Or: "How To Be In a Band 101"
If you want to start a band, want to stretch yourself as a songwriter and musician, or just want to jam with other musicians, this is a great opportunity! This class seeks to facilitate the creativity and goals its of participants, whether they're experienced musicians or just getting started.
This class will cover the basics of songwriting, writing music as a group, improvising in a group (a.k.a. jamming), and the basics of performing in a group. Come learn about tone, structure, rhyme scheme, dynamics, harmony, melody, rhythm, arrangement, the roles of instruments... and then how to break all those rules.
We'll be close-listening and analyzing songs in each class as well as discussing the topic of the day. Bring your instrument, your voice, your songs, and your ideas!
Note: This class is designed for middle school students (5th-8th grade), although teens can sign up, too.
Instructor: Matthew Hamer
Suggested age range: 10-14
When & where: Mondays from 10:00-12:00 at The Democracy Center in Harvard Square (directions), Sept. 25, Oct. 9, Oct. 23, Nov. 6, Nov. 20, and Dec. 4. Please note The Democracy Center is not wheelchair accessible.
Class requirements: No musical background is required, but if you own an instrument feel free to bring it to class.
Fee: $200 + $30 materials fee. Payment plans available. Fees waived for families with financial need. (Waivers and payment plan information.)
Photo credit: Rebecca Wnuk