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Workshop Weeks

Fall Workshop Week is online!

Monday, October 19, 2020 – Saturday, October 24, 2020

Scroll down to view all of our Fall 2020 workshops! Click the dropdown arrow to read a description of each workshop and see the details of when and where it meets. All fall workshops are free and will be presented online.

Want to spread the word or share what you’ve learned? Use the hashtag #workshopweekatpowers

Once you’ve found a workshop you’re interested in…

Sign up for a workshop here!

Mark your calendar for Spring Workshop Week!

Tuesday, March 16, 2021 – Saturday, March 20, 2021

 

What are people saying about Workshop Week?

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

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

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

“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.”

“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 fall, 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

Music Pups®

Wednesday, October 21, 10:00 am
Instructor: Jennifer Choe
Best for: Newborn – age 3 and a parent/caregiver
What to bring: Just yourselves! And maybe a spoon and a pot or bucket to bang on.

Babies, toddlers, and preschoolers (and a parent or caregiver) are invited to sing, dance, move, wiggle, and try some instruments in this fun virtual drop-in session of our regular Music Pups® class!
Click here to learn more about Music Pups®.

Piano

The Joy of Piano Improvisation (Through Ostinato Patterns)

Tuesday, October 20, 4:45 – 5:30 pm
Instructor: Yas Ishibashi
Best for: Elementary and middle school
What to bring: piano or keyboard

When a melodic ostinato is given, how can we develop piano improvisation? This workshop will guide you through a joyful way to explore possibilities with musical ideas.

Group Piano Lesson with Peter

This workshop is now full.

Wednesday, October 21, 3:30-4:30 pm
Instructor: Peter Morelli
Best for: All ages
What to bring: piano or keyboard

Play the piece of your choice (or sections of it) and improve on it with performance feedback from Peter. Each student will be given 20 minutes to play and receive feedback but are encouraged to learn by listening to other participants as well.

Piano Performance Class

This workshop is now full.

Saturday, October 24, 4:30 – 6:00 pm
Instructor: Natacha Rist
Best for: Elementary, Middle school, High school, Adults
What to bring: Seat boosters, feet supported

Join us to play either a work in progress or a performance-ready work (one section of a piece and/or playing under-tempo, is ok). Natacha will encourage active listening by asking participants questions about the pieces, and provide feed-back about sound practice, technique, musical styles, theory and ear-training, and music history, when relevant to the pieces played.

How to Play & Perform Bach at the Keyboard

Saturday, October 24, 11:30 am – 12:15 pm
Instructor: Svetlana Krasnova
Best for: Middle school, High school, Adults
What to bring: piano or keyboard

Insturctor Svetlana Krasnova will summarize what is known today about playing and performing Bach, and some common practices to use at the piano.

Phrasing and Agogics

This workshop is now full.

Friday, October 23, 4:45 pm
Instructor: Anna Soukiassian
Best for: Middle school, High school, Adults
What to bring: piano, and any music you’d like to perform

This Master Class style workshop will focus on technique for designing well rounded phrases. You’ll also learn about Agogics and it’s uses.

Keyboard Harmony

Tuesday, October 20, 7:15 – 8:00 pm
Instructor: Alix Pollack
Best for: High school, Adults, with basic keyboard skills
What to bring: keyboard and computer

Learn to hear and play a basic chord progression and see how it can be transformed.

New Orleans Street String Band

Day and time to be announced shortly!
Instructor: Ellery Klein
Best for: Elementary, Middle school, High school, Adults
What to bring: fiddle, violin, cello, guitar, piano, or other instrument!

We’ll learn a simple old song, “Corrina, Corrina,” then try some improv games, and finally end with a blast of “Corrina, Corrina” and some improvising.

Strings

Introducing the Baroque

Monday, October 19, 4:45 – 5:45 pm
Instructor: Sarah Freiberg
Best for: Middle school, High school, Adults
What to bring: Whichever instrument you play!

Learn to play Baroque music in style! We play pieces by Vivaldi, Handel and Bach all the time—but these composers rarely gave us hints as to how to play their music. Where are the dynamics? How long should we play the notes? Which notes should we stress—SHOULD we stress certain notes? Should we vibrate? We will look at a few key sources from the time and learn the secrets of how to play Baroque music in a meaningful, satisfying and Baroque manner.

Standard Viola Repertoire Performance

Friday, October 23, 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Instructor: Jenny Shallenberger and Natacha Rist
Best for: Elementary, Middle school, High school, Adults
What to bring: Just yourself!

