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.
What do you know about our country’s own music? Gain a new perspective on American history by listening to and learning about American popular, sacred, and serious art music from the Colonial Era through the 1920’s.
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.
Experience the joy of reviving past skills on a musical instrument. What better inspiration than performing in an orchestra! Orchestra playing is easy and enjoyable when you learn the practical tricks of effortless playing through a patient and nurturing approach.