Workshop Weeks

Join us for Spring Workshop Week!

Tuesday, March 15 – Saturday, March 19, 2022

Scroll down to view all of our Spring 2022 workshops! Click the dropdown arrow to read a description of each workshop and see the details of when and how it meets.

Want to spread the word or share what you’ve learned? Use the hashtag #workshopweekatpowers and tag @powersmusicschool on Facebook and Instagram!

 

What are people saying about Workshop Week?

“THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for opening up the workshops to the public. I appreciate the numerous workshops that were made available to adult learners.”

“The teachers are so sweet, professional, and touching. You can feel their love in music.”

“It was a great chance to break out from the routine and try something different.”

“I liked the community and the level of professionalism.”

“It was fun and appropriate for both of my children (ages 5 and 7). It got them excited about new instruments and kinds of music.”

 

What is Workshop Week?

Twice each year, we’ll throw open the doors to Powers (physical and virtual!) so YOU can experience the joy of music for yourself!

Powers is thrilled to offer “Workshop Weeks” for our community and our students – two weeks of fun and interactive classes taught by local and regional teaching artists. These weeks encourage creativity within our faculty, bring accessible music and arts programs right to you, and provide a fun way to learn about music together.

Who can attend a workshop during Workshop Weeks?

Anyone! We’ll have a variety of hand-chosen workshop topics for all age groups, including adults, seniors, young children, K-8 and high school students, and parents. Everyone from novices to aspiring professionals will find something they like. Don’t see anything interesting in the schedule? Let us know what suggestions you have!

What does it cost?

This year, all workshops are 100% free for the general public and currently registered Powers students! We hope that the free/low cost will allow you to sign up for as many workshops as you like!

Can I bring a friend?

Absolutely! In fact, we encourage your friends and family to also sign up for one or more workshops so you can share your experience together AND learn about things that interest you.

 

Younger Kids

Listen, Move, Sing!

Saturday, March 19, 10:15-11:00 am
This is an in-person workshop.
Instructor: Elizabeth Chladil
Best for: Elementary school
Please have ready: Paper and markers

This workshop is full. Please email rbeuseekauffman@powersmusic.org to be added to the waitlist. 

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Meet new animal friends and learn a new song through listening and movement games! In this 45-minute workshop, participants ages 6-8 will use their bodies and voices to explore notes values of different lengths. Come ready to move barefoot and have fun!

Percussion Party

Saturday, March 19, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
This is an in-person workshop.
Instructor: Lydia Lucas
Best for: Elementary school
Please have ready: Just yourself!
This workshop is full. Please email rbeuseekauffman@powersmusic.org to be added to the waitlist. 

sign up

Are you new to making music? Are you interested in learning how to make music as a team? Do you want to experience what it feels like to be a part of a music ensemble in a low-key way? Come and join The Percussion Party! We will have a blast making music with Boomwhackers and bucket drums by learning the music to both classical and popular songs! During this workshop, we will learn to read pitches, rhythms, and perform music as an ensemble! This workshop is great for upper elementary-aged students.

Piano

Creative Ability Development

Wednesday, March 16, 6:00-7:00 pm
This is an in-person workshop.
Instructor: Ellery Klein
Best for: Elementary school, Middle school
Please have ready: A string instrument or piano/keyboard
This workshop is full. Please email rbeuseekauffman@powersmusic.org to be added to the waitlist. 

sign up

Come play some fun improv games and exercises to explore various aspects of improvisation and creative playing! Take all those scales you’ve been practicing so hard, and let’s see what they can do when you set them free!

Sight-Playing for Pianists

Saturday, March 19, 3:00-4:00 pm
This is an in-person workshop.
Instructor: Natacha Rist
Best for: Elementary school, Middle school, High School, Adult
Please have ready: Bring PDF sent in advance.

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Try your hand at sight-playing solo or four-hands pieces in this workshop! You’ll learn to become a better reader, a better musician, and develop skills to play chamber music. (The repertoire used will be tailored to the levels of participants.)

Performance Class: “What’s in a Phrase?”

