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Course registration and OFC event tickets can be reserved over the phone with a credit card or in person at the store. All registration deadlines are two days before the start date of the course. Registration is final with absolutely no refunds with the unique exception being a course that is cancelled due to low enrollment. Phone : 613-730-2887 extension 3.

Upcoming

30 Mar 2015 Beginner Ukulele Part 2
Joel Jacques
Continue to develop the basic set of skills needed for making music on the ukulele. Variations and refinements to all of the strumming techniques learned in part 1 will be added as well as introducing some new rhythms, patterns and techniques while playing popular songs. Basic fingerpicking techniques will be reviewed plus introducing melodic playing, scales, and learning to read tablature notation. Mondays, March 30-April 27, 6:00-7:00pm, 4 weeks, $68 members, ($80 non)
31 Mar 2015 OFC Choir (Daytime or Evening)
Roland Graham
These choirs provide amateur singers with the opportunity to develop skills and have fun singing in harmony. Choir members will profit from excellent instruction and pedagogy, covering all the essentials of basic and intermediate choral singing, including music reading and comprehension, ensemble singing, and ear training. Repertoire will be drawn from the classical, sacred, contemporary, popular and even jazz treasuries, and guaranteed to include something for everyone! (Basic music reading skills and some choral experience is required) Tuesday afternoons 1- 3 p.m. OR evenings 7-9 p.m., Southminster United Church March 31st – June 16 (24 rehearsals including concert, June 19) Fee: $100, (Includes $10 music fee)
1 Apr 2015 Rise Up Singing Choir
Chris White
The OFC Rise Up Singing Choirs are for anyone wishing to experience singing with others. There is no need to read music or audition. The sessions will simply focus on creating melody and harmony, working by ear, using songs from the Rise Up Singing book (folk, traditional and popular). Each 1½ hour practice will include some vocal technique to help the participants acquire and improve their skill as they go. But always, the main agenda is FUN!” Bring, borrow or buy your own book. Wednesday Edition: 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. with Chris White April 1 – June 17 (12 weeks), $120 members, $140 (non) Thursday Edition: 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. with Chris MacLean April 16 – June 25 (12 weeks), $120 members, $140 (non)
7 Apr 2015 Beginner Ukulele Part 1
Joel Jacques
Come find your musical voice through learning to sing and play the ukulele. This introduction is for those picking up the ukulele for the first time. Participants will learn to play and sing popular songs together in a group setting. You’ll develop the basic set of skills that you’ll need to enjoy making music on the ukulele. Tuesdays, April 7-28, 6:00-7:00pm, $68 members, ($80 non)
7 Apr 2015 Continuing Ukulele Class
Joel Jacques
Expand your bank of skills in the three main areas of strumming (varying your rhythms), fingerpicking (techniques and patterns), and melodic playing (solos and duets). Some fundamental music theory will be explored. Think of this as an exercise class: a place to push your playing skills in order to get them into top shape. Being comfortable with strumming, singing and some fingerpicking plus basics of reading tab is recommended for getting the most out of this class. April 7-28 (Tuesdays), 7:15-8:15pm, $68 members, $80 non members
13 Apr 2015 Daytime Ukulele Ensemble
Joel Jacques
Come and play your part in this Ukulele Ensemble! In this group, we will build a repertoire of two and three part pieces from classical to contemporary music over the eight weeks. The final performance will be either recorded or performed at a local venue, as determined by the group. Though not for the absolute beginner, practically all skill levels can participate. Whether you’ve ‘just started recently’ or you’ve been ‘playing for years’, there is a part for you in this ensemble. Though principally intended for participant’s enjoyment, you will also develop these skills: standard notation and/or tablature notation reading, listening skills, timing, dynamics and melodic playing up & down the fingerboard. Mondays April 13 – June 8, 1-2pm, 8 weeks, $136 members, ($156 non)
13 Apr 2015 Youth Intermediate Guitar (ages 9-15)
Alex Moxon
This class will build on the lessons from the Youth Beginner Guitar course. Students are expected to know the fundamentals of playing the guitar (ie, how to hold the guitar, how to tune, basic chords, reading TAB). This course will feature more challenging repertoire, developing practical music theory, honing your technique, and an introduction to improvising.
