Music Workshops by Leader Name

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Amelia Hogan
Irish Songs & Ballads
Celebrate Irish ballads, songs, and the Sean Nůs tradition. Sing (or play) along as stories are told through song.
Anne & Pete Sibley
Coming Together in Duo Harmony
The Sibleys will lead the group in singing traditional and original folk songs, while sharing their skills for finding harmony parts.
Arlene Immerman
Execution: Traditional Songs
A song swap featuring some of the many songs about executions from the British Isles and American folk song traditions; come prepared to lead a song or request a favorite if you wish.
Art Peterson
Contra Band Workshop (2 hrs)
Learn some of the basics of playing in a contra dance band and get a sneak peak at the tunes for the Sunday evening contra dance.
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Beth Berkelhammer
A Cavalcade of Yodelers and Fauxdelers
Thrill to the sounds of our panel of top-drawer yodelers, who will regale us for most of the hour, and glean a few tips from the experts, as well. Time allowing, we'll all yodel (or fauxdel) along on a few songs.
Beth Berkelhammer
Jimmie Rodgers Song Swap
Train songs, cowboy songs, outlaw songs, blues songs, sentimental parlor songs, early jazz songs--and many with a yodel; come sing some and listen some to a variety of songs from the great Jimmie Rodgers.
Bill Trainor
Intermediate Ukulele Strumming
Attendees, who should already be at home with the common strum, boom chucka, and boom chucka chucka, will be introduced to backbeat strums, strums with Afro-Cuban rhythms, triplet-based strums, and rasgueado-based strums.
Bill Trainor
Songwriting from the Source (2 hrs.)
For anyone who has ever wanted to write a song. We will focus on songwriting as a means of self-expression and self-discovery.
Bonnie Lockhart
American History in Song/Song in American History: Expanding Freedom
Music that takes freedom to heart.
Brooks Hunnicut
How to Run a Successful Pickers' Circle
For anyone who would like to bring people together to share, play, and enjoy music for fun and possible profit, including club, restaurant, and bar owners.
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Charles Feltman
Learn to Sing Barbershop Harmony
Learn to harmonize by ear, listening to the music and filling in where needed in the style of the southern and Appalachian barbershops of old.
Christopher Richard
CJBA Jug Band Jam (2 hrs)
Jug band music is good-time music-come play and sing up a storm and have a great time doing it at this jam guided by two jug band stalwarts.
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DJ Hamouris
Introduction to Mountain Dulcimer
Learn a few tunes in the basic D-A-D tuning and start having fun with this most simple of American instruments.
Dale Allen Boland
Treasures from Ruth Crawford Seeger's Collection
Traditional American children's songs and games.
Dan Scanlan
The Circle of 5ths Demystified
This hands-on workshop will explore the origin of the circle of fifths and show you how it can help you in learning and writing songs.
Dan Scanlan
Play-Along Cultural History of the Ukulele
Dan will demonstrate the rajao, braguinha, tiple, and other ukulele ancestors and spin-offs. When appropriate, attendees can play along and learn a tune or two.
Daniel Hersh
Concertina (2 hrs)
An introduction to the concertina, with a demonstration and Q&A, followed by more advanced tips for current players.
Dave MacFarlane
Swap Rounds About Food
Simple, silly, beautiful songs all featuring edibles.
Deborah Sandler
In Harmony's Way a Cappella Singing Session
Come lead a song, request a song, or just sing along on drinking songs, gospel songs, sea shanties, camp songs, silly songs, sad songs, or anything else with a good chorus or refrain.
Dick Bagwell
Some Theory for Folkies: Intervals to Watch Out For
Using traditional British Isles and American dance tunes, Dick will help you gain a basic understanding of modes, scales, chord progressions, cadences, and more, which will support your playing and singing.
Don Murdoch
Guitar Fretboard Theory
Embark on the first steps of your journey around the guitar neck using five basic chord shapes and the CAGED system, one of the best methods for understanding how the neck works in regular tuning.
Don Murdoch
Songs of Kate Wolf
Sing and share the music of Kate Wolf in this song circle.
Don Price (assisted by Ken Billeci & Jane Thompson)
Gypsy Jazz Guitar Improvisation
Using six basic chord types, we'll create our own improvised lines to popular tunes from the gypsy jazz repertoire and gain a better understanding of Django's improvisational process.
Don Price, assisted by Ken Billeci & Jane Thompson
Gypsy Jazz Rhythm Jam
A hands-on, no-pressure, play-your-heart-out jam for rhythm and solo players, structured so that everyone gets a chance to improvise. This will be a hot gypsy jazz jam!
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Ed Hilton
John Prine Songs
John Prine's melancholy and humorous folk/country songs tug at the soul. We'll go around the circle giving participants an opportunity to lead or request a song.
