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  • Banjo

    Beginning Learn to play the banjo in the old time clawhammer style with this course for beginners and those with some experience. We’ll start from the beginning 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. Please note: Students must have a banjo. 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!
  • 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.
  • Ukulele: Beginning

    Please note: New dates 8 Wednesdays, 4/14-6/9. Get to know your new instrument from the beginning. Learn to tune it, hold it, use the correct fingers for left and right hands to produce the best sounds, read chord diagrams, read tablature (tabs), pluck individual strings, and strum to accompany yourself. After this course, you will be ready to specialize in either accompanying yourself by strumming while singing or go the instrumental route with plucking.
  • West African Hand Drumming

    (In Person) 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: Drums are available to borrow. Supplies are limited. Please email the ACE office to reserve one. Class meets at Arlington High School.
  • Why Was That a Hit? Pop Music: 1950s-1980s

    Through discussion and some breaks to listen to great music, join musicologist Gregory Leschishin and discover how pop music of the 1950s through the 1980s became the hits that we know and love. Uncover how the record charts were determined by the very few people who had control over what was played over the air, and how certain songs became hits while others flopped. With hundreds of songs getting released by many independent record labels, all seeking the opportunity to snag a hit, some songs were natural fits, while others succeeded by accident, luck, or a combination. Relive and rediscover your 45 record collection with this fun class!