This is a lecture-performance of 3-4 of the most standard pieces for viola and piano including the Telemann Viola Concerto and excerpts from the Bach Cello Suites. This will be done in conjunction with pianist Natacha Rist. We will speak about each piece, including tips for bringing out the character of each piece. The performance will be followed by a Q&A with participants.

Cello Technique (Intermediate/Advanced)

Saturday, October 24, 2:00 – 2:45 pm
Instructor: Colleen McGary-Smith
Best for: Intermediate & Advanced Middle school, High school, Adults
What to bring: cello (instructor will provide PDFs of material to be covered)

Join Colleen to learn some warm ups, technical exercises, and tips for cellists.

Advanced Practice Bootcamp for String Players

Saturday, October 24, 3:15 – 4:15 pm
Instructor: Jenny Shallenberger
Best for: Middle school, High school, Adults
What to bring: a pencil

This workshop will cover some of the best ways to make the most of your practice time and help you sound better faster. It is designed for students who have been playing at least 4 years and are comfortable with shifting. It will include a list of practice strategies and include a session where the students get to “teach the teacher.”

Flight of the Bumblebee

Friday, October 23, 7:15 – 8:15 pm
Instructor: Morgan Scagliotti
Best for:
What to bring: violin, music (Prior to the workshop, participants should download the music with fingerings on Morgan’s website, www.morganscagliottidriban.com)

The Flight of the Bumblebee is an opera interlude in “The Tale of Tsar Saltan” by Rimsky-Korsakov. It is more commonly known for its use by the Guinness World Records to judge the fastest guitarist and violinist. In this workshop, Morgan will teach the first page of the arrangement for violin at a slow, attainable tempo.

Learn an Irish Barndance

Thursday, October 22, 4:45 – 5:30 pm
Instructor: Ellery Klein
Best for: Elementary, Middle school, High school, Adults
What to bring: fiddle, violin, cello, or other melody instrument

Barndances were tunes that were popular in the early part of last century and were melodies often played in the thriving Irish expat scene in the US and London. We’ll learn “Lucy Farr’s Barndance,” a composition that is simple to learn yet beautiful to play.

New Orleans Street String Band

Monday, October 19, 4:45-5:45 pm
Instructor: Ellery Klein
Best for: Elementary, Middle school, High school, Adults
What to bring: fiddle, violin, cello, guitar, piano, or other instrument!

We’ll learn a simple old song, “Corrina, Corrina,” then try some improv games, and finally end with a blast of “Corrina, Corrina” and some improvising.

Intro to Viola da Gamba

Friday, October 23, 4:45-5:45 pm
Instructor: Jane Hershey and James Perretta
Best for: Middle school, High school, Adults
What to bring: your instrument

The viola da gamba may be unfamiliar to many but it is a beautiful instrument from the Renaissance and Baroque periods. It comes in three sizes, like the violin family, but has 6 strings and frets. Come and hear the sound of the viol!

Suzuki Masterclasses

Day and time to be announced shortly!
Instructor: Sarah Bacon & Suzuki instructors
Best for: current Powers Suzuki students
What to bring: your instrument

Each Suzuki Violin student will be assigned a 1 hour masterclass. In a masterclass, each student has one-on-one lesson time with the teacher, as in a private lesson, while the other students observe this lesson time. Students learn from their lesson time as well as observing the remaining lessons of the masterclass.

Click here to view the masterclass schedule!

Suzuki Play-Ins

Day and times listed below. ***This is an onsite workshop.
Instructor: Sarah Bacon & Suzuki instructors
Best for: current Powers Suzuki students
What to bring: your instrument

To allow for in-person Suzuki group playing, groups classes by level will be held for those that wish for in-person playing.

9:15-10:00 Lyrica + Artis Groups (Books 3-5)
10:15-11:00 Sono + Vox Groups (Late Book 1/Book 2)
11:15-12:00 Allegro + Presto Groups (Early-Mid Book 1)

Classes will be held in the parking lot of All-Saints Church. If weather does not permit us to be outside, classes will be held in Brewster Hall of All-Saints Church.

Suzuki students: Click here to register for a play-in!

Plucked Strings, Traditional, World

Meet the Ukulele

Monday, October 19, 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Instructor: Tev Stevig
Best for: Elementary, Middle school, High school, Adults
What to bring: ukulele, tuner, chair

The ukulele is a very accessible and affordable instrument which one can use to perform a surprisingly wide variety of music. Many of the techniques used on the ukulele come from fingerstyle guitar performance, but most of those techniques are much easier on the ukulele due to it’s 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, we will learn the pitches and chords in the first position, some basic right and left hand techniques, and perform a tune together as an ukulele orchestra.

