Workshop Weeks

Fall Workshop Week is almost here!

Tuesday, October 25 – Saturday, October 29, 2022

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

Percussion Party

Tuesday, October 25, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
This is an in-person workshop.
Instructor: Lydia Lucas
Best for: Elementary School: Grades 2 – 4
Please have ready: Just yourself!

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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.

Music Friends Class Demonstration

Saturday, October 29, 9:30 AM – 10:00 AM
This is an in-person workshop.
Instructor: Linda Emmanuel
Best for: Early Childhood: 3 Years Old
Please have ready: Just yourself!

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

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This workshop is about teaching your little one basic musical skills – breathing, silence, attention, and waiting for your turn – through playing, singing, and body movement. They will get to play rhythmic and melodic instruments, play active listening games, and together you and your child will participate in playful social activities such as partner games, taking turns around a circle, and call-and-response games.

Music Pups® Class Demonstration

Friday, October 28th and Saturday, October 29, 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM
This is an in-person workshop.
Instructor: Jennifer Choe
Best for: Early Childhood: 0 – 4 Years Old
Please have ready: Just yourself!

Friday, October 28 at 10:30 AM

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Saturday, October 29 at 10:30 AM
This workshop is full. Please email rbeuseekauffman@powersmusic.org to be added to the waitlist.

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This workshop is a sample class of our Music Pups® program. We’ll give your little one an introduction to a wide variety of music styles, songs, and instruments that are fun and educational. We sing, dance, jump, play percussion instruments, roll balls, and wiggle around to get a good musical foundation. You’ll get to participate too and learn how to encourage your child to keep singing and making music outside of class!

Piano

Group Piano Class

Wednesday, October 26, 3:15 – 3:45 PM (5 – 6 year olds) and 4:00 PM – 4:30 PM (7 – 9 year olds)
This is an in-person workshop.
Instructor: Linda Emmanual
Best for: Ages 7-9
Please have ready: Just yourself!

Sign up for ages 5 – 6 at 3:15 PM:
This workshop is full. Please email rbeuseekauffman@powersmusic.org to be added to the waitlist.

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Sign up for ages 7 – 9 at 4:00 PM:

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This workshop is perfect for those students who are curious about piano, but perhaps not quite ready to commit to private lessons. In this workshop, you will get a taste of what our group piano classes are like and will have the opportunity to get first dibs at signing up for our new group class for students ages 7-9, which will be offered in the spring semester!

Sight Reading for Pianists

Tuesday, October 25, 3:30 PM – 4:30 and 4:30 PM – 5:30 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.

Tuesday, October 25, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

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Tuesday, October 25, 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
This workshop is full. Please email rbeuseekauffman@powersmusic.org to be added to the waitlist.

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Try your hand at sight-playing solo and four-hands pieces in this workshop! You’ll learn how 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. For intermediate to advanced players.

Intro to Jazz Piano

Tuesday, October 25, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
This is an in-person workshop.
Instructor: Masako Yotsugi
Best for: Adult
Please have ready: Just yourself!

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

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Want to play some fun and easy jazz piano tunes? Have you wanted to be able to beautifully play on the spot when people ask you to “play something”? In this workshop, you will learn how to play solo piano from a simple jazz melody and chord symbols that you will be able to transform and use in your playing!

Pianist’s Practice Strategies: Fragments

Wednesday, October 26, 4:45 PM – 5:45 PM
This is an in-person workshop.
Instructor: Anna Soukiassian
Best for: Late Elementary School, Middle School, High School, Adult
Please have ready: A choice of a fragment from a piece that you are currently working on

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

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This Seminar / Masterclass style workshop will help you recognize issues with practice styles that slow progress down and will show you ways to empower and enhance your time while practicing. There will be a demonstration from the instructor of a sample fragment from a piece as well as time for you to get advice and feedback on a piece you’re currently working on.

