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  • Ukulele: Level 1 for Beginners

    Ever wanted to play an instrument? Start with the ukulele -- all you need is an adventurous spirit and we'll teach you the rest! In this lighthearted class, you'll learn how to strum your favorite songs and how to play well with others. All it takes is four easy chords to play thousands of songs. When people play music together or for themselves, magic happens. Let's get you started on your journey as a ukulelian! Don't have a ukulele? Ukes will be available for rent ($20 for 4 weeks) or for purchase through Clare. Please contact Clare at ukuleleclare@gmail.com, and bring payment to the first class (cash or check). This class is for adults age 18+. Note: Baritone ukulele chords are not covered in this class.
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    Spanish Level 1- Beginners (online/in-person)

    Join Dunia Partilo, a Vermont licensed educator and native from Spain, and learn one of the most widely spoken world languages useful in business and travel. This 10-session course focuses on conversational skills through dialogues, vocabulary and typical expressions that are very useful in order speak the basics of the Spanish language. Each class will also follow the text, "Language Hacking: A Conversation Course for Beginners, Spanish", By Benny Lewis. Please purchase the textbook, "Language Hacking: A Conversation Course for Beginners, Spanish," by Benny Lewis prior to the start of the first class as this will be used throughout the course. Additional materials and handouts will be used during class. This class will start online and transition to in-person. Classes in Feb/March will be online. Classes in April and May will be in-person at CVU.
  • Spanish Level 2- Intermediate (online/in-person)

    If you are planning to travel to any Spanish speaking country in the future, and you need to boost your Spanish skills this class is for you! Dunia Partilo, native Spanish teacher, invites you to continue learning Spanish through practicing more complex grammar and vocabulary. If you have some Spanish knowledge or have taken Beginners Spanish, this class is for you! In this 10-session course, students will need to purchase prior to the start of class, the practice workbook, Practical Spanish Grammar from Marcial Prado. Dunia will assign additional fun activities, and you will learn interesting cultural facts as well as engage in discussions and conversation as the course progresses. This class will start online and transition to in-person. Classes in Feb/March will be online. Classes in April and May will be in-person at CVU. Not sure if you are ready for this class? Dunia will be happy to speak with you prior to registration. Please let us know so we can connect you!
  • Italian for Beginners- Part 1 - ONLINE

    "Ciao e Benvenuto!" I Imagine sitting on a small table in a piazza of a village in Italy. The waiter comes over and you converse in Italian. This course will give you the fundamentals of the Italian language as well as some useful phrases and ways to get around. This is an introductory course focused on the Italian language and culture where we will learn all about pronunciation, basic phrases, important vocabulary, beginning verb tenses and conjugations, and a sense of the everyday life and culture of Italy including food, wine, art, and how to get around this amazing country. This is a perfect course for those who want to begin learning a new language as well as for those who want to travel to Italy. There will be opportunities for speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Liz Winn taught for 30 years in the public school system with both music and classroom, and now continues to teach Italian. She once lived in Rome, and goes back about once a year to continue the immersion of the language and of the culture. Liz teaches to the needs/wants of her students. Expect to have a lot of fun while learning! This is an online class that will meet via Zoom or Google Meet. An invitation will be emailed prior to the start date, as well as handouts.
  • Italian for Beginners: Part 2 - ONLINE

    This course is a continuation of the Access course, "Italian for Beginners," where we will go more in-depth with verb tenses and conjugations, further develop our speaking, reading, writing, grammar, & listening abilities, increase our vocabulary, and more! This course is perfect for those who wish to further develop their beginning Italian language skills and their understanding of the Italian way of life! Prerequisite is Italian for Beginners I or a basic foundation of Italian language. If you are unsure if this class is right for you, please contact us as we will connect you with the instructor. Please note that this is not considered an intermediate level. Liz Winn taught for 30 years in the public school system with both music and classroom, and now continues to teach Italian. She once lived in Rome, and goes back about once a year to continue the immersion of the language and of the culture. Liz teaches to the needs/wants of her students. Expect to have a lot of fun while learning! This is an online class that will meet via Zoom or Google Meet. An invitation will be emailed prior to the start date, as well as handouts.
  • Singing By Ear: Focus on Harmony

    Singing ‘a cappella’ or unaccompanied is a great way to improve your musical ‘ear’ for melody and harmony.In this class you will learn to harmonize ‘by ear’ using simple melodies, rounds and music made up in the moment.We will learn and sing musical intervals to understand harmonic structure, improve pitch and to learn and memorize melodies more quickly. In every class there will be exercises for more vocal flexibility and ease in your singing and to strengthen the relationship between your voice and body. As part of this class there will be two classes focused on Circle-Singing (developed by Bobby McFerrin and his collaborators) where leaders create songs in the moment using melodic patterns, percussive sounds, and harmony. These two classes will be open to the broader public as well. For singers who can match pitch. Please contact Jody at jjalbright58@gmail.com if you have any questions. This class will meet inside CVU.
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    American Sign Language (ASL) for Beginners Level 2

