Intermediate Hammered Dulcimer

Increase your command of this magical ancient instrument! Apply hammered dulcimer styling to a variety of musical selections from old-time to classical. Minimum Requirements: An instrument, case, dulcimer stand, hammers, tuner, tuning wrench, the ability to read standard musical notation, and to practice sixty minutes/day. Cost: $175 rental. $550 purchase (less for used instruments).

Forgotten Composers

We will study a number of composers who are not household names: Johann Jacob Froberger, Jan Ladislav Dussek, Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel, Clara Wieck Schumann, Anton Arensky, Amy Beach, and David Diamond. We will hear their music on the keyboard, on CDs and on YouTube, and discuss their careers and why they are “forgotten.”

Continuing Piano

This is a continuation of the 2010-2011 Beginning Piano course as well as a course for those students who have experience playing the piano or have taken a previous beginning course. New students must get the approval of the instructor before registration. A keyboard, preferably one with eighty-eight keys, is required in order to take this course. Books that are used in this course may be purchased at SoliClassica at 1550 Hendersonville Road, 828-277-4111. Materials fee: $10 for new students that covers the cost of a three-ring binder of materials provided by the instructor.

Beginning Piano

This course starts from the very beginning and is for those students who have always wanted to play the piano or for those students who haven’t played for many years and would like to reacquaint themselves with the piano. A keyboard, preferably one with eighty-eight keys, is required in order to take this course. Books that are used in this course may be purchased at SoliClassica at 1550 Hendersonville Road, 828-277-4111. Materials fee: $10 for new students that covers the cost of a three-ring binder of materials provided by the instructor.

Beginning Guitar

This eight-week course in basic guitar playing will introduce you to chords to use while accompanying familiar songs as well as teach simple music reading. You will also learn how to write your own lead-sheet for copyrighting your original songs.

Owen Middleton (owenmiddleton@gmail.com) has taught music for decades, most recently at the University of South Alabama in Mobile where his classes have included music theory.

The Beauty of Chamber Music

We will listen to and examine a number of classic chamber music works from Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Dvoˆrák, Schubert, and Shostakovich. All levels of musical interests and abilities are welcome, but no musical background is necessary.

As a (very) young violinist, Chuck Briedis (bcb31nic@aol.com) discovered the joys and beauty of chamber music. Come listen as he shares this wonderful and absorbing music with those who want to learn more about this genre.

Appreciating Asheville’s Acoustic Music

You’re always seeing acoustic musicians around Asheville, but what kind of music are they playing? Celtic, old-time, and bluegrass music all use many of the same instruments and sound somewhat alike, so how can you differentiate them? Through film, music examples, and live performances, this course will enhance your enjoyment of each genre.

Lewis Wills (lewisandkatie@charter.net) has a PhD in education from Georgia State University and an MA in folklore and mythology from UCLA. He also plays old-time and Irish music.

Writing as a Journey to Discover Life’s Meaning

This course will encourage participants to examine the meaning of one’s life journey through the process of writing. Activities will include reflections on childhood and adolescent experiences, creating a roadmap of one’s life, and finally, writing a paper that reflects some notion of the meaning or purpose of one’s life journey. Recommended text: The Story of Your Life, Dan Wakefield, ISBN: 0-8070-2709-X. Cost: $2.99 (used).

Women in Greek Tragedy

We’ll focus on justice as portrayed in the stories of four women of Greek tragedy: Iphigenia, Electra, Antigone, and Medea. After a general introduction to Greek tragedy and specific background on the plays, we’ll view the Greek films, Electra, Iphigenia, and Antigone (in Greek with English subtitles) and the modern English film, Medea. Each viewing will be followed by class discussion. Recommended text: Seven Famous Greek Plays, edited by Whitney J. Oates and Eugene O’Neill, Jr., ISBN numbers: ISBN-10: 0394701259 and ISBN-13: 978-0394701257. Cost $4.15 (new), from $0.01 (used).

The Two Faces of Robert Louis Stevenson

Stevenson’s star, long in eclipse, still shines brightly in one of the most famous characters in literature. We’ll examine the story which many people only think they know—the novella The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde—and appreciate its richness, ambiguity, and historical milieu. We will also read a few related short stories and consider “The Double” in late nineteenth-century literature. Required text: The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Other Stories, Robert Lewis Stevenson, ISBN:1593081316. Cost: $4.95 (new), from $0.01 (used).

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