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Next banjo and harmony singing classes/workshops start January 2015 in Portland.
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Leela's Banjo Lessons and Classes
Harmony Singing Classes, and Percussive Dance Classes
Portland, Oregon


By-Ear Harmony Singing Classes
 


Old Time Banjo Classes and Lessons
 


About the Instructor
 

 

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ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: 
  
Leela Grace (Singer/ Banjo Player/ Guitar Player/ Performer/ Songwriter/ Teacher/ Percussive Dancer) is a Columbia, Missouri native and a Portland, Oregon transplant who has performed and taught nationally for over 25 years, first with her family, and now as a solo musician and with her sister Ellie Grace (as Leela and Ellie Grace).  She recorded three albums with her family as a teen (in addition to doing studio work with other musicians) and has released two acclaimed duo CDs with her sister. The sisters have performed at prestigious venues across the United States and Canada, ranging from the Winnipeg Folk Festival to the Lincoln Center in New York City to the National Women's Music Festival.

Leela has earned critical and audience praise for the “great depth and insight” of her original songs, which have been featured on NPR’s All Songs Considered and chosen for inclusion on a “Best of Portland Acoustic Music” compilation CD. She picked up the banjo as a young teen and has developed her own exceptional clawhammer banjo style, marked by clear, bright melodies and powerful rhythm. Leela is also recognized as a dynamic percussive dancer whose style draws most strongly from Appalachian clogging, but also incorporates Irish step dance, rhythm tap, body percussion, and much more.

As a teacher of music and dance, Leela has inspired literally thousands of school children, banjo students, percussive dancers, and singers of all ages through the classes, school assemblies, week-long camps, and lessons that she has taught across the U.S. and Canada since she was little more than a child herself. She has been hired to teach at The Swannanoa Gathering (NC), The Christmas Country Dance School (Berea, KY), Pinewoods Camp (MA), The Augusta Heritage Center’s Old Time Week (WV), and Lady of the Lake Camp (ID)! Her students have called her a “dynamic, engaging, and knowledgeable instructor” and “a skilled musician” who “has a wonderful ear, and a super way of motivating you to develop your skill.” Leela’s “soaring” vocals, compelling originals, “sterling credentials” in old-time music, powerful percussive dance, and disarming teaching style make her a favorite at venues and camps across the continent. She is a kind, entertaining, experienced teacher who offers clear, understandable instruction to singers, musicians, and dancers of all levels. She tries to disarm her students with laughter and a bit of silliness while, unbeknownst to them, they are not only learning to sing, dance, or play the banjo, but also learning to believe in their own ability.
 

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Leela's Famous By-Ear Harmony Singing Classes
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NEXT BY-EAR HARMONY SINGING CLASS STARTS JANUARY 18, 2015 in PORTLAND -- By-Ear Harmony Singing II

Leela’s By-Ear Harmony Singing I Class (down for Harmony II, Harmony III, Group Sing)
Location: TBA
Dates:
TBA
Time: TBA
Fee:
TBA

(**Note about the sliding scale: Pay what you feel you can afford at this time. If you choose to pay the full price, you are helping to make it possible for individuals to join the class who cannot afford to pay the full price. No explanation is needed if you pay closer to the lowest end of the sliding scale.)
Registration: Please e-mail leelagracemusic@gmail.com and/or sign up for Leela's e-list to find out about future classes. REGISTER
Information:
Contact Leela at leelagracemusic@gmail.com or at 573-823-5650
Note: Class will be limited to 25 participants. Pre-registration required.
Class Description: With a patient, light-hearted approach, Leela will help you discover the power of voices raised in harmony. Through large and small group singing, we will practice the fundamentals of two-, three-, and four-part harmony using by-ear techniques. This class is all about finding your voice, listening, laughing, and generally having lots of fun. We will learn to understand harmonies and how they work by SINGING many different kinds of songs, from Appalachian old time to contemporary folk to old country. All abilities and experience levels are welcome. Come explore the possibilities!


