Music, Film and Theater

5-String Clawhammer Banjo
5-String Clawhammer Banjo
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.
Beethoven’s Symphonies
Beethoven’s Symphonies
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.
Beginning Guitar
Beginning Guitar
Do you know the basic chords, some strums and a handful of songs, but want to take a step further in the company of fellow guitarists?
Highs in the Upper 60s: Music 1965-69
Highs in the Upper 60s: Music 1965-69
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.
Piano I
Piano I
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.
Piano II
Piano II
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.
Playing in an Orchestra for Enjoyment
Playing in an Orchestra for Enjoyment
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.
Program Notes: SHOSTAKOVICH 5 AND TCHAIKOVSKY PIANO CONCERTO 2
Program Notes: SHOSTAKOVICH 5 AND TCHAIKOVSKY PIANO CONCERTO 2
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.
Program Notes: WAGNER’S FLYING DUTCHMAN
Program Notes: WAGNER’S FLYING DUTCHMAN
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.