Music in the Mountains offers free music workshops for young people – YubaNet
Starting Wednesday, May 12, 2021, Music in the Mountains will be offering another series of youth music workshops in and around Nevada County. This exciting opportunity is completely free and will give students the chance to engage with professional musicians and music teachers. These courses aim to give young people a creative way to express themselves freely in these difficult times.
No previous experience is necessary for these camps. Instruments and equipment will be provided. Students are encouraged to invite friends over and prepare to have fun learning music.
“We are very fortunate in this community to have such a variety of musicians and musical experiences,” said MIM Executive Director Jenny Darlington-Person, who grew up thanks to MIM’s musical and educational experiences. “We thank a generous grant from the California Arts Council and are delighted to be able to offer these programs free of charge to everyone.”
Students have the choice between two teaching offers:
1. Taiko Drumming with Mitzi Garnnett: “Taiko, a Japanese style of drumming, was used to call on the gods to modify existing conditions such as warding off plague, bringing rain, blessing a harvest, or inviting ancestors to join in. family celebration. Villages used drums to communicate, soldiers were sent to war, and fishermen called from the sea. A few border people took the lead in bringing Taiko to America.
Long-time student of Grandmaster Tanaka, Mitzi Garnett, carried this torch and trained Grass Valley Taiko. Founded in 2000, the group actively participates in many community events. Mitzi’s creative interpretations of traditional pieces, as well as those created by members of Grass Valley Taiko, feature a variety of styles and rhythms to please and delight their audiences.
2. Musical improvisation with Wheyland Whitney: “What does it mean to play? Where does inspiration come from? Everyone is born an artist and then something happens – how do we get that state of being back? “
In this course, participants will discover what it means to produce great sound by singing, drumming, moving and playing. There is no pressure and no experience required, just a willingness to have fun exploring the sounds of music.
Participants will listen to great performers and improvisers (Bobby McFerrin, David Darling, Miles Davis, Pauline Oliveros) and invent music based on ideas discussed in class. Together, participants will explore what it feels like to be an artist, especially when it comes to fear, anxiety, and the pressure we put on ourselves to be good.
MIM is delighted to bring these and other musical offerings to the community and thanks donors, grants and community partners for their support.
- What: FREE Taiko Drum & Musical Improvisation Lessons
- Where: Arts Center
- When: Wednesdays, 5/12, 5/19, 5/26, 6/2
- Time: 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
- Ages: All ages are encouraged but priority will be given to 12-24 year olds
- Price: FREE – a value of $ 40 per class (thanks to a grant from the CA Arts Council)
- More information: www.musicinthemountains.org
- Email: [email protected]
Music in the Mountains has performed and produced high quality classical music in Nevada County for 40 years. Celebrating its Ruby birthday in 2021, MIM continues to offer wonderful classical music performances and educational programs in Nevada County. The public is invited to join MIM this season for world-class musical performances live and streamed from your home. For more information, call 530-265-6124 or email [email protected] Always open to www.musicinthemountains.org.