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Workshop Weeks

Fall 2019 Workshops Announced!

Scroll down to view the full list of our Fall 2019 workshops! Click the dropdown arrow to read a description of each workshop and see the details of when and where it meets.

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Then, if you are NOT a currently registered Powers student (or a family member of a Powers student), please click here to pay the $5 workshop fee ($5 for each workshop you sign up for).

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What is Workshop Week?

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

Powers is excited to announce “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?

The fee for one workshop is $5 for the general public and free for currently registered Powers students! We hope that the 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.

Fall Workshop Week

November 4-9, 2019

  • October 1, 2019 – Online registration opens to the public!

Spring Workshop Week

March 21-27, 2019

  • February 24, 2019 – Online registration opens to the public

 

Monday, November 4, 2019

1, 2, 3, Count with Me!

10:00-10:45 am, Cabot Room, 380 Concord Avenue
Instructor: Jennifer Choe
Best for: Ages newborn – 4

Babies, toddlers, and preschoolers will enjoy this sample class with their parent or caregiver. Similar to our regular Music Pups® classes, this special session will have kids singing, counting, and keeping rhythm!

Scenes from Childhood

3:30-4:15 pm, Cabot Room, 380 Concord Avenue
Ming-Hui Lin
Best for: Elementary, middle school, high school, adults

Faculty member and performer Ming-Hui Lin will introduce you to this classical repertoire favorite for cello and piano. All are invited to listen, especially those with no classical concert-going experience! Ming-Hui will give attendees the opportunity to try an instrument following the performance.

Drum Circle, Storytelling, and Wellness

Instructor: Xingyu Yao

(Cancelled)

Tin Whistle

4:45-5:45 pm, Room 1, 380 Concord Avenue
Instructor: Lucy Joan Sollogub
Best for: Elementary, middle school, high school, adults

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. Whistles will be available on loan for the class, or bring your own!

Scale Class for String Players

4:45-5:45 pm, Cabot Room, 380 Concord Avenue
Instructor: Morgan Scagliotti
Best for: Elementary, middle school, high school, adults

In this scale class, musicians will have the unique opportunity to practice performing scales for one another. Techniques such as tone development, intonation, shifting, bow planning and musical phrasing will be discussed at the beginning and end of this class. Musicians should bring their instruments and be prepared to play a scale individually and as a group.

Chamber Group Masterclass

6:00-7:00 pm, Bernstein Room, 396 Concord Avenue
Instructor: Ming-Hui Lin
Best for: Middle school, high school, adults

A great chance for chamber groups to play pieces you’ve prepared and get feedback from a different faculty coach!

Meet the Ukulele

6:00-7:00 pm, Cabot Room, 380 Concord Avenue
Instructor: Tev Stevig
Best for: Elementary, middle school, high school, adults

Try your hand at the ukulele in this fun workshop for all experience levels! The ukulele is a very accessible and affordable instrument you can use to perform a wide variety of music. Many of the techniques from fingerstyle guitar performance are much easier on the ukulele due to its smaller size and more comfortable string tension. We’ll learn pitches and chords in the first position, basic right and left hand techniques and perform a tune together as a ukulele orchestra. Please note: Attendees must bring their own ukulele, but no prior experience is necessary. Ukuleles can be purchased for about $50-$100.

Music Got Me Here

Instructor: Xingyu Yao, MT-BC

(Cancelled)

World Music Series: Anatolian Folk Music

7:15-8:45 pm, Cabot Room, 380 Concord Avenue
Instructor: Tev Stevig
Best for: High school, adults

Anatolian folk music consists of vocal and instrumental pieces that often have simple modal melodies in very infectious dance rhythms. It is often performed on the bağlama saz, a unique plucked string instrument that utilizes some very peculiar tunings, and the kebak kemane (pumpkin fiddle), an Asian spike fiddle with a body made out of a gourd. Students who wish to explore the world of eastern modal music traditions will find that Anatolian folk music is a great starting point, with very relatable melodies that are relatively easy to learn by ear.

In this workshop, you’ll learn about the basic ideas behind this fascinating music. We will also learn some melodies together by ear, through call and response demonstration, to play together at the end of the workshop. Bring your instrument if you like – violin and wind instruments are highly encouraged. No reading experience is necessary.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Music Pups®

10:00-10:45 am, Cabot Room, 380 Concord Avenue
Instructor: Jennifer Choe
Best for: Ages newborn – 4

Babies, toddlers, and preschoolers (and a parent or caregiver) are invited to sing, dance, move, wiggle, and try some instruments in this fun demonstration of our regular Music Pups® class!

