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Workshop Weeks

Fall Workshop Week is here!

Tuesday, October 26 – Saturday, October 30, 2021

Scroll down to view all of our Fall 2021 workshops! Click the dropdown arrow to read a description of each workshop and see the details of when and where 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.

 

Early Childhood & Younger Kids

Music Pups® Workshop

Wednesday, October 27, 9:30 – 10:00 AM
Instructor: Jennifer Choe
Best for: Newborn – age 3 and a parent/caregiver
Please have ready: A stuffed animal of your choosing.

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Squirmy babies and shy toddlers alike will love our Music Pups workshop (from TMC at Home®)! You and your baby will sing, dance, play instruments to learn through the power of music. You will learn how we keep the beat in different ways, how we expose children to a variety of musical styles, and how children develop a great sense of pitch with all of the reinforcement and carefully crafted music in the class. Music classes like this have proven to be integral for growing babies so start your little one on the right track here at Powers!
Click here to learn more about Music Pups®.

Piano

Improvisation, understanding how chord symbols work with melody

Thursday, October 26, 4:30 – 5:15 PM
Instructor: Yas Ishibashi
Best for: Elementary, middle school, high school, adults

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Come and explore your creativity on the piano! Powers teacher Yas Ishibashi will walk you through melodic improvisation, building a harmony accompaniment for a melody you improvise yourself, and teach you an understanding of piano chords so you can take these skills and build upon them! You will leave this workshop knowing how to create a simple song on the piano and eager to learn more!

sIGHT-PLAYING FOR PIANISTS

Saturday, October 30, 4:30 – 5:30 PM
Instructor: Natacha Rist
Best for: Elementary, middle school, high school, adults
This workshop is full. Please email rbeuseekauffman@powersmusic.org if you would like to be notified if a spot opens.

The blueprint to being a successful musician is having a firm grasp on your technical skills and we want to help you get there! Come join us for Sight-Playing for Pianists with Natacha Rist to start your journey, or build upon the skills you already have. Through sight-playing solo and four-hand pieces, you will learn how to become a better music reader, how to develop skills necessary to play Chamber Music, and ultimately how to become a better musician.

Piano Workshop: What’s in a Phrase?

Saturday, October 30, 3:15 – 4:15 PM
Instructor: Natacha Rist
Best for: Elementary, middle school, high school, adults
Please have ready: A polished piece or work in progress to play (it’s okay to play a selection, use the score, or play under-tempo)
This workshop is full. Please email rbeuseekauffman@powersmusic.org if you would like to be notified if a spot opens.

If you are looking to get a piece ready for performance and expand upon your musical and technical knowledge, look no further than the What’s in a Phrase? workshop with Natacha Rist! We will examine how recognizing Phrases can help you study your pieces and understand their structure. We will also discuss any musical topics and technical issues relevant to the music performed and the performers. Please come prepared with any musical questions you may have!

dANCE IN pIANO mUSIC

Saturday, October 30, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Instructor: Svetlana Krasnova
Best for: Middle school, high school, adults

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Do you love to learn about the history of performance and how it has evolved over time? Join us for our Dance in Piano Music workshop! Led by Powers Music School teacher Svetlana Krasnova, you will get an overview of the history of the dance form throughout different epochs and learn the importance of rhythm in music.

Strings

Creativity AND IMPROVISATION GAmes

Wednesday, October 27, 3:30 – 4:30 PM
Instructor: Ellery Klein
Best for: Elementary, middle school, high school, adults. This workshop is geared for strings players, though any melody instrument is welcome to watch and try to play along.
Please have ready:  Your instrument.

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Looking to let loose and expand your creative mindset? Join us for our Creativity and Improvisation Games workshop! You will learn how to create and play in a space that feels safe for creative exploration, risk-taking, and mutual support as we play fun, interactive games that bring out your rhythmic and melodic inventions. We will answer questions like “what does a porcupine sound like on a violin??” You will learn how to experience your instrument in a mindful, open, and joyful mindset rather than judgmental or goal-driven, how to improvise without fear, and how to listen and appreciate others’ efforts. We will approach our instruments through the “Creative Ability Development” method developed by Alice Kanack.