Introduction to Creative Ability Development

Thursday, October 27, 4:45 PM – 5:45 PM and Friday, October 28, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
This is an in-person workshop.
Instructor: Ellery Klein
Best for: Elementary School (ages 6+), Middle School, High School, Adult
Please have ready: Your Instrument – string instrument, piano, flutes

Thursday, October 27, 4:45 PM – 5:45 PM
This workshop is full. Please email rbeuseekauffman@powersmusic.org to be added to the waitlist.

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Friday, October 28, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

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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!

Creative Ability Development II

Thursday, October 27, 5:45 – 6:45 PM
This is an in-person workshop.
Instructor: Ellery Klein
Best for: Elementary School, Middle School, High School, Adult
Please have ready: Your Instrument – Any string instrument, piano, xylophone, or flute

sign up

This workshop is intended for those who have already attended a Creative Ability Development workshop with Ellery Klein. You may have taken one at Suzuki on the Hill 2022, String Traditions 2021 or 2022, at previous Workshop Weeks, or as a student of a teacher (e.g. Ellery Klein) who runs these workshops with their students. Have you done “Rhythm Machine” and “Soccer” before? Then come join us!

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

Saturday, October 29, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
This is an in-person workshop.
Instructor: Natacha Rist
Best for: Elementary school, Middle school, High School, Adult
Please have ready: Your pieces and questions for the instructor

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

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Come and bring a piece to play! Performance-ready polished piece, or not, the full piece or just a section, under-tempo, memorized or not, it’s all welcome! Performers need to be at the advanced beginner, intermediate or advanced 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 also cover topics related to your pieces such as music history, performance styles, and technical challenges.

Strings

Practice Smarter, Not Harder

Tuesday, October 25, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
This is an in-person workshop.
Instructor: Sarah Freiberg
Best for: Middle School, High School, Adult
Please have ready: Your instrument and a passage you’re working on

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

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Looking for a way to improve your practice skills? Join Sarah Freiberg to learn how how to use practice time efficiently, fully, and creatively. This workshop will be told from a strings point of view but is open to any instrument, we can all learn to practice better, together!

Building Blocks of Rock Guitar – Power Chords, Pentatonics, and Palm Muting

Wednesday, October 26, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM
This is an in-person workshop.
Instructor: Jeff O’Brien
Best for: Middle School, High School, Adult
Please have ready: Your guitar (acoustic or electric), picks, practice amp if necessary

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This workshop will give you a look at the basic elements of rock guitar. We’ll talk about the perfect 5th (power chord), pentatonic scale, and palm muting technique and how these apply to writing riffs and songs. We’ll also take a look at the different ways these structures can be played on the guitar, as well as examples from popular music. You’ll also have time for a live demonstration and get to rock out with everyone! This is focused on rock guitar but other instruments are welcome to join.

Nail Care for Guitarists

Thursday, October 27, 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM
This is an in-person workshop.
Instructor: Catherine O’Kelly
Best for: Elementary School, Middle School, High School, Adult
Please have ready: Your guitar, footstool/guitar support, and any nail care equipment you have (nail files, nail buffers, fine sandpaper, clippers, scissors, fake nails)

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One of the biggest complaints for guitarists is the state of their nails. Let us help you fix that! In this workshop, you’ll learn how to care for your nails so you can produce a beautiful tone on the guitar. We will cover which tools you need for nail care, how to find a good nail length/shape for your nails, how to file your right hand nails, strategies to stop biting your nails, and using fake nails and still being able to play your guitar.

Introduction to Creative Ability Development

Thursday, October 27, 4:45 PM – 5:45 PM and Friday, October 28, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
This is an in-person workshop.
Instructor: Ellery Klein
Best for: Elementary School (ages 6+), Middle School, High School, Adult
Please have ready: Your Instrument – string instrument, piano, flutes

Thursday, October 27, 4:45 PM – 5:45 PM
This workshop is full. Please email rbeuseekauffman@powersmusic.org to be added to the waitlist.

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Friday, October 28, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

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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!

