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FALL 2016

As part of our Heritage Arts Studio initiative, Blackstone River Theatre pursues arts education outreach by offering classes and workshops at the theatre with respected performers and teachers. This initiative allows the community to discover or reconnect with traditional art forms (music, song, dance, visual and literary arts) and become PARTICIPANTS in our regional arts heritage.

Heritage Arts Studio offerings for Fall 2016 will include a 6-week session of five levels of fiddle classes with Cathy Clasper-Torch. Cathy will also teach two beginner level classes in Erhu, the 2-string Chinese fiddle. We will offer an 8-week session of non-competitive Irish step dance classes for children and adults (15 different classes levels) with instructor Erika Damiani including five troupe classes geared for performance as part of Tir Na Nog Irish Dance. We continue our popular Zumba classes on Monday evenings with April Hilliker. Laura Travis will offer a two-day class in Celtic stone carving in limestone for beginners on Oct. 1 and Oct. 2. Ed Sweeney will offer a 6-week series of beginner classes in both guitar and 5-string banjo. Dulcimer workshops with Aubrey Atwater and Elwood Donnelly will not take place until early 2017 but Elwood Donnelly will be offering the first in a series of basket weaving classes on October 29.

HOW TO REGISTER FOR ANY BRT CLASSES
So we can be assured of meeting the minimum needed to hold any of our class offerings, BRT NEEDS PRE-PAYMENT AT LEAST 3 DAYS BEFORE THE START OF ANY CLASS (and hopefully sooner!) or we'll need to cancel at that time.
If you are interested in any class, please:
1. E-mail russell@riverfolk.org to pre-register and then,
2. Put a check payable to Blackstone River Theatre in the mail ASAP to: Blackstone River Theatre, 549 Broad Street, Cumberland, Rhode Island 02864



IRISH STEP DANCE CLASSES for children and adults with instructor Erika Damiani
8-week series of classes begins Sept. 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11


NOTE:
Beginner Irish Step Dance for children age 6-10 - Saturdays, 9 AM
Beginner Irish Step Dance for adults and teens - Saturdays, 11 AM


TUESDAYS
4:30 - 6:15 PM - Cara Troupe (Pronounced Kar-uh, Meaning FRIEND)

Fee: $175.00 for 8-week session per student
Troupe classes perform at local schools, nursing homes, festivals, parades, weddings, private parties and more! Members will perform in the Irish Dance Christmas Show as well as the Summer Solstice Festival in June. A member of the Cara Troupe shows strong understanding of Soft Shoe technique, understands the terminology of Irish Dance, and has a good handle on basic and intermediate figures of Irish Dance and choreography. Cara Troupe is a combo class meaning it is 1hour and 45 min long, combining both soft shoe technique and new steps as well as learning figure and performance dances.

WEDNESDAYS
5:00 - 6:00 PM - Beginner and continuing Beginner Hard Shoe
(if there is low enrollment in this class this Fall it will instead begin January, 2017.)
Fee: $100 for 8-week session per student
This class is open to any student who has a solid foundation of soft shoe technique. They will be taught the beginning steps of hard shoe, basic rhythms, proper foot placement, keeping their heels off the floor, and much more! All dancers MUST have hard shoes to participate in the class - Tap shoes are not allowed. If you are waiting for shoes to come in please wear sneakers to class. This class can (and should!) be repeated as many times as necessary to master the foundations of basic Hard Shoe before moving on.
  • When purchasing hard shoes please make sure they have a black bottom and square tip toe. Rutherford Shoes makes wonderful Irish Dance Soft and Hard shoes. You can purchase shoes via their website www.rutherfordshoes.com OR please check out our shoe bin at the studio.
THURSDAYS
5:00 - 6:00 PM - Nog Troupe

Fee: $80 for 8-week session per student
This will be for Tir Na Nog's youngest performance troupe dancers. They will meet once a week on Thursdays for an hour and participate in different shows throughout the year at different nursing homes, schools, parades, the christmas spectacular, and more.They will learn basic choreography of group dances, basic handholds, and will be challenged to remember different routines throughout the year. It is not uncommon for a child to be in Nog troupe 2 years in a row as this is where the foundation of all group dancing and performing is laid.