Here is what former members of Leela’s By-Ear Harmony Singing classes have said:
"I loved Leela's harmony singing class!  No matter how tired I was at the end of the day, it lifted me to go sit with a small group of strangers and sing!  The friendly informal atmosphere and Leela's teaching style made it a comfortable experience for everyone. It was marvelous to learn a different song each week and to find at the end of a class, I could sing not only the melody but the high harmony and low harmony--by heart.  To be able to stand at the end of the night and make music, interchanging the parts--inspiring."

“I started taking Leela's By-Ear Harmony Singing class in the fall of 2011, and loved it so much that I signed up for a second class. Leela creates a classroom atmosphere that is inviting, fun, and engaging. She makes understanding music accessible for those of us who haven't been classically trained. And she's a joy to spend time with: professional, reliable, affordable, and always has a pun in her back pocket. I would highly recommend Leela to anyone who wants to learn about music in a fun, low-pressure way.”

"The class was fun and it brought me joy to sing with others. I found a greater range in my voice and began to exercise it in a way I never have. Leela is a fabulous teacher! Even for a beginner like me, I felt I could sing with others and hold my own and I also had room to make mistakes and sing off key.
"

 

Leela’s By-Ear Harmony Singing II Class (up for Harmony I; down for Harmony III, Group Sing)
Location: TaborSpace
Dates:
Sundays for 7 weeks, January 18-March 8, 2015 (no class February 8).

Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm
Fee:
Sliding scale** $165-$275
(**Note about the sliding scale: Pay what you feel you can afford at this time. If you choose to pay the full price, you are helping to make it possible for individuals to join the class who cannot afford to pay the full price. No explanation is needed if you pay closer to the lowest end of the sliding scale.)
Registration:
Start Here: REGISTER
Information:
Contact Leela at leelagracemusic@gmail.com or at 573-823-5650
Note: Class will be limited to 25 participants. Pre-registration required.
Class Description: This class is basically a continuation of Leela’s By-Ear Harmony Singing Class. If you have taken the class before or have some singing experience, this is your chance to jump in and fill your winter nights with beautiful harmonies! The class will be structured similarly to the introductory class, with some new repertoire and a bit more focus on smaller-group singing and on finding and keeping a part by ear. We will continue to learn to understand harmonies and how they work by SINGING many different kinds of songs, from Appalachian old time to contemporary folk to old country. All abilities and experience levels are welcome, although this class will be directed to slightly more experienced singers.

 

Here is what former members of Leela’s By-Ear Harmony Singing classes have said:

"Leela is an incredibly fun and inspiring voice teacher. Her love for singing and for encouraging developing singers has shown amazing results in the classes I have taken...This is without a doubt one of the most fun things I do each week, and my voice (and my confidence) have gone from not EVER singing - not even in the shower, to being able to hold the melody as well as sing either high or low harmony parts, and I am beginning to be able to find my own harmonies outside of class. Her banjo and guitar playing and choice of music make this class a winner all the way around."

 

"Leela Grace is a vivacious, creative, inspiring, loving, knowledgable, and thoughtful teacher, performer, and musical mentor. Her breadth and depth of knowledge of her instruments and musical styles is astounding, but she somehow manages to avoid being intimidating. Leela builds confidence no matter the level of her students and I would recommend her to anyone, regardless of past musical experience or innate "talent". For Leela, music is community and love and joy, and it comes across in every note, every class, and every interaction. Take a class with Leela or catch one of her shows - you won't regret it!"

 Leela’s By-Ear Harmony Singing III Class (up for Harmony I, Harmony II; down for Group Sing)
Location: TaborSpace (SE 55th & Belmont in Portland, Ore.)

