VIRTUAL & IN PERSON INSTRUMENT CLASSES!
Please note: We currently have sign ups available for virtual classes over Zoom and for our in person classes! Classes will note in the title if they are in person.
Full Class Sessions – Teens & Adults:
(CLICK HERE for Early Childhood Music Education and CLICK HERE for Kids Classes!)
Tuesdays, 5:45pm-6:30pm, January 17th – March 14th, 2023 (No class February 14th)
Come improve your singing with Molly Hebert-Wilson! This beginner/intermediate class will cover breathing and support, how to sing without tension, expanding vocal range through learning how to use your chest, mix and head resonance, and how to connect to your material and the audience in performance.
Tuesdays, 6:45pm-7:30pm, January 17th – March 14th, 2023 (No class February 14th)
This is a Mixed Level Intermediate class for those who have taken a full Voice class session before! We will continue working on expanding where our voices resonate in our body and reducing tension for a low stress, healthy, and fun singing experience!
Tuesdays, 5:30pm-6:15pm, January 10th – February 21st, 2023 (No Class February 14th)
Bring the Philadelphia Folk School to the comfort of your home with a crash course in the most adorable instrument around! On a week to week basis we will study and learn everything from the beginning, no prior music experience necessary. We’ll explore tuning the uke, proper posture, open position chords and learn a host of old folk music.
Tuesdays, 6:30pm-7:15pm, January 10th – February 21st, 2023 (No Class February 14th)
Getting beyond three chords. Take your ukulele a bit further as we dive into more complex songs and simple solo arrangements while expanding on the basics you learned in beginner class. Suitable for anyone that can strum confidently through easy songs without too much hesitation between chords.
Mondays, 6:30pm-7:45pm, January 23rd – March 20th, 2023
(No Class February 20th)
Learn to play simple traditional folk songs and elementary blues on one of America’s most popular, portable instruments – the harmonica! Basic techniques such as bending, trilling, tongue-blocking, vibrato, and wah-wah will be covered. Individual attention will be given to each student. No musical background is required. Bring a 10-hole diatonic key of C major harmonica (such as the Hohner Special 20, Hohner Marine Band Model 1896, or equivalent) to the first class. For our Zoom classes, have a 10-hole diatonic key of C major harmonica (such as the Hohner Special 20, Hohner Pro Harp, or equivalent) for the first class. Required text may be purchased for $10.00.
Mondays, 8pm–9:15pm, January 23rd – March 20th, 2023
(No Class February 20th)
Let’s continue our work with the harmonica and focus on the Blues. The harmonica’s unique sound is integral to the distinctiveness of many great blues bands. Learn some techniques and styles of background and lead playing. We will work on songs by Slim Harpo (“Something Inside Me,” “Raining In My Heart”), Little Walter (“Last Night,” “Hoochie Coochie Man”), Sonny Terry (“Bring It On Home To Me”), etc. Bring a 10-hole diatonic key of C-major harmonica such as the Hohner Special 20, Hohner Marine Band Model 1896, or equivalent, to first class. For our Zoom classes, have a 10-hole diatonic key of C major harmonica (such as the Hohner Special 20, Hohner Pro Harp, or equivalent) for the first class. Required text may be purchased for $10.00.(Note: This class is for people who have taken Harmonica For Beginners or others who have acquired similar skills and knowledge and have Seth’s permission to take the class.)
Thursdays, 6pm-7:15pm ET, January 19th – March 9th, 2023
Let’s continue to work on the songs we did in Blues Harmonica 1, including Slim Harpo’s “Something Inside Me” & “Raining In My Heart”, Little Walter’s “Last Night” & (with Muddy Waters) “Hoochie Coochie Man”, Sonny Terry’s “Bring It On Home To Me”, etc. Additionally, let’s work on songs or parts of songs that both you and I may suggest for the class. We’ll continue to work on techniques such as bending, vibrato, and tongue-slapping. For our Zoom classes, have a 10-hole diatonic key of C major harmonica (such as the Hohner Special 20, Hohner Pro Harp, or equivalent) for the first class. Required text may be purchased for $10.00. However, if you already have the Blues Harmonica 1 text, there’s no additional textbook fee.
