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Songwriting 201


with Martin Swinger, Maranacook Adult Education

Calendar Jan 28, 2021 at 7 pm, runs for 7 weeks

 Are you an experienced songwriter wishing to upgrade your skills? Do your songs ‘work’ but not ‘inspire’? Do you experience writer’s block or seem to keep writing the same song over and over?

Martin Swinger is an award-winning songwriter and talented instructor who can help you break old patterns, make your songs stand out, and grab listeners in exciting ways. Through clever writing prompts, creative language exercises, guided group discussion, and supportive peer critique Martin inspires students to engage listeners and create songs with purpose and power.

In this 7-week course, you’ll learn how to inspire listeners with imaginative and evocative lyrics, create melodies that are fresh and memorable, develop songs that move bodies and hearts and originate songs that are intriguingly intricate or simply profound. This class will help you elevate songs from a passive ‘listening’ experience into eloquent investments in the exchange of ideas and values with your listeners through the power of songs.

You don’t have to have the ability to sing ‘well’, play an instrument, understand music theory, or transcribe music to gain insight and improvement from this class. This class will help songwriters with experience become songwriters with skill. 

Limit: 10 students. 

Instructor: Martin Swinger, Songwriting, performance and vocal coach

Every other Thursday, beginning January 28, 2021

Jan 28, Feb 11 & 25, Mar 11 & 25, Apr 8 & 22, 2021

Time: 7-8:30 pm

Location: Zoom Live

Registration: $75


"Martin Swinger is one of those rare singer-songwriters who excels at everything: singing, songwriting, guitar-playing, and being so present with his humor, tenderness, and wild mind that his performances are also deep conversations, soul to soul and heart to heart, about the quirks, surprises, and love that brings us most alive. His songs, ranging from the little plastic parts that hold the world together, to what enlightenment comes from Buddha and Betty Boop falling in love, are whimsically and wisely original and enduring."

 -Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, Kansas Poet Laureate Emeritus


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Aerobics ~ Low Impact


with Lois Davis, RSU 54/MSAD 54 Adult and Community Education

Calendar Feb 1, 2021 at 6 pm

Class will be held online using ZOOM.

Come to a fun and exciting low impact aerobics class where you work out at your own pace. Relieve stress, improve cardio, tone, and make new friends.


Color Theory for Web Designers


with Self-Paced Online, York Adult Education

Calendar Current session started Mar 1, 2021

Color plays an important role in visual communication, especially when designing websites. For web designers, understanding color theory is a key to creating a color palette for UI/UX projects. This self-paced course will teach you the fundamentals of color theory and how to apply this framework to your web design practice.

Self-Paced Online, Start Anytime, $79

Private Piano Lessons


with Susan Frank, York Adult Education

Calendar Current session started Mar 1, 2021 at 3 pm, runs for 4 weeks

Have you always wanted to learn how to play the piano? Would you like to play a few of your favorite songs? Take these private half hour lessons each week and learn the basics of piano, how to play chords, the grand staff and the rudiments of reading notation! You pick the day and time.

Register online and then Susan will contact you to set up a time for your lessons.

M/T/W/Th, 3 - 6 PM, Mar 1, $120/month

Guitar for Beginners (March)


with Kevin Campbell, RSU 24 Adult Education

Calendar Mar 15, 2021 at 6 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Learn the basic elements of the six-string guitar and be introduced to chords, various strumming styles and the keys to playing along with your favorite music. Kevin uses quick learning tips to have fun learning how to tune the strings and play basic chords from different musical genres. The class is for beginners, children and adult guitar enthusiasts. Students must have a six-string guitar for the class.

Guitar for Advanced Beginners (Session2)


with Kevin Campbell, RSU 24 Adult Education

Calendar Mar 17, 2021 at 6 pm, runs for 6 weeks

We will continue to build on the concepts of chord structures for songs from many different styles of music. The class will also introduce students to the basics of melody and solo line playing over the music on any chosen song. This class is for those who have previously taken a beginner guitar class from Mr. Campbell or any other guitar teacher. If you are unsure, please contact us, and we will help to appropriately place you in the best class for your level. Students should have their own guitar for class.

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Ukulele for Beginners, Part 2


with Duncan Perry, Maranacook Adult Education

Calendar Apr 8, 2021 at 6 pm, runs for 4 weeks


The ukulele adventure continues in Ukulele for Beginners, Part 2! Now it’s time to notch up your ukulele playing skills. Of course, you’ll acquire still more chords and learn more complex strumming techniques. You’ll also add finger picking techniques to your toolbox and explore how to find the “right” strumming or picking pattern for the songs you want to play. Along the way there will be familiar music and more laughs, as well as learning special skills like discovering melody notes, transposing keys, and ornamenting your playing in ways that will make your ukulele journey increasingly interesting and more exciting. So, tune up, and let’s uke onward! This course is designed for those who completed Ukulele for Beginners, Part 1 or who possess equivalent skills.


About your Instructor:

Duncan is an experienced multi-instrumentalist who has been performing and teaching folks how play the ukulele for the last 13 years. Having served as a volunteer music therapist in medical and hospice settings, he quickly came to understand that music is medicine and that learning to play an instrument not only sharpens the brain but helps reduce stress. It also brings joy to the ukulele player and to her or his audience. Duncan has taught in a variety of Maine communities and has not let the COVID-19 epidemic stop him. He simply moved from teaching in person to an online format last June.

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Virtual Zumba
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Virtual Zumba


with Becca Douin, RSU#12 Adult Education

This is our Zumba class via Zoom. This is our 6 week April session. Get ready for Spring and take this Spring Zumba class, take it with your spouse or a few close friends that you can social distance with, yet still have fun together taking this class, each person could host it and hey! maybe weather will be nice and you can do it outside, just bring your laptop or smart phone wherever you would like to Zumba! Becca is a great instructor who has been with us for quite awhile and you will not be disappointed! make sure when you register, you give your email address so Becca can give you the link to join in, easy technology to connect.

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