 Mondays 4- 5 pm, April 13 – June 8, 8 weeks $136 members ($156 non)
13 Apr 2015 Five-String Clawhammer Banjo for Beginners (Part 1)
Ann Downey
This course is designed for novice players with little or no previous experience playing the five-string banjo in clawhammer (or frailing) style. In eight weeks, students will learn the basic clawhammer strum; how to read tablature; basic chords for the open G tuning and at least two songs or tunes in that tuning; as well as some left-hand techniques such as hammer-ons, slides, and pull-offs. Mondays 6:30-7:30 pm, April 13 – June 8, 8 weeks $136 Members, ($156 non)
13 Apr 2015 Five-String Clawhammer Banjo for Beginners (Part 2)
Ann Downey
This course is designed for players who have mastered the basics of clawhammer banjo. The eight-week series of lessons will focus on the “single-string” brush, double-thumbing, C and Sawmill tunings, and basic versions of well known fiddle tunes. This course should also appeal to those who want to get their licks back after an extended absence from playing clawhammer style. Mondays 7:30-8:30 pm, April 13 – June 8, 8 weeks $136 Members, ($156 non)
13 Apr 2015 Five-String Clawhammer Banjo for Intermediate/Advanced Players
Ann Downey
Not for the frail of heart! If you can play a dozen or so fiddle tunes, at standard performance tempo, with a fair amount of double-thumbing, this one is for you. The course will focus on more complex tunes, syncopation, rock-solid rhythm, and some very interesting tunings. Mondays 8:30-9:30 pm, April 13 – June 8, 8 weeks $136 Members, ($156 non)
13 Apr 2015 Beginner Harmonica
Al Wood
Learn ways of playing single notes, types of chords, trills, wails and bent notes and more importantly, what you can do with these skills. You’ll come away with a variety of songs to impress your friends, including train songs, folk tunes and 12 bar blues. Enjoy the basics of playing harmonica with others; what harmonica to pick up and how to improvise. Answers to your questions about harmonica will be revealed revealed plus tips and tricks to keep you going! Mondays, 8:30-9:30 pm, April 13 – June 8, 8 weeks $136 members, $156 (non)
13 Apr 2015 Intermediate Harmonica
Al Wood
Further expand the ways of playing single notes, chords & octaves, trills and wails and of course the most popular “bend.” Students will build on their knowledge and ability to navigate within the 12 Bar Blues progression in multiple keys. Mixing structure with improvisation and the concept of amplification will be introduced. Al Wood’s preferred style of instruction blends the technical with the intuitive and an emphasis on keeping it all enjoyable. Mondays 7:30 – 8:30pm, April 13 – June 8, 8 weeks, $136 OFC Member Price, $156 non.
14 Apr 2015 Daytime Beginner Guitar
Alex Moxon
A relaxed experience for adults who have always wanted to learn how to play the guitar. Participants will learn the basics of chording techniques, scales and strumming patterns. No musical experience necessary. Mon 2:00 – 3:00 pm, April 14 – June 2, 8 weeks $136 Members, ($156 non)
14 Apr 2015 Youth Beginner Guitar (ages 9 – 15)
Alex Moxon
This incredibly popular class will focus on building a strong foundation in learning to play the guitar. No prior knowledge of the guitar is needed. By the end of the course we will explore several songs that workshop essential guitar skills such as strumming, picking, finger picking, and learning where the notes and chords fall on the fretboard. We will also develop the fundamental skills of playing music, which include keeping time, building chords, and ensemble playing. The main goal of the course is to give students the tools they need to teach themselves the music they want to learn as they develop as guitar players. Tuesdays 4- 5 pm, April 14 – June 2, 8 weeks, $136 members, ($156 non)
15 Apr 2015 Beginner Guitar for Adults (part 1)
Kurt Walther
Kurt offers a relaxed experience for adults who have always wanted to learn how to play the guitar. Kurt will cover the basics of chording techniques, scales, strumming patterns and rudimentary fingerstyle patterns. No musical experience necessary. Wednesdays 7:30-8:30 pm, Jan 21-March 11, 8 weeks $141 Members, ($161 non) Method book included.