World Music Series – The Basic MAkams: Rast

Monday, October 19, 7:15 – 8:45 pm
Instructor: Tev Stevig
Best for: High school, Adults
What to bring: any instrument with non-tempered intervals or voice, a chair

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.

In this workshop, we will spend the entire meeting exploring just one makam: Rast. Rast is perhaps the most important of makams for beginners in this music and is present in Persian, Greek, Amenian, Turkish, Arab, and Central Asian music. Through discussion, demonstration, and analyzing musical examples from existing repertoire we will become familiar with this makam. Attendees will also learn characteristic phrases from the repertoire that they can use in their own improvisations, as well as an entire tune for performance.

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.

Learn an Irish Barndance

Thursday, October 22, 4:45 – 5:30 pm
Instructor: Ellery Klein
Best for: Elementary, Middle school, High school, Adults
What to bring: fiddle, violin, cello, or other melody instrument

Barndances were tunes that were popular in the early part of last century and were melodies often played in the thriving Irish expat scene in the US and London. We’ll learn “Lucy Farr’s Barndance,” a composition that is simple to learn yet beautiful to play.

New Orleans Street String Band

Monday, October 19, 4:45-5:45 pm
Instructor: Ellery Klein
Best for: Elementary, Middle school, High school, Adults
What to bring: fiddle, violin, cello, guitar, piano, or other instrument!

We’ll learn a simple old song, “Corrina, Corrina,” then try some improv games, and finally end with a blast of “Corrina, Corrina” and some improvising.

Winds and Brass

Tin Whistle

Thursday, October 22, 3:30 – 4:30 pm
Instructor: Lucy Joan Sollogub
Best for: Elementary, Middle school, High school, Adults
What to bring: Any key of D tin whistle

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 may be available on loan for this workshop, please check with the office beforehand.

Recorder

Friday, October 23, 3:30 – 4:30 pm
Instructor: Lucy Joan Sollogub
Best for: Elementary, Middle school, High school, Adults
What to bring: Any soprano (key of C) recorder

Learn to play simple tunes on the recorder on your own and in unison and harmony with others! We’ll listen to and learn about various sizes of recorders, will learn fingering and body position, warm up to different styles of music, then try out music in parts. All experience levels are welcome – bring your instrument or borrow one!

Oboe Reedmaking

Thursday, October 22, 7:15-8:15 pm
Instructor: Ben Fox
Best for: High school, Adults
What to bring: Reedmaking knife and method of sharpening it, plaque, cutting block, razor blade or tip-cutting knife, tuner, oboe

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

General / Any Instrument

Introducing the Baroque

Monday, October 19, 4:45 – 5:45 pm
Instructor: Sarah Freiberg
Best for: Middle school, High school, Adults
What to bring: Whichever instrument you play!

Learn to play Baroque music in style! We play pieces by Vivaldi, Handel and Bach all the time—but these composers rarely gave us hints as to how to play their music. Where are the dynamics? How long should we play the notes? Which notes should we stress—SHOULD we stress certain notes? Should we vibrate? We will look at a few key sources from the time and learn the secrets of how to play Baroque music in a meaningful, satisfying and Baroque manner.

Standard Viola Repertoire Performance

Friday, October 23, 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Instructor: Jenny Shallenberger and Natacha Rist
Best for: Elementary, Middle school, High school, Adults
What to bring: Just yourself!

This is a lecture-performance of 3-4 of the most standard pieces for viola and piano including the Telemann Viola Concerto and excerpts from the Bach Cello Suites. This will be done in conjunction with pianist Natacha Rist. We will speak about each piece, including tips for bringing out the character of each piece. The performance will be followed by a Q&A with participants.

World Music Series – The Basic MAkams: Rast

Monday, October 19, 7:15 – 8:45 pm
Instructor: Tev Stevig
Best for: High school, Adults
What to bring: any instrument with non-tempered intervals or voice, a chair

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.

In this workshop, we will spend the entire meeting exploring just one makam: Rast. Rast is perhaps the most important of makams for beginners in this music and is present in Persian, Greek, Amenian, Turkish, Arab, and Central Asian music. Through discussion, demonstration, and analyzing musical examples from existing repertoire we will become familiar with this makam. Attendees will also learn characteristic phrases from the repertoire that they can use in their own improvisations, as well as an entire tune for performance.

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.

