Rock, Roots, and Jazz at The Hartt School Community Division
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Rock, Roots, and Jazz

The Creative Studies Department is dedicated to providing students with innovative and distinctive musical experiences. The ensembles inspire students to look at collaboration and inspiration outside of the realm of classical music:

Instructor: Luke Nelson

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American Roots

For students in grades 7–12
Length of course: 14 classes
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American Roots provides fun and learning as students perform American roots music, from early country and blues to folk revival and bluegrass classics. In other words, if you want to be in a band that pays tribute to the Carter Family, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Patsy Cline and more, this is the place for you! We will use limited music reading and lots of ear training to develop authentic roots music performances that increase each student’s playing and listening skills.

The ensemble welcomes players in grades 7–12 interested in studying and playing this rich, powerful music. Instrumentation is designed for acoustic guitar, string bass, banjo, mandolin, violin (fiddle), and voice. However, other instruments will be considered, depending on interest. Don’t miss this chance to learn and play in the great tradition of American folk music!

2018 American Roots Tuition and Schedule

Tuition for HCD studentsTuition for non-HCD students2018 Schedule
$154$192.50Saturdays, 2:30–3:30 p.m. (14 classes: Begins February 3)
A $25 registration fee may apply. No class 2/17, 3/10, and 4/14.

UKULELE

Ukulele at HCDFor students in grades 7 through adult
Length of course: 14 classes
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An ensemble designed for everyone! Ukulele class offers an entry into the world of ensemble playing on an instrument that is easy to learn and played around the world. Beginners and seasoned players are encouraged to join this class as we learn the basics of melody and chord playing on music from rock to Bach. Students will learn by ear, playing together as an ensemble, while developing musical skills along the way. Students will supply their own ukuleles.

2018 Ukulele Tuition and Schedule

Tuition for HCD studentsTuition for non-HCD students2018 Schedule
$154$192.50Thursdays, 5–6 p.m. (14 classes: Begins Feb. 1)
A $25 registration fee may apply. No class on 2/22, 3/15, and 4/12

HOT CLUB

For students in grades 7–12
Length of course: Full academic year (October–May)
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The purpose of this program is to provide the tools and repertoire to create an acoustic swing ensemble, based on the legendary Quintet of the Hot Club of France. Using the songs and style of the great Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli, students will discover a new level of musical expression.

The music is a combination of European folk music and American swing, sometimes referred to as “Gypsy Jazz.” Many of the songs are very simple to learn and play, which makes them perfect for collective music making and “jamming,” while providing literature of a musical genre that is respected around the world. This musical style provides plenty of room for improvisation, while helping to develop skills that are essential to all musicians (keeping a beat, listening and blending, playing with feeling, etc.). Break some old habits and see what Hot Club music can do for your playing.

The course is limited to three violins, three woodwind instruments, one string bass, and three acoustic guitars. Students will supply their own instruments. No amps allowed! This class will meet 24 times throughout the academic year, with at least two performances.

2017–18 Hot Club Tuition and Schedule

Tuition for HCD studentsTuition for non-HCD students2017–18 Schedule
$264$33024 weeks: Saturdays, 1:15–2:15 p.m. (Begins Oct. 7)
A $25 registration fee may apply.

Hartt Jazz Combo

For students in grades 7–12
Length of course: Full academic year (October–May)
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Hartt Jazz ComboThe Hartt Jazz Combo is designed for students looking for a chamber-sized ensemble to develop their playing in the jazz style; improvising, and increasing their knowledge of classic jazz tunes. From the blues to bebop, the Hartt Jazz Combo is a training ground for future jazz players, working in the great tradition. Students will develop their collaborative skills in this smaller ensemble and have the opportunity to explore improvisation at great length.

Jazz history and theory will be part of each rehearsal as we study the legends and explore the musical structures in this music. Students should be able to read music and have an understanding of the jazz style to be part of this ensemble. Find out how far your jazz playing can go.

The course is limited to two drums, one bass, one piano, one guitar, and four woodwinds or brass. Students will supply their own instruments, except for piano, drums, and amps. This class will meet 24 times throughout the academic year, with at least two performances.

2017–18 Jazz Combo Workshop Tuition and Schedule

Tuition for HCD studentsTuition for non-HCD students2017–18 Schedule
$526.50$67524 weeks: Wednesdays, 6–7 p.m. (Begins Oct. 4)
A $25 registration fee may apply.

ROCK BAND Chamber Ensemble

For students in grades 7–12
Length of course: 10 weeks
Interested in joining? Contact Luke Nelson at lunelson@hartford.edu.

Rock Band 2016 at The Hartt School Community Division

Hartt’s Rock Band is designed to offer students a collaborative environment in which they can develop their individual musicianship, study classic rock literature, and be part of a band. Each student will receive coaching and encouragement in these areas while working with fellow students to create their own versions of the music. Students are expected to read music or TAB; however, more time will be devoted to learning music by ear and creating a unified band sound.

This course is limited to three guitarists, two bassists, one keyboard player, two vocalists, two percussionists, and three woodwind players. Students will supply their own instruments, except for keyboard, drums, and amps.

Creative Studies Day

Creative Studies Day is held annually near the end of the school year and features student presentations and performances as well as group activities led by Creatives Studies faculty members. Learn more about Creative Studies Day.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with us at 860.768.4451 or harttcomm@hartford.edu.