Building Bow Techniques from Suzuki Violin Repertoire

3:30-4:30 pm, Cabot Room, 380 Concord Avenue
Instructor: Guan-Ting Ku
Best for: Elementary, middle school, high school, adults

Learn basic violin bow strokes that are taught in Suzuki violin repertoires, and how these bow strokes can be applied in other popular violin repertoire.

Memorization Techniques

4:45-5:45 pm, Room 1, 380 Concord Avenue
Instructor: Amy Beshara
Best for: All ages!

Violin Chamber Music

4:45-5:45 pm, Cabot Room, 380 Concord Avenue
Instructor: Guan-Ting Ku
Best for: Middle school, high school, adults

Come sight-read and play chamber music repertoire for 2, 3, and 4 violins!

Yoga for Musicians

Instructor: Amy Beshara

(Cancelled)

You Make Your Own Reeds?

6:00-7:00 pm, Room 1, 380 Concord Avenue
Instructor: Mary Cicconetti
Best for: Middle school, high school, adults

Learn how oboe reeds are made through this demonstration by Mary Cicconetti. See for yourself the equipment, skill, time, and “musicle” that goes into making one oboe reed.

Multicelli (Cello Ensemble)

7:15-8:15 pm, Cabot Room, 380 Concord Avenue
Instructors: Sarah Freiberg, Hyun Min Lee
Best for: Middle school, high school, adults

Build your sight-reading and ensemble skills while enjoying the beautiful sound of multiple cellos! Everyone will play in the ensemble (parts will depend on the level of the piece.)

Improvisation for Advanced and Adult Players

7:15-8:15 pm, Room 2, 380 Concord Avenue
Instructor: Michael Shea
Best for: High school, adults

Intermediate and advanced players – interested in improvisation? Learn using a variety of traditions, song forms, games with phrasing, various rhythmic conventions, and musical structures from folk, European Art Music, and American Jazz practices. Please bring your instrument – we’ll be making a lot of sound!

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Jazz and Blues Keyboard Ensemble

4:45-5:45 pm, Pavarotti Room, 396 Concord Avenue
Instructor: Susanna Fiore
Best for: All ages!

Have fun playing jazz and blues! You’ll learn 2-3 simple songs in a jazz style, learning the notes on resonator bars and keyboard and the rhythms on percussion instruments, then perform them together as an ensemble.

Man vs. Machine: Drumming’s Rise, Fall, and Resurrection

Instructor: Gavin Farrell

(Cancelled)

How Do I Practice?

4:45-5:45 pm, Bernstein Room, 396 Concord Avenue
Instructor: Kathryn Rosenbach
Best for: Elementary, middle school, high school, adults

Learning how to practice is one of the great challenges for any instrument or voice. This will be a fun hour of practical advice on practicing. Participants are encouraged to bring repertoire they are working on.

Flute Choir

Instructor: Mary Cunningham

(Cancelled)

Québécois Reels!

6:00-7:00 pm, Cabot Room, 380 Concord Avenue
Instructor: Ellery Klein
Best for: Elementary, middle school, high school, adults

Learn one or two of the most popular fiddle tunes from the French-speaking province of Canada – they aren’t too difficult to learn by ear, but are rhythmic and very fun to play!

Preparing to Perform

6:00-7:00 pm, Bernstein Room, 396 Concord Avenue
Instructor: Kathryn Rosenbach
Best for: Elementary, middle school, high school, adults

Learning how to prepare for performing can sometimes be a mystery. We will cover new ideas on pre-performance strategies. Participants are encouraged to bring their instruments and repertoire they will be performing.

Improvisation for New Musicians

6:00-7:00 pm, Room 2, 380 Concord Avenue
Instructor: Michael Shea
Best for: Elementary, middle school

Young musicians interested in constructing and playing their own compositions can experiment with improvisation through games, basic rhythms and musical elements, setting music to imaginary pictures, and putting sound to stories. Please bring your instrument!

Communicating with Your Practicing Child

7:15-8:15 pm, Cabot Room, 380 Concord Avenue
Instructor: Robin Alfieri
Best for: Adults

How can you help your young student gain ability without criticizing? Do you want more harmonious practices? Ideal for parents who practice with their children at home, this workshop will explore ways to communicate with young children to help them practice with as little conflict as possible. Children often need their parents’ assistance to organize their process.

