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All Instruments: Learn to Play Group Classes (Adult)

All Instruments: Learn to Play Group Classes (Adult)
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  • Available:  September 7, 2019 - April 21, 2020
  • Instructor:  RCS Faculty
  • Discipline:  Fiddling, Guitar, Piano, Cello, Violin, Vocal Studies, Voice
  • Course Type:  Group Classes, Learn to Play | Sing
  • Student Type:  Adults
  • Difficulty:  Beginner

Course Description

Unsure if you're ready for private lessons? Join a group class and learn the fundamentals of singing or playing a musical instrument in a relaxed and social environment.
 
Unsure if you're ready for private lessons? Join a group class and learn the fundamentals of singing or playing a musical instrument in a relaxed and social environment.

  • Piano

    Learn to Play - Levels 1 to 6

    Discover (or re-discover!) the joy of studying music in a welcoming and pressure-free environment. Developed specifically for adult learners, this course will introduce you to the piano through foundational instruction and engaging play. The teacher will lead the class through drills and repertoire from a piano at the front of the room while the students, wearing headsets, play along on individual keyboards. Individualized instruction and feedback are provided on an ongoing basis throughout the course. The ability to read music is not required for beginners entering at Level 1.


    Brush Up Your Piano Skills

    Nothing learned is ever truly lost. Rekindle your passion for the piano! Build on the foundations established in Brush Up Your Piano Skills - Level 1 as you continue to refine your skills and challenge yourself through new repertoire drawn from diverse genres.

    Keyboard Club

    Adult Keyboard Club are group piano classes for players who have progressed from Learn to Play or Brush up your Piano Skills, and who may not want the intensity of private instruction but who appreciate the dynamics of group learning. The emphasis is on the study and enjoyment of great repertoire, rather than the pressure of having to prepare for examinations and live performance.

    Prerequisite: All piano group class students will be required to have access to an 88-key piano for practice and to purchase course materials. More information about materials be provided in the first class.

  • Fiddle (Strings)

    Violin: Learn to Fiddle - Beginner (Level 1)

    Can't keep your feet from moving when you hear that Celtic-Canadian fiddle?
    This is a beginner class is for those who have some musical knowledge. Contact the instructor, Rose Bolton, for more info: [email protected]


    Violin: Learn to Fiddle - Intermediate (Level 2)

    This is a Repertoire and Technique class focussing on Cape Breton (Scottish) Québécois and Metis tunes in Canada for those who have at least a couple of years of playing under their belts (fiddle or violin). We will, as always, improve our rhythm, all aspects of fiddle technique while exploring great repertoire from eastern and western Canada: jigs and reels, strathspeys and more. As with all Celtic-Canadian Fiddle classes, tunes will be taught by ear and played in class without music. Students will have access to recorded versions of the tunes and sheet music to work with at home. Improve your playing and have fun by getting involved in some of the oldest traditions in Canada and their newest, vibrant forms.


    Violin: Learn to Fiddle – Intermediate (Level 3)

    We will make "Maple Sugar" "Down Yonder" while the "Old Man and The Old Woman" enjoy a "Mug of Brown Ale" and the "Arkansas Traveler" has his/her "Whisky Before Breakfast". Always wanted to know how it was really done? This is the place. 

    This course seeks to graduate fiddlers who are accomplished in the patterns and techniques of the instrument. 
    Engage in a comprehensive study of the history and performance of one of Canada's most enduring cultural forms while developing your musicianship and technical skills in a fun, easygoing atmosphere suited to the upbeat music under study. Slurring patterns, off-beat accents, ornaments and further exploration of the four main Celtic-Canadian rhythms feature prominently in the course work.
    Prerequisites: For those who have played violin for at least a year, and done some learning by ear.

    Violin: Learn to Fiddle - Intermdiate (Level 4)

    We will make "Maple Sugar" "Down Yonder" while the "Old Man and The Old Woman" enjoy a "Mug of Brown Ale" and the "Arkansas Traveler" has his/her “Whisky Before Breakfast". Always wanted to know how it was really done? This is the place.

    This course seeks to graduate fiddlers who are accomplished in the patterns and techniques of the instrument. 
    Engage in a comprehensive study of the history and performance of one of Canada's most enduring cultural forms while developing your musicianship and technical skills in a fun, easygoing atmosphere suited to the upbeat music under study. Slurring patterns, off-beat accents, ornaments and further exploration of the four main Celtic-Canadian rhythms feature prominently in the course work.
    Prerequisites: For those who have played violin for at least a year, and done some learning by ear. 