Viol tablature for beginners

Wednesday, October 27, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Instructor: Jane Hershey
Please have ready: Your own viola da gamba of any size.
Best for: Adults
Online workshop

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With this past year, playing in groups has been scarce so we want to offer you some new ways to play on your own to continue to learn and grow with the viola da gamba! Solo viola da gamba music, especially in England in the early 17th century, was often written in tablature. Tablature was a common notational system, especially for lutenists, and was promoted among viol players as an entry point for fluency in music, and learning repertoire. This online class will go step-by-step to teach you the basics of this diagrammatic notational system to open up avenues to new musical experiences for solo playing. Open to all sizes of viola da gamba!

Cello Technique

Thursday, October 28, 4:30 – 5:15 PM
Instructor: Colleen McGary-Smith
Best for: Middle school, high school, adults.
Please have ready: Cello and printed material sent out before class.

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Are you an experienced cellist looking to refresh and refine your technique? Professional cellist and Powers teacher Colleen McGary-Smith will walk you through new, more efficient ways to improve your practice style and grow as a musician. Rather than listen to a lecture, you will be actively playing, with focused guidance by Colleen, so you can learn by doing in this workshop and be able to walk out with new skills ready to go for your next practice session.

Multicelli! A cello play-in

Thursday, October 28, 5:30 – 7:00 PM
Instructor: Sarah Freiberg and Colleen McGary-Smith
Best for: Middle school, high school, adults.
Please have ready: Cellos and bows.

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If you’re trying to decide if a group learning and playing setting is the best for you come try it out at the Multicelli! A cello play-in workshop. You will learn how to be in synchronization with your fellow cello players from how to breathe together, how to play together, and how to stay together throughout a performance. You will also learn how to read and play music for pairs to small groups so you can get a feel for a variety of group settings and find the right fit for you!

Gamba Grooves: Intro to Chopping on the Viola da Gamba

Friday, October 29, 4:30 – 6:00 PM
Instructor: James Perretta
Best for: High school, adults.
Please have ready: Viola da gamba (all sizes permitted).
Online and in-person workshop. 

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The viola da gamba is a specifically unique and versatile instrument that has the capacity to expand beyond the roles in the Renaissance and Baroque music we know and love it for; it also has the potential to extend even further into contemporary styles such as jazz, bluegrass, and funk. In this workshop, we will introduce you to “chopping,” a percussive bow technique used by contemporary string players to lay down grooves. You will learn the basic mechanics of chopping and how to play simple rhythmic accompaniments in the context of some short tunes so that you can grow as a musician and branch out to all new styles of music. All viola da gamba sizes and participants of all experience levels are welcome!

Improvising String Quartet

Friday, October 29, 7:30 – 8:15 PM
Instructor: Ellery Klein
Best for: Middle school, high school, adults.
Please have ready: Violin, cello, viola are ideal but can you also use a piano, flute, or other interested instrument.

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Are you an experienced technical musician looking for a group playing seeing to play, learn, and grow? Join us for our Improvising String Quartet workshop! This workshop is an introduction to the idea of string quartets as a means of cooperative improvisation and spontaneous, team-composing. You and the other students in the workshop will run through a series of improv games meant to introduce you to improvisation and creativity. Then, you be divided into string quartets to start using these concepts with communication, and some rules, from Alice Kanack’s “Improvising String Quartets” book, to create a continuous piece of music without written instructions. You will leave this workshop with a newfound understanding of musical improvisation and group playing.

