The origins of the clawhammer style banjo extend back as far as at least the 1800’s and came to the New World with the African slaves and their gourd instruments. The banjo style evolved and merged with other instruments, including the fiddle.
Do you feel that you don’t know much about opera? Or, maybe you even have a negative feeling about opera. In this course, you will learn about the important and rich history of opera from its beginnings in the early 17th century to the present.
In addition to the rock ‘n’ roll we associate with the 1950’s, we will explore the many other genres important in that decade of music; including bluegrass, blues, classical/ concert, country, folk, jazz, musical theater, popular song and soul.
The Broadway smash show, Hamilton, has made history by mixing hip-hop with musical theater. Lin-Manuel Miranda and the show he wrote were awarded Tonys for Best Musical, Best Score, Featured Actor and Actress, Best Direction and more - not to mention a Grammy, Drama Desk Award and a Pulitzer Prize.
This course for beginners features basic reading, rhythm and keyboard techniques. By the end of the first lesson you will be able to play at least one song using chords (drones), even if you have never played before.
This course is a continuation of Jump Into Piano I, but having taken that course is not necessary if you have previously taken piano lessons. This level includes reading music in treble and bass clefs, advanced rhythmic study, counting and continued sight reading.