Group Classes

January 2018 brings the return of a new semester Ukulele Group Classes!

Ukulele Group Classes

"There is a ukulele revolution going on…" An accessible, portable, inexpensive instrument for all ages, the ukulele can enrich your life and add a new dimension to family and community music making. In the 8-week courses students will learn the basic chords and strums necessary to play a varied repertoire of popular, folk and classical music. Resources will be made available to explore the instrument above and beyond this basic course. Students provide their own instrument and tuner. The instructor will provide the music, instruction and inspiration. Ukulele: it makes people happy!

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Ukulele Group Class
Date & Time: Mondays 6:30-7:30PM
Starting on January 22nd
Cost: $60/6-week session
Instructor: Jeff Weinberger

The first 3 weeks of the class will be spent studying chord theory in the context of a variety of songs and styles. Understanding basic chord theory and harmony allows students to see how many of their favorite songs are put together and this insight allows them to more easily learn and appreciate music going forward. It helps students break free of reliance on the internet and song books and helps students become stronger, more self sufficient players.

The next 3 weeks will have students play as an ensemble where they are divided into 3 distinct sections, each with its own part. These parts will come together to form an arrangement that is rich in texture and has a role for those who are still beginning to learn the basics and also those who have been playing for a while and need a challenge. From this experience, a possible performing ensemble will be formed.

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Jazz Ensemble

Date & Time: Mondays 6:00 – 7:00PM,

Starting in March TBA
Cost: $80/ 8 week session
Instructor:  Mike Whitehead and Nate Martin

Explore jazz in a fun supportive environment.
We will be using simple jazz/blues tunes to explore the key components of jazz; rhythm, harmony, melody, improvisation and group interplay. Come to learn what jazz is all about or to expand your existing knowledge. All instruments and voices are welcome.

The fall session will concentrate on tunes with simple form and harmonic structure. This makes it easier for members to find their voice in the music and to get the feel of playing jazz. We will also concentrate on improvising and getting an ensemble sound. At the end of the semester we welcome you all to perform and show your progress at one of our Winter performances.

The Jazz Ensemble is free for any Bay Chamber students currently enrolled in private-instruction at Bay Chamber Music School.