Note: This class is not for beginners. If you have not taken the Blues Harmonica 1 class, the instructor will need to talk with you to make sure that you have the necessary skills and knowledge to take this course.
Thursdays, 7:30pm-8:45pm ET, January 19th – March 9th, 2023
The Story of the Blues is a journey back to the roots of the Blues in West Africa and Europe and its emergence in the American South, where African Americans created a unique musical form that has influenced all forms of American music, including Jazz, Rhythm & Blues, Rock ‘n’ Roll, Country, Boogie Woogie and even Classical Music. We will listen to and discuss recordings of artists who illustrate the earliest forms of the Blues as well as the more recent forms, including the likes of Charlie Patton, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Robert Johnson, Blind Blake, Blind Boy Fuller, T-Bone Walker, Slim Harpo, B.B. King and John Coltrane. We’ll touch on Delta Blues, Piedmont Blues, Chicago Blues, Jump Blues, Blues Rock and Jazz Blues.
Tuesdays, 5:30pm-6:15pm, Jan 31st – March 28th, 2023
No Class on Feb 14th!
For those who are rusty, know a chord or two, or have no experience at all. We will work on the basics of Guitar: the names of parts of the instrument, how to tune, how to hold it, how to play a few common chords, and beginner strumming working toward our first folk song.
Tuesdays, 6:30pm-7:15pm, Jan 31st – March 28th, 2023
No Class on Feb 14th!
This mixed level Intermediate class is for those who know the basic open chords (C, D, E, F, A, G, and some of their corresponding minor chords) and who have a little experience strumming. We will focus on new chords (7s, barre chords. Etc), some skills (scales and licks), with a heavy focus on learning how to play songs by reading a “lead sheet”.
Tuesdays, 7:30pm-8:15pm, Jan 31st – March 28th, 2023
No Class on Feb 14th!
Get yourself playing like a guitar wizard! This class is for students with advanced knowledge of open and barre chords, major/minor scales, fingerpicking, tablature and lead sheet literacy who want to keep working and improving their skills. In this class, we will continue working with soloing with the pentatonic blues scale up and down the neck. We will also work on some requests from the class. We will learn the basic harmonic and rhythmic components that create R&B, 60s Rock n Roll, and folk techniques and songs for guitar.
Wednesdays, 6:05pm – 6:50pm, February 1st – March 22nd, 2023
In songwriting group, our goal will be to awaken and inspire the writer within you. Our group is a forum for songwriters new and experienced. It works as a circle of song where everyone week folks have a chance to share a new idea, a new song, a question, or just listen along. Every week there will be a prompt designed to touch on and highlight different aspects of songwriting from: lyric techniques, chord progression, genres, writing methods, and more. There will be no critiquing, just sharing, open forum for questions, and encouragement. Come with an open mind, a willingness to write, and learn something about different types of songs and the methods used to write them. Instruments are welcome for sharing, but not necessary.
Wednesdays, 5pm-6pm, JOIN ANYTIME
Aimed at intermediate-advanced fiddlers and violinists and mandolin players but all are welcome.
Learn the language of theory a tune at a time — and never forget it. We’ll cover the three most common harmony styles in western fiddling, using classic fiddle tunes to illustrate them. We’ll play with rhythm riffs, harmony runs and work out individual backup strategies based on your own abilities. You’ll see your fingerboard more wholly as well as learn new rhythms and harmonies. Handouts include sheet music, chord charts, and mp3s, but all tunes are also taught by ear. Some knowledge of music theory is helpful but not required.
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Building upon our beginner course we’ll branch out into more chords, more right hand techniques, and more fun! Any one comfortable with basic chords (C F G ) is welcome to join and we’ll get you caught up nice and quick. This is the perfect class for folks who have taken Beginner Uke with Christopher before!
The Philadelphia Folksong Society is now offering numerous music related classes and workshops for children and adults of all ages through the newly established Philadelphia Folk School!
Our Beliefs & Vision
The Philadelphia Folk School believes that folk music is for people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities.
The Philadelphia Folk School believes that everyone deserves music, confidence, and community.
The Philadelphia Folk School seeks to enhance Philadelphia and the surrounding areas by encouraging participation in traditional folk music and educating the public of its history through classes, workshops, and exhibitions, creating community connection, and fostering cross-cultural understanding.