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Classes & Workshops

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WELCOME TO OUR FALL 2022

SERIES IN TRADITIONAL IRISH REPERTOIRE!

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This fall we will offer two separate classes

on six consecutive Wednesday evenings.

 

Registration opens September 20th, 2022

Deadline for registration: September 30th, 2022

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Which class should I choose?

Read the class descriptions below and decide for yourself.  If you find that the class you chose first is either too difficult or too easy for you, you are welcome to switch.

 

 

NEW!

INTRODUCTION TO TRADITIONAL IRISH MUSIC

(IN-PERSON ONLY)

 

If you’re relatively new to Irish music, or if you’ve just stepped away from it for awhile, this will be a great way to jump in.

 

This new series is designed for anyone wanting to learn (or review) some core Irish repertoire played in Vermont. 

We’ll chat about rhythm, types of tunes, and all of the ingredients that make Irish music sound “Irish”.

 

To help you learn, we’ll send out weekly sound files with an assigned tune played at slow and moderate speeds.  And most importantly, in class we’ll practice the fine art of playing and enjoying music together!

 

Note: Because we don’t teach technique on individual instruments, you’ll need to be able to play your instrument between a low intermediate to upper intermediate level.

 

Dates:

Wednesdays, October 5th through November 9th

Time: 6:30 - 7:30 pm

Location for in-person classes:

Waterbury Congregational Church

8 North Main St., Waterbury Vermont

(use side entrance)

 

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Intermediate/Advanced

Repertoire Classes

  

THEME: IRISH TUNES AND THEIR STORIES

(SELF-PACED AND/OR IN-PERSON)

 

This class is for musicians who are familiar with Irish music and have some repertoire under their belts. 

This fall we are offering a tasty menu of lovely tunes - some recently composed, and others from the classic repertoire.  There will be stories about the composers and the tune titles, so that you’ll understand something of what is behind the music you play.

 

Intermediate/Advanced Classes will be offered both online and in person

Online:

The self-paced online “classes” will feature weekly assigned tunes, teaching tracks, video clips, and stories behind the tunes using both email and Google Drive.  We will also offer practice suggestions. You can download and work with the audio files at your convenience.

 

In person:

You will receive the same material offered in the online option. If you are able, we encourage attendance at in-person classes. They will be held at the Waterbury Congregational Church at 8 North Main St., in Waterbury, Vermont.

 

Our in-person gatherings will be devoted to  working on assigned tunes, and practice in session playing. 

The focus will be on solid rhythm and confidence-building.

 

Intermediate/Advanced Class Dates:

Wednesdays, October 5th through November 9th

Time:

7:30- 9:00 pm

Location:

Waterbury Congregational Church 8 North Main St., Waterbury Vermont (use side entrance)

 

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Who can register:

This series is open to Vermonters and out-of-staters alike - with the understanding that no class audio files may be shared outside the class. 

 

What is the tuition?

To help reimburse us for the time we put into creating the classes, we’re asking for a registration fee of $100 USD. If you are able to chip in more to help us cover the church rental, that would be appreciated.  If you are not able to afford $100, just contribute what you can.

 

How to register:

You can register simply by emailing us at benedictandhilari@gmail.com.

Specify which class you are registering for.

We will confirm your registration and let you know how to pay tuition.