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After School Classes

Tuesdays After-school Online (1/4 – 3/15/2022)

Fiddle Tunes with Oona

Hubbard HalL Classes

25 East Main St,

Cambridge, NY 

New Classes TBA for 2022

After-School Folk Ensemble In Person at caffe Lena

with Oona Grady and James GascoynE

 

 2022 Registration opens Nov 15th

Folk Ensembles Continue on Wednesday

 Jan 5 – Mar 16, 2022 (no class on Feb 22)

 

Music is a gift best shared

with friends!

 Folk Ensemble is an exciting and unique way of teaching real world music skills. From the first lesson, students experience the power of making music together and hear how interdependent each note and strum is as they learn to play.

Focus on repertoire:

  • Learn classic tunes from the American folk tradition as well as favorite contemporary songs

Explore string instruments, learning basic skills:

  • Opportunities to focus on Violin/Fiddle, Guitar, Ukulele, Banjo, Mandolin, and Bass

Learn music fundamentals:

  • Develop strong and steady sense of rhythm
  • Learn how to listen and hear musically
  • Explore singing with your own authentic voice

Learning valuable life skills:

  • Working in a group setting
  • Listening
  • Creative contribution and compromise
  • Being part of a team and playing your part
  • Building friendships

“Many colleges view participation in the arts and music as a valuable experience that broadens students’ understanding and appreciation of the world around them. It is also well known and widely recognized that the arts contribute significantly to children’s intellectual development.” – Getting Ready for College Early: A Handbook for Parents of Students in the Middle and Junior High School Years, U.S. Department of Education, 19

“The School of Music at Caffe Lena is filled with the joy of people learning to play music together, as a social experience. My kids are learning songs written about the richness of everyday life; and their histories provide wonderful educational content. Caffe Lena has become a foundational piece of our homeschooling week.”
C. Castle – parent & student

Session One meets 3:45pm-4:30pm

Session two meets 4:35pm-5:20pm

In the first session, all students meet together in the main room of the legendary venue. Students then meet in small groups according to their needs.

Intro to Ensemble introduces students to their instruments, tuning, rhythm, and how to listen and hear musically.

Intermediate Ensemble welcomes students who have experience with their instruments. Guitar &ukulele players must know G, C, D chords; fiddlers must be comfortable with the basic mechanics of fiddle playing, including the keys of D, G, & A major.

Classes are small, so social distancing is easy for meeting in person at Caffe Lena’s legendary venue. Masks will be required to ensure everyone’s safety.

 Click to read our recent covid-19 statement.

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