Notes from the director... - June 2020
Breaking The Time Barrier
by Ginevra Ralph, Director of Education
We’ve talked regularly here about the 6 barriers to lifelong music participation. Five of them The Shedd can do a lot about – the 6th, not as much. That 6th barrier, you have told us, is people not having “enough time”. But “time” is what we all have a lot more of just now. Maybe more than we want!!
So maybe it’s time to try out a new instrument – and to do it with your child/grandchild or friend. Learn something brand new for both of you together for extra fun! Or maybe it’s time to pick up an old favorite that has been gathering some dust over the years.
You can take lessons now in person at The Shedd in the 3 floors of gorgeous, new, individually vented classrooms – or on-line if you prefer. The building is open 9:00-5:30 M-F, and we can schedule very flexibly to fit your time and personal schedules. There’s no time like the present!!
Term Announcements
- Fall classes begin Monday, September 14.
   Begin private lessons anytime!
- School Closed: Mon Sep 7(Labor Day), Thu, Nov 26
   (Thanksgiving), & Fri, Dec 25 (Christmas)
- Lessons must be specifically scheduled:
   Nov 27, Dec 21-31
Focus on the Classes...
kids playing violin
The Music Box
Music Box provides a beginning foundation in music education with hands-on explorations of different instruments, songs and musical styles to help students discover the right “fit” for their musical interests and pick a favorite instrument for further study. Each session introduces a new song from our Music Box CD (from spirituals, folk, bluegrass and more) followed by a hands-on introduction to a new instrument led by a Shedd Faculty member!
    This year there are 3 sections of Music Box, all limited to 10 students, and full-term enrollment: two 1 hour sections which meet 2x per week (Mon/Wed, 11am-noon) and (Tue/Thu, 4-5pm), and one 2-hour section called Music Box PLUS which meets 3x per week that we've designed especially for families looking for an afterschool program (Mon/Wed/Fri, 3-5pm).
Gig Band
Interested in playing in a band? Curious to know how to become a successful gigging musician? Do you want to learn all the tips and tricks to successfully play music with almost anyone? We can help answer all your questions and more in our Gig Band class! Local gigging musicians Don Elkington and Matt Treder, along with special guest instructors, will lead you through all the ins and outs of becoming a professional musician, from working with all the members of your band, learning tricks to play multiple genres, and what it means to truly be a professional musician. All sorts of instruments are welcome, from piano, to guitar & bass, to drums, and even horns! Read more...
String Band
String Band
If you play banjo, mandolin, guitar, bass, fiddle, or even autoharp, and want the chance to play with other musicians, String Band is for you! Instructors Chico Schwall and Corwin Bolt lead this class each term and will show you not only new skills on your chosen instrument, but will also give you some hands on experience with all the other instruments involved in Americana, folk, bluegrass, and other genres of music! Learn multiple different styles while getting the chance to connect with other musicians with similar interests. Read more...
Join Fernell López participate Eugene’s Mariachi del Shedd. This Fall sees the inauguration on a 2nd introductory section of Mariachi del Shedd designed especially for new members (Tue 4:30-6pm)) alongside our longstanding advanced Mariachi (Thu 4:30-6pm)). López will lead be Friday sectionals for both Mariachis.
The Eye Center
Shedd Presenting Sponsor