    Violin: Learn to Fiddle - Scottish/French-Canadian/Metis Fiddling in Canada (Level 5)

    This is a Repertoire and Technique class focussing on Cape Breton (Scottish) Québécois and Metis tunes in Canada for those who have at least a couple of years of playing under their belts (fiddle or violin). We will, as always, improve our rhythm, all aspects of fiddle technique while exploring great repertoire from eastern and western Canada: jigs and reels, strathspeys and more. As with all Celtic-Canadian Fiddle classes, tunes will be taught by ear and played in class without music. Students will have access to recorded versions of the tunes and sheet music to work with at home. Improve your playing and have fun by getting involved in some of the oldest traditions in Canada and their newest, vibrant forms.

  • Cello (Strings)

    Learn to Play - Level 1

    This course offers students an opportunity to create a secure foundation with the instrument. Proper set up is the first priority in this level of cello study. Through a variety of games and exercises we will discover comfortable body alignment with the cello, good bow holds, and appropriate left arm positioning. Once a stable approach is underway we will begin to explore avenues to beautiful tone, mapping of the fingerboard, and musical expression. Components of the Suzuki Method will be complimented by supplementary note reading materials. Repertoire will be drawn from Suzuki Book 1 and technical work will include scales, arpeggios, tonalizations, and other exercises. Our overarching goals in this course are to achieve healthy and efficient positioning with the instrument and the ability to produce a quality tone. The group aspect of the course is intended to reinforce the enjoyment of learning a new skill through the sharing of common challenges and goals.

    Pre-requisite: Students will be required to bring a cello and purchase course materials. More information about the required materials will be provided in the first class.

    Learn to Play - Level 2

    Level 2 nvites students to refine their relationship with the cello through continued focus on posture, body alignment, breath, and efficient movement. Having achieved a degree of ease with the instrument and familiarity with the foundations of note reading, we can develop attention to repertoire. Our priorities will include the production of beautiful tone and appropriate approach. We will continue to include numerous technical warm ups and exercises alongside scales and etudes. Additionally, the group aspect of this class will allow students. to prepare and participate in cello ensemble pieces for enjoyment and performance.

    Pre-requisite: Students will be required to bring a cello and purchase course materials. More information about the required materials will be provided in the first class.

    Learn to Play - Ensemble

    Students who have completed Levels 1 and 2 can move on to Ensemble group classes where they continue to develop playing skills and make music together.

  • Guitar

    Learn to Play - Level 1

    Discover (or re-discover!) the joy of studying music in a welcoming and pressure-free environment. Group work on study pieces and individualized instruction are combined in this foundational level course, which will familiarize you with your instrument and its components, teach you how to tune and perform basic maintenance, and teach you how to read tablature and chord charts.

    Pre-requisite: The ability to read music is not required. Please bring First Steps for Guitar by William Beauvais to the first class. Students will be required to bring a guitar.


    Learn to Play - Levels 2 & 3 (Pop & Folk)

    Students will continue to build their repertoire of chords and learn different voicings on the fretboard to complement those chords. In this course, students are exposed to the art of improvisation starting with simple "fills" using the pentatonic scale. Students are also exposed to more sophisticated approaches to accompaniment, including chord ornamentation and fingerpicking techniques. The class works through songs together and discusses different approaches. Technical concerns are addressed on a one-on-one, as-needed basis.

    Prerequisite: Learn To Play Guitar - Level 1, or permission of instructor. Students must have an understanding of how to play basic chords in the key of G and have a basic knowledge of the instrument and beginner technique. Students must bring their own guitar.
     

    Intro to Jazz & Blues

    Develop your rhythm and lead guitar playing skills while enhancing your musicianship and improving your musical confidence. This course provides beginner and intermediate guitar players alike with a window into the exciting world of improvisation. A typical class functions like a jam session, allowing each participant to play chords, melodies, and solo over blues and jazz tunes. Special emphasis will be placed on the 12-bar blues and common jazz standards.
     
    Pre-requisites: Basic knowledge of first-position chords and scales. Students must bring their own acoustic or electric guitar. Amplifiers will be provided.
  • Voice

    Learn to Sight Sing - Basic, Intermediate, & Advanced

    Eager to tune up your pipes and learn to sing like a pro? This no-pressure class will show you how.

    In this class, aspiring vocalists will be trained in the ability to accurately read basic melodies (in both major and minor keys) by sight, a complex and demanding skill. Simple rhythmic patterns and the ability to work through more challenging rhythms and melodies will also be explored, in addition to study in the Moveable Do, Takadimi and Curwen hand-sign systems.

    The course is demanding, but the atmosphere is always fun and relaxed. Class begins with exercises to warm up pitch and rhythm-reading skills before moving on to exploration of the previous week's assignment. Students can raise questions and seek advice on specific challenges they faced in practice. Later, the week's concept is introduced and students move on to practicing melodies.

