Classes & Workshops
Clas s Description
We hope that you are all keeping safe and well in these troubled times.
As we said last spring, “social distancing” is definitely not a term you’d think of in conjunction with Irish traditional music. But after getting together with some of you outdoors over the summer, it’s clear that the tunes we have taught are alive and well among you. So we’re going to offer Quarantine classes again this spring, hoping that the distraction of a musical challenge will keep us all motivated.
When times improve, we’ll be able to emerge from quarantine as better players, and perhaps with a greater understanding of Irish music. And we will have some lovely new tunes to play together.
Here’s the plan:
We’ll be offering teaching recordings and exercises, exactly as we have before, but once again using e-mail and Google Drive. Each week we’ll send out the assigned tunes and supplementary recordings, as well as video clips and background information on the music. But instead of coming to in-person classes in Waterbury, you can work away at home, on your own schedule.
You can opt to go at a "relaxed pace" or a challenging pace, as you have time and inclination. The relaxed pace option will give you one fairly easy tune to learn a week. The "challenging" option will offer two tunes to learn. Sometimes the assignments will overlap, sometimes not.
As we did last fall, we'll add some platforms for sharing music, including a private Facebook and/or YouTube page.
In the past, we only offered a limited number of places to musicians outside Vermont. But in these troubled times, we we are opening the class to Vermonters and out-of-staters alike - with the understanding that the audio files cannot be shared outside the class.
To help reimburse us for the time we put into creating the recordings and and doing the background work, we’d suggest a reduced registration fee of $100. However, if you are experiencing difficult economic times, just send what you can.
Spring 2021 Theme:
To Be Announced
We have our thinking caps on as we come up with ideas for the
Spring Quarantine Series.
We're hoping to resume in-person classes (and sessions!) by next fall.
In the meantime, spring classes will get us warmed up for sessions like this: