Wolf Trap Announces Fall 2012 Classes for All Ages

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11 Distinct Classes Taught Throughout the Fall at Wolf Trap's Center for Education

Baby ArtsPlay classes at Wolf Trap engage young children with music and movement.

Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts announces its fall 2012 lineup of classes at the Center for Education at Wolf Trap in Vienna, VA. Wolf Trap offers an array of classes for adults, teens, children and families taught by Wolf Trap Teaching Artists and professional instructors who welcome and, encourage students of all ages and abilities. Wolf Trap classes emphasize personal achievement, community building, and encourage lifelong learning through the arts. The fall session includes group guitar, African drumming, private piano and voice lessons, music, movement and drama classes for young children and families, The American Songbook series, and a community drum circle: all held in a comfortable and convenient location at the Center for Education at Wolf Trap, 1645 Trap Road, Vienna, VA. To learn more about these programs and to register for classes, visit http://www.wolftrap.org/classes.

  •     Baby Artsplay!™

6 months – 3 years
Saturdays, 9/29 – 11/17
10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
$200
Through music, movement and stories, parents and caregivers strengthen the bond with their child and learn how to support the development of language, cognition, and social and motor skills. Classes are taught by Wolf Trap Teaching Artists.

  •     Artsplay!™

3 years – 5 years
Saturdays, 9/29 – 11/17
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
$200
Children explore the characters and themes of a book through music, dance, and dramatization. Each class opens with a teacher-led circle time that includes parents, caregivers and children and then just the children are welcomed into the classroom Classes encourage imagination and creative self-expression and are designed to support and enhance young children's intellectual, social, emotional, and physical development. Classes are team taught by two Wolf Trap Teaching Artists.

  •     Djembe Drumming and Drama

Kindergarten - 2nd Grade
Saturdays, 9/29 – 11/17
12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
$200
Children interpret a story and create their own rhythms on the West African djembe drum. The class culminates in a final performance with children and families using the drumming techniques they’ve learned to tell a traditional African fable through rhythm, storytelling, and drama.

  •     Community Drum Circle – One Night Only

Adults
Tuesday, 9/11
7 p.m. – 8 p.m.
$5 Returning Students/$10 New Students
Drummers of all skill levels are invited to participate in this unique experience known as the Community Drum Circle. Learn basic and intermediate drumming techniques on the West African djembe drum, then play alongside members of the community as the rhythms of the drum circle organically evolve. Bring your own djembe drum or rent one from the instructor. This circle is led by Wolf Trap Master Teaching Artist Kofi Dennis.

  •     African Drumming I

Beginner
Teens and Adults
Tuesdays, 9/18 – 11/20
6:45 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.
$200
Wolf Trap Master Teaching Artist Kofi Dennis teaches drummers of all skill levels the rhythmic patterns, phrases, and techniques of one of the most prominent West African drumming traditions in a comfortable group setting. Bring your own djembe drum or rent one from the instructor.

  •     African Drumming II

Intermediate
Teens and Adults
Tuesdays, 9/18 – 11/20
8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
$200
Wolf Trap Master Teaching Artist Kofi Dennis teaches drummers of all skill levels the rhythmic patterns, phrases, and techniques of one of the most prominent West African drumming traditions in a comfortable group setting. Bring your own djembe drum or rent one from the instructor.

  •     Beginning Group Guitar

Teens and Adults
Mondays, 9/10 – 11/26
6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
$300
Wolf Trap’s professional guitar instructor leads students through the fundamentals of keys, chords, strum patterns, and finger-picking in a comfortable group setting. Students learn about the history of the instrument, notation, and traditional musical styles, then apply the concepts they’ve learned to songs and appropriate chord progressions.

  •     Intermediate Group Guitar

Teens and Adults
Mondays, 9/10 – 11/26
7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
$300
Wolf Trap’s professional guitar instructor leads students through the fundamentals of keys, chords, strum patterns, and finger-picking in a comfortable group setting. Students learn about the history of the instrument, notation and traditional musical styles, then apply the concepts they’ve learned to songs and appropriate chord progressions.

  •     Private Piano Lessons

5 years – Adults
Mondays, Tuesdays, Saturdays
12 weeks
$420 (30 min) /$630 (45 min)/$840 (60 min) lessons available
Musicians of all levels, including the seasoned pianist and the interested novice receive one-on-one instruction in the private practice rooms of the Wolf Trap Center for Education. Wolf Trap professional instructors allow students to progress at their own pace with specialized, level-appropriate instruction based on each student’s needs and goals. Wolf Trap’s private lesson program emphasizes personal achievement and broadens musical understanding.

  •     Private Voice Lessons

12 years – Adults
Tuesdays & Saturdays
12 weeks
$420 (30 min) /$630 (45 min)/$840 (60 min) lessons available
Singers of all levels receive one-on-one instruction in the private practice rooms of the Wolf Trap Center for Education. Wolf Trap professional instructors allow students to progress at their own pace with specialized, level-appropriate instruction based on each student’s needs and goals. Wolf Trap’s private lesson program emphasizes personal achievement and broadens musical understanding.

  •     The American Songbook with John Eaton

Adults
Mondays, 10/1 – 10/29, skips 10/8
7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
$125
Washington, D.C. pianist John Eaton, one of the foremost interpreters of American music, brings his keen insight and extraordinary musicianship to the Center for Education at Wolf Trap for a four-week lecture series called The American Songbook. This class introduces students to Irving Berlin, Frank Loesser, Vernon Duke, Kurt Weill, and George Gershwin—songwriters and composers who greatly influenced the American songbook. Eaton’s charming wit, musical demonstrations, and historical insights energize each session.

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

About Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts
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 array of diverse artists, ranging from pop, country, folk, and blues to classical music, dance, and theatre, 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, arts education classes for all ages, 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 is metro accessible and is a founding member of the Green Music Group. For more information, visit http://www.wolftrap.org

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