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Gorham Adult Education



Music & Dance

in Personal Enrichment

Beginner Guitar

$59

with Jessica Zdanys

Calendar Sep 30, 2021 at 6 pm, runs for 3 weeks

Participants will learn about guitar mechanics and maintenance, chord strumming, scales, music theory and basic music reading that will help you play your favorite popular songs. The class will be set at a gradual pace, with individualized attention and emphasis on understanding and enjoyment.

4 Classes, Thursdays, 9/30 - 10/21, 6:00pm - 7:00pm, Community Arts Center, $59

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Beyond Beginner Guitar

$59

with Jessica Zdanys

Calendar Oct 28, 2021 at 6 pm, runs for 3 weeks

So you have the basics, now let’s keep those fingers strumming. We will further develop your skills, increase your knowledge of the fret board and learn some simple finger picking.

4 Classes, Thursdays, 10/28 - 11/18, 6:00pm - 7:00pm, Community Arts Center, $59

Chords are Key to Piano

$59

with Don Pride

Calendar Dec 7, 2021 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

In just a few hours you can learn enough secrets of the trade to give yourself years of musical enjoyment. How do we do it? While regular piano teachers teach note reading, piano professionals use chords. You can learn all the chords you will need to play any song in one session. Any song! Any style! Any key! Topics include: how chords work in a song, how to get more out of sheet music by reading less of it, how to form the three main types of chords, how to handle different keys and time signatures, how to avoid “counting” and how to simplify over 12,000 complex chords. Beginners can print out a free pamphlet on reading music by going online to http://www.pianofun.com/downloads/notes.html.

Don Pride is a professional musician, teacher and composer who plays throughout the United States. He is a member of the Portland Jazz Orchestra and leads The Don Pride Band. Don teaches at the University of Southern Maine, St. Joseph’s College, the Portland Conservatory of Music and in his private studio.

Tuesday, 12/7, 6:00pm-8:30pm, GMS Band Room, $59 (includes book fee)

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Just Once Guitar for Busy People

$59

with Don Pride

Calendar Dec 14, 2021 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Have you ever wanted to learn the guitar but simply find it difficult to find the time? In just a few hours you can learn enough about playing the guitar to give you years of musical enjoyment. This crash course will teach you some basic chords and get you playing along with your favorite songs right away. Bring your acoustic guitar. Class limited to 9 students. Students age 13+ are welcome.

Don Pride is a professional musician, teacher and composer who plays throughout the United States. He is a member of the Portland Jazz Orchestra and leads The Don Pride Band. Don teaches at the University of Southern Maine, St. Joseph’s College, the Portland Conservatory of Music and in his private studio.

Tuesday, 12/14, 6:00pm-8:30pm, GMS Band Room, $59 (includes book fee)





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