Creative Studies Programs: Winter 2018 at The Hartt School Community Division
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Creative Studies Programs: Winter 2018

Creative Studies is now enrolling students for programs starting in January and February. These exciting new classes are listed below. We also have spots for middle and high school students in our jazz combo program and/or our Hot Club. Please contact Luke Nelson (lunelson@hartford.edu) if you are interested in joining a jazz combo or hot club.

Songwriting
Thursdays 6:30–7:30 p.m. (grades 7–12)
Starts Jan. 18 (6 classes)
Instructor: Luke Nelson
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This 6-week session gives students the skills and knowledge to best express themselves through song. Students study music theory, develop performance skills, and examine classic songs. Understanding song structure, developing rhyming techniques, and discovering new musical styles help every songwriter unleash her or his full potential. A piano will be available for students or they can bring their own guitars. Accompanying skills will also be taught in this class to best support and present each musical work. Whether you are just beginning to write songs, or are a seasoned troubadour, this course will help you find your voice and make your strongest songs.

Film Scoring 
FilmscoringSaturdays at 12:30–1:30 p.m. (grades 4–8) or Sundays 1:45–2:45 p.m. (grades 9–12)
Starts Jan. 13/14 (6 classes)
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Instructor: Jessica Rudman

This 6-week class introduces students to the world of film scoring. Students learn fundamental concepts and approaches to creating music for movies, TV, and video games. They use music technology to compose their own soundtracks to short films and scenes.   

American Roots Ensemble
Saturdays at 2:30–3:30 p.m. (grades 7–12)
Starts Feb. 3.
Instructor: Luke Nelson
14 classes
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American Roots provides a fun learning environment for students in grades 7–12 to 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.   

Ukulele at HarttUkulele
Thursdays 5–6 p.m. (grade 7–adult)
Starts Feb. 1.
Instructor: Luke Nelson
14 classes
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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. Open to grades 7 through adult.