Dates: TBA
Time: TBA
Fee:
Sliding scale** TBA
(**Note about the sliding scale: Pay what you feel you can afford at this time. If you choose to pay the full price, you are helping to make it possible for individuals to join the class who cannot afford to pay the full price. No explanation is needed if you pay closer to the lowest end of the sliding scale.)
Registration:
Please e-mail leelagracemusic@gmail.com and/or sign up for Leela's e-list to find out about future classes. REGISTER
Information:
Contact Leela at leelagracemusic@gmail.com or at 573-823-5650
Note: Class will be limited to 25 participants. Pre-registration required.
Class Description: Wherein the singers shall create their own harmony to an assigned song each week, using concepts presented in class, their own creativity, and a good bit of trial, error, and courage. Simultaneously, we will learn and sing, by ear of course, new songs in two or more arranged harmony parts and thereby strengthen our confidence, ability to hear and hold parts, vocal power, and sheer joy in singing. Song selection will mainly be drawn from folk, old time, and old country repertoires, but may range outside of those genres. Recommended for singers who have taken Leela's By-Ear Harmony Singing I and/or II classes or for more experienced singers.
 

NEW! Leela’s By-Ear Harmony: Group Sing (up for Harmony I, Harmony IIHarmony III)
Location: TaborSpace (SE 55th & Belmont) Annex

Dates: TBA
Time: TBA
Fee:
Sliding scale** TBA

(**Note about the sliding scale: Pay what you feel you can afford at this time. If you choose to pay the full price, you are helping to make it possible for individuals to join the class who cannot afford to pay the full price. No explanation is needed if you pay closer to the lowest end of the sliding scale.)

Registration: Please e-mail leelagracemusic@gmail.com and/or sign up for Leela's e-list to find out about future classes.REGISTER
Information:
Contact Leela at leelagracemusic@gmail.com or at 573-823-5650
Note: Class will be limited to 30 participants. Pre-registration required.
Class Description: This class for anyone who has taken one or more of Leela's By-Ear Harmony Singing Classes! We will gather each week with the sole (and soul?) purpose of singing as much as possible... We will revisit some of the songs we have sung in previous classes, learning or reviewing the harmony parts and singing 2-3 songs each week. We will continue to experiment with larger and smaller group singing, strengthen our voices and ears, and have a darn good time together while we're at it! Song selection will, as usual, mainly be drawn from folk, old time, and old country repertoires, but may range outside of those genres. We may even decide to hold a performance of a few of our favorite songs by the end of the 6 weeks. Come sing!! Recommended for singers who have taken Leela's By-Ear Harmony Singing I, II, and/or III classes or for more experienced singers who can learn melodies by ear.
 

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You wonder what this By-Ear Harmony Singing Class is all about?
Well, mostly it is about singing…singing together, finding your voice, finding the power of voices raised in song together, listening, laughing, and generally having lots of fun.  We will learn to understand harmonies and how they work by SINGING!  All are welcome (from self-proclaimed closet car-singers to classically trained choral singers -- it is an open and understanding learning environment).

You are welcome no matter your expertise or experience level.  Do you consider yourself a closet singer?  You can find your voice in a supportive, fun environment!  Have you been looking for a chance to sing in a group?  Here it is!  Are you a trained choral singer who wants to improve your ear?  Come on down!  Are you a strong singer who wants to learn to sing more easily with others, to feel the power of our voices joined together?  This class is for you.  Have you never done anything like this before?  Even better!  Come one, come all!

 Here's what a few former students have said about Leela's By-Ear Harmony Singing Classes:

“I started taking Leela's By-Ear Harmony Singing class in the fall of 2011, and loved it so much that I signed up for a second class. Leela creates a classroom atmosphere that is inviting, fun, and engaging. She makes understanding music accessible for those of us who haven't been classically trained. And she's a joy to spend time with: professional, reliable, affordable, and always has a pun in her back pocket. I would highly recommend Leela to anyone who wants to learn about music in a fun, low-pressure way.”
-- Erin R.