Plucked Strings, Traditional, World

World Music Series: The Basic Makams: Segah

Wednesday, October 27, 7:15 – 8:45 PM
Instructor: Tev Stevig
Best for: High school, adults.
Please have ready: Voice or Instrument capable of non-tempered intervals (not a piano or guitar, for example).
Online workshop

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If you are a fan of Tev Stevig’s teaching or looking to learn more about world music, join us for the next installment of Tev’s World Music Series! This workshop will build on what you learned in the workshops on makam Rast and Ussak last year, in this workshop, you will spend the workshop exploring just one makam: Segah. Segah is a very old and important makam to many modal music traditions, including Persian, Greek, Armenian, Turkish, Arab, and Central Asian music. Through discussion, demonstration, and analyzing musical examples from existing repertoire you will become familiar with this makam. You will also learn characteristic phrases from the repertoire that you can use in their own improvisations, as well as a tune for performance. You will learn through call and response and working on concepts together in small groups. If you wish to get a true appreciation of makam you should bring instruments capable of performing non-tempered pitches (not a piano or fretted guitar, for example). You should have a general understanding of basic western musical concepts such as scales, chords, and rhythms in order to attend the class, but do not need to have attended last year’s as there will be a brief review.

Meet the Ukulele

Thursday, October 28, 6:00 – 6:45 PM
Instructor: Tev Stevig
Best for: Elementary, middle school.
Please have ready: Ukulele, Tuner (optional).

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Are you ready to start learning an instrument but feeling a little intimidated? Or are you a string player looking to add another one to your repertoire? Come and Meet the Ukulele! The ukulele is a very accessible and affordable instrument that you can use to perform a surprisingly wide variety of music. Many of the techniques used on the ukulele come from finger-style guitar performance, but most of those techniques are much easier on the ukulele due to its smaller size and more comfortable string tension. A ukulele can sound great in the hands of a beginner without much musical experience as well as a professional who performs with a wider variety of techniques. In addition, the ukulele is very easy to take with you when you travel, making it the perfect instrument to learn for a lifetime of musical enjoyment. In this workshop, through presentation and discussion, you will learn the pitches and chords in the first position, some basic right and left hand techniques, and perform a tune together as a ukulele orchestra. You must bring your own ukulele to the workshop, but no prior experience on ukulele is necessary. Beginning through advanced students are welcome.

Introduction to the Ukulele For Adult Beginners

Thursday, October 28, 7:15 – 8:15 PM
Instructor: Tev Stevig
Best for: High school, adults.
Please have ready: Ukulele and tuner.

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Are you ready to start learning an instrument but feeling a little intimidated? Or are you a string player looking to add another one to your repertoire? Come and Meet the Ukulele! The ukulele is a very accessible and affordable instrument that you can use to perform a surprisingly wide variety of music. Many of the techniques used on the ukulele come from finger-style guitar performance, but most of those techniques are much easier on the ukulele due to its smaller size and more comfortable string tension. A ukulele can sound great in the hands of a beginner without much musical experience as well as a professional who performs with a wider variety of techniques. In addition, the ukulele is very easy to take with you when you travel, making it the perfect instrument to learn for a lifetime of musical enjoyment. In this workshop, through presentation and discussion, you will learn the pitches and chords in the first position, some basic right and left hand techniques, and perform a tune together as a ukulele orchestra. You must bring your own ukulele to the workshop, but no prior experience on ukulele is necessary. Beginning through advanced students are welcome.

Introduction to the Brazilian Choro

Thursday, October 28, 7:15 – 8:15 PM
Instructor: Mary Cicconetti
Best for: Middle school, high school, adults.
Please have ready: Your instrument and the sheet music sent out prior to the workshop.

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If you are looking to branch out with your musical stylings, no matter what instrument you play, come join us for an Introduction to the Brazilian Choro! The choro is considered to be “the New Orleans Jazz of Brazil.” It is based on improvisation similar to New Orleans jazz and eventually grew to have a formal structure where it is at today. This workshop is designed for ALL musicians on any instrument so there is a place for you, regardless of where you are at in your music journey. You will engage in call-and-response rhythmic activities and learning the basics of reading chord symbols that will help you choose which notes and harmonies when adding improvisation into songs.

Winds, Brass, Percussion

Rock the Flute!

Tuesday, October 26, 5:30 – 7:00 PM
Instructor: Krystal Bloom
Best for: Middle school, high school, adults.
Please have ready: Your flute.

