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Music Courses

SUNY Schenectady County Community College offers non-credit music learning opportunities for the enrichment of the community. Students wishing to pursue professional music studies should contact the SUNY SCCC School of Music. SUNY SCCC is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music. For additional information regarding these non-credit music offerings, please contact the Office of Workforce Development and Community Education at 595-1101, ext. 3.

 

Group Piano for Adults

CRN# 10904                                 Saturdays, February 4-March 11                                                                             
CFP 600-01                                   10-11 a.m.                                                                                                             Fee: $100

Always wanted to learn to play the piano? This course, designed especially for the adult beginner, will include fundamental instruction in note reading, rhythm recognition, proper hand position, chords, and learning to play in both beginning and classical styles, as well as pop. This course is taught by Timothy Farrell, an alumnus of the SCCC School of Music. Mr. Farrell is a piano instructor at the Hilton Music Center, Magic of Music and the Rocky Music Studios, and is also a pianist in the Joey Thomas Big Band and at private venues in the area. Click here to register.

 

Piano Lessons for Adults

CRN# 10903                                 February 6-May 1
CFP 600-51                                   By Appointment                                                                                               Fee: $215

This course, designed especially for the beginner, will include fundamental instruction in note reading, rhythm recognition, proper hand position, and chords. Instruction will consist of 10, half-hour individual lessons. Students of all skill levels are welcome. This course is taught by Timothy Farrell, an alumnus of the SCCC School of Music. Mr. Farrell is a piano instructor at the Hilton Music Center, Magic of Music and the Rocky Music Studios, and is also a pianist in the Joey Thomas Big Band and at private venues in the area.
Click here to register.

Guitar Lessons for Adults

CRN#10906                                  February 6-May 1
CFP 604-51                                   By Appointment                                                                                               Fee: $275

This course will include fundamental instruction in reading notes, strumming chords to songs, and technical development. Instruction will consist of 10, half-hour individual lessons. Students of all skill levels are welcome. Students must bring their own guitars. This course is taught by Paul Quigley, Adjunct in the School of Music. Click here to register.

 

Voice Lessons for Adults      

CRN# 10907                                 February 6-May 1
CFP 606-51                                   By Appointment                                                                                               Fee: $215

Students will learn proper singing technique and vocal independence through solo work. Instruction will consist of 10, half-hour individual lessons. This course is taught by Peter Waite, an alumnus of the SCCC School of Music. Mr. Waite is currently the Choral Director at Mekeel Christian Academy and Piano, Voice and Composition Instructor at the Performance School for the Arts. He has an active private lesson studio instructing on composition, music theory and vocal/piano instruction to students of all ages. Click here to register.

 

More Piano for Adults

CRN# 10905                                 Saturdays, March 25-April 29
CFP 603-01                                   10-11 a.m.                                                                                                             Fee: $100

This course continues Group Piano I, serving those who are already proficient in beginning piano and have a basic knowledge of music reading and keyboard technique. This course is taught by Timothy Farrell, an alumnus of the SCCC School of Music. Mr. Farrell is a piano instructor at the Hilton Music Center, Magic of Music and the Rocky Music Studios, and is also a pianist in the Joey Thomas Big Band and at private venues in the area. Click here to register.

 

Beginner Ukulele

CRN# 11084                                 Saturdays, February 25-April 8
CFP 608-01                                   10:30-11:30 a.m.                                                                                            Fee: $155

No class March 18
Bring your love of music and creativity to learn to play the ukulele, the most accessible of the fretted instruments. By learning the basics of rhythm, chords and melody on the ukulele, you will quickly have fun and be able to put together the building blocks to create your own sound. Students will learn songs from the many eras in the American Songbook. Handouts will be provided and a recording
device is recommended. Students, ages 10 or older, of all skill levels are welcome. Students must bring their own ukuleles. This course is taught by Ron Gordon, who has been performing with and teaching fretted instruments for the past 50 years. He has been part of many regional, traditional music festivals and events including the Old Songs Festival, the Dance Flurry, Ukulele Expos, Victorian Strolls, and Café Lena performances. Mr. Gordon founded the Electric City Ukulele Club. Click here to register.

 

Learn the Mandolin

CRN# 11085                                 Mondays, February 27-April 24
CFP 609-51                                   6:30-7:30 p.m.                                                                                                  Fee: $175

No class March 13
Get yourself started on an instrument that fits into so many styles of music. Students will learn the picking and fingering exercises that enable the ability to play the mandolin. The class will cover a combination of traditional American and Celtic fiddle tunes, as well as beginning classical pieces to facilitate your musical expression. There will also be a combination of reading music on the mandolin
as well as ear training. Handouts will be provided and recording devices are recommended. Students, ages 10 or older, of all skill levels are welcome. Students must bring their own mandolins. This course is taught by Ron Gordon, who has been performing with and teaching fretted instruments for the past 50 years. He has been part of many regional, traditional music festivals and events including the Old Songs Festival, the Dance Flurry, Ukulele Expos, Victorian Strolls, and Café Lena performances. Mr. Gordon founded the Electric City Ukulele Club. Click here to register.

 

Old Time Banjo

CRN# 11086                                 Mondays, February 27-April 24
CFP 610-51                                   7:30-8:30 pm                                                                                                      Fee: $175

No class March 13
Students will learn traditional styles of old time tunes and songs on a 5 string banjo. This course will involve a lot of listening and ear training to pick up on and play frailing and clawhammer styles. As Pete Seeger used to say, we’ll get an “educated thumb.” There is a strong old time music community in our region and this will get you started to play with others. Handouts will be provided and recording devices are recommended. Students, ages 10 or older, of all skill levels are welcome. Students must bring their own banjos. This course is taught by Ron Gordon, who has been performing with and teaching fretted instruments for the past 50 years. He has been part of many regional, traditional music festivals and events including the Old Songs Festival, the Dance Flurry, Ukulele Expos, Victorian Strolls, and Café Lena performances. Mr. Gordon founded the Electric City Ukulele Club. Click here to register.

 

Intermediate Ukulele

CRN# 11245                                 Saturdays, February 25-April 8
CFP 614-01                                   9:30-10:30 a.m.                                                                                                Fee: $155

No class March 18
This class is ideal for students who have taken a “basics” class or have been self-taught in ukulele and would like to review and learn new musical skills. Students will review basic strums and chords through a variety of songs and then move on to chord melody and finger picking techniques. Through listening, learning and participation students will extend their song list and become even more creative on the uke. Handouts provided and a recording device is recommended. Students must bring their own ukuleles. This course is taught by Ron Gordon, who has been performing with and teaching fretted instruments for the past 50 years. He has been part of many regional, traditional music festivals and events including the Old Songs Festival, the Dance Flurry, Ukulele Expos, Victorian Strolls, and Café Lena performances. Mr. Gordon founded the Electric City Ukulele Club. Click here to register.