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.
Celebrating the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, the Philadelphia Orchestra will perform all nine Beethoven Symphonies – monumental works which have had an enormous influence on music since they were composed.
The late 1960s was a turbulent time in the United States, full of political changes, historic events and a rich variety of musical experimentation. We will think critically about the connections between music and the events of this era.
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.
Learn about these two great works, their historical contexts, main themes and musical structures. No previous musical background is required. Discount tickets to the Philadelphia Orchestra concert featuring these works will be made available through the instructor depending on level of interest.
Learn about Wagner’s opera, The Flying Dutchman, its historical context, main themes and musical structures. No previous musical background is required. An optional field trip to the Metropolitan Opera HD simulcast at a local theater later that afternoon can be arranged.