Ed Silberman
Treasures from Ruth Crawford Seeger's Collection
Traditional American children's songs and games.
Estelle Freedman
Folk Songs of American Women's History
Learn the meaning behind some familiar, and some not so familiar, songs sung by or about women in the past, as you sing along.
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Gary Breitbard
Shape Note Singing
Singers and non-singers alike are welcome to join in on this moving four-part a cappella music that dates back to the early days of our nation.
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Hali Hammer
Songwriting for Kids
Learn about the songwriting process and then join the group in writing a song.
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Jack Gilder
Concertina (2 hrs)
An introduction to the concertina, with a demonstration and Q&A, followed by more advanced tips for current players.
Jacqueline Lynaugh
Harp Showcase
Hear and enjoy the diverse sounds, techniques, and repertoire of three harpers playing three varieties of this most ancient of instruments.
Janet Lenore (assisted by Jeff Davis)
Simple Swing Songs for the Ukulele
We'll dig deep into three songs that can be swung using the good old "open" chords you already know and love; working on right- and left-hand techniques, we'll make them sound jazzy and lively.
Janet Lenore
Uke Chords that Work Anywhere on the Neck
You've paid for the entire neck of that little ukulele, so why not learn to make use of it all? An introduction to "closed chords," starting with two- and three-chord songs.
Jeannine Menger
Beatles Sing and Play Along (2 hrs)
Explore the music of the lads from Liverpool in this structured jam. Learn why these brilliant songs changed the landscape of popular music forever.
Jeannine Menger
Three Beatles Songs on Guitar
Hands-on learning using charts and tab. We'll work on "Norwegian Wood," an easy one-chord song; "Blackbird," which features fingerpicking; and "Mother Nature's Son," a complex four-part piece that we'll cover in detail.
Jerry Michaels
Gospel Sing-Along
Come sing and share spiritual songs from any tradition; goddess songs, chants, all are welcome.
Jillian Tallmer
Songs of the Pennywhistlers
A rare opportunity to learn a half-dozen songs from the repertoire of Ethel Raim's groundbreaking seven-woman singing group The Pennywhistlers.
Joanne Orengo
Swap Rounds About Food
Simple, silly, beautiful songs all featuring edibles.
Joe Cadora
Beatles Sing and Play Along (2 hrs)
Explore the music of the lads from Liverpool in this structured jam. Learn why these brilliant songs changed the landscape of popular music forever.
John Tuttle
Help Wanted - Careers in Music
Come explore the wide range of jobs available in the music business and the skills you need to get hired.
John Tuttle
Music Theory for Non-Instrumentalists
A workshop designed for singers who want to learn some basic concepts that will allow them to build better harmonies, communicate more effectively with instrumentalists, and better understand the music they sing.
Jonathan Gill
Producing Your Own CD (2 hours)
Learn the steps necessary to create and market a music CD; for songwriters, recording musicians, engineers, and music lovers.
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Kay Eskenazi
Beginning Fingerpicking for Guitar Players
Learn the basics (and more) of how to fingerpick accompaniments to folk, blues, and popular songs using the Travis picking technique.
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Laurie Story and Jeremiah
In Our Hands Singalong
In Our Hands Sing-A-Long Concert with multiple instruments & singable songs for being in harmony with ourselves, each other & the planet.
Laurie Vela & Jeremiah
All My Relations Singing & Drumming
Singing and drumming together, through music we'll celebrate our connections to each other and to all beings on the earth.
Lisa Aschmann
Getting Your Songs in Film and on TV
Learn strategies from a seasoned pro and discuss pitching opportunities to make your work maximally attractive to film and television music supervisors.
Lisa Hubbell
Songs from the Heart
Come ready to listen as we share from the heart songs that have moved us to tears, kept us going, or changed us.
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Mac McCurdy
Beginning Lead Playing on Guitar
This workshop provides a logical and systematic approach to working your way from chords to related scales and on to playing leads.
Marian Gade
Gospel Sing-Along
Come sing and share spiritual songs from any tradition; goddess songs, chants, all are welcome.
Mark Lemaire
Getting Open Tuning Sound in Standard Tuning
Learn to play more interesting chords and to add color to your existing chords.
Mark Lemaire
Working With - or Being - A Producer: Tips, Tricks, & When to Lie
This workshop will provide an overview of the production process and the role of the producer.
Mark Levy
Yiddish Songs of Love and Work
Learn to sing some traditional and composed songs from the Jews of Eastern Europe; no prior Yiddish knowledge necessary.
Melody Cryns
Ukulele Singalong Jam
Ukulele players, this jam's for you! Music will be provided, but bring a song to share, if you wish (singers and other instruments are welcome, also).
Meredith Axelrod
1920s Blues & Jazz String Band
Participants will learn a number of 1920s songs, play them with other instrumentalists, and sing them, too, in glorious harmony.