6:00 - 7:00 PM - Soft Shoe Technique
Fee: $100.00 for 8-week session per student
This class teaches students Irish dance steps in soft shoe. The focus is on technique and proper positions of dancing, body and posture. This class also teaches many of the modern day Irish Dance jumps such as Birds, Axels, Hover springs, double ups and more, as well as traditional Ceili dances. The purpose of this class is to learn steps that fit to Reel, Jig, Slip Jig, and Hop Jig music and continue to learn more steps and intricate flourishes to incorporate into soft shoe dances.
  • Irish soft shoes (ghillies) are required for this class.
7:00 - 8:00 PM - Green Troupe
Fee: $100.00 for 8-week session per student
Troupe dancers perform at local schools, nursing homes, festivals, parades, weddings, private parties and more! Members will perform in the Irish Dance Christmas Show as well as the Summer Solstice Festival in June. A member of the Green Troupe shows an understanding of Soft Shoe technique, understands the terminology of Irish Dance, and some of the basic figures of Irish Dance choreography.
  • Any dancer who is a troupe member must also be taking one additional soft shoe class.
FRIDAYS
4:30 - 5:30 PM - Rince Troupe
(Pronounced Rink-uh)
Fee: $100.00 for 8-week session per student
Troupe classes perform at local schools, nursing homes, festivals, parades, weddings, private parties and more! Members will perform in the Irish Dance Christmas Show as well as the Summer Solstice Festival in June. A member of the Rince Troupe shows strong understanding of Soft Shoe technique, understands the terminology of Irish Dance, and has a decent handle on the basic figures of Irish Dance and choreography.
  • Any dancer who is a troupe member must also be taking one additional soft shoe class.
5:30 - 6:30 PM - Intermediate Hard shoe
Fee: $100 for 8-week session per student
This class is open to any student who has taken at least one full year of hard shoe dance class and can adequately dance tips, trebles, hardshoe steps. Students in this class are expected to understand hard shoe language at this level and be able to count and understand hard shoe music, basic rhythms, and proper foot placement. Students at this hard shoe level should be almost able to keep their heels off the floor at all times and hop their steps as opposed to scuffing. This class can (and should!) be repeated as many times as necessary to master the foundations of basic Hard Shoe before moving on. All dancers must have hard shoes to participate in the class.
  • When purchasing hard shoes please make sure they have a black bottom and square tip toe. Rutherford Shoes makes wonderful Irish Dance Soft and Hard shoes. You can purchase shoes via their website www.rutherfordshoes.com OR please check out our shoe bin at the studio.
6:30 - 7:30 PM - Soft Shoe Technique

Fee: $100.00 for 8-week session per student
This class teaches students Irish dance steps in soft shoe. The focus is on technique and proper positions of dancing, body and posture. This class also teaches many of the modern day Irish Dance jumps such as Birds, Axels, Hover springs and more, as well as traditional Ceili dances. The purpose of this class is to learn steps that fit to Reel, Jig, Slip Jig, and Hop Jig music and continue to learn more steps and intricate flourishes to soft shoe Irish Dance.
  • Irish soft shoes (ghillies) are required for this class.
7:30 - 8:30 PM - Ceol Troupe (Pronounced Key-Ole)
Fee: $100.00 for 8-week session per student
Troupe classes perform at local schools, nursing homes, festivals, parades, weddings, private parties and more! Members will perform in the Irish Dance Christmas Show as well as the Summer Solstice Festival in June. A member of the Ceol Troupe shows strong understanding of Soft Shoe technique, understands the terminology of Irish Dance, and many of the basic figures of Irish Dance choreography. At this level dancers should be very strong in upper body posture, working on always having their feet turned out, and they should be able to stay on high on their toes, with hands closed and arms straight at all times. Ceol troupe members should also have phenomenal performance skills such as smiling throughout each dance routine and confidence in performing at many types of venues.
  • Any dancer who is a troupe member must also be taking one additional soft shoe class.
SATURDAYS
9:00 - 9:45 AM - Beginner Irish Dance - Age 5 to 10

Fee: $80.00 for 8-week session per student
This is a pure beginner class for children ages 5 to 10. They will learn the basics of irish dance, how to count the music, beginning foot placement, and beginner steps. Class limited to 15; minimum 7 students needed to hold class. No experience is expected for beginner level and no special shoes are required. We do ask children to wear soft-soled shoes (or just socks) and wear loose, comfortable clothing. Note: Very often, students at this age level will take this beginner class two, three or more times before being placed in a continuing beginner class as it is VERY important to really learn and be able to execute the basic steps of Irish dance before moving on and adding to them. Please bring a water bottle, notebook, and pencil to class.