“Leela Grace is a vivacious, creative, inspiring, loving, knowledgable, and thoughtful teacher, performer, and musical mentor. Her breadth and depth of knowledge of her instruments and musical styles is astounding, but she somehow manages to avoid being intimidating. Leela builds confidence no matter the level of her students and I would recommend her to anyone, regardless of past musical experience or innate "talent". For Leela, music is community and love and joy, and it comes across in every note, every class, and every interaction. Take a class with Leela or catch one of her shows - you won't regret it!”
-- Kelly B.

"I still find myself singing some of the songs that we learned  - and it evokes that same feeling of the energy of the group and the state of grace that only "music that you make from scratch" creates.  The class challenged me to be more adventurous about singing.  I can only describe it as fun and freeing."
-- Maureen D.

"Leela's class is the best. Each session we learned new songs, great harmonies, and best of all, we sang our hearts out.  If you like to sing and you like harmonies, this class is for you!"
-- Ginny W.

"I loved Leela's harmony singing class!  No matter how tired I was at the end of the day, it lifted me to go sit with a small group of strangers and sing!  The small size, the friendly informal atmosphere, and Leela's teaching style made it a comfortable experience for everyone. It was marvelous to learn a different song each week and to find at the end of a class, I could sing not only the melody but the high harmony and low harmony--by heart.  To be able to stand at the end of the night and make music, interchanging the parts--inspiring! "
-- Terry S.

"The class was fun and it brought me joy to sing with others. I found a greater range in my voice and began to exercise it in a way I never have. Leela is a fabulous teacher! Even for a beginner like me, I felt I could sing with others and hold my own and I also had room to make mistakes and sing off key."
--
Kristin P.

"Leela's Harmony By Ear class was a powerful experience for me. I don't know how to read music, so singing in a choir has always seemed too intimidating. Before her class, I sang with the radio, which I still do now, but it's different because now I hear vocals that I hadn't ever noticed before, and I love it! It's like a new world of sound has opened up for me--I can hear harmonies and melodies simultaneously, which I could NEVER do before her class. I can sing harmonies now--I'm able to follow them if someone is singing them, and sometimes I can find them on my own.

One of the best things I got from this class is that my husband, a professional musician, actually let me sing lead on stage with him for one song while he harmonized with me. This was BIG because before Leela's class, I couldn't maintain the melody unless I heard someone else singing it. If I was singing alone, and I heard someone singing harmony, I lost the melody and followed them instead. Now I'm a rock star (individual results may vary : ).

Leela's personality and methods blend in such a way that make the class inviting, invigorating, and also challenging. She has great stories to tell about learning how to play music and sing, and she is funny and kind, so each class is different, and each class is thoroughly enjoyable. This was my first time to take her class, but there were several people who were taking it for their third or fourth time, entirely because they enjoyed the experience of singing with a group and being lead by such a dynamic, engaging, and knowledgeable instructor. Leela is an incredible folk musician and a very patient teacher--I'd take her class again if she hadn't moved 1,605 miles away! Take her class--you'll love it, and anyone who has had to listen to you sing off-key will probably appreciate it too."

-- Lania K.

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Learn to Play the Banjo!
E-mail Leela for more information: leelagracemusic@gmail.com
Offering private lessons (and group classes) in Portland, Oregon.
 
Contact Leela for rates, information, and scheduling.

  • Private old time / frailing / clawhammer banjo lessons

  • Over 20 years of professional performance experience

  • Over 15 years of teaching experience

  • All levels and abilities welcome, including complete beginners

  • By-ear techniques, rhythm, melody, chords

  • Individualized instruction

    Listen to Leela play the tune, "Big Scioty" (mp3)
    (*if it won't play, try saving first then opening)

     

    Here's what a few of Leela's banjo students have said about her teaching:
    "After muddling through years of instruction books and tabs, Leela's clear instruction helped me to hear the music in a way that elevated my banjo playing to a new level. Her creative arrangements of classic tunes have inspired me as I work to develop my own style."