Saturday, March 19, 4:30-6:00 pm
This is an in-person workshop.
Instructor: Natacha Rist
Best for: Elementary school, Middle school, High School, Adult
Please have ready: Please bring your score and PDFs sent ahead of time

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Come bring a piece to play for us! (Performance-ready or not, the full piece or just a section, under-tempo, memorized or not, all these are OK! Performers should be at minimum at the advanced beginner or beginning intermediate levels.)

We’ll examine how recognizing phrases can help you study your pieces and understand their structure, as well as improve your playing. We’ll learn how to label phrases and larger sections. We will also discuss any musical topics and technical issues relevant to the music performed and the performers, including J.S. Bach’s birthday, and the “math of music!”

Fun facts and questions about the music performed will be sent in advance of the workshops, as well as PDFs of scores for all participants. Parents will be asked to send PDFs of their child’s scores to the instructor, well in advance of the workshop.

Strings

Playing in Style

Tuesday, March 15, 4:45-5:30 pm
This is an in-person workshop.
Instructor: Sarah Freiberg
Best for: Middle school, High School, Adult
Please have ready: Your string instrument and favorite piece

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If you’re a string player, you’re probably familiar with Bach, Handel, Mozart, and Boccherini pieces from the Suzuki books and other similar series. But do you know how music was played back in the 18th century? This workshop will introduce you to basic Baroque music concepts to apply to the pieces you already know and love!

Violinists & Violists: Cueing and Physical Gestures To Improve Your Performance

Tuesday, March 15, 7:00-8:00 pm
This is an in-person workshop.
Instructor: Jenny Shallenberger
Best for: Elementary school, Middle school, High School, Adult
Please have ready: Your violin or viola and a short prepared section from one piece

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In this masterclass, you’ll play a short portion of a piece and discuss how physical gestures can improve your musicianship, both as a soloist and ensemble player.

Creative Ability Development

Wednesday, March 16, 6:00-7:00 pm
This is an in-person workshop.
Instructor: Ellery Klein
Best for: Elementary school, Middle school
Please have ready: A string instrument or piano/keyboard
This workshop is full. Please email rbeuseekauffman@powersmusic.org to be added to the waitlist. 

sign up

Come play some fun improv games and exercises to explore various aspects of improvisation and creative playing! Take all those scales you’ve been practicing so hard, and let’s see what they can do when you set them free!

Improvising String Quartets

Wednesday, March 16, 7:15-8:45 pm
This is an in-person workshop.
Instructor: Ellery Klein
Best for: Middle school, High School, Adult
Please have ready: A string instrument

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Advanced string players – learn techniques to collaborate, listen and respond to another musician’s ideas through improvisation exercises and games. Then, try your hand at improvising in a string quartet without music! Violin, viola, and cello players welcome.

Monkeys and Soldiers and Dolls, Oh My!: Exploring the Extended Techniques That Make Koshkin’s ‘The Prince’s Toys Suite’ Come Alive

Thursday, March 17, 4:45-5:45 pm
This is an in-person workshop.
Instructor: Catherine O’Kelly
Best for: Elementary school, Middle school, High School, Adult
Please have ready: A guitar, preferably classical

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Instructor Catherine O’Kelly will lead you through the characters in Nikita Koshkin’s “The Prince’s Toys Suite” and play musical examples that depict each of the characters using extended techniques. At the end, you’ll have an opportunity to try out the techniques yourself on the guitar!

Intro to Cross-Genre Viol Playing

Friday, March 18, 4:00-5:30 pm
This is a virtual workshop.
Instructor: James Perretta
Best for: High School, Adult
Please have ready: Your viol

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In this workshop, we’ll learn a few broadly-applicable skills that will help you get started playing jazz, bluegrass, rock, funk, and beyond on your viol! We’ll learn how to read chord symbols and lead sheets, practice useful scales and chord shapes, and learn how to fill a variety of ensemble roles: melody, inner harmony, and bass.

All sizes of viola da gamba are welcome. The class will be geared towards intermediate viol players, but players of all experience levels are welcome to follow along. Some background knowledge of key signatures and spelling intervals like 3rds, 5ths, and 7ths will help you get the most out of this class.