    If you have taken the ACCESS ASL for Beginners Level 1 course and want to continue to build a deeper understanding of deaf culture and language then this next level is for you! You will learn to form sentences, increase your vocabulary, and there will be an emphasis on more conversation during class. ASL is the visual gestural language used by the Deaf community and practicing this with facial expressions takes time. Your instructor, Don, is of the deaf community and promotes the technique of immersion as the best method of learning ASL. This class will be fun and filled with plenty of conversation as well as practical exercises. Some homework will be assigned to help you progress through these 10 sessions with ease. Recommended minimum age: High School This class will meet inside CVU.
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    Conversational Italian (Intermediate to Advanced) - ONLINE

    Benvenuti in Italia! “Conversational Italian” is dedicated to your needs and wants in this beautiful language. For this reason, the preliminary assignment for the first class is for you to prepare a realistic list of things you would like to learn given the number of sessions we will have. This is the ideal equation: Beginning of class + End of class = I learned what I wanted to know! If you wish the class to be conducted in Italian or have a hybrid approach (Italian and English) you must all agree to this for obvious reasons. Having a hybrid approach is beneficial and Cinzia will explain her philosophy in this regard. Not sure what level of Italian you are at? No problem! Sign-up and decide after the first class if this will meet your needs. This is an online class. A Zoom or Google Meet invitation will be emailed prior to the start date. All handouts will be emailed directly from the instructor.
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    American Sign Language (ASL) for Beginners Level 1

    Are you motivated to learn SIGN language? ASL is the visual gestural language used by the Deaf community. It has its own unique grammar, sentence structure, and facial expressions. This class is for anyone that is new to ASL or looking for a refresher. Don is part of the deaf community and promises this immersive class will be fun and filled with plenty of conversation as well as practical exercises. In the first class, we will have an interpreter to help communicate the class syllabus. In these 10 sessions, you will learn about Deaf culture and how to communicate with basic introductions, numbers, alphabets, colors, food, people, places, restaurants, geography, etc. Handouts and videos will also be introduced weekly to help reinforce your newly learned skills. Some homework will be assigned to help you progress with ease. Recommended minimum age: High School This class will meet inside CVU.
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    Ukulele: Level 2

    If you have taken Ukulele Level 1 and want to continue on your strumming journey then this is where your playing takes flight! In this fun class, we'll reinforce those basic ukulele chords and strums and explore fresh territory. We'll learn how to use strumming patterns to add texture to songs. We'll smooth out chord transitions and work on timing and other ways of bringing more musicality into your playing. Bring your questions and quandaries and we'll take 'em on! We'll practice jamming together so you'll be ready for the holidays. Ukes will be available for rent ($20 for 4 weeks) or for purchase at class. This class is for adults age 18+. Baritone ukulele chords are not covered in this class. "This course was great! So much material, I may take it again. I'd love for more uke classes to continue to develop and to build community around this quirky instrument."
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    Paris je t’aime (Paris I love you) - ONLINE

    Shhhhhh…..are you planning a surprise trip to Paris for someone? For yourself? Don’t know where to begin? Would you like to know what to do there and even discover some places that are off the beaten path? Where should you stay? Eat? Shop? Get around? See a ballet? Or a PSG soccer game? Do you like history or cool street art? What are some day trips that won’t break the budget or exhaust you? Would you like some travel phrases? This is not your run-of-the-mill travel guide. Nikki is a former ex-pat who knows the city inside and out and is happy to share her intimate knowledge of experiencing the best of Paris as a local! These are fun and informative classes for anyone of any age wishing to visit Paris... Paris Je t’aime Part 1 : Information and helpful web links. March 14th Paris Je t'aime Part 2 : Useful travel phrases. March 21st Sign-up for one or both! This class will meet online. You will receive an email prior to the start date with information on how to participate.
  • Circle-Singing Workshop

    Circle Singing is a community singing and sounding practice, spontaneous and evolving — like a drum circle for voices. Based on practices developed by Bobby McFerrin and his collaborators, Circle Singing is a supportive, judgment-free space to play with your voice. The leader creates songs in the moment — patterns, percussive sounds, rhythms, harmonies, melodies, — and teaches the parts orally to the rest of the group. The parts layer together into completely original compositions, each song a unique creation, never sung before, never to be sung again. It's a very playful, community singing experience. All voices are welcome! Feel free to contact Jody at jjalbright58@gmail.com if you have any questions. This class will meet inside CVU.
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    Guitar for Beginners - Part 2

    This class is designed for those guitar players who have had at least an introduction to guitar or have taken the beginner class at Access. Review the basics, and then learn new acoustic guitar skills. The focus is on playing songs while receiving instruction on technique. Bring your guitar! An electronic tuner is strongly recommended, but not a prerequisite. This class will meet inside CVU.