    This is beginner level course. Adults who are preparing for university or choral auditions or for RCM examinations; choral singers and voice students who wish to improve their sight singing skills are welcome.


    Learn to Sing - Broadway/Music Theatre

    Ever wonder how those Broadway stars do it? We will explore vocal and stylistic interpretations from different genres of Broadway musicals, from operettas (predecessor of American musical theatre) to contemporary favorites in a friendly and relaxed environment. Music reading skills are not required but strongly recommended
    Pre-requisite: Learn to sing - Intro to singing.


    Learn to Sing Jazz - Levels 1 & 2

    This course will explore the rich and varied tradition of Vocal Jazz performance.

    Each week we will be investigating the work of vocalists that have influenced and contributed to the Jazz canon, greats such Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, and many more. Students will be expected to learn the basics of vocal production, history, context of Jazz tradition, basic improvising.

    Music reading skills are not required but strongly recommended.
Learn to play piano or brush up on your keyboard skills. All classes are 60 minutes.
 
Course Name Term Day Time Dates Instructor Tuition
Learn to Play - Level 1 Fall Mon 6:00pm Sep 9-Oct 28, 2019 Cecilia Chan $210 REGISTER
Brush up your Piano Skills - Level 2 Fall Mon 7:00pm Sep 9-Dec 16, 2019 Cecilia Chan $420 REGISTER
Brush up your Piano Skills - Level 1 Fall Mon 8:00pm Sep 9-Dec 16, 2019 Cecilia Chan $210 REGISTER
Learn to Play - Level 1 Fall Tue 6:30pm Sep 10-Oct 22, 2019 Ann Edwards $210 REGISTER
Learn to Play - Keyboard Club I Fall Tue 7:30pm Sep 10-Dec 10, 2019 Ann Edwards $420 REGISTER
Learn to Play - Level 1 Fall Wed 6:00pm Sep 11-Oct 23, 2019 Ann Edwards $210 REGISTER
Learn to Play - Keyboard Club II Fall Wed 7:00pm Sep 11-Dec 19, 2019 Ann Edwards $420 REGISTER
Learn to Play - Level 6 Fall Wed 8:00pm Sep 11-Dec 19, 2019 Ann Edwards $420 REGISTER
Learn to Play - Level 1 Fall Thu 1:00pm Sep 12-Oct 24, 2019 Ann Edwards $210 REGISTER
Learn to Play - Keyboard Club IV Fall Thu 6:00pm Sep 12-Dec 12, 2019 Ann Edwards $420 REGISTER
Learn to Play - Keyboard Club III Fall Thu 7:00pm Sep 12-Dec 12, 2019 Ann Edwards $420 REGISTER
Learn to Play - Level 2 Fall Thu 8:00pm Sep 12-Dec 12, 2019 Ann Edwards $420 REGISTER
Learn to Play - Level 2 Fall-Winter Tue 6:30pm Oct  29, 2019-Feb 25, 2020 Ann Edwards $420 REGISTER
Learn to Play - Level 2 Fall-Winter Wed 6:00pm Oct  30, 2019-Feb 26, 2020 Ann Edwards $420 REGISTER
Learn to Play - Level 2 Fall-Winter Thu 1:00pm Oct  31, 2019-Feb 27, 2020 Ann Edwards $420 REGISTER
Learn to Play - Level 1 Fall-Winter Mon 6:00pm Nov 4, 2019-Mar 2, 2020 Cecilia Chan $210 REGISTER
Learn to Play - Level 2 Winter Mon 6:00pm Jan 13-Mar 2, 2020 Cecilia Chan $420 REGISTER
Brush up your Piano Skills - Level 2 Winter Mon 7:00pm Jan 13-Apr 27, 2020 Cecilia Chan $420 REGISTER
Brush up your Piano Skills - Level 1 Winter Mon 8:00pm Jan 13-Apr 27, 2020 Cecilia Chan $210 REGISTER
Learn to Play - Level 1 Winter Tue 6:30pm Jan 14-Apr 21, 2020 Ann Edwards $210 REGISTER
Learn to Play - Keyboard Club I Winter Tue 7:30pm Jan 14-Apr 21, 2020 Ann Edwards $420 REGISTER
Learn to Play - Keyboard Club II Winter Wed 7:00pm Jan 15-Apr 22, 2020 Ann Edwards $420 REGISTER
Learn to Play - Level 6 Winter Wed 8:00pm Jan 15-Apr 22, 2020 Ann Edwards $420 REGISTER
Learn to Play - Keyboard Club IV Winter Thu 6:00pm Jan 16-Apr 23, 2020 Ann Edwards $420 REGISTER
Learn to Play - Keyboard Club III Winter Thu 7:00pm Jan 16-Apr 23, 2020 Ann Edwards $420 REGISTER
Learn to Play - Level 3 Winter Thu 8:00pm Jan 16-Apr 23, 2020 Ann Edwards $420 REGISTER
Learn to Play - Level 1 Spring Tue 6:30pm Mar 3-Apr 21, 2020 Ann Edwards $210 REGISTER
Learn to Play - Level 1 Spring Thu 1:00pm Mar 5-Apr 23, 2020 Ann Edwards $210 REGISTER


 
Learn to play cello, fiddle, or violin.
NOTE:
Students who complete Advanced I or II Learn to Fiddle ((Scottish/French Canadian/Metis) can move on to small ensemble Tamarack'er Down:Celtic-Canadian Orchestra.
 
