We are thrilled to announce the schedule for our Spring Class Session! Sign up for a class and get ready to be a part of the music!
For ongoing classes, we are currently offering multiple levels of Voice, Harmonica, Guitar, and Ukulele for Adults, and Beginner Ukulele and Early Childhood Education classes for kids!
We’d love to also offer a warm welcome to our new Guitar instructor, TJ McGlinchey (photo featured on this post)!
Mondays, 5:45pm – 6:45pm, March 23rd-April 27th
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.
Mondays, 8:00 – 9pm, January 27th to March 2nd
In this class, we will continue to build on what we learned in Beginner Voice. We will continue to develop our breathing skills, get comfortable singing in our head voice and our chest voice and learning how to differentiate and choose between them. We will also continue our work on singing free of tension and developing healthy habits when singing both inside and outside our comfort zone.
Mondays, 6:45 – 7:45pm, March 9th-April 27th
Thursdays, 6:30 – 7:30pm, March 19th, 2020 through April 30th, 2020 (no class April 16th)
Thursdays, 7:30-8:30pm, March 19th, 2020 through April 30th, 2020 (no class April 16th)
In Intermediate Guitar we will build upon the skills learned in Beginner, Intermediate, or on your own. We will learn more intermediate level chords, focus on more major, minor, and pentatonic scales, and focus on right-hand strumming techniques in multiple time signatures and folk styles. We will also practice playing together, fostering the ability to play with someone in a pick-up setting using the chords and scales we’ve previously learned. We will also be doing some focused learning of folk repertoire. This is a mixed level intermediate guitar class for all who have taken previous classes at the Philadelphia Folk School or a similar equivalent before.
Beginner Ukulele (Ages 7 and up) with Christopher Davis-Shannon
Tuesdays, 7pm – 8pm, April 7th through May 19th, 2020 (No class April 14th!)
A crash course in the most adorable instrument around! In six weeks we will 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! Feel free to bring your own ukulele but even if you don’t have one yet we have plenty to use while you’re here.
REGISTER FOR BEGINNER UKULELE HERE
Beginner II Ukulele (Ages 7 and up) with Christopher Davis-Shannon
Tuesdays, 6pm – 7pm, April 7th through May 19th, 2020 (No class April 14th!)
In this class we will build upon the work we did in Beginner Ukulele! We will add more chords, and strumming patterns to our skill set,as well as expanding our repertoire! Feel free to bring your own ukulele but even if you don’t have one yet we have plenty to use while you’re here.
Intermediate Ukulele (Ages 13 and up) with Christopher Davis-Shannon
Tuesdays, 8pm – 9pm, April 7th through May 19th, 2020 (No class April 14th!)
Learn the true joy of ukulele as we explore everything from traditional Hawaiian techniques to mainland swing strumming to baroque classical music. You’ll be surprised what this little instrument is capable of! (Note: this class is the correct option for those who have taken Christopher’s Intermediate class before.)
REGISTER FOR INTERMEDIATE UKULELE HERE
Beginner’s Harmonica for Adults with Seth Holzman (ages 16 and up):
Mondays, 6:30 – 7:45pm, April 20th, 2020 through June 15th, 2020 (no class May 25th!)
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. Required text may be purchased for $9.00 from the instructor the first night. (Optional: bring a tape recorder, a digital recorder, or some other recording device if you wish to record the classes.)
REGISTER FOR BEGINNER’S HARMONICA HERE
Blues Harmonica 1 (Ages 13 and up)
Mondays, 8:00 – 9:15pm, April 20th, 2020 through June 15th, 2020 (no class May 25th!)
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. Required text may be purchased for $9.00 from the instructor the first night. (Optional: bring a digital recorder or some other recording device.) (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.)
REGISTER FOR BLUES HARMONICA 1 HERE
Early Childhood Education Classes
Wee Folk (Recommended Newborn to 24 months)
Wee Folk sessions will continue to introduce gentle sounds to your Wee Folk’s tender ears through sing-a-longs, stories and basic children’s percussive instruments. Parents and caregivers can participate in lullabies and sing-a-longs and help little ones clap along to basic rhythms. Wee Folk classes will also introduce more movement as our little ones become more active.
PB & Jammers (Recommended 2 to 5 years)
Our PB & Jammers will get a hands on experience with some basic instruments including shakers, bells and tambourines. They will learn the fundamentals of rhythm and melody as well as a basic introduction to singing and music theory.