Workshops – 2017

 

Workshop: Music Theory 1
We will start from the ground up.  If you have never read music, if you wonder what the difference is between a major and a minor scale, if you want to drop words like “tonic” and “dominant” at your next party, this is the class for you.
Time:
Friday
Presenter:

Peter Koehler learned music theory from Sister Cecile Marie during many years of piano lessons, to whom he is forever grateful.  He now spends most of his musical time staring at a fret board instead of a piano, but carries with him the glorious and magical structure of music.

Workshop: Music Theory 2
We will pick up where we left off from Music Theory 1.  If you already know a little bit about theory, but want to know about key signatures, the Circle of Fifths, how to add 7ths, 9ths and 4ths to chords and that means, then this is the class for you.  We will explore as far as time allows!
Time:
Saturday
Presenter: Peter Koehler learned music theory from Sister Cecile Marie during many years of piano lessons, to whom he is forever grateful.  He now spends most of his musical time staring at a fret board instead of a piano, but carries with him the glorious and magical structure of music.
Workshop:
Harmonica workshop
Description coming soon!
Time: Friday
Presenter: Nick Weitzer is a master of percussion who will help us find the groove.
Workshop: Drum Circle Jam
Grab your djembe, conga, bongo, darbouka, mridangam or whatever you can find and help pound out the rhythm! Join Nick and the rest of us for a noisy, boisterous drum circle. Seeking energetic drummers and dancers – no experience necessary!
Time: Saturday
Presenter: Nick Weitzer is a master of percussion who will help us find the groove.
Workshop: The Art of Performing
In this workshop, we’ll be dissecting the elements of what makes a great performance. How to engage an audience, have witty stage banter, calm your nerves, deliver a memorable performance, and most importantly, enjoy yourself while in the spotlight.
Time: TBD
Presenter: Jennie Wayne plays music solo as well as with her band, John Heart Jackie.  She’s toured around the U.S. with both projects, and in the offseason works at the Wayne family vineyard in Dundee. She lives in Portland with her husband, Abraham and their dog.
 Workshop: Irish Session
Join us for an hour of light-hearted Celtic fun!  We’ll start off with some tunes many of us already know and then perhaps step lively into the wild clover. All are welcome and may your troubles be less, your blessings be more, and nothing but happiness come to your door!
Time: Friday
 Presenter: David Ousele is a Neskowin local who just loves Irish music.  He plays fiddle and guitar.
 Workshop: Twelve Bars and No Last Call — All Blues Jam
Bring it on home with your guitar, voice, harp, hands, bass, mando, feet, whatever moves you.  We will play whatever form of blues shows up:  Country, Chicago, West Coast, from Robert Johnson to Buddy Guy, even — yes, it’s true — songs from the other side of the pond that were inspired by the blues greats . . . simply a celebration of the blues.
Time: Saturday
 Presenter: David Ousele is a Neskowin local who just loves Irish music.  He plays fiddle and guitar.It’s a jam – anyone and everyone is welcome!
Workshop: Theatre Improvisations
An introduction to improvisation (good for newcomers and veterans alike) that will teach some basics of the practice including fostering teamwork, trusting your instincts, beginning with agreement, active and careful listening, fostering a mind of “not-knowing”, and learning how to let go of control. Workshops will be 2 hours long with a short break at mid-point.
Time:
TBD
Presenter:

David Koff has been a professional actor and improviser for over 25 years. He continues to perform in both Los Angeles and Portland and teaches improv to both adults and children.

Workshop: Techniques and Songs for the Ukulele
A Two-hour workshop in ukulele – beginner and intermediate levels.  I’ll bring along some tunes that represent Hawaiian and old standard favorites.  My goal will be to enable each class member to have at least one song that’s playable.
Time:
Friday
Presenter:

George Thompson has been singing and playing stringed instruments since he was in high school, and given the fact that he’s now seventy, the time period is simply too shocking to mention here.  He still sings with three distinctly different music groups and has recorded several CD’s among which are two solo albums with Paul Chasman.

Workshop: Beginning Guitar
A beginning guitar workshop for anyone interested in learning some basic favorite tunes along with a handful of most frequently used guitar chords.  The goal here will be to enable each workshop participant to have at least one song he/she can play by himself.
Time:
Saturday
Presenter:

George Thompson has been singing and playing stringed instruments since he was in high school, and given the fact that he’s now seventy, the time period is simply too shocking to mention here.  He still sings with three distinctly different music groups and has recorded several CD’s among which are two solo albums with Paul Chasman.

Workshop: Group Singing
Come share your voice and sing in a group setting. Learn how to use your voice in community. You will learn vocal warm ups, harmony exercises, sing partner songs, circle songs,  and choral pieces.
Time:
TBD
Presenter:

Crystal Akins graduated from Marylhurst University with a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies. She is a music teacher and artist in residence in Oregon. She is multi-talented as a music teacher, artist in residence, lead conductor and the founder of the IOC.

Workshop: Songwriting – A Spring Board for Sharing Your Soul
I. Exercises to help us break out of mental and emotional ruts.
II. Come as you are, songwriters – maintaining perspective.
III. A handful of elements & features that have made some of the greatest, long lasting songs.
IV. 3 structured ideas for writing lyrics for a new song here at the festival.
V. 3 structured ideas for writing music for a new song here at the festival.
VI. Break away as individuals or small groups to begin writing a song.
VII. Return to share and get support.*Bring your preferred instrument. I’ll provide a handout and some paper to write on. If you have your own journal of writing pad, please bring it.
Time:
TBD
Presenter:  Kenton Dolan has written in the neighborhood of 100 songs.  He has participated in the Portland Songwriter’s Guild for 5+ years and has worked with several Portland producers in shaping and crafting his songs.  Kenton has written songs in genres of rock, folk, jazz, contemporary Christian, and blues & has recorded a full-length CD of original songs with the direction of Portland producers.  A long time performer on small and large stages, he has a good sense of what works to make a great song.
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