Music Classes

Adult

Quarantunes
Instructor: Nate Watson
Wednesday 6:30-7:30 pm, 6 weeks, 12/2-1/13 (no class 12/23)
Tuition: $90
–People today are not only facing profound social losses from quarantine, but are under increasingly intense pressure to achieve, plan, and simulate normalcy in the most uncertain of times. Furthermore, with school and work going virtual, people have lost their primary space of mutual support among their peers. In both my own work and teaching, I have found songwriting to be an essential processing tool — as a personal practice, songwriting offers an opportunity to explore and express one’s feelings; as interpersonal practice, it offers a place to share and validate those feelings with others. The goal of this class is to build a deliberate and supportive community for people to process their quarantine experiences, and to provide them with skills in songwriting and recording as a means to creatively express and document their thoughts and feelings in the COVID era. Through a series of prompts and questions, students will write, reflect upon, and have conversations with their peers about their experiences in quarantine. They will then write an original song based in their writing and reflections. Finally, students will arrange, produce, and record their songs.
Materials: instrument, recording device (phone/laptop/computer), internet access, headphones
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Where’s that Music Coming From?Instructor: Nate Watson
Thursday 6:30-7:30 pm, 6 weeks, 12/3-1/21 (no class 12/24, 12/31)
Tuition: $100
–Despite quarantine preventing musicians from being together in the same room, we are witnessing a prolific musical era, rife with collaboration. This is in large part due to the fact that remote musical collaboration did not emerge in response to COVID, but has been an integral part of 21st century music, and is an essential skill among modern musicians and recording artists from top-tier producers to bedroom pop artists. This course aims to introduce students to the skills associated with remote musical collaboration and to develop their proficiency with their respective instruments in a band setting.
–Students will learn the basics of DIY music recording. For the duration of the course, they will meet weekly to learn a new song, the song’s arrangement, and how to play their part in the song. They will then independently record their individual parts, along with a video of themselves playing it, which will be mixed and edited by the instructor into a music video. Instructor will hold weekly office hour to offer one-on-one help with student’s learning and/or recording their parts.
–Materials: instrument, recording device (phone/laptop/computer), internet access, headphones. Some proficiency on a musical instrument required.
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Teens

Quarantunes for Quaranteens
Instructor: Nate Watson
Wednesday 5-6 pm, 6 weeks 6 weeks, 12/2-1/13 (no class 12/23)
Tuition: $90
–Teens today are not only facing profound social losses from quarantine, but are under increasingly intense pressure to achieve, plan, and simulate normalcy in the most uncertain of times. Furthermore, with school going virtual, teens have lost their primary space of mutual support among their peers. In both my own work and teaching, I have found songwriting to be an essential processing tool — as a personal practice, songwriting offers an opportunity to explore and express one’s feelings; as interpersonal practice, it offers a place to share and validate those feelings with others. The goal of this class is to build a deliberate and supportive community for teens to process their quarantine experiences, and to provide them with skills in songwriting and recording as a means to creatively express and document their thoughts and feelings in the COVID era. Through a series of prompts and questions, students will write, reflect upon, and have conversations with their peers about their experiences in quarantine. They will then write an original song based in their writing and reflections. Finally, students will arrange, produce, and record their songs.
–Materials: instrument, recording device (phone/laptop/computer), internet access, headphones
Register Here

Where’s that Music Coming From?
Instructor: Nate Watson
Thursday 5-6 pm, 6 weeks, 12/3-1/21 (no class 12/24, 12/31)
Tuition: $100
–Despite quarantine preventing musicians from being together in the same room, we are witnessing a prolific musical era, rife with collaboration. This is in large part due to the fact that remote musical collaboration did not emerge in response to COVID, but has been an integral part of 21st century music, and is an essential skill among modern musicians and recording artists from top-tier producers to bedroom pop artists. This course aims to introduce students to the skills associated with remote musical collaboration and to develop their proficiency with their respective instruments in a band setting.
–Students will learn the basics of DIY music recording. For the duration of the course, they will meet weekly to learn a new song, the song’s arrangement, and how to play their part in the song. They will then independently record their individual parts, along with a video of themselves playing it, which will be mixed and edited by the instructor into a music video. Instructor will hold weekly office hour to offer one-on-one help with student’s learning and/or recording their parts.
–Materials: instrument, recording device (phone/laptop/computer), internet access, headphones. Some proficiency on a musical instrument required.
Register Here