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Music and Dance Courses at York Learning

Learn to play the guitar, piano or sing – or learn to dance to the music rather than make it.

Guitar

Guitar 1 – Complete Beginners

Learn to play the guitar with Folk and Pop music plus easy note reading. You will learn to play at least 12 chords comfortably, strum chords and use bass / strum and simple finger picking styles, read very simple guitar tablature, read and play notes from the treble clef for the top 3 strings and begin to play open bass strings, play in a very simple ensemble. You will need to practice for at least 15 minutes a day.

Guitar 2 – Beginners Plus

Improve your guitar playing with Folk, Pop and Rock and very easy classical music. Further develop your skills with chords, strumming patterns and simple finger picking. Learn to play 20 chords comfortably. Continue to develop your guitar tab reading and reading from the treble clef to play the top three stings.

Guitar 3 – Intermediate

Improve your guitar playing with Folk, Pop and Rock music and easy classical music. Further develop your skills with chords, strumming patterns and simple finger picking. Learn to play 20 chords strongly. Strum chords and use bass/strum and more complex finger picking styles; Read simple Guitar tablature; Read and play notes for all 6 strings; The standard of note reading approaching grade 1 standard. Play in ensemble. You will need to practice for at least 15 minutes a day.

Guitar 4 – Advanced

Improve your guitar playing with Folk, Pop, Rock and Classical music. More advanced and faster than Level 3 but following a similar syllabus. Strong strumming is assumed and complex finger styles will be studied. The level of note reading and ensemble playing approaches Grade 3 standard, but is great fun when it all works together! Play comfortably in ensemble and play all the basic chords and their variations.

Piano for Fun

Learn to play popular tunes on piano in enjoyable, approachable, fun group sessions. This course, for beginners, is designed to be a fun way of learning how to play piano. By learning a new song each week, you will learn the basic theory and the practical skills you need to play tunes on a keyboard. We will start by learning how to play a melody with one hand, and gradually move on to adding harmonies and bass notes, so by the end of the course we will be able to play complete songs as a group. We will learn to play by ear, rather than by reading sheet music, so no knowledge of reading music is needed. The aims of this course are to get comfortable with the basics of playing piano, make some great sounds together and to have fun while doing it.

Singing for Fun

Have great fun and experience the ‘feel good factor’ as you learn to sing in harmony with others. Enjoyable, approachable sessions no matter what your age or ability!

This course is designed to be a fun, fun, fun all the way! It doesn’t matter if you haven’t sung for years – come and join us and experience the joy of singing a variety of songs in harmony with others. We will start with rounds (the same tune, with people starting at different points) and learn complete songs, from well-known pop songs to traditional tunes and music from different countries. Using written music as a guide (but you don’t need to be able to read music), all will be explained as we go through. The main aims are to get used to singing with others, to learn how to express yourself musically and to have fun doing it!

Start the Day with a Song

Fun and social sessions for adults of all ages. Enjoy singing songs of all styles in relaxed and informal classes, meeting new friends and learning how to sing your heart out!

Start your day by singing with others and put a spring in your step! In this brand new class, Richard our instructor will guide you through singing in a group in a fun and engaging way. Learn rounds (the same tune, starting at different times), popular songs and music from around the world. Have great fun meeting new friends, making music and learning how to use your voice to the best of your ability. You’ll learn how to warm up your voice and body properly, sing in harmony with others and a whole range of music, from traditional to modern. With the proven health benefits of singing, what better way to start your day?! The class includes a coffee break, with drinks included.

Ballroom/Latin Dance

Absolute Beginners

Learn to dance steps from Waltz and Foxtrot, to Rock n Roll, Cha-cha and Samba and/or Rumba. During the course you will learn to Waltz, Quickstep, Social Foxtrot, Cha-Cha, Jive and Samba/Rumba. You will also be taught ‘leading’ and ‘following’ techniques. Each week, basic steps will be taught in each dance, gradually building up into a routine, which will enable you to dance socially at any event. Dancing can be exhilarating and fun, as well as an ideal way to keep fit and supple.

Beginners

Learn the basic steps of ballroom dancing and enjoy dancing with confidence. During the course you will learn to Waltz & Foxtrot with the option to progress to Quickstep. Each dance will incorporate basics and development figures as well as basic technique, posture, hold and history of the dance. Dances will be taught in classes which are aimed at couples, so dancers are advised to come with a friend or partner, though this does not have to be male/female couples. Lessons are active, with a short break included.

Intermediate

Build up your dance confidence with new ideas in Waltz, Quickstep, Rock n Roll, Cha-Cha and more. This course is designed for dancers who already have a reasonable experience in basics, and would like to progress and improve technique and develop skills. It may also suit dancers who’d like to brush up on what they may have learned quite some time ago. We’ll explore new choreography in Waltz, Quickstep, Cha-cha-cha, Jive and much more!

Social Jive & Rock 'n' Roll

Dancers will learn the basics of Jive and Rock ‘n’ Roll dancing to be used socially. Dancers will learn the basics of jive, incorporating some rock ‘n’ roll and jitterbug. The class will learn a new figure each week to create a short routine, with the opportunity to attempt more complex steps if you like.

The First Dance

A specialised class for couples preparing for their first dance. If the thought of dancing in front of all your friends and family fills you with dread, and the image of shuffling side to side is too awkward, come along to our specialised 3 week course designed for wedding couples.
The sessions will give you and your partner support in choosing a song, a taste of different basics (depending on your chosen song), some additional steps and turns, as well as a choice of endings, entrances and even lifts. (Lifts are NOT compulsory!) You can then put as many or as few of theses steps together as you like to create your ideal routine!

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