Classes - Fall 2021

Fall, 2021 - Session 2

All classes meet at the Charlottesville Waldorf School.

All class sessions are made up of 5 weeks of 1-hour classes.

  • Tuesday Classes begin on November 2nd. 

  • Thursday Classes begin on November 4th.

  • Tuesday Classes: In person with option to Zoom in.

  • Thursday Classes: In person.

 

Covid Precautions

Masking and distancing required at all times while indoors while on Waldorf School property.

Distancing required while outdoors, masks required if distancing is not possible.
 

Prices

$150/5-week session.

BRIMS Member price is $130.

BRIMS Membership: $70/family, $45/individual for 1 year (September to September).

Scholarship Available-- please email to Lori at brimstunes@gmail.com for more information.

TUESDAY CLASSES

For questions regarding class levels and placement, please email to brimstunes@gmail.com

Indoor classes require masking and distancing for all students and instructors.

Beginner Harp, Ages 9-14 (also appropriate for absolute beginner adults)

Brenda Cox

Tuesdays, 5:00 p.m.- In-person with Zoom option

5 Weeks

$150 (BRIMS members pay $130)

This class is for the absolute beginner to the harp.
BRIMS owns 2 rental harps and there are other rental options as well.
(Please email regarding harp rental to brimstunes@gmail.com)

Harp Beginner-Part II

Brenda Cox

Tuesdays, 6:00 p.m.- In-person with Zoom option

5 Weeks

$150 (BRIMS members pay $130)

This class is for those who took harp last semester or already have some basic skills on the instrument. 
BRIMS owns 2 rental harps and there are other rental options as well.
(Please email regarding harp rental to brimstunes@gmail.com)

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Trad Ensemble

Alex Davis & Augie Fairchild

Tuesdays 5:00 p.m.- In-person - Meets outdoors 

5 Weeks

$150 (BRIMS members pay $130)

Note: This class is free to any student taking another paid 8-week BRIMS class

In this class we will work on both new and current repertoire for the performing arm of BRIMS. This semester we will review and practice songs and tunes that are already played by the Trad Ensemble, as well as learn new songs and tunes. We will also make some exciting music videos to showcase our efforts by the end of the semester.

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Sean-nós Dance, Ages 10-Adult

Fiona Balestrieri

Tuesdays 6:00 p.m.- In-person - meets outdoors

5 Weeks

$150 (BRIMS members pay $130)

Sean-nós or “old-style” dancing is an improvised percussive dance style that shares roots with flatfooting, clogging, and modern Irish hard shoe. In this class, you will learn the “basic” foot rhythms of Jigs and Reels and build a repertoire of “steps.” Together we will teach our feet to speak the rhythms of Irish traditional music, and gain confidence in improvising our own steps. All skill levels welcome! 

Ballads and Songs of Ireland

Fiona Balestrieri

Tuesdays 7:00 p.m.- In-person - meets outdoors

5 weeks

$150 (BRIMS members pay $130)

In this class we join in a vast and diverse oral tradition of song that links Ireland to its many diasporas. We will build a repertoire of songs in Irish and English, and use them to explore vocal ornamentation and harmony singing. As we sing, we will also work on relaxing the tension that many of us bring to singing through deep breathing and mindfulness. I hope that each one of you will come out of the class your own versions of the songs we learn and the heart to sing them with confidence in the shower, the pub, or wherever songs are sung.

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Tenor Banjo - Ages: All

Seth Swingle

Tuesdays 6:00 p.m - In-person with Zoom option

5 Weeks

$150 (BRIMS members pay $130)

This class will cover the basics: rhythm, ear training, triplets and where to deploy them, different time signatures, etc. Expect lots of repertoire, with a few rare tunes among the session favorites. We can also spend some time on banjo history, instrument setup and any specific banjo questions/issues students might have. 

(BRIMS owns a rental banjo, please email regarding banjo rental to brimstunes@gmail.com)

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Guitar: Flatpicking Celtic Tunes, Teen/Adult 

Instructor: Tim McNamaras

Tim McNamara

Tuesdays 6:00 p.m. - In-person with Zoom option

5 Weeks

$150 (BRIMS members pay $130)

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THURSDAY CLASSES

For questions regarding class levels and placement, please email to brimstunes@gmail.com

Indoor classes require masking and distancing for all students and instructors.

Beginner Youth Irish Dance Soft Shoe (ages 8-12)

Instructor: TBA

Thursdays 5:30 p.m. - In-person

5 Weeks

$150 (BRIMS members pay $130)

This session is perfect for all students brand new to Irish dance or still learning the basics. In this 6-week session, we will continue learning standard dance techniques and moves. We will also focus on building familiarity with music counting

Beginner Irish Dance Soft Shoe (Teen/Adult)

Instructor: TBA

Thursdays 6:30 p.m. - In-person
5 Weeks
$150 (BRIMS members pay $130)
For the absolute beginner to Irish dance. No special gear needed. Beginners can dance in bare feet or ballet flats (no heels or thick soles) and comfortable clothing that allows for free movement and flexibility of legs and feet.

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Beginner Youth Irish Dance Soft Shoe (ages 5-7)

Lori Madden

Thursdays 4:30 p.m.  - In-person

5 Weeks

$150 (BRIMS members pay $130)

This session is perfect for all students brand new to Irish dance or still learning the basics. In this 6-week session, we will continue learning standard dance techniques and moves. We will also focus on building familiarity with music counting

Advanced Beginner Soft Shoe II (Ages 8-12)

Lori Madden

Thursdays 5:30 p.m.- In-person

5 Weeks

$150 (BRIMS members pay $130)

For youth students who have completed beginner softshoe and Advanced Beginner I. 

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Teen/Adult Advanced Hybrid Class

Carolyn Ward

Thursdays 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.- In-person

5 Weeks

$225 (BRIMS members pay $200) for both parts or
$150 ($130 BRIMS members) for soft shoe only.

Advanced soft shoe for teen/adult students followed by intermediate/advanced hard shoe.​​​​

Please email or call with questions re class placement in advanced soft shoe 434-409-9631, brimstunes@gmail.com

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Teen/Adult Advanced Beginner Hardshoe

Mimi Vidaver-Davis

Thursdays 4:30 p.m.- In-person (time change from first five weeks)

5 Weeks

$150 (BRIMS members pay $130)

For students who have mastered the basics of hard shoe dance.

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Intermediate/Advanced Flute (for adults & advanced teen players)

Fiona Balestrieri

Thursdays 7:30 p.m.- Zoom meeting

5 Weeks

$150 (BRIMS members pay $130)

In this class, we will spend time learning about the intricacies of flute technique: breathing, phrasing, tone, and ornamentation.  Each week we will pick one or two tunes to explore, and find out just what we can do with them!  We will also spend some time listening to different players and discussing what techniques they are using to create their own personal style.

Minimum 3 years playing experience recommended, but please contact us with any questions about playing level.

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