Piano Off the Page with Amy McFarland


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Date: June 13 & 14, 2020 (online)

9 am – 12 noon each day

Skill Level: Ability to read simple melodies with the right hand, and some experience playing with two hands simultaneously.

Class Registration Fee: $80.00

Free yourself from using complex written music! By using simple melody lines and chord symbols, we’ll create arrangements of folk music and other styles, for solo piano or accompanying songs and other instruments. We’ll explore assorted rhythms, harmony, and also improvisation.

In addition, Amy will be playing music for the evening’s Virtual Healthy Hoedown (included as part of your tuition), as 1/2 of the duo Rare Privilege, along with her musical partner Maria Terres, who is teaching “What Makes it a Fiddle Tune?” Take Amy’s class, then hear the techniques in application when playing for a dance.

Students need to bring the following supplies: 88-key keyboard (if possible), recording device, pencil and paper

Amy McFarland has played folk music, ragtime, jazz and other styles on the piano since she was a teenager in Massachusetts. She performs for dances, concerts, festivals, and workshops regularly throughout the Midwest and other parts of the US. She teaches piano, ensemble playing, tune-writing, improvisation and more, at festivals and camps, to private students and through the UW-Madison Department of Continuing Studies.

Registration includes one free admission to Saturday night’s Virtual Healthy Hoedown.