Saturday Sessions
Session
Teacher
Class Description
Saturday
Session 1
9:30 to 10:30 AM
EST
Bill

    Advanced Beginner - “Singing Accompaniment with two bows”.

    You will learn to use techniques to play bass parts as drones, one and five chord notes
    and arpeggios and use two bows to accompany the voice using songs, Go Tell Aunt
    Rhodie and Boil Them Cabbage Down.
Brenda

    Intermediate - “Bunessan” aka “Morning Has Broken”.

    This is a double bowing class. We will learn this tune and use double bowing to add drones and
    harmony while also playing  the tune.
Leah

    Beginner, single bow – “Gregorian Chants”.                                                                         

    Learn how to read original square chant notation and then learn how to play some chants on
    your psaltery.  Modern notation will be provided in addition to the four-line square notation.  
    Chants will include Adoro Te Devote (Devoutly I Adore Thee) and O Filii er Fillae (O Sons and
    Daughters), which is a chant for the Easter season.
Tish

    A little beyond Beginner- “You Can Do This!”.  

    More about getting to know where the notes are on your psaltery while learning the songs
    “Blue Bells of Scotland” and “Spring Message”.
 

Saturday
Session 2
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
PM EST
Bill

    Advanced  Beginner - Intermediate “Variations on All Through the Night”.  

    The purpose of this workshop is to introduce you to ways to add variations to the
    basic melody of a song.  To make  things  more  interesting  than  always  holding
    out  half notes and longer notes, you will learn to add or take away notes.   We  
    will  use  the  gentle  lullaby  melody of  All  Through  the  Night  from  which  to  
    create  the  variations to add to the written music.

Brenda

    Advanced - “Waltz of the Flowers” by Tchaikovsky.

    This is a double bowing class. Using 2 bows we will navigate the back and forth of black and
    white notes in this song. We will also learn and utilize the techniques of anchoring, slurring,
    and alternating bows to lovely affect for playing this classical piece.
Leah

    Advanced, single bow – “Gregorian Chants for the Spring Season”.

    Learn how to read original square chant notation and then learn how to play some chants on
    your psaltery.  Modern notation will be provided in addition to the four-line square notation.  
    Chants will include Victimae Psachali Laudes (To the Psachal Victim – a sequence for Easter)
    and Veni Creator Spiritus (Come Creator Spirit – a chant for Pentecost).
Tish

    Almost Advanced?- “I Can Do This!”.

    Shaker spring song “In Yonder Valley” and “Sakura Sakura”, a Japanese song about
    Cherry Blossoms
 

Saturday
Session 3
1:00 to 2:00 PM
EST
Bill

      Advanced Beginner - Intermediate – “Singing Accompaniment, More To It”.  

    Explore even more ways to play while singing.  Along with bass parts as drones, one
    and five chord notes with one or two bows and arpeggios, we will use bass runs,
    harmonies and/or descants for those who can think of those parts while singing
    (although the instructor really can’t do that).  Songs will be Red River Valley and
    Home on the Range.

Brenda

    Beginner - “Come by the Hills”.

    This is a single bowing class. A traditional Irish Air. We will learn this soft slow air in E flat to
    become familiar with crossing over to the black notes, easily, smoothly, and with no anxiety.
Leah

    Advanced, single bow – “Handel’s Messiah”.  

    Handel wrote the Messiah to follow the church liturgical year.  In this class we will learn two
    selections from the Part III of his oratorio: I know that my Redeemer Liveth, and Since by
    Man came Death, which focus on the resurrection and redemption from Adam’s fall.
Tish

    New to Advanced – “Make Me Feel It!”.  

    How to put emotion into your music while learning “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star”, “Samanthra”
    and “The Flowers of the Forest”, a Scottish lament based on the defeat of Bonney Prince Charles
    at Culloden Moor in 1745.
 

Saturday
Session 4
2:30 to 3:30 PM
EST
Bill

    All levels – “Flawless Pentatonic Improvisation”.  

    The purpose of this workshop is to introduce you to methods of improvising on the
    bowed psaltery.  To make it flawless, we will be using only the “other” side of the
    psaltery and will be confined to the keys of F#Major and Eb minor, but if you can
    find someone to play and/or sing in those keys, you can be genius.  We will also talk
    about  how  to  apply  these  ideas  to  other  keys,  but  that  is  harder  than  this
    flawless method.
Brenda

    Advanced - “My Wild Irish Rose”.

    Embellishments. This is a double bowing class. We will be learning “My Wild Irish Rose”
    and exploring a wide variety of beautiful embellishments that lend themselves
    to this lovely old Irish song.
Leah

    Beginner, single bow – “O’Carolan for Beginners”.  

    Turlough O’Carolan was an Irish composer, who lived from 1670-1738.  He wrote over 200
    tunes, many of them dedicated to his patrons.  Join this class to learn Isabella Burke and
    Carolan’s Dream, which features gapped scales.  A short discussion of music theory will
    make these tunes easier to play.
Tish

    More Advanced – “What Are Moving Lines?”.  

    Learn the song “ April Showers”. Then write your own harmony.  You will learn more about
    chords and how to use them in writing an arrangement.
 

Saturday
Session 5
4:00 to 5:00 PM
EST
Bill

    Intermediate – “Let’s play (and Sing) Harder Rounds”.  

    The purpose of this workshop is to introduce you to more complicated rounds.   We
    will learn them together (sing only if you want to), and then you’ll get a chance to try them as
    two part rounds.  They won’t sound as good as when all the parts are played together and
    everybody can hear all the parts, but nobody else will notice if you have some trouble keeping
    your part going.  Songs will include Oh, How Lovely Is the Evening, Dona Nobis Pacem and
    my original Light Round.
Kirby

    Intermediate"Playing Harmony"  DUETS

    This is not always the easiest part of the song!  We'll  practice counting,  droning  and
    harmony while learning the songs,  Flow Gently, Sweet Afton, The Wild Mountain Thyme
    and  Wildwood  Flower.
Leah

    Advanced, single bow – “O’Carolan for the Advanced Player”.  

    Turlough O’Carolan wrote pieces for the harp. But some of his music translates quite well to
    the psaltery.  We will learn several of his tunes including Planxty Irwin, Bridget Cruise,
    Kean O’Hara and Fanny Power.  A short discussion of music theory will make these tunes easier
    to play.  At the end of class, you will get to play one tune with harp accompaniment.
Tish

    Intermediate “How Do I Count That?”.

    Counting difficult time signatures giving you a hard time?  hahaha.  Learn how to count 2/4,
    3/2 and 3/8.  And 4/4 and 6/4 in one song.   Songs; “Early, Early In The Spring”,
    “A Rich Irish Lady”, “Shalom Aleichim”  and  “Dublin City”.