Course Name
Term
Day
Time
Dates
Instructor
Tuition

Vioin: Learn to Fiddle - Advanced I
(Scottish/French Canadian/Metis)

Fall Mon 6:15pm Sep 9-Dec 16, 2019 Anne Lederman $470 REGISTER
Violin: Learn to Fiddle - Intermediate I Fall Mon 8:00pm Sep 9-Dec 16, 2019 Rose Bolton $470 REGISTER
Violin: Learn to Fiddle - Beginner I Fall Tue 6:15pm Sep 10-Dec 10, 2019 Rose Bolton $330 REGISTER
Violin: Learn to Fiddle - Intermediate III Fall Tue 8:00pm Sep 10-Dec 10, 2019 Rose Bolton $460 REGISTER
Cello: Learn to Play - Level 1 Fall Wed 6:00pm Sep 11-Dec 11-2019 Amber Walton-Amar $400 REGISTER
Cello: Learn to Play - Ensemble Fall Wed 8:00pm Sep 11-Dec 11-2019 Amber Walton-Amar $400 REGISTER
Vioin: Learn to Fiddle - Advanced II
(Scottish/French Canadian/Metis)
Winter Mon 6:15pm Jan 13-Apr 27, 2019 Anne Lederman $470 REGISTER
Violin: Learn to Fiddle - Intermediate IV Winter Mon 8:00pm Jan 13-Apr 27, 2019 Rose Bolton $470 REGISTER
Violin: Learn to Fiddle - Beginner II Winter Tue 6:15pm Jan 14-Apr 21, 2019 Rose Bolton $330 REGISTER
Violin: Learn to Fiddle - Intermediate II Winter Tue 8:00pm Jan 14-Apr 21, 2019 Rose Bolton $470 REGISTER
Cello: Learn to Play - Level 2 Winter Wed 7:00pm Jan 15-Apr 22, 2019 Amber Walton-Amar $400 REGISTER
Cello: Learn to Play - Ensemble Winter Wed 8:00pm Jan 15-Apr 22, 2019 Amber Walton-Amar $400 REGISTER
Learn to play classical, folk, or pop guitar.
 
Course Name Term Day Time Dates Instructor Tuition  
Learn to Play - Level 1 Fall Tue 6:00pm Sep 10-Dec 10, 2019 Raffi Altounian $360 REGISTER
Learn to Play - Intro to Jazz & Blues Fall Tue 7:30pm Sep 10-Dec 10, 2019 James Brown $360 REGISTER
Learn to Play - Levels 2 & 3 (Pop & Folk) Fall Thu 7:00pm Sep 12-Dec 12, 2019 Raffi Altounian $360 REGISTER
Learn to Play - Level 1 Winter Tue 6:00pm Jan 14-Apr 21, 2020 Raffi Altounian $360 REGISTER
Learn to Play - Level 1 Winter Tue 7:00pm Jan 14-Apr 21, 2020 Raffi Altounian $360 REGISTER
Learn to Play - Level 3 (Pop & Folk) Winter Thu 7:00pm Jan 16-Apr 23, 2020 Raffi Altounian $360 REGISTER
Learn to sing classical and jazz, or improve your sight singing skills.
 
Course Name Term Day Time Dates Instructor Tuition
Learn to Sight Sing - Basic Fall Wed 5:30pm Sep 11-Dec 11, 2019 Ruben Vazquez $415 REGISTER
Learn to Sing - Broadway/Classical Fall Wed 6:30pm Sep 11-Dec 11, 2019 TBA $415 REGISTER
Learn to Sing - Level 1 (Jazz) Fall Thu 7:30pm Sep 12-Dec 12, 2019 Tara Kannangara $415 REGISTER
Learn to Sight Sing - Intermediate/Advanced Winter Wed 5:30pm Jan 15-Apr 15, 2019 Ruben Vazquez $415 REGISTER
Learn to Sing - Level 2 (Jazz) Winter Thu 7:30pm Jan 16-Apr 23, 2019 Tara Kannangara $415 REGISTER