Day/Time: Tuesdays, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Location: Greenebaum Strings Room
Session: September 13-November 15 (10 weeks)
Instructor: Alex Lacquement
Are you ready to jam and create music with your friends? The American Roots Music Ensemble is designed for students who enjoy playing acoustic string instruments and who also might like to sing. Students will explore songs from the bluegrass, string band, and folk music genres while creating arrangements, playing melodies, and taking solos. They will learn to work together to make decisions in the same way a professional band does. Students should possess an ability to play a few simple melodies such as "Twinkle Twinkle," "Hot Cross Buns," or a few chords such as G, C, D, and A. Students will perform a concert at the end of the session showcasing their creativity and collaboration.
The primary string instruments for the American Roots Music Ensemble are acoustic guitar, mandolin, violin/fiddle, banjo, and upright bass. That being said, all acoustic string instruments such as cello, viola, dulcimer, and piano are welcome as well! Students must bring their instruments with them to every meeting. The ensemble will be led by Alex Lacquement who has eight years of experience touring and performing across America with a variety of bands that play bluegrass, early jazz, Appalachian string band music, and folk music.