10:00 - 10:45 AM - Advanced Beginner Irish Dance - Ages 6 and up
Fee: $80.00 for 8-week session per student
This class is a continuing children's class ages 6-12, but can also be used as a beginner class for those students who have already had experience in dancing in other genres and want to try out Irish Dance. The class will focus on Irish Dance technique, solidifying foot placement, learning more intricate steps and understanding the 4 main types of Soft Shoe Irish Dance - Reel, Jig, Slip Jig, and Hop jig. Note: Students in the class often repeat this class 2-3 times before moving up. Many dancers usually transition from this class into the performance troupe classes. Please bring a water bottle, notebook, and pencil to class.

11:00 - NOON - Adult and Teen Irish Dance
Fee: $100.00 for 8-week session per student (or $13.00 per class if dropping in).
This class is for Adults and Teens who are looking to learn Irish Dance! This class will teach the basics of Irish Dance, foot placement, timing, rhythm, and steps that fit into the 4 main types of soft shoe Irish Dance - Reel, Jig, Slip Jig, and Hop Jig. The adult class is constantly changing and new choreography, steps, and music is always being added. If you can't make a commitment to the whole session please feel free to come to the classes that you can make! Dancers from beginner to advanced can be in this class as the instructor breaks the participants up into levels that are appropriate for each dancer. Everyone is challenged to their own ability.

SUNDAYS
9:00 - 10:00 AM - Gold Troupe

Fee: $100.00 for 8-week session per student
Troupe classes perform at local schools, nursing homes, festivals, parades, weddings, private parties and more! Members will perform in the Irish Dance Christmas Show as well as the Summer Solstice Festival in June. A member of the Gold Troupe shows extremely strong understanding of Soft Shoe technique, understands the terminology of Irish Dance, and some of the basic figures of Irish Dance choreography. At this level dancers should be strong in upper body posture, their feet should be turned out, and they should be able to stay high on their toes with hands should closed at all times. Gold troupe members should also have good performance skills such as smiling throughout each dance routine and confidence in performing at many types of venues.
  • Any dancer who is a troupe member must also be taking one additional soft shoe class.
10:00 - 11:00 AM - Intermediate Hard Shoe
Fee: $100.00 for 8-week session per student
This class is for dancers who have taken both the beginner, advanced beginner, and intermediate hard shoe classes and who have a very strong handle on hard shoe dances. Dancers coming into this class should be able to do all the basic moves like trebles, tips, rolls, and should be able to keep their heels off the ground. The focus of this class will be on faster-paced reels, double trebles, clicks, and learning the traditional Hard Shoe set dances, as well as new steps for Slow Hornpipe, Treble Jig, and a few modern spins on Hard shoe dances.

11:00 - 12:00 PM - Claddagh Troupe
Fee: $100.00 for 8-week session per student
Troupe classes perform at local schools, nursing homes, festivals, parades, weddings, private parties and more! Members will perform in the Irish Dance Christmas Show as well as the Summer Solstice Festival in June. A member of the Claddagh Troupe shows outstanding understanding of Soft Shoe technique, understands the terminology of Irish Dance, and many figures of Irish Dance choreography. At this level dancers should be very strong in upper body posture, feet turned out, high on their toes, with hands closed and arms straight at all times. Claddagh troupe members should also have phenomenal performance skills such as smiling throughout each dance routine and confidence in performing at many types of venues.
  • Any dancer who is a troupe member must also be taking one additional soft shoe class.
12:00 - 1:00 PM - Advanced Soft Shoe
Fee: $100.00 for 8-week session per student
Students taking this class should be able to learn new dances steps quickly without having them broken down piece by piece. Students should have a good handle on many of the current dance jumps and be able to hear a tune and know which type of dance it is. This class is a combination of members from Claddagh and Triskele troupes.
  • Any member in those troupes must be in this soft shoe class.
1:00 - 3:00 PM - Triskele Troupe (Pronounced Tris-Kale)
Fee: $150.00 for 8-week session per student
Troupe classes perform at local schools, nursing homes, festivals, parades, weddings, private parties and more! Members will perform in the Irish Dance Christmas Show as well as the Summer Solstice Festival in June. A member of the Triskele Troupe shows a exceptional understanding of Soft Shoe technique, understands the terminology of Irish Dance, and all of the basic figures of Irish Dance choreography. Triskele troupe members should be executing each step with confidence, pointed toes, turned out feet, and hands ALWAYS closed. A stiff upper body with arms held closely to their torso as well as a smile at all times is a must. Performing for a Triskele troupe dancer should flow easily from within.
  • Any dancer who is a troupe member must also be taking one additional soft shoe class.
Erika Damiani has run Tir Na Nog Irish Dance at Blackstone River Theatre since 2011. Erika placed nationally in 2010 with the American Association of Irish Dance Teachers and in 2011 and 2012 with the North American Irish Dance Federation, and has danced her way to Prizewinner level. She has experience in teaching classes with children from age 5 and up to adults. Erika choreographs her own dances and is proficient in teaching both modern Irish dance and traditional ceili dances. Visit www.tirnanogirishdanceri.com




