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Adult Classes

The School of Music is taught by some of the folk world’s top teachers

Each online session consists of four weekly lessons. Local students are encouraged to participate in Caffe Lena’s jams and open mics in order to further develop skills and become part of a folk music community.

To ask a question about the Caffe Lena School of Music or learn more about scholarships please email musicschool@caffelena.org

Upcoming Classes

Intro to Ukulele

Wednesdays from 7:00pm – 8:15pm ET

April 7, 14, 21, and 28th

In this course we will go step by step to learn basic guitar techniques, chords, and rhythms. Our ultimate goal will be playing and singing some of our favorite folk songs.

Intro to Guitar with James Gascoyne

Mondays from 7:00 – 8:30pm

April 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th

In this course we’ll apply what we learned in the step by step approach to basic guitar techniques, chords, and rhythms. Now it’s time to play and sing some of our favorite folk songs.

Intermediate Irish Fiddle with Oona Grady

Wednesdays from 7:00pm – 8:30pm ET

April 7th, 14th, 21st, & 28th

This class will focus on building repertoire and technique for intermediate fiddle players. We will cover a variety of dance rhythms, discuss how to add bowing and ornaments, and how to arrange the tunes we learn into sets.

Beginning Clawhammer 3 with Allison DeGroot

Sundays from 12:00pm – 1:30pm ET

March 28th, April 4th, 11th & 18th

This class is a continuation of Beginning Clawhammer and is meant for players with a growing amount of experience. Allison will work with you on technique and rhythm right off the bat, giving you a strong foundation to build your clawhammer skills. By the end of this course, the goal is to have you using bum-ditty and double thumbing, focusing on good technique and rhythm. You will learn a handful of tunes too!

Music Business Seminar for Songwriters and Performers with Dan Navarro

Satuday April 10th & Sunday, April 11th

12:00pm – 3:00pm

An online special two-part workshop on the Music Business with Dan Navarro for Songwriters and Performing Singer Songwriters to help get you ready to get back on the road. 

Dance in the Moment: Percussive Dance Improvisation with Nic Gareiss

Tuesdays from 7:00 – 8:30pm

 April 6th, 13th, 20th, & 27th

This course for dancers with some percussive dance experience will explore some of the ways clog, step, and flatfoot dance forms use improvisation. Rather than acquiring new steps or building repertoire, the focus of the classes will be on practicing the skill of spontaneous shoe music by drawing inspiration from dance traditions from Ireland, Scotland, England, what’s now called Canada, and what’s now called Appalachia.

Intro to Fiddle 3 with Oona Grady

Mondays from 7:00 – 8:30pm

 April 5th, 12th, 19th, & 26th

In these classes you will learn how to hold your instrument, create pitches, and control your bow. Topics will include simple scales, bowing rhythms, and how to sound out your favorite melodies by ear. All beginning students are welcome whether you are starting from scratch or honing in on your scales and basic technique.

Clawhammer Banjo with Bruce Molsky

Tuesdays from 7:00 – 8:30pm

April 27th, May 4th, 11th, & 18th

We’ll look at a couple of classic tunes and focus on the important elements, like phrasing and rhythm, and work on techniques such as pull-offs, drop thumbs and rolls. Solid time is the engine behind good banjo playing, and so we’ll come back to some of the right hand basics as well that give the drive we’re all looking for.

Old Time Fiddle with Bruce Molsky

Wednesdays from 7:00 – 8:30pm

April 28th, May 5th, 12th, & 19th

One of our most popular classes! Bruce takes a fun and intense hands-on approach in this old time fiddle workshop. Tunes are taught a phrase at a time, first melody, then bowing, and then piecing things together. We’ll dig into old-time music’s unique phrasing, rhythm and syncopation, intonation, etc. The tune is the vehicle, so mostly we’ll be playing! If enough folks are interested, we can also spend some time working on singing with the fiddle.

Backup & Melody Playing on Guitar in Old Time & Bluegrass

Thursdays from 7:00 – 8:30pm

April 29th, May 6th, 13th, & 20th

Refine your guitar skills in Old Time and Bluegrass music! This workshop will focus on developing solid timing to accompany fiddle tunes, how to begin to create and manipulate bass runs to get you from one chord to another, and an introduction to playing basic melodies of songs and fiddle tunes. We’ll be using direct examples from recordings and common repertoire. Supplementary tabs and diagrams will be distributed each week along with listening examples.

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