:. Educational Programs .:

 


Libraries & Schools     Workshops     Private Lessons


 

Our Approach & Musical Background

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"Brett & Randy, Your guitar workshop at Symposium this weekend was fantastic! I learned so much and thoroughly enjoyed it. Thank you both."
- Dave M., Farmington, ME

"Thanks again for a wonderful afternoon. We all had a great time! On behalf of the Moody School, thank you for making a difference!"
- Liz F., & Moody School Staff, Lowell, MA

"Randy, you are a super teacher. . .you listen to your students, you're patient, and you clearly have a love for all kinds of music."
- Suzanne P. (private student) Sratham, NH

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:.   Libraries & Schools   .:

 

One Song at a Time  
(Randy)

An entertaining and hopeful history of social change through music. The stories of our progress in the U.S. over the last century toward equality, respect for our environment, and peace. Folk, acoustic blues, and contemporary songs chronicle 20th century America's labor, civil rights, environmental and anti-war movements.

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Mountains of Blues  
(Randy)

How music from West-African, Celtic and European traditions met in Appalachia, forming the roots of today's most popular music. Songs of work, play, and everyday life blend the rhythms, melodies, instruments and harmony of diverse cultures.

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Sing Me A Story  
(Randy)

Musical storytelling, from folk songs to the tales of modern songwriters. This engaging program covers a wide variety of musical styles, and illustrates the connection between past and present in the art of the narrative song.

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  Randy Browning is a New England States Touring (NEST) artist. Nonprofit organizations in New England are eligible for grant-funded assistance for artist fees.

Library and school programs encourage participation and are suitable for diverse audiences. Companion lists for further reading, listening, and internet exploration are available, and can be customized for specific needs. Sound equipment is provided.

 

:.   Workshops   .:

 

Arranging for Two Guitars     (Randy & Brett)
(level: experienced beginner to intermediate)

Options for adding interest to songs and instrumentals featuring two guitarists. Variations in tone, rhythm, chord voicings, capo positions, and tunings keep your arrangements fresh and creative.

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Fretboard-Shmetboard     (Randy & Brett)
(level: experienced beginner to intermediate)

A painless introduction to moving chord forms and how they can help demystify the guitar's fretboard. Relating your existing knowledge of basic chords to options for alternate voicings will add color and depth to your playing. Handy moveable chords on the first 3 or 4 strings, and how they relate to 5 & 6 string forms.

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Theory-Shmeory     (Randy & Brett)
(level: experienced beginner to intermediate)

Just enough about how music works to be immediately useful, without being overwhelming. A simple, practical foundation to build on, including common patterns of notes and chords. This knowledge applies directly to jamming/improvising, learning songs by ear, and songwriting.

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Quick-Start Guitar     (Randy)
(level: absolute beginner)

A fun way to begin playing guitar. Learn the basics while playing songs you like. A variety of songs & styles, including music chosen by students. Meeting in small classes (3-5 students) grouped by age
(10-12, 13-15, 16-18, young adults, adults.)

Summer '14:
Meeting for 3 weeks, twice a week. July & early August in Greenland, NH

Note: A condensed version of this class can also be presented as a single or multi-day workshop.

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Songwriting: Useful Creative Tools     (Randy)
(level: beginner to intermediate)

Explore the interaction of lyrics, melody, chords and song structures, and how they work together to convey your song's meaning. Generate unique ideas and discover creative possibilities through a variety of activities in a supportive environment.

Summer '14:
Meeting for 6 weeks, once a week. July & August in Greenland, NH

Note: A condensed version of this class can also be presented as a single or multi-day workshop.

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Handouts and resource lists are provided at all workshops.

 

 

:.   Our Approach & Musical Background   .:

 

Brett & Randy approach teaching as life-long learners, with enthusiasm and love for a variety of musical traditions. They learned about music first by ear and later through more formal training, which helps them connect with people in different musical settings.

After years as self-taught guitarists, both earned Bachelor of Music degrees from Berklee College of Music. There they were guided by faculty who set inspiring examples as educators and musicians.

Inspiration continues as they learn from artists like Pat Donohue, Jack Williams, Ed Gerhard, Aubrey Atwater & Elwood Donnelly, and many others at festivals, workshops and music camps.

Randy has worked full-time in music education for over a decade, teaching small classes, workshops and private lessons. "Learning is like music" he says, "it's a conversation. When it's lively and interesting, it will stay with you."

Brett, who joins in presenting duo workshops, agrees. "We're still making musical discoveries based on things we learned years ago. It's exciting to be passing on what was passed to us."