Spring Program Offerings

March 15th to April 8th

In an effort to expand on the learning, sharing, and connections that were fostered in our winter session, our spring session is an extension of what transpired, while also giving us the opportunity to welcome new participants to join in the fun!

The program is open to anyone, though level guidelines do apply, as most instructors will be picking up from where they left off in February. This program is not supported by a grant so the following are our nominal fees.

All-Access Household Pass: $150
Adult: $50 per program (one hour per week for four weeks)
Youth: $40 per program (one hour per week for four weeks)
Children’s Song & Games program: $30 per household
Sharing Program FREE

 

All sessions will be delivered online through Zoom, with training available prior to program start-up. 

Financial assistance available through the Nicholas Missere Bursary Fund. Please email music@algomatrad.ca to inquire.

Please find the class descriptions below.

For residents of the Central Algoma/North Shore region only:

A limited number of instruments are available on a loan basis for the 4-week length of the program, please indicate need on the registration form.

Information about access to class pages can be found in the welcome letter you will receive in your email confirmation.

 
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Beginner Fiddle

with Chelsea Sleep

Mondays from 2:30-3:30pm

A step up from our introduction to fiddle class, participants will continue to developing skills from posture to bow hold, while learning some new tunes! Parents will need to be active participants in the lesson learning along with your child so you can help them on your end, so please make sure your learning space is quiet and without distractions at the time of the lesson for best possible results!

Novice Fiddle

with James Stephens

Tuesdays from 4:30-5:30pm

Do you already have about a dozen or tunes in your repertoire at a slow-medium speed...and you're ready for more! Join James Stephens for a smorgasbord of tunes perfect for novice students.

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Intermediate Fiddle

with Kerry Fitzgerald

Thursdays from 4:30-5:30pm

Learn new tunes and techniques to keep you inspired and excited about fiddling! Connect with other players across Ontario, and let's have some fun on the fiddle!

Beginner Tin Whistle

with Pat O'Gorman

Mondays from 4:00-5:00pm

It's never too late to learn! Especially this simple but expressive instrument that has been the sound of so many great movie soundtracks and Celtic music records. You will learn the basics of how to play the tin whistle and some simple but lovely traditional melodies. This will be a great way for our winter session participants to continue to develop their skills, and new participants to learn too!

Beginner Highland Pipes

with Pat O'Gorman

Wednesdays from 4:30-5:30pm

Learners will start on the practice chanter and learn the simple scale of the pipes, the beginnings of ornamentation and grace notes, and some simple melodies to practice good finger and hand position. For those who participated in our winter program, this will be a great continuation of where we left off.

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Piano by Ear

with Julie Schryer

Thursdays from 10:00-11:00am

This session is geared to people who have basic piano playing skills but who want to branch out into playing by ear and learning more about the world of chords and chordal relationships…we will accompany/share songs and tunes throughout the 4 weeks as a continuation from where our winter session left off, but all are welcome!

Songs & Games for Children and Caregivers

with Hannah Shira Naiman

Wednesdays from 10:00-10:30am

Tired of singing Old MacDonald on repeat? Join us! We’ll learn new and interesting songs, rhymes, fingerplays, knee bounces, and easy dances for little ones and babes-in-arms each week - ones you will love to get stuck in your head!  

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Plant-Based Cooking

with Hannah-Lee Lawrence

Thursdays from 7:00-8:00pm

Hannah-Lee loves sharing her passion for vegan cooking and showing people that being plant-based doesn't mean that you have to miss out on your favourite foods. This class will cover a lot of the basics to help you discover how to make plant-based food that is delicious and appealing to everyone, exploring new recipes not previously shared in our summer session. Each student will be provided with all recipes.

Sharing Session

with Julie Schryer & Pat O'Gorman

Tuesdays from 7:00-8:00pm

This is a time for you to share what you’ve been working on in terms of songs, tunes, poems, stories, art, and craft…which can even include the realm of food (yes please!). Let’s get inspired by each other! We expect to have special guests, so be sure to check out the announcements to find out what we have planned each week in this free session.

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