Passim Music School is back with over two dozen classes, including a pair of classes examining the music of Bob Dylan & The Band and Bonnie Raitt. This semester, half of the classes will take place online, while the rest will remain in person.
All classes will begin remotely for the first two weeks, then in-person classes will return to the Passim School of Music in Harvard Square. Weekly classes start next week. A full list of classes is available at passim.org/school-of-music.
In 1965, “Dylan went electric” at the Newport Folk Festival and changed the face of “folk music” and what the world expected of it. Soon after, he called “The Band”, known as “The Hawks” at the time and continued to push musical and cultural boundaries. Together they helped change the course of American popular music, writing and performing some of the most iconic and beloved songs of the 20th century. The sound blends American folk, rock, country, blues, jazz and R&B with timeless stories, deep emotion and humor. Avi Salloway of art-folk-rock band Billy Wylder will lead this ensemble class as students learn the great songs spanning the careers of these legends. This ensemble welcomes all the instruments and singers.
For Songs of Bonnie Raitt, musician Janet Feld will explore Raitt’s work, from Angel From Montgomery to Something To Talk About. Students will not only learn the songs, but discuss the meaning of the work as they develop their skills.
“We try to offer something for everyone. Whether you are a professional looking to perfect your songwriting or someone who has never picked up an instrument, Passim School of Music can help you,” said said Rachel Summer, director of the music school. “Our Songs of Bob Dylan & The Band and Songs of Bonnie Raitt courses will allow students to approach the music many of them already know and love in an entirely new way by working with others to master the music. “
Founded in 2000, the Passim School of Music offers lessons, masterclasses, workshops and private lessons for adults in an engaging and informal setting. The new online lessons will offer students the chance to play in a Bluegrass or Old Time ensemble, take private vocal lessons, learn a new instrument, or start getting to grips with songwriting from the comfort of their living room. All classes are taught by professional musicians including Lloyd Thayer, Lindsay Straw, Liv Greene and many more.
Additionally, the Passim School of Music will be offering two online workshops in conjunction with Passim’s Boston Celtic Music Festival (BCMFest) on Sunday, January 16. Shannon Heaton will give a course on the Irish flute and Alasdair White will present a workshop in Scottish West Highland melody. Pre-registration for these paid courses is recommended at https://www.passim.org/school-of-music/.
A full list of classes is available at passim.org/school-of-music.