GROUP FIDDLE CLASSES
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays starting September 13, 14, 15 with instructor Cathy Clasper-Torch

6-Week TOTAL Beginner Fiddle - Tuesdays at 6:30 PM
6-Week Advanced Intermediate Fiddle - Tuesdays at 7:45 PM
6-Week Advanced Fiddle - Wednesdays at 6:30 PM
6-Week Advanced Fiddle - Wednesdays at 7:45 PM
6-Week Intermediate Beginner Fiddle - Thursdays at 5:30 PM


Classes are $80.00 per student per 6-week session. Minimum needed to hold each class is six. Students must bring: own fiddle and bow, a music stand, and a recording device. Both playing by ear and some sight reading will be included. Players will be placed in all classes by the instructor's evaluation of skill level. Prepayment necessary!

TUESDAY classes meet: 9/13; 9/20; (skip week of 9/27); 10/4; 10/11; 10/18; 10/25
6:30 - 7:30 p.m. - TOTAL BEGINNER Fiddlers
7:45 - 8:45 p.m. - ADVANCED-INTERMEDIATE Fiddlers

WEDNESDAY classes meet: 9/14; 9/21; (skip week of 9/28); 10/5; 10/12; 10/19; 10/26
6:30 - 7:30 p.m. - ADVANCED Fiddlers
7:45 - 8:45 p.m. - ADVANCED Fiddlers

THURSDAY Classes meet: 9/15; (skip week of 9/22); 9/29; 10/6; 10/13; 10/20; 10/27
5:30 - 6:30 p.m. - INTERMEDIATE BEGINNER Fiddlers


CLASS DESCRIPTIONS
Complete Beginner Fiddle Class

This course is for those just starting to fiddle around or for those who always wanted to! It's also great for people who want to start over again after some time away from playing. The beginner class includes: fundamentals of playing the fiddle (fingering and bowing technique), instrument care, tuning the strings with confidence, and learning simple tunes and exercises by both ear and notation. A recording device is recommended for each class along with a music stand. Students need to bring their fiddle and bow to first class! Intermediate Beginner fiddle classes are for those who have taken three or more 6-week sessions at Blackstone River Theatre or have equivalent experience.

Advanced Intermediate Fiddle Classes
This class is for fiddlers who have played for two years or more, or by discretion of the instructor. General fiddle proficiency (intonation, bowing, fingering) as well as comfort with sight-reading or reading notation is needed. This class will include: learning a broad repertoire of fiddle music (American, Celtic and more), playing by ear, performance skills and comfort, beginning ornamentation of tunes, session and jam etiquette. A recording device and music stand are recommended for each class.

Advanced Level Fiddle Classes (two levels)
These classes are for independent fiddle players who are comfortable with notation/sight reading, and have a general mastery of their instrument. The advanced classes includes: ear training and memorization of tunes, as well as exploration of improvisation and harmony. Placement in this class level will be at the discretion of the instructor and there are two levels to allow us to place "like" levels together. Recording device and music stand are recommended for each class. Players at this level will, on occasion, also learn tunes/repertoire for performance at Blackstone River Theatre events such as the Blackstone River Theatre Craft Fair and the Summer Solstice Festival.

Cathy Clasper Torch is a multi-instrumentalist whose primary focus is fiddle/violin and piano. She combines her early classical training with love of improvisation and music of all genres and cultures. Cathy records and performs in the area with numerous bands and musicians including the Atwater-Donnelly Trio and The Gnomes and released her first solo CD in 2011. Visit www.cathyclasper-torch.com




GROUP ERHU (CHINESE 2-STRING FIDDLE) CLASSES
Thursdays starting September 15 with instructor Cathy Clasper-Torch


6-week session; $80.00 per student. Must purchase your own erhu (info below!)
6:45 PM CLASS IS SOLD OUT!
7:45 PM CLASS still has three spots!


