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Music & Dance
with Robin Shaw
Put on your dancing shoes and get ready for some fun! You will learn Waltz, Foxtrot, Rumba, and Swing. Next time you attend a Wedding, anniversary or other social event, you will be ready to dance the night away with confidence. Whether you are a beginner or an intermediate this class is for you! Robin Shaw is certified Fred Astaire Dance Instructor. She has been teaching dance since 2002 at the Portsmouth Ballroom and other adult education programs.
Barre with Amanda
with Amanda Gunter
Barre is used as a prop to balance while doing exercises that focus on isometric strength training (holding your body still while you contract a specific set of muscles) combined with high reps of small range-of-motion movements.
(Exercise, workout, gym, yoga)
with Duncan Perry
Discover the hottest, happiest musical instrument around! On it you can play folk music, rock, blues, pop, country, classical, reggae, bossa nova, jazz. Our beginners’ ukulele course is meant for people with no musical background – even people who think they are musically challenged! And, you don't even need to know how to read music! You will learn the essentials of playing ukulele in a relaxed setting -- from a popular and seasoned ukulele teacher. Using familiar songs, he introduces you to chords, strumming, and finger picking. You do need to have a playable ukulele and an electronic tuner or tuner app. Get ready to have blast making music! Duncan, a multi-instrumentalist, has been playing ukulele for 11 years and has so far taught ukulele to over 350 adults.
Beyond Beginners Ukulele-Something Old Something New!
with Duncan Perry
Get ready to take your ukulele playing to another level with Duncan Perry! Using his song-based approach, you will explore left hand ornamentation techniques including hammering on and slides. The right hand will get a work out as you expand your knowledge of strumming and fingerpicking by learning such skills as triplets and muting. More chords will be added to your tool box and you will learn how to transpose songs from one key to another. Of course, there will be many laughs along the way and you will need to practice. The pace will be geared to the proficiency level of those enrolling. At a minimum, all students are expected to know basic chord formations in the Keys of C and G and be capable of smooth chord transitions. If you love playing the ukulele and you want to enhance your knowledge of this wonderful instrument, this course is a must. Please have a serviceable soprano, concert, or tenor size ukulele, an electronic tuner, and a passion for playing.
Brass for Beginners and Oldsters
with Tom Manzi
Bring your horn out of the attic. This class can help beginners get started and oldsters return to playing trumpet. Build your embouchure, sight reading, breathing, and confidence. Tom plays in bands at PMAC in Portsmouth: Wind Ensemble, Beginner Band, Big Band, Blues Band. He has 15 years experience playing the cornet, trumpet, and euphonium. Materials needed: Instrument, Trumpet Book 1, Essential Elements for Band From Hal Leonard, on line, bring to first class.
Drum Lessons for Beginners
with Timothy Sheehan
Have you always wanted to play the drums? This beginner drum class will have you doing paradiddles in no time.
Encore! Encore! Sing Some More!
with Susan Frank
Did you love Singing Beyond the Shower? Then you’ll love this encore class. If you didn’t take the shower class don’t worry - all are welcome!
Our goal is to have the group perform at our Adult Ed Celebration of Learning.
Folk Music for the Ukulele and how to Play it!
with Duncan Perry
Where Have All the Flowers Gone? Puff the Magic Dragon might have eaten them… but probably not. Now, if we have gotten your attention, we bet you love the music of Pete Seeger, the Weavers, the Kingston Trio, Peter, Paul and Mary, the Brothers Four, the Limeliters and all the other folk groups of the 1960s. Would you like to learn to play songs of that era, maybe pass our folk heritage on to younger generations so that it is not lost? Here’s your chance. Join our Beginner’s Ukulele Class for Folk Music Lovers. No previous experience with an instrument necessary and you won't have to learn to read music. All you need is a serviceable ukulele and we'll be happy to help you figure out which ukulele to buy and tell you about local music stores where you might get it. Get out your tie dyed shirts and sandals and sign up now because this course is going to fill up quickly.