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Read more about our Music Education Workshop Artists HERE!

pBone Funzone
Anyone can learn to play trombone in less than 30 minutes. No experience necessary. Some pTrumpets will also be available. Everyone is invited to play at the following Brass Band Funk Jam beginning at 11am. Thank you to Conn-Selmer for providing 40 pbones for this event! SCHEDULE: Friday, Aug. 5 – 10am @ The Grove | Saturday, Aug. 6 – 10am @ The Grove

Mini-Mile of Music
Songs, dancing and music games for our little ones ages 0-3, part of The Building For Kids FREE Day! SCHEDULE: Saturday, Aug. 6 – 9:30am @ The Building For Kids

Parachutes and Boomwhackers
Come sing, move, Boomwhack and run in and out of parachutes with us in the most colorful music-making session for our young ones at the Mile of Music! For kids ages 4-7, part of The Building For Kids FREE Day! SCHEDULE: Saturday, Aug. 6 – 2:30pm @ The Building For Kids

Ballet with Piano Accompaniment
As MP3s have changed how we listen to and use music, the tradition of ballet comes to life with live accompaniment! Come hear Liam Mayo, our skilled pianist, play his original compositions as the dancers from Makaroff Youth Ballet demonstrate ballet technique, artistry, and athleticism. Then, we welcome you to participate in a ballet class with Liam at the piano. Performances will take place at Makaroff School of Ballet’s studio, located below the green awning on Walnut Street across from the PAC. There will be two sessions, one for ages 5-7 and another for ages 8-12. SCHEDULE: Saturday, Aug. 6 – 11:30am (kids ages 5-7) | Saturday, Aug. 6 – 1pm (kids ages 8-12)

Singing Picture Books
Watch, listen and interact with our lively storytellers as they bring our picture books to life with song, dance and a ton of fun! For kids ages 4-7. Saturday’s Singing Picture Books will be a part of The Building For Kids FREE Day! SCHEDULE: Friday, Aug. 5 – 10am @ Stansbury Theatre Lobby | Saturday, Aug. 6 – 10:30am @ The Building For Kids

Brazilian Samba
Come and groove with us in this powerful, aural drumming tradition from Brazil! No drumming experience necessary! Learn about and play the different “voices of the bateria” ­– or samba band – that combine to stir the soul and make you want to move!

One of these workshops will cater to Teens and Adults who want to go a little deeper into playing Sambagrooves. This workshop will allow participants to learn more about the drums and their purpose in the band, work on a drum pattern, learn calls and responses, and really feel connected and locked-in with the other players.  No experience necessary, so come on out and feel the power of a Samba Bateria! SCHEDULE: Thursday, Aug. 4 – 1pm @ Houdini Plaza (ages 6 to adult and ages 2 to 5) | Saturday, Aug. 6 –  4pm @ Lawrence Conservatory Green (teens and adults) | Sunday, Aug. 7 – 12pm @ History Museum at the Castle Terrace (ages 2 to 5)

Balinese Gamelan
Music-making as a community at its best, this bronze gong and xylophone orchestra has a part for everyone! Experience the joyful and mesmerizing sound of Balinese instruments. SCHEDULE: Thursday, Aug. 4 – 4pm @ The Grove | Friday, Aug. 5 – 4pm @ The Grove | Sunday, Aug. 7 – 1pm @ The Grove

Garbage Band Jam
One man’s trash is another man’s groove machine! Come and create percussion ensembles out of garbage cans, buckets, brooms, and other recycled treasures! Music is everywhere you find it! SCHEDULE: Thursday, Aug. 4 – 3pm @ The Grove

Fiddle Workshop with Tim McIlree
Bring your ax and learn some old time, bluegrass, and folk tunes! For intermediate and advanced violin players, we will guide you through improvisational fiddle techniques, building both the player and music creator in you! SCHEDULE: Friday, Aug. 5 – 10am @ Copper Rock

Compose Your Own Song
It’s not as hard as you think – and inspiration is all around us! Bring your ideas to this workshop and receive guidance on how to transform your thoughts and emotions into a song. Discussion will be interactive and designed for all ages. SCHEDULE: Friday, Aug. 5 – 11am @ Lou’s Brew Cafe (w/Paul Demer) | Saturday, Aug. 6 – 2pm @ Lawrence Stansbury Theatre Lobby (using Garage Band software) | Sunday, Aug. 7 – 10am @ Copper Rock (w/Paul Demer – teen/adult focused)

