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2017 Workshops removed from this site 9/14/17: CHECK BACK ON NEW YEAR'S DAY FOR OUR UPDATED WEBSITE FOR 2018
Type: Hands-on Level: Any When: Sat. 9:30-11am Where: 6
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2017 Workshops removed from this site 9/14/17: CHECK BACK ON NEW YEAR'S DAY FOR OUR UPDATED WEBSITE FOR 2018
Type: Hands-on Level: Any When: Fri. 11:30am Where: 3

Improv Expansion Sunday!: Deborah Henson-Conant
Type: Hands-on Level: Any When: Sun. 9-5pm Where: Salon 4
Set your sights and reach new heights by exploring how to open up pieces you already know and love. Tap your creative potential and augment what’s already in your musical toolbox. Learn how to Stretch Out and Be More Responsive in a variety of settings, including therapeutic, liturgical, background music gigs and fun sessions with friends. This all-day workshop is an add-on cost. See the webpage for details.
Improvising in a liturgical setting: Martha Gallagher
Type: Hands-on Level: Beg.-Int. When: Fri. 1:30-3pm Where: 4
Sacred and liturgical settings lend themselves well to the beauty and power of improvisation and there's a really practical purposes behind improvisation in this setting. Timing in a worship service or sacred celebration requires flexibility and being able to adjust the length of a selection seamlessly and comfortably. There are a number of other skills that every liturgical musician should have. Come to this workshop to find out what they are. You'll get a variety of simple, creative tools, tips and techniques, using melody, harmony, tempo and rhythm that will have you immediately improvising.
Irish Accompaniment Techniques: Michael Rooney
Type: Hands-on Level: Int. When: Fri. 1:30-3pm Where: Salon 1
Be prepared for a total left-hand workout in this bass-playing session designed to get you to drive the rhythm when accompanying other instruments in Irish music. Learn how basic damping can add definition and punch to your bass patterns. This workshop will be taught by ear. Bring a note pad and a recording device as well.
Irish Session: Grainne Hambly & others
Type: Level: Any When: Sat. 10pm Where: 11
An "after hours" activity. Open to all. Bring harp or other musically appropriate instrument or just come to listen.
Irish Slow Airs: Grainne Hambly
Type: Hands-on Level: Int-Adv When: Sat. 9:30-11am Where: Salon 1
Just because they're called "slow" airs doesn't mean that they are easier to play than dance tunes. Anyone who has ever heard Gráinne play an Irish slow air, knows that these beautiful pieces defy written music transcription. Gráinne will take you through the fine art of interpreting and learning an Irish slow air and getting the nuances that make these pieces among the most challenging in the Irish tradition to get just right. This workshop is taught by ear and no written music will be provided. Recording devices will be your off-line memory.
Jazz Standards You Can Play: Martha Gallagher
Type: Hands-on Level: Int. When: Sat. 3:30-5pm Where: 10
Are you a fan of that fabulous swing music of the 1930s, ’40s, & ’50s? Love the music in old movies and all those songs that became "standards" well before we invented the words classic to describe old music? Some of this music is pretty darned chromatic, but there are many pieces that can be played--and sound terrific--on the lever harp. Martha will show you the techniques and tricks that will demystify the chord possibilities and how to achieve them on lever harp with ease and panache.
The Jig is Up!: Michael Rooney
Type: Hands-on Level: Int. When: Thurs. 3-4:30pm Where: Salon 4
Nothing says Irish music like a jig! Go beyond playing jigs as they're set down on paper and learn how to enliven your playing to get that lilt and lift into your phrasing. Michael will teach by ear (with music given out at the end of the workshop) and show you how fingering makes for better rhythm and ornamentations. Appropriate left-hand accompaniment will tie it all together. Bring a recording device as well.
Latin American Waltzes: Nicolas Carter
Type: Hands-on Level: Int. When: Sun. 9-10:30am Where: 7
Most of the world's cultures include some kind of waltz in their dance repertoire. In this fun workshop, learn about the distinct characteristics of waltzes in Latin American music and how specific Latin harp techniques will make you sound like an entire band. Nicolas will teach the music "by ear." Nicolas will use the Paraguayan waltz Lena Luna. You can hear him play it on the video on his bio page.
Latin Music Improvisations: Nicolas Carter
Type: Hands-on Level: Int When: Thurs. 3:30-5pm Where: 3
The traditional harp styles from Latin America are very rhythmic. Join Nicolas and learn to use Latin polyrhythms and syncopations that are so versatile for creating vamps which create fun explorations of improvisation. In this introductory Latin Music workshop, Nicolas will have your fingers dancing on the strings.
Latin music techniques & fun effects: Alfredo Ortiz
Type: Hands-on Level: Any When: Fri. 9:30-11am Where: 4
Latin American harp traditions include many unique and fun special effects. Even if you've never heard these terms before, you'll learn muffling techniques, muffled glissandi, Paraguayan "trino" (mandoline-like effect) and more. If you're interested in pop or jazz or looking to do something with your own compositions, this workshop will expand your technique repertoire with these interesting effects. Even beginners will be able to master some effects right away while understanding others to put them into practice in the future.