    --
    J.

    "I would highly recommend Leela to banjo students at all levels. Leela is a skilled musician, has a wonderful ear (for hearing all your flubbed notes!), and a super way of motivating you to develop your skills.  In about 18 months Leela helped me develop from a true beginner to being able to say "I can play the banjo" and prove it!   She quickly taught me the basics and then gradually helped me hone my basic skills by adding drop thumbs, double thumbs,  slides/pull-offs, triplets etc as I grew in my abilities. I highly recommend her to anyone!"
    -- B.

    "Leela is a great and generous teacher. She introduced me to some magical banjo tunes and tunings and helped me hugely in learning to listen and play by ear. Her easygoing teaching style and sparkling, clean playing lured me down the first strange, crooked, and colorful paths of old time music."
    -- J.B.

    E-mail Leela for more information:
    leelagracemusic@gmail.com
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CLAWHAMMER BANJO CLASSES IN PORTLAND!
Next classes start January 5, 2015 -- Beginning Clawhammer Banjo and Clawhammer Banjo II!
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Beginning Clawhammer Banjo Class at Artichoke Music

Dates: Mondays for 7 weeks, January 5-February 16, 2015
Time: 6:00-6:50pm
Fee:
$120
(* Note: Sorry, but no sliding scale is available since this class is offered through Artichoke School of Music. However, if you have financial challenges that might keep you from being able to afford this class, please contact Leela -- leelagracemusic@gmail.com about possible discounts.)
Registration:
Register through Artichoke Music here: REGISTER
Information:
Contact Leela at leelagracemusic@gmail.com  or at 573-823-5650
Note: Class will be limited to 12 participants. Pre-registration required.
Class Description:
Always wanted to learn the old time banjo? Get that banjo out from under the bed and come on down. We will be learning how to play the old time banjo from scratch! We will start with the basics of how to hold and tune the banjo and then move quickly into mastering the frailing strum and left hand techniques. Utilizing by-ear learning, clear, step-by-step instruction, and time for individual coaching, we’ll have some fun learning how to wrangle this amazing instrument. By the end of the 7-week class, you should be comfortable with the frailing strum, adept at basic chord changes, know how to do hammer-ons, slides, and pull-offs, and
have several old-time tunes in your repertoire. Students ages 12 and up are welcome in this class. Please contact Leela about younger students.

Since this is a by-ear class, a battery-operated recording device of some sort is strongly recommended. It will be an important tool! It is also suggested that you bring a banjo strap and electronic tuner. More info will be given at the first class.

Clawhammer Banjo II Class at Artichoke Music
Dates: Mondays for 7 weeks, January 5-February 16, 2015
Time: 7:00-7:50pm
Fee:
$120
(* Note: Sorry, but no sliding scale is available since this class is offered through Artichoke School of Music. However, if you have financial challenges that might keep you from being able to afford this class, please contact Leela -- leelagracemusic@gmail.com about possible discounts.)
Registration:
Register through Artichoke Music here:  REGISTER
Information:
Contact Leela at leelagracemusic@gmail.com  or at 573-823-5650
Note: Class will be limited to 12 participants. Pre-registration required.
Class Description: This class is designed for banjo players who have completed Leela's Beginning Clawhammer Banjo class or for players who have gotten started on basic clawhammer banjo skills. For this class, we will assume that you know how to tune your banjo, that you are somewhat comfortable with the frailing/clawhammer strum, that you are familiar with slides, pull-offs, and hammer-ons, and that you know at least a few tunes and chords in the G tuning. From there, we will venture further into the wonderful world of the old time banjo! This will still be a class for beginners, not advanced players. The focus will be on expanding your repertoire and continuing to build your basic clawhammer banjo skills. You will be learning a selection of old time tunes in the open G tuning, Modal, and Double C tunings. You will also be introduced to the concept of using a capo to play in a variety of keys.
Here’s what one of Leela’s banjo students said about her teaching:
"After muddling through years of instruction books and tabs, Leela's clear instruction helped me to hear the music in a way that elevated my banjo playing to a new level. Her creative arrangements of classic tunes have inspired me as I work to develop my own style."

