Musicianship course open to all
Rockport — Bay Chamber Community School will offer a new course taught by renowned composer Malcolm Brooks this fall on Monday evenings, beginning Oct. 29, in the recital hall of the school, located on the fourth floor of the Shepherd Building, 18 Central St. The course will meet weekly through December and is open to musicians of all ages.
Musicianship, Level 1 is a class for players and singers who want to sit in with other musicians and be able to make up an instrumental part or a harmony on the spot. Classes will focus on learning which notes, chords and rhythms to expect and then on identifying notes, rhythms and chords as soon as they are heard. Participants will use works from popular and classical repertoires to build a familiarity with common melodic, chord and rhythmic patterns. Opportunities to practice perceiving these patterns, to make up parts and harmonies and to play and improvise as an ensemble are integral to the curriculum.
The only prerequisite for the course is the ability to sing or play the C-major scale at a steady tempo, along with a commitment to practice what is learned in the class. The goal is for all enrolled to feel comfortable playing with others so the group benefits when all are fully engaged in the learning process.
Brooks composes music for films, churches and performing artists. Films he has scored are televised throughout the world and have earned numerous honors including two Emmy nominations and a Peabody award. His works for churches are performed regularly including his “Sanctus,” which has been sung at more than 300 services. Brooks holds degrees from Columbia and Berkeley and is currently working on a doctoral thesis through Prescott College about creating folk songs from the ethnographies of people in Maine.
Regular class meetings are scheduled for Mondays from 6:30 to 8 p.m., with five additional Thursday evenings for practice and maximum training. The fee for the course is $160 for eight weeks; scholarship assistance is available. For more information, contact Shaunna Brown at email@example.com or 236-2823.
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