Listening and Lead Sheets: Josh Layne
Type: Hands-on Level: Any When: Fri. 3:30-5pm Where: Salon 1
Listening to each other and playing as one "big harp" is one of the most important and fun parts of this workshop! The goal is to hone your listening skills. At the same time, you'll be working on some familiar tunes in lead sheet form (tune plus chords) and Josh will give everybody ideas on how to take a lead sheet and create great sounding, easy to play arrangements. There will be various options for all levels, so come and experience the joy of playing with others.
Love Your Levers: Joanna Mell
Type: Hands-on Level: Any When: Sun. 9-10:30am Where: 2
This workshop will give you the skills and techniques you need to flip those levers effortlessly and smoothly. If you feel clumsy or uncomfortable using your levers, you will learn some simple exercises to practice at home to give you confidence and capability with your levers. Joanne will have you looking at several pieces from classical and popular repertoires and learn to how prepare for and execute quick lever changes. She'll also show you how to edit these pieces for maximum ease of lever flipping. .
Lunchtime Concert: Event
Type: Concert Level: When: Fri. 11:30am Where: 11
Pick up lunch at the Grab & Go station, have a seat, relax & enjoy the music!
Lunchtime Concert: Event
Type: Concert Level: When: Sat. 11:30am Where: 11
Pick up lunch at the Grab & Go station, have a seat, relax & enjoy the music!
Making It as a Therapeutic Musician: Laurence Furr
Type: Lecture Level: Any When: Fri. 1:30-3pm Where: Salon 2
If you've gotten your certification as a therapeutic musician, or are working on it, you're probably wondering "what's my next step?" Take this workshop to learn how to discover the "tipping point" that will change your life in this field of music. There are ways to use your internship as the first door into finding grants and employment. So if you've been thinking, "How do I find a paying position?" take this workshop with Laurence, whose long-time experience as a ministry-based musician fueled his entry into therapeutic music and subsequent professional positions in hospitals.
Medieval Dance Music for Everyone: Ellen Tepper
Type: Hands-on Level: Any When: Fri. 9:30-11am Where: 6
Add a bit of the unusual to your repertoire with Medieval Dance tunes from the 13th century. Ellen will teach some of these mainly Italian folk tunes by ear (sheet music will also be provided) and you'll get to work out some appropriate accompaniment. These easy folk tunes will be a refreshing change of pace.
Metronome is Your Friend: Sharon Thormahlen
Type: Hands-on Level: Beg When: Sat. 9:30-11am Where: 7
Some people love 'em. Some people hate 'em. The metronome is the perfect teacher of rhythm, and a teacher who never lets you get away with anything! By using a metronome, you will learn to play smoothly, rhythmically, stay on the beat, and get up to speed on the tunes you already know. Sharon will take you step by step, helping you to attune your ear to using a metronome. You don't actually need one for this class but if you have a smartphone, there are metronome apps you can download. Open to other instrument players too
Mindfulness Now!: Edie Elkan
Type: demo Level: Any When: Sat. 1:30-3pm Where: 7
Take some time out in the midst of all of the excitement of the Festival to breathe in and out, center yourself, and smell the roses in this participatory mindfulness session. Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction teacher, Edie Elkan, will lead you through relaxation exercises that will both nourish and energize you.
Modal Improvisation: Kim Robertson
Type: Hands-on Level: Any When: Sat. 9:30-11am Where: 11
There are 7 basic diatonic modes and this workshop is a right-brain, creative approach to using modes as a foundation for improvisation. Discover what makes each one sound unique and ways to use them to improvise. Kim will teach you simple but effective one- and two-hand patterns to creative beautiful improvisations and you learn how to create more personalized arrangements.
Music Between the Notes: Josh Layne
Type: Hands-on Level: Any When: Sun. 9-10:30am Where: 10
So much of music happens in the space between the notes; the exact amount of time we wait before playing the next note can make a huge difference. Learn how to focus on spacing, phrasing, and dynamics. Josh will lead you through common ways music is phrased and you'll hear how one develops a sense of how a piece of music speaks. There will be an opportunity for a limited number of participants to perform a short piece and get suggestions on how to use newly learned phrasing and dynamics to make it even more beautiful and musical.
Music Theory: It's Not Rocket Science: Edie Elkan
Type: Hands-on Level: Beg. When: Fri. 1:30-3pm Where: 7
Now that you've started playing music, you're probably wondering how music works and why some notes you play together sound better than others. This is a practical hands-on approach to demystifying music theory. It's not rocket science and Edie will bring you to understanding melody and harmony, literally, step-by-step. and in doing so, become empowered to make beautiful music.
Music Therapy using a small harp: William Jackson
Type: Lecture Level: Any When: Sat. 3:30-5pm Where: 5
This workshop will educate harp players who may be interested in the field of music therapy and want to see how harp may be used. William will give an overview of what distinguishes music therapy from other kinds of therapeutic harp programs. This is an open interactive session using William’s own video of working with special needs children, as well as his demonstrating his talking points using his harp and other instruments. Open to non-harping companions.

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