Songs in the Ballad Tradition

A lively, fun, and informative class, open to ages 10 to 100, teaching Traditional Songs thematically: love songs, parting songs, murder ballads, songs of emigration, work songs, etc.  This is a great class for people who love to sing or have always wanted to sing, but feared they were “just not a singer,” because in Traditional singing, the emphasis is on the song, not the virtuosity of the singer.  Imagine always having a song ready for parties, weddings, toasts, memorials, receptions, wakes, family dinners, or any social event.  Singing Traditional Songs teaches history and vocabulary, creates community, improves memory skills, and is excellent ear training.  We’ll learn from source singers as well as from song collections like Cecil Sharp, the Child Ballads, and the Roud Folksong Index.  Many songs are hundreds of years old, all preserved through oral tradition, and they preserve the histories and cultures of peoples often lost to recorded history. Students need a notebook and pen, and a simple recording device.  There is no need to read music in standard notation; in the folk tradition, songs are learned by ear. The class culminates in a “singing club” style performance. The class will be taught by Ginny Shilliday.

Class will meet Mondays from 6:30-7:30; the winter session beings January 12th. Cost for the eight week session is $120.00. To register, contact the Crescendo office.

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