Sign up for Appalachian Music Program at HCC

Jun 10, 2014
Photo by: Sherri Myers LEARN TO PLAY THE MANDOLIN — The Stuart Brothers attended HCC’s recent grand opening of the Music and Recording Arts Studio in the college’s Creative Arts Building. Trevor Stuart, left, will be the instructor for the upcoming Mandolin for Beginners class.

Haywood Community College recently held a grand opening of the Music and Recording Arts Studio in the college’s Creative Arts Building. In addition, several upcoming music classes will be available. HCC’s Appalachian Music Program is funded by a grant from the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area.

HCC’s Music and Recording Arts Studio features a mixing room, acoustically sound practice space, audio/visual viewing, and dancing and meeting space.

The following classes in the Appalachian Music Program will begin in July:

— Introduction to Sound Recording/Engineering, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Mondays, July 7 to Sept. 15.

This is the first class those desiring a career in music producing should take. Students learn how to set-up and operate recording equipment. Instruction will focus on the components in the audio chain including microphones, cables, amplifiers, speakers and more. Throughout the course, students gain hands-on experience through a thorough teaching of methods.

— The Seven Absolutes Your Musical Career Requires, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesdays, July 8 through Sept. 16. This is an eBook class taught by the author.

Participants will learn the steps to help launch and sustain a musical career. Topics will include developing a business model that stays true to the passion and love artists have for their work and how to connect with an audience that shares and believes in the artist’s core values and vision. This is a great place to start for any aspiring performer.

— Mandolin for Beginners, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, July 9 through Sept. 17.

This class is perfect for discovering fiddle tunes and melody. Participants will learn basic open chords and how to play rhythm. This course is ideal for those with little or no experience who want to learn an introduction to fundamental techniques.

— Clogging 101, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Thursdays, July 10 through Sept. 18.

This class is for students with little or no percussive dance experience. Students will get "feet-on" experience in this wonderful, old time percussive dance form. Starting from “step one,” participants will learn fun, exciting moves to take to any dance floor. Students may choose to attend a field trip to the Carter Fold in West Virginia. There will also be special guests such as master caller Joe Sam Queen.

HCC also offers online music classes; these classes start monthly:

— Introduction to Guitar: This course teaches participants basic guitar skills step-by-step with the help of hands-on exercises, audio and video recordings, and detailed illustrations.

— Music Made Easy: This course teaches students a complete understanding of rhythm, melody, and harmony. Students will be able to recognize harmony and pitches on the music staff and keyboard.

Registration ends soon. For more information about the online music courses, please call 565-4241.

For more information on the Appalachian Music Program call 627-4669 or 564-5091 or email