15 Apr 2015 Beginner Djembe
Salah Adam
Join Salah for a journey into playing the djembe. There are many styles of playing this drum and you will learn techniques such as finger-based rim shot, bass, distorted bass, rolls, accents, slaps and start contemplating a bit of improvising. Wednesdays 7:30-8:30 pm, April 15-June 3, 8 weeks $136 Members, ($156 non)
15 Apr 2015 Continuing Djembe
Salah Adam
Join Salah for a further journey into the art of Djembe playing. Now that you have the basic techniques and access to some of the tones, you will start to get creative with rhythms and polyrhythms, with a little more improv thrown in for good measure. Pre-requisite: beginner Djembe course or some previous experience. Wednesdays 6:30-7:30 pm, April 15 – June 3, 8 weeks $136 Members, ($156 non)
15 Apr 2015 Beginner Harmonica 2
Al Wood
Further expand the ways of playing single notes, chords & octaves, trills and wails and of course the most popular “bend.” Students will build on their knowledge and ability to navigate within the 12 Bar Blues progression in multiple keys. Mixing structure with improvisation and the concept of amplification will be introduced. Al Wood’s preferred style of instruction blends the technical with the intuitive and an emphasis on keeping it all enjoyable. Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30 pm, April 15-June 3, 8 weeks $136 members, $156 (non)
15 Apr 2015 Beginner Guitar for Adults (part 2)
Kurt Walther
(For students who have taken Part 1 or equivalent) This is a follow up course for those who have the “basics” of guitar playing. Further exploration of chording, strumming, fingerpicking, and the learning of new tunes will be covered. Wednesdays 7:30–8:30 pm, April 15 – June 3, 8 weeks $136 Members, ($156 non)
16 Apr 2015 Rise Up Singing Choir
Chris Maclean
The OFC Rise Up Singing Choirs are for anyone wishing to experience singing with others. There is no need to read music or audition. The sessions will simply focus on creating melody and harmony, working by ear, using songs from the Rise Up Singing book (folk, traditional and popular). Each 1½ hour practice will include some vocal technique to help the participants acquire and improve their skill as they go. But always, the main agenda is FUN!” Bring, borrow or buy your own book. Thursday Edition: 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. with Chris MacLean April 16 – June 25 (12 weeks), $120 members, $140 (non)
16 Apr 2015 Youth Beginner Ukulele (ages 7-12)
Dan Grewal
Have a uke? Want to learn how to play with others? If you are a beginner or just looking to jam with friends, sign up for this course. Learn how to play all your favourite songs and learn new techniques to become a better musician. No experience necessary. All you need is a uke! Thursdays, 4-5 pm. April 16 – June 4, 8 weeks $136 members, $156 (non)
16 Apr 2015 Beginner Fiddle 2
Anna Ludlow
Have you been playing fiddle and feel like you can’t move onto the next level? Or are you eager to learn lots of tunes? The focus of these sessions will be on building repertoire. The course will also emphasize tune learning techniques including ear development and reading of music rhythms. This class will be filled with fun and exciting Cape Breton, Scottish and Irish tunes to enjoy as you become a better player! Mondays 6:30-7:30 pm, April 16 – June 4, 8 weeks $136 Members, ($156 non)
16 Apr 2015 Guitar Choir
Kurt Walther
Guitar Choir is geared towards performance by a four to ten piece guitar choir. We will create pieces using layered rhythmic motifs from various cultures (African, Caribbean and Central and South American styles) and include other approaches to chord and scale construction. We will look at modern composition techniques, such as those of Robert Fripp, Terry Riley and Philip Glass. An intermediate knowledge of how to play the guitar will be necessary for participation in this program. Thursdays, 7- 8 pm, April 16 – June 4, 8 weeks $136 Members, ($156 non)
16 Apr 2015 Beginner Fiddle
Anna Ludlow
Join fiddle sensation, Anna Ludlow and learn how to play one of the most exciting and fun instruments in the Celtic world. Her sessions begin with knowledge of the instrument and move from slow beginner tunes to jigs and reels. By the 8th week, students will be playing slow airs, jigs, reels and hornpipes. Lots of fun, a very relaxed atmosphere and a wonderful experience of fulfilling your dream of being a fiddle player! Thursdays 7:30 -8:30 pm, April 16-June 4, 8 weeks $136 Members, ($156 non)
16 Apr 2015 Intermediate Bodhran
Alistair Dennett