Creative Ability Development II

Thursday, October 27, 5:45 – 6:45 PM
This is an in-person workshop.
Instructor: Ellery Klein
Best for: Elementary School, Middle School, High School, Adult
Please have ready: Your Instrument – Any string instrument, piano, xylophone, or flute

sign up

This workshop is intended for those who have already attended a Creative Ability Development workshop with Ellery Klein. You may have taken one at Suzuki on the Hill 2022, String Traditions 2021 or 2022, at previous Workshop Weeks, or as a student of a teacher (e.g. Ellery Klein) who runs these workshops with their students. Have you done “Rhythm Machine” and “Soccer” before? Then come join us!

Improvising String Quartets

Thursday, October 27, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
This is an in-person workshop.
Instructor: Ellery Klein
Best for: Middle School, High School, Adult
Please have ready: Your Instrument – Violin, viola, and cello

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Using Alice Kanack’s manual, “Improvising String Quartets,” we’ll run through a few fun and accessible games and exercises as a group. Then we’ll divide into chamber groups, and using those games as a foundation, come up with a quartet performance that we’ll perform for each other at the end of class.

Guitar in Greek Music

Thursday, October 27, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
This is an in-person workshop.
Instructor: Tev Stevig
Best for: High School, Adult
Please have ready: Your guitar (or other instrument), pick, and tuner

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The guitar is an extremely versatile instrument and in this workshop we will explore that versatility by learning some Greek music from Tev’s personal transcriptions of rebetiko repertoire. Rebetiko is the urban popular song of the Greeks. It consists of a wide range of urban musical genres and is a synthesis of European music, the music of the Greek mainland and islands, Byzantine music, and the modal traditions of Ottoman music. For our guitar players – rebetiko serves as an excellent introduction to scales, chords, rhythms, and ornamentation that could be applied to a wide variety of music. We will discuss some of the features of this genre and how they are represented on the guitar. We will also learn several tunes through both call and response and written music. Though this workshop is nominally for guitarists, any instrumentalist is welcome and can easily learn the materials that will be presented here.

Beyond 1, 2, and 3 Octaves: Expanding Your Scale Practice ROUTINE

Friday, October 28, 6:00 PM – 6:45 PM
This is an in-person workshop.
Instructor: Ellery Klein
Best for: Middle School, High School, Adult
Please have ready: Your instrument

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Looking to up your practice game? Join us for this workshop to learn new ways of approaching scales that allow you to internalize intervals and expand your “ways of knowing” your practice routine! This workshop is designed for string players, any string instrument is welcome.

Suzuki Masterclasses

SUZUKI MASTERCLASSES

Suzuki Masterclasses will take place throughout the week, you will be assigned a masterclass time by your teacher.

Suzuki Group Students participate in masterclasses in small groups by having a lesson with the Suzuki teacher and then observing their fellow students have lessons with the teacher, learning from each other. The goal of these workshops is to build community within the Suzuki program, get to know the other Suzuki faculty and students, learn from each other by observing similar concepts presented in different ways, and observe other students working on similar skills. Each student will have an equal amount of time for a lesson with the teacher and observing others.

World Music & Percussion

Percussion Party

Tuesday, October 25, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
This is an in-person workshop.
Instructor: Lydia Lucas
Best for: Elementary School: Grades 2 – 4
Please have ready: Just yourself!

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.

Creative Ability Development II

Thursday, October 27, 5:45 – 6:45 PM
This is an in-person workshop.
Instructor: Ellery Klein
Best for: Elementary School, Middle School, High School, Adult
Please have ready: Your Instrument – Any string instrument, piano, xylophone, or flute

sign up

This workshop is intended for those who have already attended a Creative Ability Development workshop with Ellery Klein. You may have taken one at Suzuki on the Hill 2022, String Traditions 2021 or 2022, at previous Workshop Weeks, or as a student of a teacher (e.g. Ellery Klein) who runs these workshops with their students. Have you done “Rhythm Machine” and “Soccer” before? Then come join us!