Back-up Singer Workshop
Many times, the lead singer in a band will not be the ONLY singer. Back-up singers often develop a multitude of skills that help make them better musicians all around. Learn how to refine both your vocal chords and your ear, as well as how to have fun with your role in the band – it’s an important one! SCHEDULE: Friday, Aug. 5 – 3pm @ Lawrence Harper Hall | Saturday, Aug. 6 – 3pm @ Lawrence Harper Hall

Ewe Drumming and Dancing
Come and dance and drum with us in a powerful, highly rhythmic style from Ghana! You will learn dances called Gahu and Tokoe, that move in response to the Ewe drum language. The best part of this is that it is exhilarating and fun! SCHEDULE: Friday, Aug. 5 – 1pm @ The Grove | Saturday, Aug. 6 – 12pm @ Lawrence Conservatory Green | Sunday, Aug. 7 – 3pm @ Lawrence Conservatory Green

Gumboot dance evolved from a form of communication used by the South African miners, using their rain boots, hands, and legs. This communication grew into a dance form that became competitive among mining companies. Come and learn some steps to this rhythmically powerful and meaningful dance form! SCHEDULE: Friday, Aug. 5 – 11am @ Lawrence Harper Hall

Irish Dance for Beginners
We know you’ve always wanted to learn a jig! So, come on down to the Mile and Leila Ramagopal Pertl will teach you that and more! Irish dancing is athletic, social, and fun! And who doesn’t love to hear Irish music while learning to dance?  SCHEDULE: Saturday, Aug. 6 – 3pm @ Lawrence Conservatory Green (Folk Dancing) | Sunday, Aug. 7 – 2pm @ Lawrence Conservatory Green

Didjeridu Workshop with Brian Pertl
I bet you never knew how GOOD a termite hollowed log could sound? Well, it sounds amazing! Brian Pertl, Dean of the Lawrence Conservatory of Music, will take you through beginning didjeridu techniques not termite hollowed logs but plastic tubes to get you droning. Learn about the most amazing didj techniques the Aboriginal Australians have used for eons to create a powerful, rhythmic, and mystical sound. Instruments provided! SCHEDULE: Friday, Aug. 5 – 12pm @ Lawrence Conservatory Green

Deep Listening Walk
Start your day by exploring the most important musical instrument of all—your ears! In this session we will open our ears to all of the sonic wonders around us. We will listen to the world as if a composer wrote the music specifically for us to hear. Bring your open ears and mind. SCHEDULE: Friday, Aug. 5 – 5pm @ Lawrence Harper Hall | Saturday, Aug. 6 – 9am @ Lawrence Harper Hall

Acoustic Guitar Workshop
Bring your guitar and work with Ilan Blanck on your strumming and picking skills. This workshop will be focused on advanced beginners or above. SCHEDULE: Saturday, Aug. 6 – 10am @ Copper Rock

Jazz Band Jam
Come join the Jazz Band Jam! Bring your instrument (all are welcome) and have fun learning jazz tunes by ear, reading easy classic big band charts, and improvising in a group setting. Play just a couple of tunes or stay and play the entire hour. All students and adults are welcome – drum kit, bass, piano and a guitar amp will be set up and ready for rhythm section players interested in participating. Open to Middle school students through adults who play an instrument. SCHEDULE: Sunday, Aug. 7 – 11am @ Lawrence Harper Hall

Brass Band Funk Jam
You remember that sax, trumpet, or trombone you used to play in high school? Grab your instrument and be a part of this super funky second line New Orleans style Funk Jam Band. Learn grooves by ear and funk it up. This was a huge hit last year and will be even better this time around! Beginners to George Clinton welcome! SCHEDULE: Saturday, Aug. 6 – 11am @ The Grove

Hip Hop with Corey Torres
SCHEDULE: Friday, Aug. 5 – 12pm @ Lou’s Brew Cafe | Saturday, Aug. 6 – 11am @ Lou’s Brew Cafe | Sunday, Aug. 7 – 12pm @ Lou’s Brew Cafe

Concert Band
Bring your instruments and play! SCHEDULE: Sunday, Aug. 7 – 10am @ Lawrence Conservatory 163

Ukulele Workshop
No experience necessary. SCHEDULE: Friday, Aug. 5 – 3pm @ The Grove | Saturday, Aug. 6 – 10am – Lou’s Brew

Children’s Performers
Randy Peterson performs twice on Saturday – part of The Building For Kids FREE Day and Mr. Pete performs on Sunday at Houdini Plaza! SCHEDULE: Saturday, Aug. 6 – 11:30am @ The Building For Kids | Saturday, Aug. 6 – 1pm @ The Building For Kids | Sunday, Aug. 7 – 10:30am @ Houdini Plaza


Thank You to our Music Education Partners:
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Lawrence University

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