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  • Act Now

    Discover your hidden acting talent—or reawaken it—in a safe, fun, and creative way. Work with and learn from peers as we create believable, honest characters onstage. We will cover the basics of acting and theater. Practice improv and monologue work in addition to exploring the physical aspects of acting through exercises inspired by the renowned acting teacher and theorist Uta Hagen. All levels are welcome, especially beginners.
  • Banjo

    Learn to play the banjo in the old time clawhammer style. Beginning This course is for beginners and those with a bit of experience. We’ll start with right hand technique and chords. The goal will be to learn a handful of melodies that people actually play in open G and, hopefully, in double C and G modal tuning. Learning by ear will be stressed but handouts of banjo tab will also be available. Continuing For clawhammer banjo players who can already play at least a handful of tunes and who are looking to learn more in G, G modal, and in double C tuning. We will focus on the right hand technique as well so that you can get the best sound that you can. Take out your banjo and polish up your playing! Please note: Students must have a banjo.
  • Drumming: Beginner (Adults)

    Gain the foundational skills you need to play your favorite music on the drums. Using practice pads, we’ll cover all of the necessary skills to master this fun instrument. We’ll start with stick control and learn how to properly grip and balance drumsticks. Rhythm is another vital skill to master and plenty of exercises will help us practice keeping the beat. We will learn how to sight read and work through rhythmic exercises before playing them to nail down beats. We’ll start by using both hands and as the sessions progress we’ll also cover four-way coordination and independence of the hands and feet. Enjoy learning how to play a great musical instrument and have fun doing it! Please note: Bring a drum practice pad and set of sticks to each class. Practice pads and sticks are available to borrow during class for those who do not have them. Supplies are limited. Suggestions on purchasing items will be included in the Registration Confirmation email.
  • Guitar

    Beginning Our talented and passionate instructor will help you learn the elements of guitar and the basics of music in a fun, group-oriented format. Acquire the tools you need to play songs with the group or to continue learning on your own. No experience required; all you need is a guitar and one or two hours a week to practice. Continuing This course is perfect for anyone who has completed Introduction to Guitar or who has been playing guitar for a while. Come join us if you are looking for a fun and supportive environment to continue learning and playing. We will focus on developing stronger musical skills through playing individually and with the group. Please note: The first class will meet at Arlington High School. All subsequent classes will meet at the Gibbs School.
  • Music Appreciation

    Gain a deeper understanding of all types of music as you learn how to tune into the many levels of listening. Enhance your ability to pick out certain aspects of the music as you sharpen your skills and knowledge of music elements including melody, rhythm, harmony, and form. As we survey music from different eras in Western Civilization, you’ll learn to identify and distinguish the characteristics of styles from various time periods including Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Modernist. No musical background is required to take this course.
  • Piano: Beginner

    Learn how to play the piano in no time with this introductory class. With the one-to-one relationship of keys to notes and the intuitive layout of the music with bass and treble clefs corresponding to each hand, piano is one of the easier instruments to learn how to play. We’ll focus on learning how to read the music, then work on playing with correct fingers. Piano is one of the few instruments that calls for both hands to play equally. Leave this class knowing how to play basic scales in both hands, creating a deep rich sound. Please note: Students must have a tuned piano or digital piano keyboard along with an adjustable camera or two (phone, computer, iPad), one on the keyboard and both hands, the other on the score (share screen) or face. Instruction will be provided on the best setup on the first night of class.
  • Ukulele (Adults)

    Have you always wished you could play a musical instrument but thought it would be too hard—or too late—to learn? Try the ukulele! The approachable uke is the instrument of choice for great-sounding, portable music. Please note: Bring your own uke. A clip-on tuner is recommended but not required. Beginning Learn the basics quickly and start playing songs you love right away. Simple chords will have you sounding great after just one class. You'll soon have a repertoire of popular songs from many genres. Learn how to find ukulele chord charts, strum and sing at the same time, and strum rhythmically with confidence. Continuing You've learned several basic chords and can strum three-chord songs; what's next? Elevate your skills to move to the next level. Learn how to play barre chords fluidly, strum interesting rhythms in a variety of genres, and enhance your strumming with cool percussive techniques. Learn to play and sing a wide variety of songs and know which strum patterns to use. We'll explore fingerstyle uke with tablature for plucking cool rhythmic patterns and even some recognizable riffs and melodies.
  • Voice Over Animation

    Calling all characters! At this fast-paced and fun workshop, work on the skills required to create distinct, fun, and sometimes evil characters with just your voice. Launch your VO animation voice and vision through exercises in creative storytelling. We’ll go over specialized breathing techniques for fast-based reads, work with professional animation scripts, and focus on creating our own distinct character while learning how to maintain consistency throughout the performance. From commercials to cartoons, video games to original scripts, the sky’s the limit with proper training and practice. There will be practice time, including instructor and peer feedback, as well as a Q&A. Bring a notebook, plenty of water, and a creative spirit!
  • West African Hand Drumming

    Explore djembe, a goblet-shaped drum played with bare hands, in a relaxed and fun atmosphere. Learn techniques to make basic drum sounds—bass, tone and slap—to create rhythms integral to West African culture. All levels are welcome, and no experience is necessary. Please note: A limited number of drums are available to borrow.