Guitar in Greek Music

Thursday, October 27, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
This is an in-person workshop.
Instructor: Tev Stevig
Best for: High School, Adult
Please have ready: Your guitar (or other instrument), pick, and tuner

sign up

The guitar is an extremely versatile instrument and in this workshop we will explore that versatility by learning some Greek music from Tev’s personal transcriptions of rebetiko repertoire. Rebetiko is the urban popular song of the Greeks. It consists of a wide range of urban musical genres and is a synthesis of European music, the music of the Greek mainland and islands, Byzantine music, and the modal traditions of Ottoman music. For our guitar players – rebetiko serves as an excellent introduction to scales, chords, rhythms, and ornamentation that could be applied to a wide variety of music. We will discuss some of the features of this genre and how they are represented on the guitar. We will also learn several tunes through both call and response and written music. Though this workshop is nominally for guitarists, any instrumentalist is welcome and can easily learn the materials that will be presented here.

Hand Drumming

Friday, October 28, 3:15 PM – 4:15 PM (ages 5 – 11), 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM (ages 5 – 11) or 5:45 PM – 6:45 (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 5 – 11 at 3:15 PM:
This workshop is full. Please email rbeuseekauffman@powersmusic.org to be added to the waitlist.

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Sign up for ages 5 – 11 at 4:30 PM:
This workshop is full. Please email rbeuseekauffman@powersmusic.org to be added to the waitlist.

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Sign up for ages 12 and over:

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Irish Jam Session

Friday, October 28, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
This is an in-person workshop.
Instructor: Ellery Klein
Best for: Middle School, High School, Adult
Please have ready: Your instrument and something to record with if you want to play the tunes after the workshop

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Looking for a relaxing and fun opportunity to jam out? Come join Powers to play common Irish session tunes with other local players of all ages! Ellery Klein of the Bow Tides will lead the tunes, but this is mostly an opportunity to play with others and learn some new songs, rather than a formal workshop.

Voice

Circle Singing and Partner Songs

Wednesday, October 26, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
This is an in-person workshop.
Instructor: Mary Cunningham
Best for: Elementary School, Middle School, High School, Adult
Please have ready: Just yourself!

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

sign up

This workshop is perfect for someone looking for a group singing opportunity or wants to strengthen their collaborative singing abilities. In this workshop, you’ll start with group vocal warm-ups and then dive into exploring Circle Singing and Partner Songs. Circle Singing is a fun and easy way to be creative and improvise vocally with others. Partner Songs are vocal ‘mashups’ that layer songs together in harmony.

Woodwinds

Advanced Reed Making

Tuesday, October 25, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
This is an in-person workshop.
Instructor: Mary Cicconetti
Best for: Middle School, High School, Adult
Please have ready: Oboe and reed

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This workshop is intended for students who possess a reed-making kit and have already had experience making oboe reeds. You will continue to refine the remaking skills that you previously gained through demonstrations, independently working on your reed, and receiving personal feedback from our expert instructor, Mary Cicconetti!

Flute Choir

Wednesday, October 26, 4:15 PM – 5:15 PM
This is an in-person workshop.
Instructor: Mary Cunningham
Best for: Middle School
Please have ready: Your instrument

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This workshop is an opportunity for intermediate to advanced flute players to get to play and learn from each other, focusing on intonation, rhythm, tone, and technique. You’ll learn how to blend within the ensemble to create a unique and beautiful sound!

Introduction to Creative Ability Development

Thursday, October 27, 4:45 PM – 5:45 PM and Friday, October 28, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
This is an in-person workshop.
Instructor: Ellery Klein
Best for: Elementary School (ages 6+), Middle School, High School, Adult
Please have ready: Your Instrument – string instrument, piano, flutes

Thursday, October 27, 4:45 PM – 5:45 PM
This workshop is full. Please email rbeuseekauffman@powersmusic.org to be added to the waitlist.

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Friday, October 28, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

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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!