Since this is a by-ear class, a battery-operated recording device of some sort is strongly recommended. It will be an important tool! It is also suggested that you get fifth string "spikes" installed (or other 5th string capo device), bring a banjo strap, electronic tuner, and banjo capo. More info will be given at the first class.

Clawhammer Banjo III Class (formerly called Intermediate Clawhammer Banjo)

 at Artichoke Music
Dates: TBA
Time: TBA
Fee:
TBA
(* Note: Sorry, but no sliding scale is available since this class is offered through Artichoke School of Music. However, if you have financial challenges that might keep you from being able to afford this class, please contact Leela -- leelagracemusic@gmail.com about possible discounts.)
Registration:
Please e-mail leelagracemusic@gmail.com and/or sign up for Leela's e-list to find out about future classes. REGISTER
Information:
Contact Leela at leelagracemusic@gmail.com  or at 573-823-5650
Note: Class will be limited to 12 participants. Pre-registration required.

Class Description: This more challenging class is designed for clawhammer banjo players who have taken Leela's Banjo I and II classes or for slightly more advanced players with existing skills who want to take their old time banjo playing to the next level. For this class, you should know how to tune your banjo and change tunings, be comfortable with the frailing/clawhammer strum at a moderate to fast tempo, be familiar with slides, pull-offs, and hammer-ons and possibly some drop thumbing, and know at least several tunes and chords in the G tuning (and possibly a tune or two in alternate tunings). We will spend a bit of time refining the clawhammer technique and introducing or practicing drop thumbing. Our focus will be on expanding your repertoire and moving your playing to the next level. A selection of old time tunes in the G tuning will be taught, as well as the Modal and Double C tunings. Depending on the interests of the class, we may discuss jam etiquette and the place of the banjo in old time music, how to learn tunes from the fiddler, work on singing with the banjo, and/or focus on other topics. Of course, we might have to spend a little time learning a few banjo jokes, so you can be prepared to go out into the world with your banjo (Q: What’s the difference between a banjo player and a large pizza? A: A large pizza can feed a family of four.). J

 

Since this is a by-ear class, a battery-operated recording device of some sort is strongly recommended. It will be an important tool! It is also suggested that your banjo have a 5th string “spikes” in the 7th and 9th frets (or a 5th string capo) installed, and that you bring a banjo strap, electronic tuner, and banjo capo.

**NEW!!** Singing with the Banjo

Location:
Dates: TBA
Time: TBA
Fee:
TBA
(* Note: Sorry, but no sliding scale is available since this class is offered through Artichoke School of Music. However, if you have financial challenges that might keep you from being able to afford this class, please contact Leela -- leelagracemusic@gmail.com about possible discounts.)
Registration:
Please e-mail leelagracemusic@gmail.com and/or sign up for Leela's e-list to find out about future classes. REGISTER
Information:
Contact Leela at leelagracemusic@gmail.com  or at 573-823-5650
Note: Class will be limited to 15 participants. Pre-registration required.

Class Description: This class is for intermediate to advanced clawhammer banjo players who want to explore the banjo as a versatile accompanying instrument. We will cover topics such as: how to use tunings and the capo to play in different keys, right hand techniques for creating more interesting accompanying patterns, fills and instrumental lead breaks, choosing the best key for your voice, simple fingerpicking patterns for waltzes, and much more. We will be learning a variety of songs in order to practice these techniques. The repertoire will include songs from the old time, folk, old country, contemporary singer/songwriter realms and more… This class is recommended for anyone who has completed my Banjo II and/or Banjo III classes or for anyone who has moderate skills (drop thumb, tunes and chords in G, Double C, and Modal tunings, etc.) on the clawhammer banjo. This will primarily be a by-ear class, although tablature may be provided for some songs. The focus will be on banjo (not singing) technique but yes, we will be singing!