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Are you a flute player looking to branch out in your musical styles? Come join us for Rock the Flute! You will learn contemporary flute playing techniques and combine them with rock and roll! From improvising over a rock beat to flute choir-style rock, your rock-loving self will build skills to help you play in that style. You will be actively playing and practicing your instrument during the workshop with contemporary techniques, improv basics, and rock chord progressions. Music will be provided via e-mail before the workshop for you to practice as well. This workshop is best for beginning and intermediate flute players.

In Harmony: All Flute Ensemble

Wednesday, October 27, 4:45 – 5:45 PM
Instructor: Mary Cunningham
Best for: Middle school, high school, adults
Please have ready: Your flute.
This workshop is full. Please email rbeuseekauffman@powersmusic.org if you would like to be notified if a spot opens. 

If you’re trying to figure out if a group setting is right for your flute playing come try it out at our In Harmony: All Flute Ensemble workshop! We are offering an all flute ensemble experience. We will gather, tune-up and play a wide range of repertoire written for 3 or more flutes. You will be placed in groups based on your playing level and experience and everyone will have a part to play. Ensemble playing teaches us how to play in tune with others, deepening both our sense of dynamic balance and rhythm, which is important for all levels of musicians.

Voice

A Singer’s vocal tune-up

Friday, October 29, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Instructor: Emily Romney
Best for: High school, adults
Please Waterbottle and straw (flexible preferred).

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Do you love to sing in your choir or chorale? Take an hour to learn some new ways to warm up and practice that can help you maintain and enhance your voice. You will do some vocalizing and try out new techniques for a vocal tune-up that will help you develop more freedom and flexibility in your singing. You will sing through your range to find the right technique for you. You will also try out flexibility exercises for the tongue and jaw, for flexible breath connection, and be introduced to semi-occluded vocalizing.

General / Any Instrument / No Instrument? No Problem!

How to Write Better Lyrics

Tuesday, October 26, 6:00 – 6:45 PM
Instructor: Terry Doyon
Best for: Middle school, high school, adults.
Please have ready: Pen and paper.

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If you listen to the radio and dream about writing one of those hit songs, or already write but are looking to refine your skills, this workshop is for you! You will learn the form and function of the main sections of the commercial song and learn to write lyrics that tap into the audience’s senses. You will then participate in brief writing exercises and will be given the opportunity to share so you can see how an audience reacts to your musical skills!

What is Music Therapy?

Tuesday, October 26, 7:15 – 8:15 PM
Instructor: Krystal Bloom
Best for: High school, adults.

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What is music therapy? Is it singing at someone’s bedside, or putting on a pair of headphones and listening to a good playlist when you’re upset? If you’ve ever asked this question or had these ideas about music therapy, this is a great workshop for you! We’ll define music therapy, who does it, how it’s done, and explore the science behind it. You’ll also get a taste of music therapy through intervention examples that showcase just how and why music therapy works. You will have opportunities to participate in music-making experiences and active music discussion with opportunities to ask questions after. You will gain an understanding of what music therapy is, what it can do, and how to access music therapy services.

Introduction to Electronic Music Composition

Wednesday, October 27, 4:45 – 5:30 PM
Instructor: Cindy Giron
Best for: Elementary, middle school, high school, adults.
Please have ready: Installed GarageBand app (it’s free for both PC and Mac!)
Online workshop

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Would you like to compose your own tunes, explore electronic music design, and record your own track? Then, this class may be for you! Digital Music Production 101 will cover the basics of how to use the digital audio workstation GarageBand. We will discuss how to upload your recording into a computer, how to improvise and compose using software instruments, how to edit your track so that it sounds good, and how to export the file so you can listen to it!

Whether you play an instrument or have always wanted to experiment with digital sounds, the Digital Music Production class will help you brainstorm what you would like to hear, ultimately, helping you develop your ideas in realizing what it is you would like to hear. Join us! Share ideas, share sound samples, and share a final song. How to record, how to create a multi-layered track (i.e. voice, piano, drums, etc.), and how to export the file so that you can listen to it.

Technique is Fun!