Creative Ability Development II

Thursday, October 27, 5:45 – 6:45 PM
This is an in-person workshop.
Instructor: Ellery Klein
Best for: Elementary School, Middle School, High School, Adult
Please have ready: Your Instrument – Any string instrument, piano, xylophone, or flute

sign up

This workshop is intended for those who have already attended a Creative Ability Development workshop with Ellery Klein. You may have taken one at Suzuki on the Hill 2022, String Traditions 2021 or 2022, at previous Workshop Weeks, or as a student of a teacher (e.g. Ellery Klein) who runs these workshops with their students. Have you done “Rhythm Machine” and “Soccer” before? Then come join us!

Any Instrument

Practice Smarter, Not Harder

Tuesday, October 25, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
This is an in-person workshop.
Instructor: Sarah Freiberg
Best for: Middle School, High School, Adult
Please have ready: Your instrument and a passage you’re working on

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

sign up

Looking for a way to improve your practice skills? Join Sarah Freiberg to learn how how to use practice time efficiently, fully, and creatively. This workshop will be told from a strings point of view but is open to any instrument, we can all learn to practice better, together!

Record a Track!

Wednesday, October 26, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
This is an in-person workshop.
Instructor: Cindy Giron
Best for: Late Elementary School, Middle School, High School, Adult
Please have ready: Laptop/iPad with GarageBand. If you have it, you can bring a midi controller

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Have you wondered how to record yourself or how to compose a track? Join this workshop to learn how to use GarageBand, a user-friendly music software that allows you to record yourself, play an electronic instrument with midi, create your own drum set — you name it! Create your own track or edit a recording to make a final product you may share with others.

Hand Drumming

Friday, October 28, 3:15 PM – 4:15 PM (ages 5 – 11) Friday, October 28, 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM (ages 5 – 11), or 5:45 PM – 6:45 (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 5 – 11 at 3:15 PM:
This workshop is full. Please email rbeuseekauffman@powersmusic.org to be added to the waitlist.

sign up

Sign up for ages 5 – 11 at 4:30 PM:
This workshop is full. Please email rbeuseekauffman@powersmusic.org to be added to the waitlist.

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Sign up for ages 12 and over:

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How to Make Practice Fun!

Saturday, October 29, 9:45 AM – 10:45 AM
This is an in-person workshop.
Instructor: Kathryn Rosenbach
Best for: Elementary School, Middle School, High School, Adult
Please have ready: Your instrument and relevant lesson materials

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Learning to make practice fun really is a lifelong goal – we’re here to help! We will explore different topics to make your practice sessions more enjoyable based on the lesson materials and practice issues you’re having. After walking through new ways of practicing, you’ll have an opportunity to demonstrate these new skills and learn from the other workshop attendees.

Intro to Music Theory

Saturday, October 29, 11:00 AM – 11: 45 AM
This is an in-person workshop.
Instructor: Rebecca Sacks
Best for: Elementary School, Middle School, High School, Adult
Please have ready: Writing utensil

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This workshop is an introduction to Creative Music Theory to answer the question “What is Music Theory?” You will be introduced to the basic concepts of melodic and rhythmic sight-singing (called “solfège”), as well as melodic and rhythmic dictations. Rebecca will also answer individual questions and walk you through the Music Theory program at Powers!

Audition Success: Strategies for Presenting Your Best

Saturday, October 29, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
This is an in-person workshop.
Instructor: Meghan Miller
Best for: Middle school, High school
Please have ready: Instrument, audition piece, pencil

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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!

No Instrument? No Problem!

Percussion Party

Tuesday, October 25, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
This is an in-person workshop.
Instructor: Lydia Lucas
Best for: Elementary School: Grades 2 – 4
Please have ready: Just yourself!

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.

What is music therapy?

Tuesday, October 25, 7:15 PM – 8:15 (Virtual – Zoom)
This workshop is over Zoom, you will be emailed a link to join.
Instructor: Krystal Bloom
Best for: Middle School, High School, Adult
Please have ready: Just yourself!

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.

Virtual:

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Circle Singing and Partner Songs

Wednesday, October 26, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
This is an in-person workshop.
Instructor: Mary Cunningham
Best for: Elementary School, Middle School, High School, Adult
Please have ready: Just yourself!