World Music & Percussion

Meet and Play the Tin Whistle

Friday, March 18, 4:45-5:45 pm
This is a virtual workshop.
Instructor: Lucy Joan Sollogub
Best for: Elementary school, Middle school, High School, Adult
Please have ready: Key of D tin whistle (if you do not have one, feel free to watch!), packet of exercises, and pieces emailed to you after sign-up.

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Come learn about the tin whistle family and try playing a D whistle! We will learn whistle technique and play partial scales and 2 or 3 tunes.

Afro-Caribbean Drumming

Friday, March 18 – , 3:30 – 4:30 pm, 4:45-5:45 pm (ages 11 and under) or 6:00-7:00 pm (ages 12 and over)
This is an in-person workshop.
Instructor: Gavin Farrell
Best for: Elementary school, Middle school, High school, Adults
Please have ready: Just yourself!

Explore the music and rhythms of West Africa, the Caribbean, and Latin America. Try West African drums, congas, and small percussion instruments in this popular, fun workshop!

Sign up for ages 11 and under, 3:30 PM Session:
This workshop is full. Please email rbeuseekauffman@powersmusic.org to be added to the waitlist. 

sign up

Sign up for ages 11 and under, 4:45 PM Session:
This workshop is full. Please email rbeuseekauffman@powersmusic.org to be added to the waitlist. 

sign up

Sign up for ages 12 and over:
This workshop is full. Please email rbeuseekauffman@powersmusic.org to be added to the waitlist. 

sign up

Meet and Play the Dulcimer

Thursday, March 17, 6:00-7:00 pm
This is an in-person workshop.
Instructor: Lucy Joan Sollogub
Best for: Elementary school, Middle school, High School, Adult
Please have ready: A dulcimer (if you do not have one, feel free to watch!), packet emailed to you after sign-up

sign up

Hear about the interesting history of the mountain dulcimer and learn the basics of playing the instrument. We will experiment with the instruments, play some scales, simple RH brushing technique, LH fretting technique, and play some simple folk tunes.

World Music Series: Rhythm Patterns in Middle Eastern Music

Thursday, March 17, 7:15-8:45 pm
This is an in-person workshop.
Instructor: Tev Stevig
Best for: High School, Adult
Please have ready: A frame drum is highly recommended, or any other rhythmic device, or just using your body as a drum is also fine.

sign up

The World Music Workshop Series is intended to present concepts from various music traditions from around the globe to curious students who wish to have a more rich understanding of how the many peoples of the world think about and perform music. Attendees need not be performers, though instrumentalists and vocalists are encouraged to take part in call and response demonstrations. Attendees should have a general understanding of basic western musical concepts such as scales, chords, and rhythms.

The enormous range of rhythms associated with music from the middle east can often be challenging for the Western learner. If we are to understand how the phrasing of makam music works, we must also understand the basic rhythm patterns (called “usul” in Turkish music) as well. In this workshop, we will explore some basic rhythm patterns using syllables and physical movements. Through discussion, demonstration, and analyzing musical examples from existing repertoire we will become familiar with some key drumming patterns and be able to perform them.

Percussion Party

Saturday, March 19, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
This is an in-person workshop.
Instructor: Lydia Lucas
Best for: Elementary school
Please have ready: Just yourself!
This workshop is full. Please email rbeuseekauffman@powersmusic.org to be added to the waitlist. 

sign up

Are you new to making music? Are you interested in learning how to make music as a team? Do you want to experience what it feels like to be a part of a music ensemble in a low-key way? Come and join The Percussion Party!

We will have a blast making music with Boomwhackers and bucket drums by learning the music to both classical and popular songs! During this workshop, we will learn to read pitches, rhythms, and perform music as an ensemble! This workshop is great for upper elementary-aged students.

Voice

Singing a Song is Saying Something

Friday, March 18, 10:30-11:30 am
This is an in-person workshop.
Instructor: Emily Romney
Best for: High School, Adult
Please have ready: A hand mirror, and yourself!

sign up

We all know how to talk – now learn how to sing easier by making the sounds of words more “singable.” You’ll explore what happens in your mouth to make the sounds of vowels and consonants, do some singing, and try out some ways to make words clear and free for singing.

