Folk Jam Opportunities at the Music School

NOONY TUNES, the Music School’s weekly drop-in folk jam sessions, happen every Wednesday, from noon to 1 p.m., from September through June. These sessions are led by folk faculty Audrey Budington in the Recital Hall.

All instruments are welcome, especially fiddles, guitars, mandolins, banjos, basses, accordions, flutes and whistles, bagpipes, bombardes, harps, dulcimers, harmonicas, bodhrans, even pianos! Join with fellow folk musicians of all levels and abilities to learn tunes and play together in a relaxed environment.

Noony Tunes Folk Jam is open to the public but pre-registration is required. Click Here to register for full semester or weekly drop-in

Intro to Folk Jamming with Liz Faiella
Wednesdays, 5:30-6:30 PM in the Recital Hall
Beginner to early intermediate musicians with some prior playing experience, ages 12 to adult, all acoustic folk instruments welcome (pianists, bring your own keyboard with headphones!)

Take the first steps on your folk jamming journey! Folk music is social music, and this jam/class combo (with an emphasis on the jamming!) will help you build your basic folk tune repertoire and learn to join in on folk jam sessions, in a low-pressure atmosphere. We’ll play simple fiddle tunes from a range of traditions (Irish, Scottish, New England, Old Time, etc.) at a relaxed pace. This jam is great for musicians, folk or classical, who want to gain confidence joining in folk jam sessions even if you’ve never jammed before, as well as for folk musicians who are looking for an easy-going opportunity to play tunes with others.

We’ll provide a list of suggested basic tunes to familiarize yourself with. Sheet music and practice tracks for the suggested tunes will be provided, and chord charts will be available for chord/rhythm instruments. We’ll chat about basic jamming etiquette and guidelines, and tips for learning by ear and playing along when you don’t know the tune. Repertoire may include tunes like Mari’s Wedding, Swallowtail Jig, Angeline the Baker, Arran Boat Song, Kesh Jig, and more. Whether you play fiddle, flute, guitar, mandolin, uke, bodhran, banjo, or bass, join fellow musicians for a fun evening of tunes!

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Folk Jam Workshop with Liz Faiella
Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30 PM in the Recital Hall

Intermediate to advanced musicians, ages 12 to adult, all acoustic folk instruments welcome (pianists, bring your own keyboard with headphones!)

Build your jamming repertoire, skills, and confidence! Folk music is social music, and this jam/class combo (with an emphasis on the jamming!) will help you build your folk tune repertoire and develop your comfort level with joining in on folk jam sessions, in a low-pressure atmosphere. We’ll play fiddle tunes from a range of traditions (Irish, Scottish, New England, Old Time, etc.) at an up-to-speed but manageable pace. This jam is great for musicians, folk or classical, who want to gain experience playing in a folk jam session context, whether or not you have past jamming experience.

We’ll provide a list of suggested tunes. Sheet music and practice tracks for the suggested tunes will be provided, and chord charts will be available for chord/rhythm instruments. We’ll chat about jamming etiquette and guidelines, and tips for learning by ear and playing along when you don’t know the tune. Repertoire may include tunes like Mason’s Apron, Hardiman the Fiddler, Niel Gow’s Lament, King of the Fairies, Cold Frosty Morning, and more. Whether you play fiddle, flute, guitar, mandolin, uke, bodhran, banjo, or bass, join fellow musicians for a fun evening of tunes!

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