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Social Square Dancing W23
with Bob Brown
Come join us to learn the basics of square dancing. It's an evening of socializing and learning a new recreation at the same time. We'll teach you all you need to know to make you a square dancer. It's easy and fun and done in a casual setting. Wear comfortable clothing and especially comfortable shoes. Get out of the house and away from the screens for a couple hours a week and do something FUN and relaxing. Come with your spouse or best friend and singles are welcome. Your teacher is Bob Brown of Newport who's been dancing for over 25 years. No class Feb. 21 and Apr. 18.
Learn to Play the Drum Set Part 1 Online via Zoom W23
with Craig Bryan, Jr.
This course covers drum set basics such as time, coordination, and proper grip and foot technique. Students will learn four fundamental grooves that are the basis of most popular styles of music and apply these grooves to a variety of familiar songs. Drum set not required. Craig Bryan, Jr. has been teaching music lessons for over 20 years. He has a B.A. in Music Education and currently performs with several bands including the Smokehouse Boys, the Bradley Jazz Collective, and the Heather Pierson Trio, as well as teaching middle school concert band and chorus in Western Maine. Class limited to 15 students. For ages 13+.
Guitar an Introduction Online via Zoom Messalonskee W23
with David Deas
This introductory guitar course is designed for beginners interested in learning how to play the guitar. We will cover choosing a guitar, guitar maintenance, string sizes, changing strings, and care of the guitar. We will cover sight-reading, music theory, chord progressions, scales, and note values. When you finish this course you should be able to pick up sheet music and know key, melody, chords, and changes. You will need to pick up the Hal Leonard Guitar Method Book 1, and the class handouts from the Adult Ed. office at Messalonskee High School before the start of the first class. The book will be about $9. You will also need to provide a 3-ring binder for your homework and notebook or notepad to take notes. The instructor welcomes students ages 10 and up. A parent or guardian must register and participate in the class with students under 17. No class Apr. 19. Limit 10 students.
Songwriting with Heather Pierson Online W23
with Heather Pierson
In this six-week program, we will discuss and explore all things songwriting, plus best practices for stimulating creativity and staying organized while doing so. There will also be plenty of opportunity to ask questions and to connect and collaborate with fellow songwriters. Heather Pierson is a nationally touring pianist, singer/songwriter, and performer from Conway, NH. She has released fourteen albums and several singles of her original music, ranging in style from folk to jazz to vocal chants. Her life’s work, she says, is to share her love of music and her gratitude for life with others–one song, one heart, and one mind at a time.
Line Dancing Messalonskee W23
with Joanne Parker
We've been moving to the music since the beginning of time. Line dancing is one great way to keep the beat. No partner required. From beginners up to intermediate line dancing steps look complicated, but they're really easy to master. It is great exercise too. You'll be strutting your stuff in no time at all. Join us for a fun night out. Please wear sneakers with clean soles. There will be no class on Apr. 18 due to school vacation. Makeup date is May 30. Limit 25 students.
Instant Piano for Hopelessly Busy People Online via Zoom W23
with Craig Coffman
In just a few hours, you can learn enough secrets of the trade to give you years of musical enjoyment. Learn to play piano the way professionals do-using chords. Since this class is being held online with ZOOM you will be able to sit at your piano or keyboard at home and take this course with no pressure at all. And since this course includes an online book and online follow up video lessons, you will be able to continue your practice and study on your own. An optional periodic online question and answer session is also included. A recording of the class is included as well. The course is partly lecture/demonstration and partly hands on instruction. Topics include: How chords work in a song How to get more out of sheet music by reading less of it How to form the three main types of chords How to handle different keys and time signatures How to avoid “counting” How to simplify over 12,000 complex chords Limit 25 Students.
Instant Guitar for Hopelessly Busy People Online via Zoom W23
with Craig Coffman
Have you ever wanted to learn the guitar but simply find it difficult to find the time? In just a few hours you can learn enough about playing the guitar to give you years of musical enjoyment, and you won’t have to take private lessons to do it. This crash course will teach you some basic chords and get you playing along with your favorite songs right away. Since this class is being held online with ZOOM, you will be able to sit at home with your guitar and take this class without any pressure at all. And since the class includes an online book and online follow-up video lessons, you will be able to continue your practice and study on your own. An optional periodic online question and answer session is also included. A recording of the class is included as well. Class limited to 15 students. For ages 13+. Topics include: How chords work in a song How to form the three main types of chords How to tune your guitar Basic strumming patterns How to buy a good guitar (things to avoid) How to play along with simple tunes
Learn to Play the Drum Set Part 2 Online via Zoom W23
with Craig Bryan, Jr.
Continue to practice your drum set skills and build your musical repertoire. In these sessions we will build on the skills developed in Learn to Play the Drums Live Online. Drum set not required. Craig Bryan, Jr. has been teaching music lessons for over 20 years. He has a B.A. in Music Education and currently performs with several bands including the Smokehouse Boys, the Bradley Jazz Collective, and the Heather Pierson Trio, as well as teaching middle school concert band in chorus in Western Maine. Class limited to 15 students. For ages 13+.