Any Instrument

“Word Painting”

Friday, March 18, 6:00-6:45 pm
This is a virtual workshop.
Instructor: Kyra Xuerong Zhao
Best for: Middle school, High School, Adult
Please have ready: A computer, phone, or tablet

sign up

Come learn about “word painting,” where the music tries to imitate the emotion, action, or natural sounds as described in the text.  How did composers reflect the literal meaning of a song’s lyrics or story elements in programmatic music? We’ll look into pieces mainly from the classical and romantic periods and discuss the genius musical elements the composers used to tell the story behind the piece. The magic they put into their compositions, combined with the idea of painting, literature, and music, brings their art form to another level.

Effective Metronome Practice

Wednesday, March 16, 3:30-4:30 pm
This is an in-person workshop.
Instructor: Ben Fox
Best for: Middle school, High School, Adult
Please have ready: A metronome
This workshop is full. Please email rbeuseekauffman@powersmusic.org to be added to the waitlist. 

sign up

Your teacher asks you to practice with a metronome, but do you really know how to do so? There are actually many ways of using the metronome to improve your rhythm AND musicality (and a few incorrect ways of using it). Bring your instrument and some music you’re working on to play for the class – an etude, excerpt, or solo. We’ll then work on enhancing your performance by learning how to use the metronome effectively.

Intro to Music Theory at Powers

Tuesday, March 15, 4:45-5:30 pm
This is a virtual workshop.
Instructor: Rebecca Sacks
Best for: Elementary school, Middle school, High School, Adult
Please have ready: Handouts (printed ahead of time), and a pencil

sign up

This workshop is a snapshot of the “Creative Music Theory” lessons offered at Powers Music School. We’ll start by answering the question, “What is music theory?” Students will learn that this covers a wide array of skills, including solfège, ear training, knowledge of musical notation and harmony, and the ability to understand pieces of music in greater depth. Students will participate by doing the ear training and solfège exercises that Rebecca teaches in her beginning music theory classes at Powers, and you’ll have fun along the way!

Easy Peasy Music History

Wednesday, March 16, 4:45-5:45 pm
This is an in-person workshop.
Instructor: Paola Plano
Best for: Elementary school, Middle school
Please have ready: Pencil and paper
This workshop is full. Please email rbeuseekauffman@powersmusic.org to be added to the waitlist. 

sign up

Explore the history of music through fun quizzes, pictures, and videos! Join us to learn the most important facts, instruments, composers, and compositions throughout music’s many years.

No Instrument? No Problem!

Intro to Music Theory at Powers

Tuesday, March 15, 4:45-5:30 pm
This is a virtual workshop.
Instructor: Rebecca Sacks
Best for: Elementary school, Middle school, High School, Adult
Please have ready: Handouts (printed ahead of time), and a pencil

sign up

This workshop is a snapshot of the “Creative Music Theory” lessons offered at Powers Music School. We’ll start by answering the question, “What is music theory?” Students will learn that this covers a wide array of skills, including solfège, ear training, knowledge of musical notation and harmony, and the ability to understand pieces of music in greater depth. Students will participate by doing the ear training and solfège exercises that Rebecca teaches in her beginning music theory classes at Powers, and you’ll have fun along the way!

Easy Peasy Music History

Wednesday, March 16, 4:45-5:45 pm
This is an in-person workshop.
Instructor: Paola Plano
Best for: Elementary school, Middle school
Please have ready: Pencil and paper
This workshop is full. Please email rbeuseekauffman@powersmusic.org to be added to the waitlist. 

sign up

Explore the history of music through fun quizzes, pictures, and videos! Join us to learn the most important facts, instruments, composers, and compositions throughout music’s many years.

