South Pomfret, Vermont
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Band in a Box

Explore the world of music apps that let you play your instrument accompanied by rhythms and harmonies!

Do you play an instrument? If so, you may have found that solo parts don’t sound like they’re meant to when played on their own. Wouldn’t it be awesome to play a song with added accompaniment on piano, bass, or drums? Well, with new apps you can have an accompanist any time you want, day or night. This class will explore the world of apps that let you be the lead player while the digital rhythm section plays the drum beats, bass lines, and rhythm/chords to let you get the most out of your playing. Music apps can be a great tool for learning to play songs and experimenting with improvisation. We will even write our own chord progressions to play along with. Prerequisite: rudimentary knowledge of an instrument.

Mark van Gulden, Music Director at ArtisTree, is a musician living in Barnard and working throughout the state and the Northeast. Specializing in vibraphone and percussion, Mark has a BFA in Music Performance and Composition from Johnson State College. He has worked in Vermont as a freelance musician for many years, playing concerts and club dates, and has been involved with multiple recording projects.  Mark enjoys developing an exciting, vibrant, and accessible music program for the Upper Valley community.

IMPORTANT: The health and safety of our visitors and staff is our #1 priority. If, due to circumstances beyond our control, it becomes necessary for Artistree to close its doors this fall, any in-progress classes will move to an online format.  Our instructors and patrons will keep in mind that a transition to virtual learning is a possibility. Artistree will issue no refunds or credits for classes that cannot continue to run in person and must move to a virtual platform.