Learn an Irish Barndance

Thursday, October 22, 4:45 – 5:30 pm
Instructor: Ellery Klein
Best for: Elementary, Middle school, High school, Adults
What to bring: fiddle, violin, cello, or other melody instrument

Barndances were tunes that were popular in the early part of last century and were melodies often played in the thriving Irish expat scene in the US and London. We’ll learn “Lucy Farr’s Barndance,” a composition that is simple to learn yet beautiful to play.

New Orleans Street String Band

Monday, October 19, 4:45-5:45 pm
Instructor: Ellery Klein
Best for: Elementary, Middle school, High school, Adults
What to bring: fiddle, violin, cello, guitar, piano, or other instrument!

We’ll learn a simple old song, “Corrina, Corrina,” then try some improv games, and finally end with a blast of “Corrina, Corrina” and some improvising.

Practice in Uncertain Times

Monday, October 19, 3:30 – 4:15 pm
Instructor: Ming-Hui Lin
Best for: Middle school, High school
What to bring: Just yourself!

Join us to learn tips for temporarily putting aside thoughts about safety and subsistence in order to move your music forward.

Intro to Music Theory

Tuesday, October 20, 3:30 – 4:15 pm
Instructor: Rebecca Sacks
Best for: Elementary, Middle school, High school, Adults
What to bring: blank manuscript paper and a pencil

This workshop is an introduction to the virtual Creative Music Theory classes at Powers. You will be introduced to the basic concepts of melodic and rhythmic sight-singing (called “solfège”), as well as melodic and rhythmic dictations. At the end of the workshop, Rebecca will answer any questions about Music Theory lessons and classes.

Digital Music Production

Wednesday, October 21, 4:45 – 5:45 pm
Instructor: Cindy Giron
Best for: Middle school, High school, Adults
What to bring: laptop/computer with Garageband software

Would you like to compose your own tunes, explore electronic music design, and record your own track? Then, this workshop may be for you! This Digital Music Production 101workshop will cover the basics in how to use the digital audio workstation GarageBand. We will discuss how to upload your recording onto a computer, how to improvise and compose using software instruments, and finally, how to edit your track so that it sounds good! Whether you play an instrument, or have always wanted to experiment with digital sounds, this workshop will help you brainstorm what you would like to hear and develop your ideas.

How Do I Practice?

Wednesday, October 21, 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Instructor: Kathryn Rosenbach
Best for: Elementary, Middle school, High school, Adults
What to bring: your instrument, piece you’d like to play

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. This workshop is for all levels – please bring your instruments and current music. Parents are welcome!

Classical Music for People Who Love Rock Music

Wednesday, October 21, 7:15 – 8:15 pm
Instructor: Michael Weinfield-Zell
Best for: Middle school, High school, Adults
What to bring: Just yourself!

This is a “Music Appreciation” style course for people who have an affinity for rock music, but maybe aren’t as well-versed with classical idioms. Many people think of classical music only as “relaxing,” while rock music is more generally accepted as mainstream. This course presents rebellious composers and their most hard-core works that will demonstrate that the rock music we know and love is not so different from the “relaxing” classical style that we only think we know.

Intro to Rhythmic Solfege

Thursday, October 22, 4:45 – 5:45 pm
Instructor: Jim Guttmann
Best for: Elementary, Middle school, High school, Adults
What to bring: Just yourself!

An introduction to rhythmic solfege, the art and science of reading the rhythms you may not yet understand. Rhythmic solfege involves speaking and clapping at the same time and allows one to break down complex rhythms without having to play them on an instrument. This workshop will start simple rhythms using half notes, quarter notes and eighth notes and their equivalent rests.

What is Music Therapy?

Thursday, October 22, 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Instructor: Krystal Bloom
Best for: High school, Adults
What to bring: A “homemade” instrument (eg. pot with spoon, coffee can with lid, two spoons, etc.)

What is music therapy? Perhaps it’s 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.

MMEA District Auditions: Strategies for Success

Saturday, October 24, 12:45 pm
Instructor: Meghan Jacoby
Best for: Middle school, High school
What to bring: your instrument and required MMEA District scales/piece

Open to students auditioning for 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.

Unifying the Aspect of a Collective Harmony

Saturday, October 24, 10:15 – 11:15 am
Instructor: Jose Soto
Best for: Elementary, Middle school, High school, Adults
What to bring: Any instrument

In this workshop you’ll learn how to spontaneously use basic aspects of music such as rhythm, melody, and voice leading to compose or improvise music.

Keyboard Harmony

Tuesday, October 20, 7:15 – 8:00 pm
Instructor: Alix Pollack
Best for: High school, Adults, with basic keyboard skills
What to bring: keyboard and computer

Learn to hear and play a basic chord progression and see how it can be transformed.