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

sign up

This workshop is perfect for someone looking for a group singing opportunity or wants to strengthen their collaborative singing abilities. In this workshop, you’ll start with group vocal warm-ups and then dive into exploring Circle Singing and Partner Songs. Circle Singing is a fun and easy way to be creative and improvise vocally with others. Partner Songs are vocal ‘mashups’ that layer songs together in harmony.

Record a Track!

Wednesday, October 26, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
This is an in-person workshop.
Instructor: Cindy Giron
Best for: Late Elementary School, Middle School, High School, Adult
Please have ready: Laptop/iPad with GarageBand. If you have it, you can bring a midi controller

sign up

Have you wondered how to record yourself or how to compose a track? Join this workshop to learn how to use GarageBand, a user-friendly music software that allows you to record yourself, play an electronic instrument with midi, create your own drum set — you name it! Create your own track or edit a recording to make a final product you may share with others.

Composer Corner: The Lives and Music of Composers Who Changed the World

Thursday, October 27, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
This is an in-person workshop.
Instructor: Shirley Liu
Best for: Elementary School, Middle School
Please have ready: You’re welcome to bring your instrument but it is not required!

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In this easy music history workshop, you’ll learn about great classical composers who influenced music for generations. You’ll get a brief overview of a few important composers, why they were so influential, and where you can see their influences today.

Music Friends Class Demonstration

Saturday, October 29, 9:30 AM – 10:00 AM
This is an in-person workshop.
Instructor: Linda Emmanuel
Best for: Early Childhood: 3 Years Old
Please have ready: Just yourself!

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

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This workshop is about teaching your little one basic musical skills – breathing, silence, attention, and waiting for your turn – through playing, singing, and body movement. They will get to play rhythmic and melodic instruments, play active listening games, and together you and your child will participate in playful social activities such as partner games, taking turns around a circle, and call-and-response games.

Music Pups® Class Demonstration

Friday, October 28th and Saturday, October 29, 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM
This is an in-person workshop.
Instructor: Jennifer Choe
Best for: Early Childhood: 0 – 4 Years Old
Please have ready: Just yourself!

Friday, October 28 at 10:30 AM

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Saturday, October 29 at 10:30 AM
This workshop is full. Please email rbeuseekauffman@powersmusic.org to be added to the waitlist.

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This workshop is a sample class of our Music Pups® program. We’ll give your little one an introduction to a wide variety of music styles, songs, and instruments that are fun and educational. We sing, dance, jump, play percussion instruments, roll balls, and wiggle around to get a good musical foundation. You’ll get to participate too and learn how to encourage your child to keep singing and making music outside of class!

Intro to Music Theory

Saturday, October 29, 11:00 AM – 11: 45 AM
This is an in-person workshop.
Instructor: Rebecca Sacks
Best for: Elementary School, Middle School, High School, Adult
Please have ready: Writing utensil

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This workshop is an introduction to Creative Music Theory to answer the question “What is Music Theory?” You will be introduced to the basic concepts of melodic and rhythmic sight-singing (called “solfège”), as well as melodic and rhythmic dictations. Rebecca will also answer individual questions and walk you through the Music Theory program at Powers!

The Structure of Music: An Introduction to Musical Form

Saturday, October 29, 3:00 PM – 3:30 PM
This is an in-person workshop.
Instructor: Spencer Aston
Best for: Middle School, High School, Adult
Please have ready: Just Yourself!

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This workshop is open to any musician that wants to explore the importance of musical form, the structure of a musical composition or performance, and examine how some of the most common musical forms are used by composers to bring organization and structure to their composition.

What is Sonata Form?

Saturday, October 29, 3:45 PM – 4:45 PM
This is an in-person workshop.
Instructor: Spencer Aston
Best for: Middle School, High School, Adult
Please have ready: Just Yourself!

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Sonata form is one of the most commonly utilized musical structures. It has been used widely since the middle of the 18th Century and has become a defining feature in some of the greatest symphonies, concerti, and chamber works of the 19th and 20 centuries. In this workshop, you will examine the characteristic elements of this form and look at specific examples of its use in our symphonic repertoire.