Thursday Music Workshops
Workshops begin February 28th in Clarke Center Room 202
Sign up at the Student Center or email Chris Scott at firstname.lastname@example.org
Class 1, 12p- 12:50p - Music Fundamentals Workshop
This class is open to any vocalist or instrumentalist who would like to explore in a "hands-on" fashion the basic inner workings of music. With lots of music in different styles that we play together in class, we will experience the most important aspects of music such as melody, harmony, and rhythm. The class is open to any musician with or without previous experience. If you play an instrument, definitely bring it if you can!
Class 2, 1p – 1:50p - Songwriting/Music Composition Workshop
This class covers the most important techniques of composing instrumental music and writing songs. We'll examine how melodies relate to chords, and how music ties in with lyrics. The goal for the end of this workshop is a basic music composition/song writing project to be completed by each student with the help of their instructor and class mates. If logistically possible, we will also try to perform one of the originals as part of the end of the year celebration/performance opportunities. Pre-existing instrumental/vocal training is helpful but not required.
Class 3, 2p – 2:50p - Band/Jam Workshop
This is a music ensemble class that explores covers and originals in a casual setting. All combinations of vocalists and instrumentals should work. Depending on how the group shapes up, we will plan on casual performances towards the end of the academic year. Instrumentalists as well as vocalists of any skill level are welcome!
Workshops will be taught by Dirk Litzner. Dirk has studied with Michael Newman, Frederic Hand, and Arthur Champlin at Mannes College of Music, New York City, and has a BM in Classical Guitar Performance. He holds a Masters Certificate in Music Production and Technology from the Berklee College of Music, Boston. His experience and training with the guitar spans the globe. He is the Creative Director and Founder of Center Street Sound in Easthampton, MA, and has served as Assistant Editor of Guitar Review Magazine in New York City. Dirk has extensive solo and ensemble performance experience in both Europe and the US, including Peter’s Case (Germany), Detmold Conservatory Chamber Orchestra (Germany), Mannes Guitar Ensemble (US) and Elizabethan Duo (US). He is fluent in English, German and Spanish.