In the intermediate class, you will develop skills in voicing the bodhran as well as work on methods of coordinating the right and left hands. Using a simple notation method, we will build on your existing right hand and left hand techniques. We will discuss the two predominant playing styles and look at ways modern drummers are blending the two. This class is ideal for players who have some experience and are thinking of or already are playing with other musicians. Thursdays 8:00 – 9:00 pm, April 16 – June 4, 8 weeks $136 members, $156 (non)
16 Apr 2015 Beginner Bass Guitar
Dan Grewal
Need some low end? Come and learn your BASSics! No experience necessary. In this course you’ll learn the why’s and how-to’s of bass playing. You’ll be taught technique, tone, reading notation, theory and finding your groove all through a variety of blues, jazz and world music. Thursdays, 8:30-9:30 pm , April 16 – June 4, 8 weeks $136 members, $156 (non)
17 Apr 2015 Intro to Bodhran
Alistair Dennett
In this class you will learn the basics of playing the Bodhran. Alistair Dennett will teach you two of the most common bodhran rhythms: the reel and the jig and help you to develop right hand and left hand techniques. You’ll learn about the structure of traditional tunes and suggested ways to accompany them. This is a class for absolute beginners. Fridays 6:00 – 7:00pm, April 17 – June 5, 8 weeks $136 members, $156 (non)
18 Apr 2015 African Drumming Workshop
Alassane Djigo
This workshop will introduce participants to the important tradition of the Senegalese drum – the sabar. A short presentation will outline the history and cultural context of the instrument as well as the structure and operation of a sabar percussion group and the course of a song. A demonstration by Alassane will make you feel the power of these African rhythms. Much of the workshop will be devoted to applied learning and gaining an understanding of the use of the stick and basic strikes. Drums are provided, max. 10 participants. Saturday April 18th, 2-4pm, $45, WKSHP15.04.18
18 Apr 2015 Drum Circle
Derek Debeer
Drum Circle is an exciting journey into playing the djembe. Derek Debeer is a dynamic group leader and you will learn djembe techniques while experiencing the magic of being a part of a drum circle. Other percussion instruments will be explored as well. Beginners and more experienced players welcomed. Djembe rentals available. Saturdays 2:00-3:00 pm, April 18-June 6, 8 weeks, $136 Members, ($156 non)
2 May 2015 Music In Motion (for Kids 2-5 Years Old)
Connor McGuire
This course is designed to introduce kids to the very basics of counting and singing songs, as well as giving them the opportunity to get their hands on some instruments from around the world. Every week, little ones will re-visit the basics of music to assist in developing a good sense of rhythm and tone. Facilitated by Connor McGuire, fun loving musician and young-at-heart dad! Instruments are provided by the Ottawa Folklore Centre. Saturdays 10:15 – 11 a.m., May 2 – June 20, 8 weeks $80 members, $96 (non)
2 May 2015 Saturday Morning Uke Club (ages 4-8)
Connor McGuire
Your kids will learn to plunk, strum and rock their way through classic rock songs and modern super hits! In a fun setting this class will teach the basics of chording and picking all while getting kids comfortable with playing in a group. In the final class the kids will teach the parents a song! Saturdays 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., May 2 – June 20, 8 weeks $136 members, $156 (non)
10 May 2015 Sunday Afternoon Uke Club (ages 4-8)
Connor McGuire
Your kids will learn to plunk, strum and rock their way through classic rock songs and modern super hits! In a fun setting this class will teach the basics of chording and picking all while getting kids comfortable with playing in a group. In the final class the kids will teach the parents a song! Sundays 1:00 – 2:00 p.m., May 10 – June 28, 8 weeks $136 members, $156 (non)
12 May 2015 Daytime Beginner Ukulele
Joel Jacques
Have you been wanting to take up the ukulele but have no previous experience? Need some guidance to learn the basics of making music on the ukulele? Have some time during the day? This class will be an introduction to the basics of making music with the ukulele. We will learn to accompany songs by ‘strumming/fingerpicking and singing’. We will learn to play melodies and duets, allowing our ukulele to do the singing. We will learn to play many songs, but always with the focus on learning and developing the basic repertoire of skills of playing the ukulele. Tuesdays May 12 – June 30, 11:30-12:30am, 8 weeks, $136 members, ($156 non)

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  • Ottawa Folklore Centre
    1111 Bank Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1S 3X4
    613.730-2887 | 1-800-385-FOLK (3655)
    thefolks@ottawafolklore.com

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  • Saturday  9:30 am to 5:30 pm
  • Sunday  12:00pm-5:00pm

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