Fall 2019 - Class Descriptions and Schedule
Read these descriptions, make your plans then register for the Fall Semester that goes from September 9th - November 23rd.
The classes are listed in order of difficulty to help you make your decisions. Register using the NEW online registration form with options to Pay Now or Pay Later (credit or cash/check).
*Starred classes open to all musicians and most instruments.
Private lessons also available.
Skill Builders Class - Wednesdays 6pm
Slow pace, skill building, current and new repertoire, using music or code
You know how to play the violin, how to decipher the code or read music and now you want to sound good and feel good about your musical expressions. While new tunes will be taught periodically, focus will be on making the tunes you’ve already learned sound their best. Bowing exercises, scale and arpeggio warm-ups and other building blocks of technique will strengthen your playing, tunes will be chosen for weekly practice that utilize specific elements of skill.
Starter-By-Ear Class - Tuesdays 6pm
Slow pace, current repertoire, by ear
For beginner, confident beginner and advancing beginner musicians wanting to learn “How to Learn Tunes By Ear” (without music). This class is designed for all current Fiddling Femmes students who have little to no experience learning by ear. Bring a recording device (or be prepared to ask someone to share their recordings with you). We will start with familiar tunes and exercises and expect to cover 2 or 3 tunes in the first six weeks. A slow, considerate pace and many opportunities for repetition, combined with tips for how to work at home, will build your confidence and muscle for this traditional learning style.
*Tune Builders Class - Mondays 6pm
Steady/moderate pace, new repertoire, using music or code
Hungry for new tunes? This class will feed you a new one every week. Designed for confident beginners up to intermediate/advanced students who want the visual aid of music or code to help learn new tunes. Planned on the same night as “Repertoire Review/Jam”, both classes together will fulfill your desire to get something new and practice the old.
*Repertoire Review/Jam - Mondays 7:15pm
Moderate pace, all acoustic instruments welcome
Over the years we’ve learned so many tunes that its difficult to keep them all fresh and playable. Come to the weekly session to request and practice your favorites. All acoustic instruments and musicians are welcome to this drop-in jam.
*Fiddle Tunes with Harmonies - Wednesdays 11am
Moderate pace, for music readers, current and new repertoire with harmony parts
Some of us love to hear and play the harmony parts. This class for music readers will focus on tunes with multiple parts, strengthen our ensemble playing skills and slowly add some new repertoire. Hopefully, some viola, cello or bass players will join us.
Experienced-By-Ear Class - Fridays 1:30pm (first class October 25)
Steady/advanced pace, new repertoire, by ear
Formerly the Allegro Group, this class will continue with a new tune being taught by ear each week. We review current tunes and develop style and bowing. Bring your recording devices and use your own audio files to practice during the week.
ALL CLASSES SUBJECT TO CANCELLATION OR CHANGE
Are you new to the Fiddling Femmes community? Please call Erika for an interview, to ask questions or to find out more about the Fiddling Femmes group lessons for women.
413-528-5739 or email email@example.com
Fees for Pay-in-Person
11 week Fall Semester for 1 class: $148.50
11 week Fall Semester of Repertoire Jam: $77.00 OR Drop-in Jam cost: $10
Add a second class for $118.80 (20% discount) *Repertoire Jam not eligible for discount
Fees for Paying Online
11 week Fall Semester for 1 class: $148.50 plus 2.9%
11 week Fall Semester of Repertoire Jam: $77.00 plus 2.9%
Add a second discounted class to your first choice. *Repertoire Jam not eligible for discountPay-in-person Class Registration:
Berkshire Strings strives to offer quality instruction and personal support at an affordable cost to all. No student or potential student should consider the fees an obstacle to pursuing instrumental study. We will find a way to include you if that is your passion.
New this year is a slight, $1, increase in the per class price. Online payments are now available for the additional cost of processing (2.9%). The Repertoire Jam is a discounted class ($7) as there will only be spontaneous, unplanned instruction involved.
The Fall Semester is an 11 week engagement. In January, 2020, we will return to shorter, six-week sessions, like we’ve done in previous years.
Events - Fiddling Femmes performances and sightings:
Berkshire Grown Holiday Markets 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School May Day Celebration 2015, 2016
Mettabee Farm Contra Dances
Riverside Jam 2015
Sheffield Farmer's Market 2017, 2018, 2019
David Hodge Benefit
Berkshire Botanical Garden Harvest Festival 2016, 2017
Private (Surprise Birthday) Party
New Lebanon Farmers' Market
Sheffield Farmer's Market July 12, 2019
4th Annual Afternoon Tea and Fashion Show July 14 (see Events for details)