Creative Arts


Introduction to Songwriting
Write your own songs! Express yourself musically by writing songs. An instrument is not required, but may add to your experience. Bring a blank notebook or journal, a pen, an instrument if you'd like, and all your great ideas.

Beginning Group Piano
Experience this exciting and new recreational piano program for teens and adults. This unique course teaches the student practical keyboard skills in a relaxed small group setting. Highlights of Piano Street (required text) include learning the functional use of chords, note reading and ear training, improvisation and arranging, solo/ensemble playing and playing varied musical styles.

Fundamentals of Sound Engineering
Drawing upon nearly 2 decades as a full-time sound engineer, the instructor will guide you on audio equipment and their techniques. In depth exploration of physics of sound, microphones and their uses, cable types, EQ, Compression/Limiting/Gating, Analog vs. Digital, speakers, mixing consoles, common FX types, and critical listening. No prerequisites required; students only need an interest in sound engineering and/or music. Once registered, please email for directions to the studio.

Beginning Mandolin
A beginner's class on how to play basic bluegrass or old-time mandolin. Rhythm techniques will be taught along with moveable chord positions. The focus is to offer a basic understanding of the mandolin and its function in a bluegrass band. Fundamentals of bluegrass song structures will also be taught. For more information email

Introduction to 5-String Banjo
This class is an introduction to the 5-string banjo and how it is played. It is recommended you have access to a 5-string banjo in playable condition. No prior experience necessary. Bring your enthusiasm, a recording device, your fingerpicks and a sincere desire to learn to play. For more information email

Old Time Fiddler
Learn to play by ear from renown local fiddler, Chip, "Dr. Horsehair" Cohen. You will learn old-time hoedowns, reels, waltzes and more. For beginning to advanced fiddlers/violinists. Students should have their own fiddle and be able to play a simple melody or scale.

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For more information contact Continuing Education at (541) 463-6100.