Class Descriptions

Posted on: May 8th, 2009 by

Intro to/Beginning Irish Whistle: Michael Coult
Learn the fundamentals of playing Irish tin-whistle. Learn about some of the tune types and work towards playing your own new tunes. Bring a D whistle if you have one.
Irish Flute/Whistle: Michael Coult
In this class students will learn more about advanced techniques and ornamentation. A more advanced repetoire will be explored.
Beginning Bodhrán and World Percussion: Kieran Leonard
A class focused on technique, posture and timing. Depending on the various instruments, we will work on establishing a solid technique and working on some basic rhythms which can be built upon as time progresses.
Intro to Bodhrán and World Percussion: Kieran Leonard
A background of the Bodhrán and its historical significance within the culture, as well as the progression of more mainstream percussion being used as a form of contemporary traditional music.
Bodhrán and World Percussion: Kieran Leonard
The class will be working on the rudimental beats that are involved in Irish traditional music as well as an understanding of the standard rhytmical time signatures within the tradition. The importance of musical accompaniment will be stressed and enhanced in a fun environment.
Beginning Irish Fiddle: Karen Hickey
Learn the fundamentals of playing Irish fiddle. Learn about some of the tune types and work towards playing your own new tunes.
Irish Fiddle: Karen Hickey
Develop your Irish fiddle technique and explore style, ornamentation and phrasing, while learning new tunes!
Irish Dance (Youth): Karen Hickey
Learn some traditional Irish steps and put them to fun use in doing some group set dances such as The Walls of Limerick and The Siege of Ennis.
Traditional Accompaniment: Calum Morrison
Learn how to accompany Irish tunes and songs. Students will work on left hand shapings, chord sequences, basic harmony and rhythm. Guitar, bouzouki, cittern, etc.
Tenor Banjo/Mandolin: Calum Morrison
Learn new tunes and techniques on the banjo/mandolin. Focus will be placed on developing good rhythm, tone and working on ornamentation.
Traditional Scottish Singing: Calum Morrison
The class will focus on group singing ranging from ballads, upbeat songs and some simple Scots Gaelic.  Students will learn songs ideal for singing in a group or individually.

 

 

 

 

6 Responses to Class Descriptions

  1. Joan Brundage had this to say about that:

    Where is the 2014 schedule. Also, why no celtic harps classes?

  2. admin had this to say about that:

    Joan,
    The 2014 schedule is now up and published. None of the Instructors this year play harp, so I am not able to offer it. I may be able to offer it in the future though, especially if there is interest! Please let me know if you would like to be added to the mailing list and I can keep you updated on harps for next year. I might be able to host a harp workshop next February as well if all goes well with scheduling Living Traditions Presentations’ concert season. Please let me know if you have any further questions or interest in other disciplines for this year! Thanks!
    Kari

  3. Tanya Perez had this to say about that:

    My daughter has studied 3 years of classical viola. I would like her to learn a different style of music. Would these classes benefit her?

  4. Walter Weinzinger had this to say about that:

    On this page,
    http://www.grandcanyoncelticarts.org/?page_id=31
    at the very end of the Maggie MacDonald Piano Accompaniment description, the word “major” is misspelled (“A major chord”).

  5. admin had this to say about that:

    Walter,
    Sorry for the delay in response. Thank you for pointing out my typos! Hopefully I won’t have any this year!
    Kari

  6. admin had this to say about that:

    Tanya,
    I’m very sorry about the very late reply. I must make sure the website notifies me of comments this year! We will be offering fiddle classes again this year and while most fiddlers do play violin, many tunes can easily be transposed to be viola friendly! I think these classes will definitely be beneficial because it’s always educational to try new techniques (she may find a new passion for Celtic music!) and she will be learning the music by ear, rather than reading, which is a very useful skill. Classes this year begin on July 10, 2017. Please do email if you would like more information or have additional questions. Kari@GrandCanyonCelticArts.org. You can also sign up on our mailing list on the website and receive updates on registration, classes, scholarships and more. Again, I apologize for the delayed response!
    Kari

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