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Learn to Play the Ukulele via Zoom W21
with David Deas, Mid-Maine Regional Adult Community Education
This introductory course is designed for beginners interested in learning how to play the ukulele. We will cover choosing and caring for a ukulele. We will cover sight reading, music theory, chord progressions, scales, and note values. When you finish this course you should be able to pick up sheet music and know key, melody, chords, and changes. You will need to pick up the Hal Leonard Ukulele Method book 1 and class handouts from the MMRACE office prior to the first class. Cost of the book is $7 with an audio option for $11. Students will also need a tuner, a 3 ring binder for homework/handouts and a notepad to take notes in class. Students ages 10 and up are welcome. Parents or Guardians must register and participate in the class with students under 17. Limit 10 students.
Ukulele for Beginners, Part 1
with Duncan Perry, Maranacook Adult Education
The magical ukulele is capturing hearts and minds in Maine and around the world! Why not yours? Come join our adult beginners’ series and share in the fun of learning to play. The ukulele is versatile and a blast to play (with a bit of regular practice, of course). On it you can knock out folk music, rock, blues, jazz, pop, country, tunes grandma knows -- even classical music. In Part 1 of the course, Duncan Perry, who has taught more than 500 students of all ages, will introduce you to essential chords and strumming techniques using familiar songs -- truly a fun way to learn ukulele. Oh, and there are lots of laughs along the way. And here’s a bonus! You do not need to know how to read music! However, you must have a playable soprano, concert, or tenor ukulele (no baritones please) and an electronic tuner or a tuner app on your cell phone or tablet. Ukes are affordable and compact and you can take them most anywhere. And when folks hear you play this happy instrument, well, they just have to smile! So grab a uke and get ready for a low-stress, fun-filled musical adventure, then spread the joy!
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.
Acoustic Guitar for Beginners
with Marc Bubar, Five Town CSD Adult & Community Education
Learning to play the guitar can be fun and very rewarding! In this introductory course we will learn the names of the parts of the guitar and how to tune a guitar. We will cover the names of the notes on the guitar, learn some basic strumming patterns and try out some picking as well. Moving on to chords and common progressions, we will work up to playing a complete song of your choice, if students wish. Students should have their own guitar and an acoustic guitar tuner (clip-on style is best) and bring it to every class – we will be focusing on the acoustic steel-string or nylon-string guitar. The instructor will have handouts and course materials available for the students. No experience is necessary! This class skips 4/1.
Middle Eastern Dance 3.11.21
with Patti Luchetti, Five Town CSD Adult & Community Education
Middle Eastern Dance (Bellydancing) is native to the ancient middle east. It was widely spread by migrating tribes from India, north to Turkey and west to Spain. Egypt is renowened center of the art form in modern times and Cairo now hosts respected dances from Asia, Europe and the USA. Belly dancing gives gentle, strengthening exercise to the full torso with an emphasis on the belly and thighs. This class skips 4/1.
with Vicki Toole, Lake Region & Fryeburg Area Adult Education
This class is held via Zoom, but is also recorded to be available to students who can not make the day and time of class!
Zumba® Gold targets the largest growing segment of the population: baby boomers. It takes the Zumba® formula and modifies the moves and pacing to suit the needs of the active older participant, as well as those just starting their journey to a fit and healthy lifestyle. What stays the same are all the elements the Zumba® Fitness-Party is known for: the zesty Latin music, like salsa, merengue, cumbia and reggaeton; the exhilarating, easy-to-follow moves; and the invigorating, party-like atmosphere. It's a dance-fitness class that feels friendly, and most of all, fun. (Perfect for beginners as well).
Guitar for Beginners (March)
with Kevin Campbell, RSU 24 Adult Education
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.
Google Tips, Tricks and Guidance
with Daniela Ottaiano, York Adult Education
In this class you will learn about Google products: Google Docs, Gmail, and Google Sheets, as well as search engine tips, and Chrome extensions.