Wolf Trap Announces Fall 2011Education Classes

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Registration is now open for classes at the Center for Education at Wolf Trap

Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts announces its fall performing arts education class schedule featuring music and movement classes for infants, toddlers, and young children; African Drumming; Djembe Drumming and Drama; two songbook classes: The American Songbook with John Eaton and The Baby Boomer Songbook; as well as, group and private lessons. All classes are delivered by professional teaching artists at the Center for Education at Wolf Trap in Vienna, Virginia.

Fall classes include:

  •     Baby Artsplay!™ and Artsplay!™: Strengthen your bond with your child as you encourage self-expression and imaginative play. For young children and their parents, educators, or caregivers, Baby Artsplay!TM and ArtsPlay!™ classes integrate music, movement, and drama to support intellectual, language, social, emotional, and physical development.

*Baby Artsplay! classes: Mondays or Saturdays, Sept. 19 – Nov. 14, 2011
*Artsplay! classes: Saturdays, Sept. 24 – Nov. 12, 2011

  •     Baby Artsplay™: Math in Music and Movement: Discover how music, movement and drama develop the building blocks of math learning for young children. Through creative expression and imaginative play, Teaching Artist Valerie Bayne Carroll applies concepts such as sizes, patterns and spatial awareness to illustrate the natural connections between math and the arts.

            * Mondays, Sept.19 – Nov. 14, 2011

  •     Djembe Drumming and Drama: In this eight week session, children from Kindergarten through second grade discover African fables as they create unique stories and rhythms on their own djembe drums, under the guidance of Wolf Trap Teaching Artist Kofi Dennis. A final performance showcases the drumming and drama techniques they’ve learned in class.

*Saturdays, Sept. 24—Nov. 12, 2011

  •     African Drumming: Wolf Trap Teaching Artist Kofi Dennis guides drummers of all skill levels through the shared experience of an African drum circle. Learn the rhythmic patterns, phrases, and techniques of one of the most prominent West African drumming traditions in a comfortable group setting.

    Class members can bring their own djembe or borrow one from the instructor.
*Tuesdays, Sept. 20–Nov. 22, 2011

  •     The American Songbook with John Eaton: John Eaton, one of the foremost interpreters of American music, sets the stage for an up-close and personal discussion of The American Songbook. During this four-week lecture series Eaton introduces students to Jerome Kern, Cole Porter, and George Gershwin. The final class will give an overview of composition and improvisation as used in all good music of every genre.

*Oct. 3, 17, 24, 31, 2011; No class on Columbus Day, Oct. 10

  •     The Baby Boomer Songbook: Join the fun and become more confident in your singing in this five-week class celebrating the hits of the 50s, 60s and 70s, including songs from The Beatles, Elvis and Motown. Participants will sing classic songs in a fun, supportive, small group atmosphere, while learning about tone, resonation, articulation and sound.

*Mondays, Sept. 12– Oct. 17, 2011; No class on Columbus Day, Oct. 10

  •     Group Guitar: Whether you aspire to be a classical guitarist, the next rock superstar, or simply want to enjoy music making, Wolf Trap’s group guitar classes offer a great start! Instructor, Glen McCarthy, will cover the fundamentals – keys, chords, strum patterns, and fingerpicking – as well as the history of the instrument, notation, and traditional musical styles. Concepts learned in class will be applied to songs and appropriate chord progressions.

*Mondays, Sept. 12–Dec.5, 2011; No class on Columbus Day, Oct. 10

  •     Private Lessons: Express yourself creatively while improving your technique and confidence. Intended for both beginning and experienced musicians, Wolf Trap’s Private Lesson Program emphasizes personal achievement and broadens musical understanding. Students progress at their own pace with specialized, level-appropriate lessons based on their individual needs and goals.

*Piano: Mondays, Sept.10–Dec.10, 2011; No class on Columbus Day, Oct. 10
    *Voice: Tuesdays and Saturdays, Sept.10–Dec.10, 2011

The Center for Education at Wolf Trap is a nonprofit, national arts-in-education resource center for children, parents, educators, and performing artists, and is the home for Wolf Trap’s Education Programs. This state-of-the-art facility was officially opened and dedicated on May 19, 2003. The technology-rich environment includes a two-level Education Pavilion, the Earle C. Williams Learning Center, and allows Wolf Trap to strengthen and expand its proven Education Programs to impact countless lives regionally, nationally, and around the world for generations to come.

For more information about the classes and registration, please visit http://www.wolftrap.org/Education/Education_Programs_Performances_and_Classes.aspx
or contact Wolf Trap Education at classes(at)wolftrap(dot)org.

About The Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts
The Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, founded by Catherine Filene Shouse (1896-1994), produces and presents a full range of performance and education programs in the Greater Washington area, as well as nationally and internationally. Wolf Trap features three performance venues, the outdoor Filene Center and Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods, both located at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, and the Barns at Wolf Trap, located down the road from the park and adjacent to the Center for Education at Wolf Trap. In partnership with the National Park Service, The 7,028-seat Filene Center annually showcases an extensive list of diverse artists, ranging from pop, country, folk, and blues to classical music, dance, and theater, as well as multimedia presentations, from May through September. The Barns operates year round, and during the summer months is home to the GRAMMY-nominated Wolf Trap Opera Company, one of America’s outstanding resident ensemble programs for young opera singers. Wolf Trap’s education programs include the nationally acclaimed Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts, Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods, a diverse array of arts education classes, scholarships, and a nationally recognized internship program that was included in Bloomberg BusinessWeek’s 2009 List of “Best Places to Intern.” As part of its ongoing commitment to protect and preserve the environment, Wolf Trap offers metro access and is a founding member of the Green Music Group. Terrence D. Jones is president and CEO of the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts.

Visit the Wolf Trap Web site at http://www.wolftrap.org for more information.

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