Our MacPhail Music for Life™ fall offerings have something for everyone, from beginning instrument lessons, mindfulness and meditation, music appreciation, and select group classes.
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- Acting the Song with Jerry Rubino: In this class, we will use elements of the Wesley Balk approach to explore singing and vocal delivery, physical movement and gesture, and dramatic preparation and emotional interpretation to deliver a memorable performance that will help convey the meaning of the music through integrated performance practice.
- Beginning Guitar with Randy Sobaski: Learn technical tips, how to read music notation and how to play basic chords. This class is for beginners and has an easy-going and relaxed vibe. You must provide your own guitar.
- Beginning Ukulele with Randy Sobaski: Simple chord charts and well-known songs are used to develop skills within a group, giving players an enjoyable and successful learning environment. Teaching is individualized and suited for beginners. This class is taught using a 4 string (G-C-E-A tuned) ukulele. Students provide their own instrument. Baritone ukulele players are also welcome!
- Body, Voice, Spirit with Joey Clark: Integrating sound-making with gentle stretching and meditation practices, this class works to release tension and find freedom both in our bodies and minds. We will be combining the work of theater artists and yoga practitioners in this joy-filled class.
- Broadway Composers & Lyricists with Joey Clark: Each week we will take an in-depth look at the lives and works of specific composers or lyricists who shaped Broadway history. As we sing our way through their repertoire, we will reveal the stories of performers and uncover the American history that shaped their creations.
- Broadway Sing Along Series (Multiple Instructors): Each month we’ll focus on a different musical. Taking 30 minutes to introduce some of the background and notable aspects of the show, then teaching artists lead us through the hits. Song sheets will be emailed prior to the event. Participants will be muted, so you can choose to lip-sync or belt out the tunes as you see fit – we’ll never know!
- I love a Piano with Jeremy Hanson: Learn familiar songs in a relaxed environment, gaining technical and music reading skills along the way. Teaching is individualized and suited for beginners. Students need to have access to a keyboard or piano for practicing.
- MMFL Voice Class 1 with Jerry Rubino: This class will cover vocal tone, range, posture, breath support, resonance, articulation and vowel unification. This class is great for adults with little or no previous vocal training who want to learn to sing in a healthy way as a soloist or choral group member.
- MMFL Voice Class 2 with Jerry Rubino: Learn how to apply healthy vocal technique learned in Voice Class 1 to diverse repertoire throughout this semester. In this course you will gain an understanding of appropriate performance practice and receive individual vocal coaching on songs of your choice in a supportive master class setting. Participants take turns presenting, offering feedback and learning from each other under the guidance of the lead teacher.
- Music & Mindfulness with Madelyn Herbrand: These sessions aim to focus on increasing one’s awareness of the present moment, while acknowledging one’s feelings, thoughts, and body through music. The sessions will focus on different elements of mindfulness, including self-care, meditation, relaxation, deep-breathing and more. Sessions are facilitated by a board-certified music therapist.
- Songs of Pride and Empowerment: Understanding Racial Justice Through Music with Joey Clark: Listening, discussing and lending our voices to what some of today’s most influential artists of color are expressing through song.
- Successful Sight Singing with Jerry Rubino: We’ll apply what we learn about music theory and note reading to sight-singing practice that will help you be able to hear and deliver intervals and musical lines more readily.
- Tap, Shake, Scrape: A Percussion Sampler with Caitlin Lucic: Come explore the exciting world of percussion as we tap on drums, blocks, bells and cymbals; shake maracas, tambourines, gourd rattles and goat hooves; and scrape cabasas, raspas and guiros. In this course, we will also explore how many percussion instruments come from natural materials found throughout the world. We will explore percussion instruments from various world cultures and also play on recycled objects such as bucket drums, tin cans, bottles and crates.
- Unwrapping Dance Music: The Rhythm is Gonna Get You with Andrea Leap: In this class, we look at dance music across different eras and countries, from the formal gavotte in the 1670s to the freewheeling disco in the 1970s.
- Unwrapping Music: Musicians Who Changed the World with Andrea Leap: Come and learn about the lasting influence of Hildegard von Bingen, J.S. Bach, Xian Xinghai, Bob Marley, Caetano Veloso and Guido d’Arezzo — and hear their influential masterpieces.
- Voices of Experience with Jerry Rubino: The Voices of Experience Choir is for adults over the age of 55 who want to be a part of a community of musicians, singing a variety of choral repertoire from genres such as classical, popular, folk and jazz. Though we are unable to meet in person, we will continue to sing as a community online through Zoom with the participants muted while the director leads guided warm ups, group masterclasses on topics such as vowel sounds and blend, and sectionals to learn new music that will be presented at a later date. Singers must be able to match pitch at an informal check with the director. Previous choral experience and the ability to read music or a strong ability to learn by ear is preferred.
Music Classes and Ensembles for Adults 55+
Music classes and ensembles for adults 55+ are a great place to learn together and socialize with peers who have similar goals and musical experience. Our teachers are experienced in working with 55+ adults and creating a fun, engaging, and welcoming environment. Whether you are an absolute beginner or an experienced musician, our offerings are tailored to meet your goals, musical preference, phase of life and lifestyle!
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Individual Music Lessons for Adults 55+
MacPhail Music for Life™ offers adults 55+ private music lessons taught by teachers experienced in working with older adults. They understand how to help you learn at your own pace to achieve your chosen goals. Our helpful staff will place you with a teacher who matches your interests, schedule, learning style, and ability level!
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