Past Classes

Class title:

“A Survey of the Diverse Musical Styles that Have Influenced the Modern Classical Guitar”

Schedule:

Thursdays 9:30 – 10:30 AM

May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, June 5, 12, 19, 26, July 3

Class description:

This lecture series offers a look into various musical worlds from which today’s classical guitar has developed.  Beginning with the first published piece for the guitar in 1546 and ending with the original music of the lecturer, Lars Rosager, the scope of this class’s subject matter is quite large.  However, close attention will be paid to the peculiarities of each time period and composer featured during this ten-week journey through music history.  Students will gain exposure to various musical trends and study them in isolation as well as in conjunction with guitar culture.  Renaissance vocal polyphony, folksong, opera, solo guitar, symphony, concerto, and even modern, technology-based, and electronic music will be shown to relate to that sound we know and love: the classical guitar.

Instructor:

Lars Christian Rosager, Music Historian/ Voice and Seven-string Guitar/ Spanish to English Translator

Instructor bio:

Lars Rosager studies Music History at San Francisco State University, where he is nearing the end of a master of arts degree program.  Since age four, music and language arts have been central to Lars’s life.  He is active in the San Francisco Bay Area as a researcher, writer, composer, and performing musician.  His future goals include completing a PhD in Music History, holding a professorship at the university level, and continuing his ongoing quest for knowledge and continual creativity.  Lars’s primary research interests are the Spanish Renaissance and the history of the guitar.  His many musical influences include (but are surely not limited to) Gregorian Chant, church and electric organ, self-accompanied song, and Brazilian choro.

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Class title:

“Naomi Stine Piano Class”

Schedule:

Saturdays 5:00 – 6:00 PM

April 19, 26, May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, June 7, 14, 21

Class description:

Naomi Stine’s piano class is a great place for students of all ages. The class will cover note reading and piano techniques to help with practice skills and developing good articulation. Students enrolled will each be able to use their own keyboard during the class time. During the ten week period the students will have a drastic change in their musicality and understanding around the keyboard. This class is a good opportunity for kids, or adults, to learn about playing the piano.

Instructor:

Naomi Stine, Piano Instructor Instructor bio: Naomi Stine began playing the piano at age four and has been surrounded by music ever since. At age twenty Ms. Stine studied piano with Dr. Bruce Cook at Diablo Valley College, and in 2004 was chosen to perform the Mozart Piano Concerto No.23 K.488 as a live soloist with the Diablo Valley Philharmonic Orchestra. Since 2006, Ms. Stine has studied piano with world renowned concert pianist Roger Woodward at San Francisco State University where she earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance and then in 2009, a Masters of Music Degree in Piano Performance under Roger Woodward. Ms. Stine has participated in many recitals and competitions at San Francisco State University. Ms. Stine is excited and eager to pursue teaching piano to students of all ages and walks of life throughout her musical career.

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