Lessons, Classes and Workshops

Lessons
Shana and Beverly offer private lessons in the Wolfeboro/Ossipee area, and online via Skype. We also coach bands and offer workshops covering particular styles or instruments. We enjoy teaching motivated students at any level; beginners are welcome!

If you live outside the immediate area, we invite you to come to the scenic lakes region of New Hampshire for a day, weekend or weeklong music intensive. There are many places to stay nearby, from campgrounds to B&Bs, and lots of seasonal outdoor activities to enjoy while you’re here.

We each have over 25 years of experience in teaching music, and enjoy doing it. Instruments we teach include hammered dulcimer, tsimbl, mandolin, bouzouki, fiddle, tenor and 5 string banjos, fretted dulcimer, acoustic guitar, piano, autoharp, hurdy gurdy, hand percussion, and many more.  Please call or email us for details or to schedule a lesson.

Beverly’s Tuesday Night Singing For Fun Class

Want more harmony in your life? Singing for the fun of it, in a supportive group environment that makes it easy. We do a mixed bag of material: rounds, folk songs from around the world, shape note hymns, and other music composed in parts. No previous experience or note reading skills required; all that’s needed is the desire to sing!

Class meets Tuesdays, 5:30 – 6:30 pm, in North Wolfeboro. We adjourn for the summer and will resume in September. Singers of all ages are welcome, and you can join us any time; call 603-941-4947 for details.

Community String Band – Thursday evenings in Wakefield

Learn to play traditional Appalachian folk songs, New England contradance tunes and more in a friendly community string band format. Repertoire includes hoedowns, reels, jigs, hornpipes, waltzes and songs. We’ll explore roles of different instruments in a string band and how to create harmonies. accompaniments and arrangements. Tunes are taught by ear, however written music is also provided. Attendees should have basic playing skills on their instruments, beginners are welcome. Class not limited to stringed instruments. Taught by Shana Aisenberg, meets at the Wakefield Congregational Church. Two classes offered, beginners at 6 PM, and mixed level at 7 pm.

Old Time String Band Class – Wednesdays in Conway

Learn to play traditional New England, Appalachian and Celtic music; repertoire includes reels, jigs, hornpipes, hoedowns, rags, marches and waltzes. We’ll explore the roles of different instruments in a string band and how to create harmonies, accompaniments and arrangements. Tunes are taught by ear, however written music can be provided. Attendees should have basic playing skills on their instruments; class not limited to stringed instruments.

Folk Band for Beginners – Wednesdays in Conway

Learn to play traditional American folk songs and fiddle tunes on fiddle, mandolin, banjo, acoustic guitar, dulcimer or autoharp. We’ll explore various topics including how to hear chords in a song, how to learn tunes by ear, adding harmonies and creating arrangements. Tunes are taught by ear, however written music will also be provided. Attendees should have basic playing skills on their instruments, class not limited to stringed instruments. For beginners!

Beginning Folk Band meets weekly on Wednesday evenings from 5:30 – 6:15 PM. Old Time String Band meets weekly on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 – 7:45 PM. These classes are taught by Shana Aisenberg at Mountain Top Music Center in Conway NH. To register or for more information call MTMC at 603-447-4737 or click here for their website .