Blackstone River Theatre will offer two "Intro to Erhu" (2-string Chinese folk fiddle) classes with Cathy Clasper-Torch on Thursdays beginning September 15. The 6:45 PM class is already filled so we have added a 7:45 PM class as well! Over the years, Cathy has had many people asking about erhu lessons, but because it would necessitate the purchase of an erhu (erhu rentals are hard to come by!) we have been hesitant to offer it. However, she discovered a reliable place to purchase erhus, and would like to invite you to consider taking this introductory class, and enjoy playing a beautiful traditional Asian instrument.

TO PURCHASE AN ERHU: Visit www.clarionmusic.com (They sell traditional Chinese instruments in San Francisco, CA). Phone #: 415-823-6978. Ask to speak to "Lu" (let him know you are taking an erhu class in Rhode Island!) Ask for the "better model Erhu" - these are currently on sale from normally $300 to around $180! An erhu should include: erhu/bow (attached); bridge; strings (all set-up, hopefully!); and a case. Clarion Music is having a sale right now, as they will be moving to another space this Fall most likely, so now is a good time to buy your erhu!




BEGINNER GUITAR - 6-week session
Saturdays starting September 17 with instructor Ed Sweeney


Blackstone River Theatre will offer BEGINNER STEEL STRING GUITAR classes with Ed Sweeney on Saturdays beginning September 17, from 1:00 to 1:50 PM. This will be a group class geared toward adults or teens age 14-and-up. Fee is $90 per student per six-week session. Minimum five needed to hold class. This class is open to beginners who need help tuning, forming basic chords, changing from one chord to another, and learning basic picking and strumming techniques. We will review basic music theory, ear training, and approaches to song accompaniment and students will develop correct posture and hand position, identify the parts of the guitar, learn basic chords and single notes in first position, learn proper strumming, and more. Participants must bring their own steel-string guitar!




BEGINNER 5-STRING OLD-TIMEY BANJO - 6-week session
Saturdays starting September 17 with instructor Ed Sweeney


Blackstone River Theatre will offer BEGINNER 5-STRING OLD-TIMEY BANJO classes with Ed Sweeney on Saturdays beginning September 17, from 2:00 to 2:50 PM. This will be a group class geared toward adults or teens age 14-and-up. Fee is $90 per student per six-week session. Minimum five needed to hold class. This class is open to beginners who will learn the basics of playing the old-time Appalachian banjo style including tuning, ornamentation and basic frailing to drop thumb melodic playing. We will work on ear training and as we progress, discover the many different tunings of old timey banjo and perhaps why one would want to use different tunings (besides driving everyone else around you crazy while you change the tuning on your instrument!) Participants must bring their own 5-string banjo!




BASKET WEAVING WORKSHOP
with master basket weaver Elwood Donnelly


Blackstone River Theatre will offer a workshop in Basket Weaving with master basket weaver Elwood Donnelly. This four-hour workshop for beginners in Basket Weaving will be offered on Saturday, October 29, from 12 to 4:00 p.m. A minimum of 6 students is needed to hold class; maximum of 9 students. Fee for the workshop is $ 75.00. Prepayment is necessary by Sunday, October 16 so we have time to purchase the materials and tools.

In this 4-hour workshop, participants will learn the skills to make beautiful and functional baskets while completing a project to take home the very same day. The focus in this first workshop will be making a Salt & Pepper Caddy. Future workshops will explore other types of baskets and more. All materials costs are included in the workshop fee and the tools will become the property of the participants for use in future projects.

So we can be assured of meeting the minimum needed to hold this class (AND so we can order tools and materials), BRT NEEDS PRE-PAYMENT BY OCTOBER 16, 2016




CELTIC STONE CARVING IN LIMESTONE FOR BEGINNERS
A two-day class in Celtic Relief Stone Carving - October 1 and October 2, 2016


Blackstone River Theatre will offer a two-day class in Celtic Relief Stone carving in Limestone for beginners with instructor Laura Travis, outside, behind the Blackstone River Theatre. The class will be held on Saturday, October 1 AND Sunday, October 2, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day (with a half-hour lunch break.) Teenagers (age 16 and up), college students and adults are all welcome and no experience is required. (Note: Laura WILL also be able to accommodate students who have taken this class in the past and want to build on their skills!) A maximum of 10 students will be allowed; a minimum of six is needed to run the class. The course fee is $125 plus a separate $12 materials fee which is payable directly to instructor Laura Travis (includes several pieces of stone, sandpapers, and access to finishing tools.) Prepayment is necessary. IF you want to purchase your own chisel so you can keep carving at home, we will need to know to pre-order them by September 2. The additional cost would be $18 so let us know and add that to the $12 materials fee already being paid. For more information, visit the instructor's site, campus.digication.com/lauratravis.

