handmade out of cardboard, to learn essentials such as bow hold, hand position, and posture.  Once proficiency in these skills is achieved, these young students will be ready to begin on real violins.  Older students, (8 and up,) will skip the box fiddles and go straight to real instruments  Note:  Most students will need either 1/16th, 1/8th, or 1/4 sized violins.  We will be happy to help fit each student properly!

As always, in Fiddle From Scratch, PARENTS LEARN FREE!  If you would like to participate in the class, rent yourself a fiddle and join in!  

8 weeks/$240 per student

Mondays from August 13th- October 8th (no class September 3rd for Labor Day

Ages 5-7:  3:30-4:15

Ages 8 & up:  4:30-5:30

Taught by Annalise Ohse

Instrument Rental $50/semester

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Gourd Banjo Making with Jeff Menzies
Jun
16
to Jun 27

Gourd Banjo Making with Jeff Menzies

Jeff Menzies has been teaching gourd banjo making for over 20 years, and we are so excited that he is bringing his skills to Nashville for two one-week long workshops in July of 2018.   High quality, all natural building materials, procured locally by Jeff in his home in Kingston, Jamaica, will be provided.  Students will be walked through each and every stage of making a banjo.  Each finished instrument will be professionally set up and will last for a lifetime of playing. A historical overview of the banjo will also be covered, as well as many discussions of instrument set up and repair.  Students are free to make a gourd banjo, tackhead banjo, or an akonting, and the style and form of each banjo will be completely customized to each student's needs and aesthetics.  Absolutely no woodworking experience is required.

Jeff will be joined by Nashville's own J.P. Harris, who will provide further personal attention to each student.  These workshops have a limited enrollment and will be offered on a first come first served basis.  Cost for each workshop is $795, which includes a $200 non-refundable deposit to be paid upon enrollment.  

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