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APPALACHIAN CLOGGING/ PERCUSSIVE DANCE CLASSES IN PORTLAND! (On hiatus until January 2015)
**e-mail leelagracemusic@gmail.com to get more information**
Wonder what clogging is all about? Check out a video of Leela dancing and find out more!
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Beginning
Appalachian Clogging Class
Location:
Stomptown Collective Dance Studio (226 SE Madison St., Portland, Ore. -- detailed directions will be sent to class registrants.)
Dates:
TBA, 2015
Time: TBA
Fee: Sliding scale** TBA
(**Note about the sliding scale: Pay what you feel you can afford at this time. If you choose to pay the full price, you are helping to make it possible for individuals to join the class who cannot afford to pay the full price. No explanation is needed if you pay closer to the lowest end of the sliding scale.)
Registration:
Please e-mail leelagracemusic@gmail.com and/or sign up for Leela's e-list to find out about future classes.: Register
Information:
Contact Leela at leelagracemusic@gmail.com  or at 573-823-5650
Note: The class will be limited to 20 participants. Pre-registration is required.
Class Description:
This class is for individuals with little or no percussive dance experience. Now is your chance to get "feet-on" experience in this wonderful, old time percussive dance form. Starting from “step one”, everyone will learn fun, exciting steps to take to any dance floor. All steps will be broken down and taught in detail. Discover the joy of making music with your feet in a high-energy, supportive environment! No dance experience necessary. Tap shoes may be worn for this class, but non-tap dance shoes are preferred. You will need to find some good hard/smooth-soled shoes: preferably shoes that lace up (versus slip on), make a sound on a hard floor, and have a low, sturdy heel.

Wonder what clogging is all about? Check out a video of Leela dancing and find out more!

Appalachian Clogging II Class
Location:
Stomptown Collective Dance Studio (226 SE Madison St., Portland, Ore. -- detailed directions will be sent to class registrants.)
Dates:
TBA, 2015
Time: TBA
Fee: Sliding scale TBA
Registration:
Please e-mail leelagracemusic@gmail.com and/or sign up for Leela's e-list to find out about future classes. Register
Information:
Contact Leela at leelagracemusic@gmail.com  or at 573-823-5650
Note: The class will be limited to 20 participants. Pre-registration is required.

Class Description:
This class will be for dancers who already know some clogging basics (particularly those who have taken Leela's Beginning Appalachian Clogging class) or who have some experience in another percussive dance form. We will move at a more relaxed pace and build on the skills you already have. We will get in the groove by reviewing the basic clogging steps and build from there. You will work on getting your footwork “up to speed” and learn exciting steps as you begin learn to respond rhythmically to the music. All steps will be broken down and taught and a lot of fun will be had by all!
You will need to find some good tap shoes or hard/smooth-soled shoes: preferably shoes that lace up (versus slip on), make a sound on a hard floor, and have a low, sturdy heel.
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Intermediate Clogging/Percussive Dance Class
Location:
Stomptown Collective Dance Studio (226 SE Madison St., Portland, Ore. -- detailed directions will be sent to class registrants.)
Dates:
TBA, 2015
Time: TBA
Fee: Sliding scale**
TBA
(**Note about the sliding scale: Pay what you feel you can afford at this time. If you choose to pay the full price, you are helping to make it possible for individuals to join the class who cannot afford to pay the full price. No explanation is needed if you pay closer to the lowest end of the sliding scale.)

Registration:
Please e-mail leelagracemusic@gmail.com and/or sign up for Leela's e-list to find out about future classes. Register
Information:
Contact Leela at leelagracemusic@gmail.com  or at 573-823-5650
Note: The class will be limited to 20 participants. Pre-registration is required.

