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Songwriting, Film Scoring, American Roots, and Ukulele (for youth and adults!) Offered This Winter

Posted 12/06/2017
Submitted by Kate Sheely
Category: Campus Announcements

Creative Studies is now enrolling students for programs starting in January and February. These exciting new classes are listed below. 10% discount for employees. UHart staff: dust off that ukulele you've been meaning to play and join us after work on Thursdays!


Thursdays 6:30–7:30 p.m. (grades 7–12)
Starts Jan. 11.
Instructor: Luke Nelson

This six-week session gives students the skills and knowledge to best express themselves through song. Students study music theory, develop performance skills, and examine classic songs. Understanding song structure, developing rhyming techniques, and discovering new musical styles help every songwriter unleash her or his full potential. A piano will be available for students or they can bring their own guitars. Accompanying skills will also be taught in this class to best support and present each musical work. Whether you are just beginning to write songs, or are a seasoned troubadour, this course will help you find your voice and make your strongest songs.

Film Scoring 
FilmscoringSaturdays at 12:30–1:30 p.m. (grades 4–8) or Sundays 1:45–2:45 p.m. (grades 9–12)
Starts Jan. 13/14.
Instructor: Jessica Rudman

This six-week class introduces students to the world of film scoring. Students learn fundamental concepts and approaches to creating music for movies, TV, and video games. They use music technology to compose their own soundtracks to short films and scenes.   

American Roots Ensemble
Saturdays at 2:30–3:30 p.m. (grades 7–12)
Starts Feb. 3.
Instructor: Luke Nelson
14 classes

American Roots provides a fun learning environment for students in grades 7–12 to perform American roots music, from early country and blues to folk revival and bluegrass classics. In other words, if you want to be in a band that pays tribute to the Carter Family, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Patsy Cline, and more, this is the place for you!  We will use limited music reading and lots of ear training to develop authentic roots music performances that increase each student’s playing and listening skills.   

Ukulele at HarttUkulele
Thursdays 5–6 p.m. (grade 7–adult)
UHart staff: come after work! 10% discount for employees.
Starts Feb. 1.
Instructor: Luke Nelson
14 classes

Ukulele class offers an entry into the world of ensemble playing on an instrument that is easy to learn and played around the world. Beginners and seasoned players are encouraged to join this class as we learn the basics of melody and chord playing on music from Rock to Bach. Students will learn by ear, playing together as an ensemble, while developing musical skills along the way. Students will supply their own ukuleles. Open to grades 7 through adult.