Settlement Music School is the largest and oldest music school in the United States. They teach music and dance to people of all ages, but a majority are school-aged students interested in classical training. Adults have been taking lessons at Settlement for a long time and there is a strong adult chamber music program, but as baby boomers age and a new crop of adults who want to play something other than classical music comes along, Settlement is offering something new they might enjoy.
Three new adult music classes — Adult Rock Band, World Rhythms Workshop and Intro to Rock Drum Set — are being offered at the school's Mary Louise Curtis Branch, 416 Queen Street. Adult Rock Band will also be taught at the Germantown Branch, 6128 Germantown Avenue.
“This program expands our offerings to interest those adults who played as a kid, were part of a garage band or who just want to get back in touch with their inner Led Zeppelin or Jimi Hendrix,” said Kristine Parsons, director of communications at Settlement Music School.
The Adult Rock Band class is offered Tuesday nights from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. through April 2 at the Mary Louise Curtis branch and on Thursday nights from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. through April 4 at the Germantown branch. Guitarist Nero Catalano teaches the class at the Mary Louise Curtis branch and bassist Ed Wise leads the class in Germantown.
Intro to Rock Drum Set begins Jan. 29 and will go through April 2 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Taught by Bill Marconi, this course will teach basic rock beats and fill-ins around the drum set, and there will be a performance opportunity at the end of the course.
Marconi will also teach World Rhythms Workshop on Thursdays from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. from Jan. 31 until April 4. This workshop will explore African, South American and Caribbean rhythms on instruments like the Djembe, Djun-Djun, Shekere and the Talking Drum.
These classes do not require prior experience. Participants can register online at www.smsmusic.org, or by calling (215) 320-2601 or (215) 320-2613. For sessions that have already started, you can still register; your fee with be prorated depending on when you start. Another 10-week session will follow this one in the spring.