Meet and Play the Dulcimer

Thursday, March 17, 6:00-7:00 pm
This is an in-person workshop.
Instructor: Lucy Joan Sollogub
Best for: Elementary school, Middle school, High School, Adult
Please have ready: A dulcimer (if you do not have one, feel free to watch!), packet emailed to you after sign-up

sign up

Hear about the interesting history of the mountain dulcimer and learn the basics of playing the instrument. We will experiment with the instruments, play some scales, simple RH brushing technique, LH fretting technique, and play some simple folk tunes.

World Music Series: Rhythm Patterns in Middle Eastern Music

Thursday, March 17, 7:15-8:45 pm
This is an in-person workshop.
Instructor: Tev Stevig
Best for: High School, Adult
Please have ready: A frame drum is highly recommended, or any other rhythmic device, or just using your body as a drum is also fine.

sign up

The World Music Workshop Series is intended to present concepts from various music traditions from around the globe to curious students who wish to have a more rich understanding of how the many peoples of the world think about and perform music. Attendees need not be performers, though instrumentalists and vocalists are encouraged to take part in call and response demonstrations. Attendees should have a general understanding of basic western musical concepts such as scales, chords, and rhythms.

The enormous range of rhythms associated with music from the middle east can often be challenging for the Western learner. If we are to understand how the phrasing of makam music works, we must also understand the basic rhythm patterns (called “usul” in Turkish music) as well. In this workshop, we will explore some basic rhythm patterns using syllables and physical movements. Through discussion, demonstration, and analyzing musical examples from existing repertoire we will become familiar with some key drumming patterns and be able to perform them.

Singing a Song is Saying Something

Friday, March 18, 10:30-11:30 am
This is an in-person workshop.
Instructor: Emily Romney
Best for: High School, Adult
Please have ready: A hand mirror, and yourself!

sign up

We all know how to talk – now learn how to sing easier by making the sounds of words more “singable.” You’ll explore what happens in your mouth to make the sounds of vowels and consonants, do some singing, and try out some ways to make words clear and free for singing.

Afro-Caribbean Drumming

Friday, March 18 – 4:45-5:45 pm (ages 11 and under) or 6:00-7:00 pm (ages 12 and over)
This is an in-person workshop.
Instructor: Gavin Farrell
Best for: Elementary school, Middle school, High school, Adults
Please have ready: Just yourself!

Explore the music and rhythms of West Africa, the Caribbean, and Latin America. Try West African drums, congas, and small percussion instruments in this popular, fun workshop!

Sign up for ages 11 and under, 3:30 PM Session:
This workshop is full. Please email rbeuseekauffman@powersmusic.org to be added to the waitlist. 

sign up

Sign up for ages 11 and under, 4:45 PM Session:
This workshop is full. Please email rbeuseekauffman@powersmusic.org to be added to the waitlist. 

sign up

Sign up for ages 12 and over:
This workshop is full. Please email rbeuseekauffman@powersmusic.org to be added to the waitlist. 

sign up

“Word Painting”

Friday, March 18, 6:00-6:45 pm
This is a virtual workshop.
Instructor: Kyra Xuerong Zhao
Best for: Middle school, High School, Adult
Please have ready: A computer, phone, or tablet

sign up

Come learn about “word painting,” where the music tries to imitate the emotion, action, or natural sounds as described in the text.  How did composers reflect the literal meaning of a song’s lyrics or story elements in programmatic music? We’ll look into pieces mainly from the classical and romantic periods and discuss the genius musical elements the composers used to tell the story behind the piece. The magic they put into their compositions, combined with the idea of painting, literature, and music, brings their art form to another level.

Percussion Party

Saturday, March 19, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
This is an in-person workshop.
Instructor: Lydia Lucas
Best for: Elementary school
Please have ready: Just yourself!
This workshop is full. Please email rbeuseekauffman@powersmusic.org to be added to the waitlist. 

sign up

Are you new to making music? Are you interested in learning how to make music as a team? Do you want to experience what it feels like to be a part of a music ensemble in a low-key way? Come and join The Percussion Party!

We will have a blast making music with Boomwhackers and bucket drums by learning the music to both classical and popular songs! During this workshop, we will learn to read pitches, rhythms, and perform music as an ensemble! This workshop is great for upper elementary-aged students.