Meredith Axelrod
Walking Bass Lines for Early Blues & Rag Guitar
Learn to connect guitar chords in inventive ways instead of simply strumming them in succession and changing abruptly; we'll use mini-melodies to move gracefully from one chord to the next.
Miss Juli
Junk Band
Build your own instruments from recycled materials and then join in on a junk band concert.
Mitch Landy
Harp Showcase
Hear and enjoy the diverse sounds, techniques, and repertoire of three harpers playing three varieties of this most ancient of instruments.
Myron Grossman
Blues Jam
Bring your instruments and join Myron and Tom as they play blues and swing with harmonica, bass and guitar.
Myron Grossman
Harmonica & Guitar
Myron & Tom will play blues and swing tunes, describe simple ways to approach vocal, melodic & harmonic playing, and present improvisation ideas, jamming methods, and rhythm and lead concepts for ensemble playing.
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Nanci Schneidinger
Children's Music Network Songswap
Share a song, or just listen.
Nancy Schimmel
American History in Song/Song in American History: Expanding Freedom
Music that takes freedom to heart.
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Patrice Haan
Harp Showcase
Hear and enjoy the diverse sounds, techniques, and repertoire of three harpers playing three varieties of this most ancient of instruments.
Peter Kasin
Sea Songs & Sea Shanties (2 hrs.)
We'll start with a brief introduction to the different types of shanties and spend the rest of the workshop singing as much as possible.
Peter Ross
Shape Note Singing
Singers and non-singers alike are welcome to join in on this moving four-part a cappella music that dates back to the early days of our nation.
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Richard Adrianowicz
Sea Songs & Sea Shanties (2 hrs.)
We'll start with a brief introduction to the different types of shanties and spend the rest of the workshop singing as much as possible.
Riggy Rackin
Concertina (2 hrs)
An introduction to the concertina, with a demonstration and Q&A, followed by more advanced tips for current players.
Rob Wilson
Introduction to Bodhran
This beginners' class will cover hand position and use, beats for jigs and reels, phrasing, and how to approach sessions.
Robert Thornton Kent
How to Run a Successful Pickers' Circle
For anyone who would like to bring people together to share, play, and enjoy music for fun and possible profit, including club, restaurant, and bar owners.
Roger Sinasohn
Kids' Open Mic
This is your chance to be the star! The kids' open mic is an opportunity to get up on stage and perform.
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Sadie Damascus
Traditional Ballads: a Song Swap (2 hrs.)
Traditional English and Scottish ballads are very old, but they will come alive again in this song swap where the line between song and story is uncertain.
Sadie Damascus
Traditional Harmony Songs: a Song Swap
A song swap of traditional songs that are well suited to harmony singing, on any topic. Come prepared to lead a song or simply join in and sing along.
Shay Black
Expanding Your Folk Song Repertoire
Shay will teach a number of songs from Irish, English, Scottish, and other folk traditions; learning will be by repetition. "If you can hum it, you can sing it."
Steve Baughman
Clawhammer Guitar Total Immersion
Intermediate and advanced players, come prepared to work hard and have fun as you learn to create that old-time banjo groove on the guitar.
Steve Baughman
In Harmony's Way a Cappella Singing Session
Come lead a song, request a song, or just sing along on drinking songs, gospel songs, sea shanties, camp songs, silly songs, sad songs, or anything else with a good chorus or refrain.
Steve Scott
Mandolin for Beginners
Focusing on basic, easy chords, some scale patterns, and melodies, this workshop will touch on right-hand technique: holding the pick correctly, pick direction, and playing rhythm to accompany songs.
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Terry Moore
Shape Note Singing
Singers and non-singers alike are welcome to join in on this moving four-part a cappella music that dates back to the early days of our nation.
Tina Louise Barr
Autoharp - Make it Sparkle with Expression
Add magic to your musical performance by learning to play more expressively, at any skill level.
Tom Murray
Blues Jam
Bring your instruments and join Myron and Tom as they play blues and swing with harmonica, bass and guitar.
Tom Murray
Harmonica & Guitar
Myron & Tom will play blues and swing tunes, describe simple ways to approach vocal, melodic & harmonic playing, and present improvisation ideas, jamming methods, and rhythm and lead concepts for ensemble playing.
Tony Marcus
Intro to Swing Rhythm Guitar
We'll learn a small number of four-note moveable chord shapes and get that swing feel happening with a propulsive 4/4 strum. If you can change regular open chord shapes quickly, you CAN learn this.
Tony Elman
Flash Mob Choir
Sing chants, rounds, and more while stepping and clapping in waves of rhythm.
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Wayne Hagen
CJBA Jug Band Jam (2 hrs)
Jug band music is good-time music-come play and sing up a storm and have a great time doing it at this jam guided by two jug band stalwarts.