Music

Guitar for the Adult Beginner

The less experienced you are the better! Learn to play chords and simple strumming patterns as well as easy blues scales and get started playing the guitar. In just eight weeks you will learn how to play some simple songs such as “Back In Black” by AC/DC, “Bad Moon Rising” by CCR, or “Iron Man” by Black Sabbath. No experience reading music necessary! Must provide own guitar. Don Leffler, B.M.

Newtown Campus/ $120/ RMUSC 1168 C01
8 Mon, 2/1-3/21, 6:30-7:30 pm
Approved Hours: 8 (Act 48)

Guitar for the Adult Beginner, Continued

This course picks up where “Guitar for the Adult Beginner” leaves off. Still a class for the beginner, it is also ideal for returning students as well as those who feel they aren’t a beginner but aren’t ready for anything too intense. Minimal experience is required. Completion of “Guitar for the Adult Beginner” is not mandatory. Must provide own guitar. Don Leffler, B.M.

Newtown Campus/ $120/ RMUSC 1169 C01
8 Mon, 2/1-3/21, 7:45-8:45 pm

Playing the Djembe Drum, the Tradition Rhythms of West Africa

The Djembe drum is the very popular goblet shaped hand-drum from West Africa. This class will start with the basics of hand drumming stressing technique and clarity of notes. We play multi part African rhythms where each drum plays a different pattern. Together the drummers create rich and interesting percussion music. The most important skill learned is listening to the other instruments and keeping in time, playing together. Playing in a tight drum circle is a transcendent experience and lots of fun with many proven health benefits. Drums are also available for purchase and the rental fee can be applied. Jim Davidson

Newtown Campus/$149 (without drum rental of $35, 11” head minimum) $184 (with Drum rental of $35)/ RMUSC 1194 C01
4 Tu & 4 Th, 3/8-3/31, 6-8pm
(Senior Discount does not Apply)

Playing the Djembe Drum Level II

This class builds on “Playing the Djembe Drum, the Traditional Rhythms of West Africa.” We strengthen the skills learned in the first section and add more advanced rhythms and techniques including: Echauffement variations, call variations, bell parts, and smoothly moving between rhythm parts. Jim Davidson

Newtown Campus/$149 (without drum rental of $35, 11” head minimum) $184 (with Drum rental of $35) RMUSC 1504 C01
4 Tu & 4 Th, 4/5-4/28, 6-8 pm
(Senior Discount does not Apply)

Private Music Lessons

Private music lessons are offered by special arrangement with Continuing Education’s professional instructors.  For registration and/or information, please call 215-968-8409 (Option #1). The following lessons are available through continuing education:

Newtown Campus Fees:   

  • Six half-hour lessons $175
  • Six one-hour lessons $350
  • Twelve half-hour lessons $350
  • Twelve one hour lessons $700

Lessons are available for the following instruments:

  • Banjo
  • Clarinet   
  • Flute  
  • Guitar   
  • Oboe
  • Piano
  • Saxophone
  • Percussion
  • Violin 
  • Voice
  • Trombone/Euphonium