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@ Meramec | Online

Enhance your musical abilities through group performance and individual instruction. From songwriting and vocal or symphonic ensemble to guitar, harmonica and piano, our classes help you develop your musical creative outlet.

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Classes offered in-person may be rescheduled, canceled or transitioned to an online format based on COVID-19 guidelines. Students are required to follow COVID-19 guidelines for classroom participation, which includes, but is not limited to, use of masks and social distancing requirements.


Unless otherwise specified in the course description, registration for online classes closes three business days prior to the class start date.

 

General Music

The Folk Revival

Discover the history of the Folk Music Revival of the 1950s and 1960s that brought folk music to the forefront on campuses, TV and radio, and in coffee houses and concert halls. This discussion includes recordings and demonstrations of different types of songs that played a part in the Revival. You’ll understand the difference between cowboy, blues, spirituals, country and mountain music, maritime, hobo, union, work songs and British ballads. We’ll discuss the influence of this music on the singer-songwriter movement of the period.
MUSC-701 | 2 sessions | $27 AGE 60+ | $39 REG
P02 W 7-9 p.m. | James Renz
April 21-28 | Online

Guitar

Beginning Guitar

Offered for students who have never played guitar and have no background in music. Learn to play first and open position chords, simple scales, melodies and right hand strumming techniques. Must provide own acoustic guitar and extra set of strings. No text required.
MUSC-705 | 8 sessions | $63 AGE 60+ | $89 REG
P03 W 7-8:30 p.m. | James Renz
Feb. 17-April 14 | Online
NOTE: No class March 17.

Group Beginning Guitar

Offered for students who have never played guitar and have no background in music. Learn to play first position and open position chords, simple scales, melodies and right hand strumming techniques; tablature, guitar notation and tuning are introduced. Must provide own acoustic guitar and extra set of strings. Textbook information available on registration page.
MUSC-705 | 8 sessions | $55 AGE 60+ | $99 REG
P04 Sa 2-3 p.m. | Christina Springer
Jan. 23-March 13 | Online

Advanced Guitar for Beginners

This class is for the self-taught guitar player that wants to learn technique. You should be able to read standard music notation, play chords (including barre chords) and ensemble-based music, and have strong basic improvisation skills. Must provide own acoustic guitar and extra set of strings. Prerequisite: Beginning Guitar or equivalent experience. Textbook information available on registration page. Additional online music program will be discussed for more advanced learning at home. Cost of program is not included in course fee.
MUSC-705 | 8 sessions | $57 AGE 60+ | $99 REG
P01 Sa 12:30-1:55 p.m. | Christina Springer
Jan. 23-March 13 | Online

Fingerpicking for Guitar

Learn to play folk, blues and ragtime. Discover general accompaniment patterns using the thumb and fingers of the right hand along with left hand chords to create a complete, solo sound. This course emphasizes alternating bass style, and will explore music in both guitar tablature and traditional notation. If time allows, instructor may discuss open tuning concepts. Previous students welcome and will be provided new songs. All must have a six-string acoustic guitar and guitar capo for class. A music stand is recommended. Prerequisite: Ability to tune the guitar, know first position chords and experience in making basic chord changes with the left hand. No text required.
MUSC-705 | 8 sessions | $63 AGE 60+ | $89 REG
P02 Tu 7-8:30 p.m. | James Renz
Feb. 16-April 13 | Online
NOTE: No class March 16.

Harmonica

Beginning Harmonica

The harmonica is a fun and easy musical instrument to learn. In just three sessions be able to play dozens of folk and campfire type songs. Fee includes student guide/song-book and a 10-hole, “C” diatonic harmonica. Instructor is a member of the Gateway Harmonica Club.
MUSC-720 | 3 sessions | $39 AGE 60+ | $39 REG
P01 W 6:30-7:30 p.m. | Buddy Hirsch
Feb. 3-Feb. 17 | Online
P02 W 6:30-7:30 p.m. | Buddy Hirsch
April 7-21 | Online

Piano

Beginning Piano

In this enjoyable, relaxed approach to the piano, you’ll learn the letter names of notes, where notes are located on the keyboard, simple chords to accompany melodies, easy rhythm patterns and pedaling techniques. Textbook information available on registration page. Additional online music program will be discussed for more advanced learning at home. Cost of program is not included in course fee.
MUSC-710 | 8 sessions | $55 AGE 60+ | $99 REG
P01 Sa 9-10:25 a.m. | Christina Springer
Jan. 23-March 13 | Online

Advanced Piano For Beginners

Learn more advanced rhythms (dotted rhythms and triplets), major chords and their functions, staccato playing, major scales and exercises, and expression marks and phrasing. Songs are played in major keys and pop music is introduced. A review provided at course beginning (as needed.) Prerequisite: Basic knowledge of keyboard and letter names of notes. Textbook information available on registration page. Additional online music program will be discussed for more advanced learning at home. Cost of program is not included in course fee.
MUSC-711 | 8 sessions | $55 AGE 60+ | $99 REG
P01 Sa 10:30 a.m.-noon | Christina Springer
Jan. 23-March 13 | Online

Band and Orchestra

Meramec Orchestra

Study and performance of representative chamber and symphonic literature. Additional studio hours required. Available for credit as MUS 132 651 (CRN 12884). Auditions for seating purposes only. Contact the conductor at 314-984-7636. This ensemble may meet in a hybrid format including on-campus rehearsals with safe-distancing, paired with online instruction using Blackboard Collaborate. Contact the program coordinator at 314-984-7638 or MeramecMusic@stlcc.edu with any questions.
MUSC-714 | 15 sessions | $39 AGE 60+ | $39 REG
P01 M 7-9:40 p.m. | Gary Gackstatter
Jan. 25-May 10 | Hybrid; MC-HW, 102
NOTE: No class March 15.

Symphonic Band

Study and performance of representative symphonic band literature. Available for credit as MUS 134 650 (CRN 12920). Auditions for seating purposes only; contact the conductor at 314-984-7636. This ensemble may meet in a hybrid format including on-campus rehearsals with safe-distancing, paired with online instruction using Blackboard Collaborate. Contact the program coordinator at 314-984-7638 or MeramecMusic@stlcc.edu with any questions.
MUSC-716 | 15 sessions | $39 AGE 60+ | $39 REG
P01 Th 7-9:40 p.m. | Gary Gackstatter
Jan. 21-May 13 | Hybrid; MC-HW, 102
NOTE: No class March 18.

Vocals

Meramec Concert Choir

Study and performance of representative choral literature. Emphasis on vocal technique and development. Additional studio hours required. Available for credit as MUS 131 601 (CRN 14378). Auditions for part assignment only. Contact the conductor at 314-984-7638. This ensemble may meet in a hybrid format including on-campus rehearsals with safe-distancing, paired with online instruction using Blackboard Collaborate. Contact the program coordinator at 314-984-7638 or MeramecMusic@stlcc.edu with any questions.
MUSC-717 | 30 sessions | $39 AGE 60+ | $39 REG
P01 Tu/Th 12:30-1:50 p.m. | Gerald Myers
Jan. 19-May 13 | Hybrid; MC-HW, 102
NOTE: No class March 16, March 18.


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