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Swing Into Fitness 2.3.22

$39

with Katie Tranzillo, Five Town CSD Adult & Community Education

Calendar Feb 3, 2022 at 6:30 pm, runs for 3 weeks

NEW LOCATION

This fitness class combines the best of all worlds: cool moves from authentic swing dance, elements of Shake Your Soul/Let Your Yoga Dance to reconnect us with our bodies and the joy of movement, and a basic fitness program that gives a gentle cardio workout, while increasing strength, flexibility, and balance. Featuring the best of swing, jazz and world music! (Note: This is not a partnered dance class.)

MAINE GUIDE CERTIFICATION STUDY COURSE

$400

with Carroll Ware, Franklin County Adult Education

Calendar Feb 10, 2022 at 8 am

This course will prepare you to take the state test to become a registered Maine Guide in Hunting and Fishing or Recreation. CPR and First Aid included. 

There maybe a Sunday class.

Express Yourself: A Songwriting Workshop

$70

with Curt Bessette, Noble Adult & Community Education

Calendar Mar 1, 2022 at 6 pm

Got a song in your heart...or in your head? Do you want to release your inner Bruce Springsteen or James Taylor? Do you ever want to learn how to write a song, or improve your writing and lyrics? Spend some time with experienced songwriter Curt Bessette and explore the art and craft of songwriting in a non-judgemental (and FUN) environment! It's not necessary that you play an instrument-many participants have taken these classes to improve their lyric-writing skills. 

Some of the topics discussed:
• How to create, re-write, and organize your music and lyrics
• Improving your rhyming skills
• Writer's block (there is no such thing...and I can prove it!)
• Adding "details" to wake up your song
• Basic cord progression theory (don't worry...it's easy!)
• Song structure (verse, chorus, bridge)
• Where to find the best limousine service when you get famous 

Ukulele for Beginners Sec. 3

$79

with Duncan Perry, Mt. Desert Island Adult & Community Education

Calendar Mar 1, 2022 at 6 pm, runs for 4 weeks

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.

Our popular instructor, Duncan Perry, who has taught 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. You do not need to know how to read music.  However, you must have a playable ukulele 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.  When folks hear you play this happy instrument, well, they just have to smile. If you don’t own a ukulele, let is know.  Duncan will be glad to provide helpful information on buying a ukulele.  So grab a uke and get ready for a low-stress, fun-filled musical adventure, then spread the joy.

Duncan Perry, a multi-instrumentalist, has been playing ukulele for 14 years and has so far taught ukulele to over 700 adults up and down the coast of Maine and inland, too.  He regularly performs at benefits, elder care venues, senior programs, and in schools and libraries.  In addition to offering instruction through various adult education programs, he has worked with children in several communities.  His mission is to spread the joy of the ukulele across Maine!

This is a live online class. The Zoom link will be provided by the instructor.

A Ukulele Buying Guide 

Multiple sections are being offered. They are all the same class. Pick ONE section that fits your schedule.

 

Ukulele for Beginners Sec. 4

$79

with Duncan Perry, Mt. Desert Island Adult & Community Education

Calendar Mar 2, 2022 at 6 pm, runs for 4 weeks

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.

Our popular instructor, Duncan Perry, who has taught 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. You do not need to know how to read music.  However, you must have a playable ukulele 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.  When folks hear you play this happy instrument, well, they just have to smile. If you don’t own a ukulele, let is know.  Duncan will be glad to provide helpful information on buying a ukulele.  So grab a uke and get ready for a low-stress, fun-filled musical adventure, then spread the joy.

Duncan Perry, a multi-instrumentalist, has been playing ukulele for 14 years and has so far taught ukulele to over 700 adults up and down the coast of Maine and inland, too.  He regularly performs at benefits, elder care venues, senior programs, and in schools and libraries.  In addition to offering instruction through various adult education programs, he has worked with children in several communities.  His mission is to spread the joy of the ukulele across Maine!

This is a live online class. The Zoom link will be provided by the instructor.

A Ukulele Buying Guide 

Multiple sections are being offered. They are all the same class. Pick ONE section that fits your schedule.

 

Instant Piano (for hopelessly busy people)

$59

with Craig Coffman, Sanford Community Adult Education

Calendar Mar 7, 2022 at 6:30 pm, runs for 1 week
1 additional session on Apr 25, 2022

In just a few hours, you can learn enough to give you years of musical enjoyment.  Learn to play piano the way professionals do-using chords.  Via ZOOM you will be able to sit at your piano or keyboard at home and take this course with no pressure at all.  Course includes an online book and online follow up video lessons, so you will be able to continue your practice and study on your own.  An optional periodic online question and answer session is also included.    A recording of the class is included as well.   The course is partly lecture/demonstration and partly hands on instruction.  Learn:  how chords work in a song, how to get more out of sheet music by reading less of it, how to form the three main types of chords, how to handle different keys and time signatures, how to avoid “counting” and how to simplify over 12,000 complex chords!

Instant Piano for Hopelessly Busy People

$59

with Craig Coffman, MSAD#1 Adult & Community Education

Calendar Mar 7, 2022 at 6:30 pm, runs for 1 week

In just a few hours, you can learn enough secrets of the trade to give you years of musical enjoyment. Learn to play piano the way professionals do-using chords.  Since this class is being held online with ZOOM you will be able to sit at your piano or keyboard at home and take this course with no pressure at all.  And since this course includes an online book and online follow up video lessons, you will be able to continue your practice and study on your own.  An optional periodic online question and answer session is also included.    A recording of the class is included as well.   The course is partly lecture/demonstration and partly hands on instruction. 

Topics include:

  • How chords work in a song     
  • How to get more out of sheet music by reading less of it     
  • How to form the three main types of chords     
  • How to handle different keys and time signatures     
  • How to avoid “counting”     
  • How to simplify over 12,000 complex chords

Instant Guitar (for hopelessly busy people)

$59

with Craig Coffman, Sanford Community Adult Education

Calendar Mar 8, 2022 at 6:30 pm, runs for 1 week
1 additional session on Apr 26, 2022

Have you ever wanted to learn the guitar but simply find it difficult to find the time?  In just a few hours you’ll learn enough about playing the guitar to give you years of musical enjoyment. Learn basic chords and get playing along with your favorite songs right away. Via ZOOM, you’ll be able to sit at home with your guitar and enjoy this class with no pressure at all. Class includes an online book and follow-up video lessons, so you’ll be able to continue your practice and study on your own. An optional periodic online question and answer session is also included. A recording of the class is included as well. Class limited to 15 students. For ages 13+. Discover:  how chords work in a song, how to form the three main types of chords, how to tune your guitar, basic strumming patterns, how to buy a good guitar (things to avoid), and how to play along with simple tunes.





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