Monday, July 27 — Friday, July 31, 2015 9am-3pm, with lunch available
Have you ever wanted to write songs? We will explore the craft of songwriting, making songs about what is important to us. Our emphasis is on writing songs that express who we are, that tell meaningful and universal stories, and that build connection with others. Throughout history, music has been an integral part of daily life. People sing while working, to spread news of current events, to rally for political protests, for ceremonies, and for entertainment. Learn how to write effective lyrics and singable melodies. Songwriters of all levels are encouraged to attend, beginners are welcome! Instruments aren’t required, however do bring them if you play them. There will be plenty of hands-on writing during this weeklong workshop, participants will emerge from this with at least one new song, and have opportunities to share them with others.
Roots Music Band Camp
Monday, August 3 — Friday, August 7 9am-3pm, with lunch available
American acoustic music styles such as delta blues, bluegrass, Appalachian folk, old time country and gospel are at the root of many modern rock and country styles. Many contemporary artists draw heavily from these timeless roots styles while forging their own unique sounds. We will explore various roots styles including traditional blues, ragtime, slide guitar, Carter-style, Appalachian fiddle tunes, New England contra dance melodies, bluegrass, swing, jazz, country, rock and more. These genres are inter-connected, often songs from one style were played in other genres. We’ll discuss theory of scales and modes often used in this music. The workshop is hands on, participants will learn to play some songs from the repertoire of influential artists such as Robert Johnson, Bessie Smith, Mother Maybelle Carter, Johnny Cash, Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Leadbelly, Bill Monroe, Doc Watson, Mississippi John Hurt, Elizabeth Cotten, and more. All music will be taught by ear, however some sheet music can be provided. We will learn to play these songs as a group, how to create our own parts on our instruments and voices, how to listen to each other and play cohesively as a group. There will be a performance opportunity at the end of the week. Attendees should have foundational playing skills on their instruments, instruction is geared towards multiple levels from beginner to advanced. Instruments can include guitar, fiddle, mandolin, banjo, ukulele, bass, dulcimer, harmonica, however not limited to these instruments. Singers are welcome! Recording devices are encouraged, they can greatly facilitate the by-ear learning process.
About Our Instructor
Shana Aisenberg plays various acoustic string instruments including fiddle, mandolin, guitar, 5-string banjo, ukulele; and diverse styles including Appalachian Old-time, Celtic, New England contradance, Eastern European Klezmer, blues and jazz. Shana performs regularly with various groups in the area; has recorded numerous albums as soloist and session musician; has written music instruction books for guitar, mandolin and ukulele; teaches at workshops and festivals nationwide, at The Community School, and various other locations in the area. Shana loves teaching players of any level. Visit Shana online at shanasongs.com.