Class Descriptions

Classes are offered based on instructor availability for the current quarter. Please see the current schedule for this quarter's classes, times and instructors.

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Traditional Singing Class

Traditional Singing
  (All levels)
Kathy Schneider 11:00

This class is about traditional sean nos, literally "old style", Irish singing. We will talk about the origins of the songs chosen for each quarter. We will learn to listen for what makes this type of singing different from that with which most of us were raised here in the States. Most songs will be in English, but we will try to learn at least one simple song in Irish. We will also look at the rhyming structure of different songs. Although most songs in this tradition are sung unaccompanied and solo, no one will be compelled to sing alone. We will work on building repertoire and confidence, phrasing and ornamentation. Lyrics will be distributed and simple renditions of each song will be sent to the students within the first week of the quarter. Recording devices are welcome, as well. For those who are self-conscious about their singing, keep in mind that this is the telling of a story. Your voice is a vehicle for someone's story. The song is not so much about showcasing your vocal abilities. Who knows? Maybe you will be inspired to tell your own story. This class is suitable for adults as well as children.

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