Relief carving is a satisfying and useful skill which has numerous applications for gardens, landscaping, and creative expression. The saga of The Celt and The Stone is as old as time. If you have seen a photo of the High Crosses in Ireland and Scotland, or British well-shrine covers, you've seen Celtic relief carving in stone. In this 12-hour introductory-level course, students will use manageable scraps of limestone and carve them with an initial, a knot, or an animal motif - bring your own idea or utilize teacher references - and in the process learn something of one of the signature arts of the Celts. Included will be plenty of stone lore, tips for scrounging up materials and tools for practically nothing, and information about techniques including polishing and finishing.

Laura Travis has been carving for 24 years, bringing her knowledge and love of Irish and Celtic traditions firmly into her work in stone. As an artist, Laura walks between the worlds of fine and folk art, utilizing traditional iconography in some very contemporary contexts. Travis has shown her work in Providence, Maryland, Toronto, Worcester and New Bedford. She holds an MFA in sculpture from the Maryland Institute College of Art, and maintains her studio just a stone's throw from the ocean in Rhode Island. She's also known for originating and hosting the Irish traditional music radio program, In The Celtic Realm, for the past 33 years on WRIU-FM.

So we can be assured of meeting the minimum needed to hold this class (AND so we can order tools and materials), BRT NEEDS PRE-PAYMENT BY SEPTEMBER 24, 2016




ZUMBA CLASSES - ONGOING / DROP-IN
Zumba classes Offered Monday evenings at 6:30 p.m. with instructor April Hilliker


Mondays, 6:30-7:30 PM - ZUMBA WITH APRIL HILLIKER

$5.00 per class; pay at the door - no signup needed! Free class after ten classes taken!
Are you ready to party yourself into shape? That's EXACTLY what the Zumba program is all about. It's an exhilarating, effective, easy-to-follow, Latin-inspired, calorie-burning dance fitness party that's moving millions of people toward joy and health. Zumba FitnessŪ is the only Latin-inspired dance-fitness program that blends red-hot international music, created by Grammy Award-winning producers, and contagious steps to form a "fitness-party" that is downright addictive. Zumba is for all fitness levels and ages. It is all about moving, laughing, and most of all having FUN! You don't have to have the perfect body or be a professional dancer to do Zumba, all you have to do is move and SHAKE IT! Step out of your comfort zone and join the hottest dance party around... Our instructor April Hilliker has become known as one of the area's best and most popular Zumba instructors. One of the extra attractions of BRT Zumba classes is that April will be teaching from a raised stage allowing everyone in class to more easily see and follow her moves... come down and give it a try! Capacity at BRT for Zumba is 50 people!

PLEASE PAY WITH CASH AT THE DOOR... no need to call ahead!





MOUNTAIN DULCIMER WORKSHOP WITH AUBREY ATWATER & ELWOOD DONNELLY

There are currently no workshops scheduled but we usually offer two or three sessions per year. We hope the next is in late February 2017. These will be separate classes (beginner with Elwood and continuing with Aubrey). Minimum of 5 students needed to hold class; maximum of 14 students.

The many possibilities of the mountain dulcimer are part of the beauty of this extraordinary Appalachian instrument. Moving at a comfortable pace, the dulcimer will be approached from a variety of angles: singing and playing chords, tunings, using the traditional noter, strumming, fingerpicking, flatpicking, and any other topics that may "happen" as a result of group chemistry and as time allows. Participants will leave the class amazed with themselves and full of new ideas. Aubrey and Elwood will be teaching these classes which will be divided into two levels, beginner and continuing. For the beginner class, participants need no prior knowledge of reading or playing music! If you can, please bring a dulcimer in good playing condition; otherwise, contact Aubrey about renting at: aubreyfolk@aol.com or by calling (401) 392-1909.

Based on their availability, we sometimes offer 4-week sessions, one three hour workshop OR a series of two-hour workshops. Watch this space for details!