Wednesday, October 27, 4:45 – 5:45 PM
Instructor: Kathryn Rosenbach
Best for: Elementary, middle school, high school, adults.
Please have ready: Your instrument vocalists should have a piano or keyboard.
Online workshop

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Whether you’re an experienced musician or just starting off Technique is Fun will have something for you! This workshop is designed as a forum for any instrumentalist or vocalist to share how you practice your instruments or singing. We will present the basics – warmups, scales, arpeggios, etc. to teach you new ways to develop your technique and grow as a musician, no matter where you are in your studies.

Helping your child practice!

Wednesday, October 27, 7:15 – 8:15 PM
Instructor: Jenny Shallenberger
Best for: Adults.
Please have ready: Pencil and paper.
Online workshop. 

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Are you a parent of a musical student and feeling a little lost when they practice at home? Or are you looking for a way to help your child create a practice routine and help with their home practice? Join us for the parent-focused workshop, Helping your Child Practice! This will be an interactive session through Q&A and a pre-class questionnaire that will help guide Powers teacher, Jenny Shallenberger, on how to best teach you. You will learn how to help create a practice routine, what you can help your child with during home practice, and how to be supportive for frustrating moments of practice at home.

Romantic Period of Music

Thursday, October 28, 4:45 – 5:45 PM
Instructor: Jenny Shallenberger
Best for: Elementary, middle school, high school, adults.
Please have ready: Paper and pencil.
Online workshop. 

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Calling all music history buffs! Take a deep dive into the Romantic Period in Jenny Shallenberger’s workshop. You will learn about the composers and styles, the timeline and important events, and the stylistic devices that define the Romantic Period. Q&A is welcomed throughout so come with questions ready!

Intro to Music Theory at powers

Friday, October 29, 4:00 – 4:45 PM
Instructor:  Rebecca Sacks
Best for: Elementary, middle school, high school, adults.
Please have ready: Paper and pencil.
Online workshop

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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!

Learn a Contradance Waltz

Friday, October 29, 6:00 – 7:00 PM
Instructor: Ellery Klein
Best for: Elementary, middle school, high school, adults.
Please have ready: Your instrument.

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It takes an especially talented musician to be able to play music that people don’t only enjoy, but want to dance to. If you want to have people dancing along to your music-making, join us for our Contradance Waltz workshop! You will learn a waltz that is commonly played in the contradance scene of New England, some simple ways to accompany and harmonize with the waltz and get to explore the idea of chord charts and harmonization.

Audition Success: Strategies for Presenting Your Best

Saturday, October 30, 12:45 PM – 2:15 PM
Instructor: Meghan Miller
Best for: Elementary, middle school, high school, adults.
Please have ready: Your instrument and audition music.

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If you get those pre-audition jitters and are looking for a way to soothe your nerves, or you’re just looking to blow away the audition judges, join us for our Audition Success: Strategies for Presenting Your Best workshop! Using the MMEA Senior District Auditions as the framework for this class, you will learn how to best prepare for and execute a great audition. From practicing intelligently to preparing mentally to day-of routines, you will learn techniques and strategies that will help you feel more confident in taking auditions. If you are preparing for the MMEA audition you will have the opportunity to play a mock audition and will receive feedback. You will go through how to prepare for the scale, solo, and sight-reading portions. When not playing a mock audition, you will act as an adjudicator and will experience what it is like to be on the other side of auditions. Similar requirements are also used for most youth orchestra and camp auditions, so any student taking auditions will benefit from this class!

Slow Practice and making the most out of a busy schedule

Saturday, October 30, 2:30 – 3:00 PM
Instructor: Noah Dresser
Best for: Elementary, middle school, high school, adults.

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With all of the extracurricular or a busy work schedule, it’s hard to find time for meaningful at-home instrument practice. Join Powers teacher Noah Dresser for our Slow Practice and Making the Most of a busy Schedule workshop for tips on how to find time for detailed practice, planning, and getting the most out of practice sessions in a busy schedule. You will have the opportunity to ask questions, discuss practice methods, and learn the best practice route for you. You will leave feeling confident and positive about your practice after learning how to get more out of a limited-time practice.