Appalachian String Band

Dates:February 1 - March 7, 2024
Meets:Th from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Location:Wesley Enhanced Living, 6300 Greene St.
Cost: $84.00

Sorry, we are no longer accepting registrations for this course. Please contact our office to find out if it will be rescheduled, or if alternative classes are available.

18th & 19th century square dance tunes, folk songs and ballads have African, European, and indigenous roots. We will examine 20th century tradition-bearers and contemporary folk artists as we create our own interpretations of this timeless music. String band music commonly involves fiddle, banjo, guitar, mandolin, ukulele, upright bass and percussion, but other string and non-string instruments are welcome. We'll explore the various roles of melodic, chordal and percussive instruments and piece them together to create danceable grooves. In addition to creative listening and group improvisation, we will practice "chasing" tunes and memorizing without the aid of sheet music. Ability to read music is not required, as most pieces will be taught by ear. Prior experience with folk, country, blues, and/or bluegrass music is beneficial, but not required. Players should have at least 2 years of experience with their instrument, with melody players comfortable playing uptempo scales in at least G major and D major, and chordal players comfortable with changes between most major and minor chords. Explore time-worn traditions while creating new music with a new group of musicians.
Fee: $84.00

Fee Breakdown

Category Description Amount
Course Fee (Basic)Course Fee$ 84.00
Optional FeeDonation (optional)$ 0.00

Wesley Enhanced Living, 6300 Greene St.

Jacob Hoffman

, a teaching artist, specializes in traditional string band music. He offers private lessons for guitar, banjo, voice, ukulele, bass and violin from his Mt. Airy home studio. From 2009 to 2021 he directed youth and adult music education programs in Southern Maine and Northern California. Jacob's extensive touring experience covers 10 countries and 25 states, where he won a talent contest on A Prairie Home Companion, served as a U.S. State Department cultural ambassador in Eastern Europe, and delivered a TEDx performance on traditional music and cultural appropriation. In 2022 Hoffman moved to Philly where he teaches, performs and leads community jams.
Date Day Time Location
02/01/2024Thursday1 PM to 2:30 PM Wesley Enhanced Living, 6300 Greene St.
02/08/2024Thursday1 PM to 2:30 PM Wesley Enhanced Living, 6300 Greene St.
02/15/2024Thursday1 PM to 2:30 PM Wesley Enhanced Living, 6300 Greene St.
02/22/2024Thursday1 PM to 2:30 PM Wesley Enhanced Living, 6300 Greene St.
02/29/2024Thursday1 PM to 2:30 PM Wesley Enhanced Living, 6300 Greene St.
03/07/2024Thursday1 PM to 2:30 PM Wesley Enhanced Living, 6300 Greene St.

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