Group Classes

NEW GROUP CLASS:
Fiddle Is Fun! - Mondays 7-9pm
This is a group of adults and teenagers that want to learn how to play the fiddle in a group setting.  Fiddle is a lot of fun to play!  The group will be studying how to hold the violin and bow, how to read music, some basic theory and some simple fiddle melodies.  

The group meets Mondays from 7-9pm at my home in Granby, MA.   I have instruments for rent if you do not have one of your own.  If you would like to join the group, please contact us through the form on the side bar.  The cost is $15 per class and there is no enrollment fee.


Classical Music Group - Tuesdays 7-9pm
(min 3 persons)

Formerly known as the Advanced Mandolin group, the Classical Music Group is now open to bowed-string instruments and guitars.  Students should have 2 or more years experience studying your instrument of choice, be able to sight-read, know advanced music theory including counting various meters and playing in a variety of keys.  This is a challenging group.  We are studying some very difficult pieces.  If you would like to join the group, but I feel you are not ready, I suggest taking private lessons for at least a year.

The group meets Tuesdays from 7-9pm at my home in Granby, MA.  The group studies string quartets and chamber music from the Classical (1750–1820) and Romantic (c.1780–1910) eras.  Here are some of the works the group has been studying:
  • JS Bach: The Brandenburg Concertos No 3, 6; the Double Concerto for two violins (mandolins): D minor, BWV 1043
  • Mozart String Quartets: String Quartet No. 17 in B major, "Hunt", K. 458 (1784); String Quartet No. 19 in C major, "Dissonance", K. 465 (1785); Eine kleine Nachtmusik[1] (Serenade No. 13 for strings in G major), K. 525, is a 1787 
  • SchubertString Trio in B-flat major, D 471
  • Marcello: Concerto for Two Mandolins
If you would like to work on some of these spectacular pieces with us, please contact us through the form on the side bar.  The cost is $15 per class and there is no enrollment fee.


Beginner's Music Group
Music for Beginners - Wednesdays 7-9pm
(min 3 persons)

This is a perfect class for adults who wish to learn how to play music in a group setting with other adults.  We will learn music theory including how to read music, how to sing and harmonize, and how to improvise.

The class meets Mondays from 7-9pm at my home in Granby, MA.  This is a group of adults who are just starting out and are gearing up to learn a mixture of styles on their instrument of choice.

I have instruments for rent if you do not have one of your own.  If you would like to join the group, please contact us through the form on the side bar.  The cost is $15 per class and there is no enrollment fee.

Celtic Music Group - Thursdays 7-9pm
(min 3 persons)

This group is a lot of fun!  Open to any musical instrument and voice, the group is studying traditional Dance music of Ireland, Scotland, England, Cape Breton, Canada and New England!  

Because we play from sheet music out of books or downloaded off the internet, students should be able to sight-read music, and know the basics of music theory including counting various meters, playing chords and harmonizing.  If you would like to learn more about these subjects, join the Beginner's Music Class on Mondays at 7pm, or register for private lessons.

The class meets Thursdays from 7-9pm at my home in Granby, MA.  The group decides what folk music it wants to learn, votes on the new material, and works on approximately 10-15 new tunes/melodies per semester.  A semester is approximately 3 months.  Any folk or roots music genre is acceptable.  Some of the tunes we have been working on can be found in the Fiddler's Fakebook by Dan Brody, the Portland Collection by Susan Songer, and the Waltz Books.  If you would like to join the Folk Music Group, please contact us through the form on the side bar.  The cost is $15 per class and there is no enrollment fee.


Bluegrass Music Group - Fridays 7-9pm
(min 3 persons)

Bluegrass music is highly improvisational, so this group spends a lot of time just jamming, learning to trade solos, listening and having fun! Open to any and all bluegrass instrument including mandolin, fiddle, guitar, banjo, bass, dobro.

The class meets Fridays from 7-9pm at my home in Granby, MA.  The group decides what music it wants to learn, votes on the new material, and works on approximately 10-15 new tunes/melodies per semester.  A semester is approximately 3 months.  Any bluegrass, western swing or acoustic country is acceptable.  Some of the tunes we have been working on can be found in the Fiddler's Fakebook by Dan Brody, the Portland Collection by Susan Songer, and the Waltz Books.  If you would like to join the Bluegrass Group, please contact us through the form on the side bar.  The cost is $15 per class and there is no enrollment fee.


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