We’ll explore ways for you to talk with your student through role playing exercises, and discuess how your teacher and lesson time can help benefit your practice at home. Feel free to ask questions before, at, and after the workshop! We can talk about specific situations you’re currently facing.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Introduction to Jazz Blues Comping and Soloing

3:30-4:30 pm, Pavarotti Room, 396 Concord Avenue
Instructor: Peter Morelli
Best for: Elementary, middle school, high school, adults

This workshop will focus on the playing of an F jazz blues. The workshop will be held in a classroom with multiple keyboards so that participants will each have a keyboard to play at the class. Chord voiceings, comping, and soloing will be topics.

Know Your Accompaniment

Instructor: Alix Pollack

(Cancelled)

Changing Classical Guitar Strings

4:45-5:45 pm, Room 2, 380 Concord Avenue
Instructor: Jay Rosenberg
Best for: Elementary, middle school, high school, adults

Bring your (or your child’s) classical guitar and a set of fresh strings. We’ll go through the steps of removing and replacing all of the strings and learn an important skill for the classical guitarist. This workshop is for parents and children.

Mountain Dulcimer

Instructor: Lucy Joan Sollogub

(Cancelled)

Music for Relaxation

Instructor: Krystal Bloom, MT-BC

(Cancelled)

What’s That?

6:00-7:00 pm, Cabot Room, 380 Concord Avenue
Instructor: Lucy Joan Sollogub
Best for: All ages!

Come learn about and play unusual instruments from around the world! We will sample: a dulcimette, rainstick, seed pods, cat paws (made from wood,) bowed psaltry, meditation bowl, boudran, limber jacks and limber pony, sansula/kalimba, autoharp, and the scary thunder tube! We will play individually and in groups, combining these most unusual instruments into a musical and ensemble experience.

The Practice of Practicing

7:15-8:15 pm, Cabot Room, 380 Concord Avenue
Instructor: Dylan Mowry
Best for: Middle school, high school, adults

Learn how to develop and implement good practice habits – all instruments and levels are welcome! Topics such as developing a consistent routine, appropriate length of practice time, goal-setting, and how to avoid practicing mistakes will be covered, as well as different methods for overcoming difficult musical passages.

Friday, November 8, 2019

Music Pups®

9:30-10:15 am, Cabot Room, 380 Concord Avenue
Instructor: Jennifer Choe
Best for: Ages newborn – 4

Babies, toddlers, and preschoolers (and a parent or caregiver) are invited to sing, dance, move, wiggle, and try some instruments in this fun demonstration of our regular Music Pups® class!

Piano Duet Improvisation

3:30-4:30 pm, Cabot Room, 380 Concord Avenue
Instructor: Yas Ishibashi
Best for: Elementary, middle school, high school, adults

Students of any level can enjoy this creative process of music-making with rhythmic and harmonic accomplishment. You’ll use different scales, rhythms, and patterns alongside the instructor to improvise some fun and beautiful music!

Afro-Caribbean Drumming

4:45-5:45 pm, Cabot Room, 380 Concord Avenue
Instructor: Nurudafina Abena
Best for: All ages!

Explore the music and rhythms of West Africa, the Caribbean, and Latin America. Try West African drums, congas, and small percussion instruments.

Snail’s Scales

Instructor: Spencer Aston

(Cancelled)

The Path to Improvisation

6:00-7:00 pm, Room 2, 380 Concord Avenue
Instructor: Ethan Fallis
Best for: Middle school, high school, adults

Students will learn how to approach and perform improvisation using their body, mouth, and instrument. The instructor will break down elements of improvisation in a succinct way that will allow students to feel confident performing improv at any level. This is geared towards students with moderate understanding of their instruments techniques. At least 2-3 years of playing required.

A History of the Wind Band in New England

6:00-7:00 pm, Room 1, 380 Concord Avenue
Instructor: Spencer Aston
Best for: High school, adults

The colonial New England settlers brought with them many long established traditions. Music making and community bands are one such tradition that has held strong to this day. There are many opportunities all across New England to play in community bands of all shapes and sizes. I will take a closer look at how we came to have such a rich history and wealth of opportunity across the region.

All-Ages Celtic Session

7:00-8:30 pm, Cabot Room, 380 Concord Avenue
Instructor: Ellery Klein
Best for: Elementary, middle school, high school, adults

Join us to play all the Irish and Scottish tunes you know, and record the ones you don’t.

