Careers in Music Roundtable (Kami)
How can we make a living doing what we love? Can we do what we love and be fulfilled without it being our career? What are the pros and cons to working in a musical field? What opportunities exist and what opportunities can we create?
Composition/Arranging Seminar (Alan)
This class offers insights on how to write for the guitar, both solo and ensembles. Bring a copy of your creative work (if you have one) to share. Materials
Guitar Harmony (Alan)
Harmony is the language of music. We’ll go over fundamentals of chords, how to make chord progressions, and harmonize simple melodies. Materials
Guitar is Life; Music is Wellness (Kami)
How has music played into the creation of community over time? How can we utilize music to better the quality of our lives? What are the dimensions of wellness and where does music fit into those?
We’ll begin with a review of basic rhythm patterns and guitar percussion techniques. After a few practice drills, we’ll learn a short and fun guitar percussion ensemble piece. Materials
Find your inner peace and channel your energy with the guitar! In this class, we will explore a few techniques that parallels practice and meditation. Please Bring your guitar to this class.
Performance Development (Tom)
This performance class bridges the gap between the practice studio and the stage. Preparation, mind set and etiquette in performance are explored. When your level of execution is a 10 in the studio but a 3 on stage, then this class is for you.
Play and Say (Ben)
Learn the secret nuances to making music come alive. By using your voice, we will breathe life into our music! Guitars and repertoire pieces are required for this class.
Positions, and Fing-rings and Frets, Oh My! (Alan)
Make playing fit your hands. Discover options for left- and right-hand fingerings, and left-hand positions to make your playing more legato
—smother and musical. Materials
Score Study Class (Stephen)
Class will offer practical application and reasoning activity. Bring a clean copy of any piece you plan to study soon, but have not yet begun
Sight Reading (Ben)
Let’s be honest, who doesn’t need more practice with sight reading? Everyone will find benefits in learning the tools to successfully reading music by sight with confidence and clarity. Bring your guitars as well as an open mind to this class!
Tech for the Guitarist (Tom)
From recording both audio and video for practice, to social media, to professional release , all aspects of media recording will be discussed as to how it impacts the guitarist. In addition techniques for sound reinforcement will be covered.
Explore foundational Shearer concepts about healthy hands. This course can be for beginners or advanced students as exercises will be adapted according to level.
Tone and Expression (Ben)
In this class, we will explore and discover your unique sound! This is such an essential quality to harness and own as you memorize and master any piece of music. Put your final touches on it with your expression – from hearts to strings. Guitars, nail files, buffers, music, & etc. ~ required.
Visualization and Memorization (Tom)
One of the cornerstones of the Shearer Method. Learn how to visualize to mentally prepare for the musical and technical demands of playing. Materials