Celtic (2017 Listing)

These are classes from 2017. Stay tuned for the 2018 listings.

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Supported by Walsh, Kelliher & Sharp
Harper Touring Fund
Alyeska Pipeline Service Company
Warren Fraser
Walker Arts Fund
CoordinatorsCaitlin Warbelow (caitlin.warbelow@gmail.com) — Artistic Coordinator
Dennis Stephens (dennis.james.stephens@gmail.com) — Local Co-Coordinator
Stephen Stephens (swstephens@alaska.edu) — Local Co-Coordinator
Simon Traynor (simontraynor@yahoo.com) — Local Coordinator
Celtic Sessions

Celtic Sessions

Price: $40

Days: MThF (week 1), July 17–21

Times: 4:00–5:15pm

Instructors: Caitlin Warbelow, Isaac Alderson, Kyle Sanna, James Yoshizawa

Location: University Community Presbyterian Church

Open to all instruments, melody and non-melody. This class will simulate the "session atmosphere" by teaching students how to interact with other musicians while playing Irish traditional tunes. Topics will include session etiquette, learning by ear, how to create a good ensemble sound, and, most importantly, what NOT to do in a session! Tunes in this class will be taught mainly by ear. Open to all ages and abilities (18+). If you have questions, contact Caitlin at caitlin.warbelow@gmail.com

Celtic Sessions by the day
$15

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Irish Dance for All

Irish Dance for All

Price: $175

Days: MTWThF (week 1), July 17–21

Times: 10:00–11:50am

Instructor: Andrew Vickers

Location: North Star Dance Studio

This fun class is suitable for all ages and skills. We will determine modules based on attendance. We will move through various techniques to improve your foundation of Irish dance, as well as offer performative methods and rhythm structures that you can use on stage, as well as in your traditional steps. There will be an open Q and A section for specific requests. Dance sneakers, leather soled shoes, Irish or tap shoes are suitable.

Beginning Irish Fiddle and Strings

Beginning Irish Fiddle and Strings

Price: $80

Days: MWThF (week 1), July 17–21

Times: 2:00–2:50pm

Instructor: Caitlin Warbelow

Location: UCPC High School Room

Students will learn a few common Irish tunes (reels, jigs, hornpipes, airs, etc.) and will begin to explore ornamentation, bowing styles, and session etiquette. Tunes will be taught by ear, but don't be worried - we will discuss how best to go about learning music by ear! Students should have basic experience on the fiddle/violin and be able to play at least a couple simple tunes from memory. Open to all ages and abilities (18+). You may also take this class if you play another melody instrument (mandolin, banjo, etc.), but please contact Caitlin first, caitlin.warbelow@gmail.com

Intermediate/Advanced Irish Fiddle and Strings

Intermediate/Advanced Irish Fiddle and Strings

Price: $80

Days: MWThF (week 1), July 17–21

Times: 3:00–3:50pm

Instructor: Caitlin Warbelow

Location: UCPC High School Room

Students will learn many new Irish tunes (reels, jigs, hornpipes, airs, etc.) but the focus will be on stylistic elements such as ornamentation (rolls, triplets, cuts, harmony, etc.), bowing, musicianship, harmony, and session etiquette. Tunes will be taught by ear, but don't be worried - we will discuss how best to go about learning music by ear! Students should be able to play at an intermediate to advanced level on the fiddle/violin. Classical violinists wishing to try out Irish music are very welcome in this class even if you have no traditional music experience. [more]

Irish Percussion

Irish Percussion

Price: $100

Days: MTWThF (week 1), July 17–21

Times: 11:00–11:50am

Instructor: James Yoshizawa

Location: UCPC Fellowship Hall

The bodhrán, an Irish frame drum struck with a double-ended stick, has become an important instrument in Irish and other Celtic music, and helps anchor the rhythmic pulse of jigs, reels, and hornpipes. Bones are typically made of either animal bone or wood and are used all over the world, but they are most commonly heard in Irish music and American minstrel music. A bodhrán will be required to practice and play on. Bones will be available to borrow during class, but purchasing a pair is recommended. [more]

Tin Whistle

Tin Whistle

Price: $100

Days: MTWThF (week 1), July 17–21

Times: 3:00–3:50pm

Instructor: Isaac Alderson

Location: UCPC Fellowship Hall

The tin whistle, also called the penny whistle, has been a mainstay in traditional Irish music since the 19th Century. This class is an introduction to the whistle and its music: jigs, reels, hornpipes, airs, and more. Fingering, ornamentation, musical breathing, tonguing and throating will be discussed. Students should come with their own whistle. If you don't own one, you can find one locally or visit www.chiffandfipple.com. Open to all ages and abilities (18+). If you have any questions, contact Isaac at isaacalderson@gmail.com

Violin/Fiddle for Absolute Beginners

Violin/Fiddle for Absolute Beginners

Price: $80

Days: WThF (week 1), July 19–21

Times: 12:30–1:45pm

Instructor: Caitlin Warbelow

Location: UCPC High School Room

Have you always wished you could play a few tunes on the violin? Here's your chance! This fast-paced workshop will give you the basic skills needed to put you on the path to becoming a violinist or fiddler. By the end of the workshop you'll know how to hold the violin and bow properly, how to make a beautiful tone, and how to finger notes with your left hand. You'll also be given suggestions on how to expand upon your new-found skills and how to take advantage of musical opportunities for beginning violinists/fiddlers in Fairbanks year-round. [more]