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Music Pups®

9:00-9:45 am, Cabot Room, 380 Concord Avenue
10:00-10:45 am, Cabot Room, 380 Concord Avenue
Instructor: Jennifer Choe
Best for: Ages newborn – 4

Babies, toddlers, and preschoolers (and a parent or caregiver) are invited to sing, dance, move, wiggle, and try some instruments in this fun demonstration of our regular Music Pups® class!

Sensational Sight-Singing Strategies

10:00-11:00 am, Bernstein Room, 396 Concord Avenue
Instructor: Emily Romney
Best for: High school, adults

Learn techniques to help you orient yourself to a new piece of music, as well as strategies for reading with more confidence. We’ll sing scales, practice patterns, and learn our way around a vocal score.

Harmonization on the Piano

10:15-11:00 am, Room 1, 380 Concord Avenue
Instructor: Jei-Yern Ryu
Best for: Elementary school

Practice finding the chords (or notes) to harmonize a melody!

Hey! Beginning Bucket Drumming

10:15-11:15 am, Room 2, 380 Concord Avenue
Instructor: Susanna Fiore
Best for: Elementary school, middle school

Have fun playing sticks on a bucket and learn to play different parts of a piece called “Hey!” We’ll sing, chant, play in the air, and learn different beats. At the end of class we will put all the parts together and perform it as an ensemble.

Russian Piano School Techniques

11:30 am – 12:15 pm, Room 2, 380 Concord Avenue
Instructor: Svetlana Krasnova
Best for: Elementary, middle school, high school, adults

Intro to Music Theory

11:30 am – 12:30 pm (Elementary/middle school), Stevens Room, 396 Concord Avenue
12:45-1:45 pm (High school/adults), Stevens Room, 396 Concord Avenue
Instructor: Rebecca Sacks

Participate in rhythm and singing exercises in this fun introduction to music theory. Hear about the many aspects of music theory (sight singing, music appreciation, improvisation, composition, and more!) and learn about the overtone series with a special handmade instrument called a polychord.

Practicing Efficiently for String Players

11:30 am – 12:30 pm, Cabot Room, 380 Concord Avenue
Instructor: Sarah Freiberg
Best for: Middle school, high school, adults

You can improve a lot faster on your instrument if you practice more effectively. This workshop will give you tips on how to tackle music you find difficult. Hint – do not practice the same passage over and over. In this workshop you will learn how to listen objectively and practice creatively. Each participant will be expected to play a passage of music which they find hard to work on.

MMEA Senior District Mock Auditions

12:45-2:15 pm, Cabot Room, 380 Concord Avenue
Instructor: Meghan Jacoby
Best for: High school

Open to students auditioning for senior districts on any instrument! We’ll start out with strategies for reaching the highest scores on the senior district audition in the categories of scales, sight-reading, and solo repertoire. After a discussion of strategies, practice tips, and ideas to conquer performance anxiety, you will have the opportunity to play a mock audition to perform scales, your selected solo piece, and a sample sight-reading excerpt. Afterwards, you’ll receive written comments based off of the comment sheet used by district judges.

Practice Smarter for Brass Players

2:00-3:00 pm, Room 2, 380 Concord Avenue
Instructor: Ryan Noe
Best for: Middle school, high school, adults

Learn new tips on how to practice more efficiently and effectively. Stop wasting time while you practice, and start practicing your music accurately and musically. You’ll be provided with a piece of music, and we will work through different ways of learning and practicing it.

Viola Ensemble for All!

3:00-4:15 pm, Room 2, 380 Concord Avenue
Instructor: Jenny Shallenberger
Best for: Elementary school, middle school, high school, adults

Play chamber music written for multiple violas! Participants should bring their instrument and have a minimum of one year experience playing viola.

Piano Workshop

3:00-4:30 pm (ages 10 – adult), Cabot Room, 380 Concord Avenue
4:30-5:30 pm (ages 5 – 10), Cabot Room, 380 Concord Avenue
Instructor: Natacha Rist

Perform and get feedback on a recital-ready piece or a work-in-progress, or just listen and learn from others! Faculty member Natacha Rist will give tips and lead discussion about the pieces being played. Topics might include musical forms, performance styles, practicing, technique and music theory, ensemble playing, sight playing, and more. Participation is highly encouraged.