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Music As A Second Language


Learning to Read Music

April 16, 23, and 30 9-11am

The Yacht Club Gallery

Millions of people love to listen to music — and love to sing along with the music they hear. They sing in choirs, in organizations, in church, in the shower. But many have never learned to read music. Of the many who sing in choirs today, most do a pretty good job. But they usually learn slowly because they don’t understand how to read the music they are given — the lines, the notes, the time, the measures, etc. If this might sound something like you, we are presenting an opportunity to become musically literate in the “Music as a Second Language” class from Tellico Village University. You’ll get book learning to understand many of the whys behind selected music; but the course is mostly about singing and applying the introduced musical knowledge. You’ll have fun learning more about music, learning to read scores much the way you learned to read literature.

Our instructors are villagers Dennis Loy and Ken McGarvey. Dennis has a Bachelor and Master degree in music, was a high school music teacher, and helped develop a NYC production company that brought scores of people to perform in some of the great music halls of the world. Since retiring to Tellico Village in 2016, he helped develop and now directs the Tellico Village Singers, and is proud of his work with the Tellico Village Players in the roles of director through numerous backstage responsibilities.

Ken is an amateur musician who began learning music before he went to school. He has sung in or directed church choirs for 54 years, as well as singing in college and community choirs for 16 years; he also has written and arranged music. They are excited to help us read and sing.

There is a $15 tuition for this class payable to TVPOA.




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