Irish Flute

Irish Flute

Price: $100

Days: MTWThF (week 1), July 17–21

Times: 2:00–2:50pm

Instructor: Isaac Alderson

Location: UCPC Fellowship Hall

Introduction to traditional Irish music for the silver flute and the simple-system wooden (or plastic) flute. Jigs, reels, hornpipes, polkas, waltzes, and airs. Topics will include fingering; ornamentation including cuts, strikes, slides, and rolls; musical breathing; and tonguing and throating. Students should be able to play a few simple tunes on the flute already. Open to all ages and abilities (18+). If you have any questions, contact Isaac at isaacalderson@gmail.com

Celtic Guitar and Accompaniment

Celtic Guitar and Accompaniment

Price: $100

Days: MTWThF (week 1), July 17–21

Times: 3:00–3:50pm

Instructor: Kyle Sanna

Location: UCPC Student Lounge

This class will focus on various techniques for accompanying Celtic music (songs, jigs, reels, and others). Some melodies will be taught as well as techniques for quickly determining the appropriate chords to a song or tune. We will also touch on fingerpicking and alternate tunings. Basic experience on the guitar or other backing instrument is required; familiarity with a pick, capo, and basic scales is recommended. Open to all ages and abilities (18+). If you play another harmony/backing instrument and are interested in joining this class, please contact Kyle beforehand. He can be reached at kylesanna@gmail.com

Beginning Highland Bagpipes

Beginning Highland Bagpipes

Price: $150

Days: MTWThF (week 1), July 17–21

Times: 10:30–11:50am

Instructor: Warren Fraser

Location: UCPC Gym

Introduction to Highland (Scottish) bagpipes. Using the practice chanter, learn the scale; fundamental fingering techniques and embellishments. Goal: to learn a simple tune on the practice chanter. Information will be provided on obtaining a practice chanter (est. $50 +). Musical experience helpful but not necessary. Red Hackle Pipe Band pipers will serve as assistants.

Intermediate Highland Bagpipes

Intermediate Highland Bagpipes

Price: $150

Days: MTWThF (week 1), July 17–21

Times: 1:30–2:50pm

Instructor: Zachary Read

Location: UCPC Gym

Continuing from the Introduction course. Students in this intermediate course should be familiar with the practice chanter, have a command of fundamental fingering techniques, and be ready to work on embellishments such as doublings, the D-throw, the leumluath, the tachum, the birl, and the taorluath, and be ready to learn tunes in preparation for moving onto the pipes. Fairbanks Red Hackle Pipe Band pipers will serve as assistants.

Small Pipes

Price: $100

Days: MTWThF (week 1), July 17–21

Times: 3:00–3:50pm

Instructor: Zachary Read

Location: UCPC Gym

The smallpipes are a class of bagpipes that are smaller and quieter than the Great Highland Bagpipe and meant to be played indoors. As a class, the small pipes encompass a wide variety of instruments including two and three drone models, individual drone stocks or drones with a common stock or a shuttle and mouth and bellows blown varieties. The class will cover topics such as types of small pipes, the advantages of bellows blown versus mouth blown pipes, tuning and playing with other instruments. The class will open to students who have a fundamental knowledge of piping. [more]

Advanced Highland Bagpipes

Advanced Highland Bagpipes

Price: $150

Days: MTWThF (week 1), July 17–21

Times: 5:30–6:50pm

Instructor: Zachary Read

Location: UCPC Fellowship Hall

For students who have advanced to the pipes. Blowing the pipes, pipe control, fingering, embellishments, and types of music for the pipes will be discussed and practiced. Geared for Grade 4 and Grade 5 pipers who own a set of pipes. Red Hackle Pipe Band pipers will serve as assistants.

Scottish Snare Drumming

Scottish Snare Drumming

Price: $100

Days: MTWThF (week 1), July 17–21

Times: 5:30–6:50pm

Instructor: Faculty

Location: UCPC Fellowship Hall

Workshop will be taught be a member of the Fairbanks Red Hackle Pipe Band. The snare drum provides a solid rhythmic foundation for traditional and modern pipe band music. Drummers of all skill levels are welcome in this class, including beginners. The goal is to introduce, demonstrate, and refine the skills of the Scottish snare drum. Drums not required. Practice pads and sticks will be provided for sale at moderate cost. After the class, continuing instruction will be provided by the Fairbanks Red Hackle Pipe Band, for those who wish to join the band's drum section.

Guitar: Chord Progressions and Strumming

Price: $100

Days: MTWThF (week 1), July 17–21

Times: 2:00–2:50pm

Instructor: Kyle Sanna

Location: UCPC Student Lounge

Students will learn new songs as they develop skills to help create more fluid and varied strumming patterns and make quicker changes between chords. Songs will be selected from students’ suggestions. Familiarity with basic first position chords is required.

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