Class Description:
This class will be for dancers who are already somewhat experienced in clogging or who have extensive experience in another percussive dance form. We will get in the groove by reviewing the basic clogging steps and build from there. We will be focusing on choreographed clogging as well as freestyle flatfooting. In addition to steps from the Appalachian clogging tradition, steps from other percussive dance traditions (such as Irish step dance, rhythm tap, body percussion, and more) may be introduced.
If you have taken the class before, come back and dance! There will be something for everyone. You will need to find some good tap shoes or hard/smooth-soled shoes: preferably shoes that lace up (versus slip on), make a sound on a hard floor, and have a low, sturdy heel. Oxford style tap shoes are preferred.

Wondering what clogging is all about? Here's a video of Leela clogging:

As you can see, clogging is a LOT of fun!! Basically, it is an American percussive dance form that originated in the Appalachian mountains, influenced by European (mainly Scottish/Irish/English), African American, and possibly even Native American (Cherokee) dance styles and music. There are many "branches" of clogging now, from modern competition clogging (done to country/rock/hip-hop, etc.) to more traditional clogging done to old time music (which is more of what Leela does). Once you learn a few steps, you can dance to just about any kind of music. Take a class and join the fun now!
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OLD TIME FIDDLE/BANJO DUET WORKSHOP
(CO-TAUGHT WITH FIDDLER LISA ORNSTEIN!)
IN PORTLAND!

Old Time Fiddle/Banjo Duet Workshop
Location: Pacific Crest Community School
(116 NE 29th Ave.)
Teachers
: Lisa Ornstein (fiddle) and Leela Grace (banjo)
Dates:
TBA (Summer or Fall 2013)
Time: TBA
Fee: sliding scale TBA
Registration:
Please e-mail leelagracemusic@gmail.com and/or sign up for Leela's e-list to find out about future classes.  Register
Note: Pre-registration required. Get in touch if you need to make alternate payment arrangements.

Information:
Contact Leela at leelagracemusic@gmail.com or at 573-823-5650 or Lisa at lisa.ornstein@hotmail.com or at 503-236-8277
Class Description:
Back by popular demand after a great fall 2012 workshop series! Come experience the pleasure of creating conversation between fiddle and banjo. Learn from two master players who are also supportive, enthusiastic teachers. Leela Grace and Lisa Ornstein find great joy in sharing the mysteries and magic of old time music with anyone who wants to play! Meet other musicians who are interested in making music together! Participants will have access to mp3s of the tunes before the first weekend. The two-weekend workshop will focus on the basics of duet playing, on demonstration of techniques and tunes, separate fiddle and banjo instruction, and chances to play in smaller fiddle/banjo ensembles and try out the new music, with Leela and Lisa dropping in to visit and help as needed. If you took the workshop series in the fall, please join us again! We will be offering all new tunes. Do not miss this rare opportunity!

Fiddle: This workshop is for you if you have been playing at least two years, have a good basic bowing/fingering technique, know a dozen or more tunes, and are able to learn by ear (with help in class plus access to a class webpage with downloadable sheet music and recordings). All tunes for this workshop will be in the key of G major and played with standard tuning (G,D,A,E). Questions? Get in touch with Lisa at 503-236-8277 or at lisa.ornstein@hotmail.com

Banjo: This workshop is for you if you know the basic clawhammer strum, the slide, pull-off, hammer-on, and possibly some drop-thumbing, can play at at least a moderate tempo, can switch between the Open G, G modal (Sawmill/Mountain Minor), and Double C tunings, know how to use a capo to play in the keys of G, D, and A, can play several tunes in each key, and can pick up tunes by ear (with help in class and from recordings). Questions
? Get in touch with Leela at leelagracemusic@gmail.com or at 573-823-5650.

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