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Violin Players

Group Lessons

We offer a wide variety of group lessons for students of all ages and abilities.

Adult Group Guitar Class

8 Mondays

Oct 2 to Dec 4

Time 3-4:30pm

This dynamic and engaging closed group class is designed specifically for Dave Barber’s current adult students to continue learning about playing the guitar in a collaborative setting. 

Over the Fall term, we will look at various aspects of guitar playing, with a strong focus on performing as a group/ensemble. Together, we will delve into essential topics such as timing, jamming etiquette, and performance etiquette to ensure seamless and enjoyable musical interactions. You'll build on the the art of playing together, developing a keen sense of listening and complementing your fellow musicians.

A key element of this course is expanding your song repertoire. We will explore a wide range of genres, including folk, country, rock, and blues, providing you with a diverse musical palette. As we navigate through these genres, we will emphasize dynamics, helping you understand the importance of volume and expression to create captivating performances.

Join us for Group Guitar for Adults. Connect with fellow guitar enthusiasts and discover the joy of playing together in a supportive and enriching environment.

8 Mondays, October 2 to December 4 (no groups Oct 9 & Nov 13)

Time 3-4:30

Tuition: $400 (plus registration fees)

Location: Leir House

Ukulele for Beginners

8 Mondays

Starting September 18

4:30-5pm

The ukulele is a fun, light-weight, easy-to-play instrument and it’s great for socializing. In this 8-week introductory class, you’ll learn some skills while playing some familiar songs. You’ll learn how to properly tune and hold your ukulele, as well as commonly used chords and simple strumming techniques. No music theory required. Just bring your ukulele and a notebook. (Don’t have a ukulele? Give us a call at the office and we’ll see if we can hook you up with one.)

Ages: 8 and up

Time: 4:30-5pm

Dates: September 18-November 20 (no lessons Oct 9 and Nov 13)

Tuition: $85 (plus registration fees)

Location: Leir House Cultural Centre

The PAMDA Adult Fiddle Group

34 Tuesdays

Starting September 26

7-8pm

Make this the year you step into the fun world of trad music, including Celtic, Old-Time and Bluegrass.

 

Fiddling is a popular social activity and in this group setting, PAMDA instructor Jeff Andrew will teach common fiddle tunes that you can play at jam sessions, fiddle camps, and other gatherings. You’ll also learn the ornamentation, rhythms, and bowing techniques that give each style its unique character.

 

The PAMDA Fiddle Group is open to players who know their way around the instrument in first position. Tunes will be taught by ear as well as from the page.

34 Tuesdays, starting September 26, 2023

7-8pm

Tuition: $340 (plus registration fees)

Location: Leir House Cultural Centre

PAMDA String Orchestra

35 Wednesdays

September 20, 2023

to June 12, 2024

7-8:30

Join the PAMDA String Orchestra for an unforgettable orchestral experience, dedicated to honing your intonation, rhythm, and musicianship.

 

The PAMDA String Orchestra offers a welcoming environment for string musicians aged 16 and above, providing an excellent platform for players at Grade 4 level or higher who are comfortable with sight-reading.

 

Led by conductor Kelsey Zachary, you'll be part of a vibrant musical community, perfecting your ensemble skills, and enriching your orchestral performance abilities.

 

Whether you're an aspiring musician or an experienced player looking to expand your horizons, our string orchestra offers an enriching journey of musical growth and camaraderie. 

35 Wednesdays, starting September 20, 2023

7-8:30pm

Tuition: $360 (plus registration fees)

Tuition for current private lesson students: $275 (plus registration fees)

Location: Leir House Cultural Centre

Introduction to Guitar

4 Thursdays

Starting September 21

6:30-7:30pm

This is a fantastic opportunity for beginners of all ages to embark on a musical journey and learn the fundamentals of playing the guitar from Dave Barber. Whether you're a teenager or an adult, this course is designed to provide you with the essential skills needed to strum a few tunes in just four weeks!

This course is perfect for those who have never picked up a guitar before. No previous experience is required; we'll start from scratch on Day 1. Throughout the course, you'll receive expert guidance and support as you learn the basics of guitar playing.

In each one-hour session, we will cover important topics that form the foundation of guitar playing. You'll learn how to form chords, explore different strumming techniques, and develop a repertoire of songs that are perfect for campfire gatherings. We'll focus on building your timing skills, ensuring that you can play along with your favorite tunes confidently.

Tuning your guitar is essential, and we'll cover that as well. You'll learn how to tune your guitar properly, ensuring that your instrument sounds great every time you play. We'll also demystify the process of changing strings, giving you the skills to keep your guitar in optimal condition.

By the end of this four-week course, you'll be amazed at the progress you've made as a guitarist. You'll have a collection of chords and strumming patterns under your belt, enabling you to play a variety of songs. 

The course is open to anyone aged 10 and up, making it suitable for both young aspiring musicians and adults who have always wanted to learn to play the guitar. With just one hour of class per week, it's a manageable commitment that fits into any busy schedule.

Are you ready to discover the joy of playing the guitar and creating music? Join us for Introduction to Guitar and in just four weeks, you'll be strumming away.

4 Thursdays, starting September 21, 2023

6:30-7:30

Tuition: $180 (plus registration fees)

Location: Leir House Cultural Centre

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