Class Details and Descriptions

Chris' Classes:

1. Group Class: 18th Century Music of Pietro Denis We will look at Denis’ Preludes and theme and variation pieces, focusing on the R.H. techniques of the 18thCentury classical mandolin. 

2. Beginner Class: Rhythms and the Speech Cues that Define Them This class will focus on understanding rhythms and learning how to get a more solid footing in rhythmical playing. Students will learn to use speech cues and clapping to better understanding the music they play.  

3. Advanced Class: La Tristezza D’ Inverno by Alison Stephens The Sadness of Winter was a piece that was closest to Alison’s heart and demonstrated her technical ability as a performer; featuring various glide stroke patterns, duo-style and harp arpeggio technique. This class will break down each technique for the students, discuss fingerings and musical interpretation. 

4. My orchestral selection is Three Lute Songs by John Dowland arranged for voice and mandolin orchestra.  

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Vincent’s Classes:

1. GROUP CLASS: Mandolin is Animal Like Others Discover the musical universe of Vincent Beer-Demander through his book for solo mandolin "Bestiaire”; studying each piece; analyze the techniques and exchanging on the vision of Vincent Beer-Demander.

2. BEGINNER CLASS: Made in Marseille: Work of Laurent Fantauzzi Introduction to the mandolin through the first duets of Laurent Fantauzzi, mandolin teacher at the Conservatory of Marseille from 1921 to 1941. 

3. ADVANCED CLASS: The Mandolin of Galliano. Richard Galliano is one of the greatest French musicians. His music combines jazz, classical and French popular music. His work "Umoresca" in 2 movements is part of a set of new pieces composed for Vincent Beer-Demander. This class will work in detail at this new work by focusing on the specific techniques it presents and the interpretation.

4. Orchestral Selection: Children Suite by Vincent Beer-Demander



Marilynn’s Classes:

1.     Group Class: How Context Informs Performance learning to find the information encoded in every composition, beyond notes, that will lead to a more interesting interpretation. 

2.     Beginner Class: The Art of Phrasing How to locate and connect musical phrases or gestures to create a more interesting storyline for your audience to follow. 

3.     Advanced Class: Sonatine in C Major by Ludwig van Beethoven A look at the structure, phrasing and steps to master the “tricky bits” of coordination between right and left hands. 

4.     Orchestral Selection: Playful Pizzicato from Benjamin Britten’s Simple Symphony Op. 4