David is offering online music classes for grown-ups (in any geographic location) via Zoom, including:
Title: Highs in the Low 70’s: Music 1970-74
Description: We will explore the music of the early 1970s, both the popular and the important (often not the same thing), including rock, pop, singer-songwriter, jazz fusion, funk, Motown, classical/concert music, reggae, Broadway, and more genres. Come and think critically about the connections between music and events of this era, including both well–known and obscure musical selections. The class will include a powerpoint, and in addition to recorded examples, the instructor will also play his guitar and sing some of the songs in class.
7 Wednesdays, October 14 to December 2 (no class 11/25), 7:00-8:30 PM EDT
via Zoom – Course fee: $75
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Title: Program Notes: Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony & 4th Piano Concerto
Description: Celebrating the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia is scheduled to perform Beethoven’s 3rd Symphony (“Eroica”) and 4th Piano Concerto in early October. We will explore each of these compositions, including historical context, main themes and structures. No previous musical background is required. If the live concert can go ahead as scheduled, discount tickets to the concerts will be made available through the instructor, depending on sufficient interest.
1 Tuesday, September 29, 7:00-9:00 PM EDT
Mt Airy Learning Tree via Zoom – Course fee: $29
Title: Beethoven’s Symphonies
Description: Celebrating the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, the Philadelphia Orchestra will perform all nine Beethoven Symphonies – monumental works which have had an enormous influence on music since they were composed. We will explore each of these compositions, their historical contexts, main themes and structures. No previous musical background is required. Discount tickets to the concerts may be made available through the instructor depending on availability and level of interest.
7 Thursdays, October 1 to December 3 (no class 10/8, 11/5 and 11/26), 7:00-8:30 PM EDT
Cheltenham Twp Adult School via Zoom – Course fee: $98
Title: Like a Version: Cover Songs and More
Description: A polka version of The Doors, “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” by Tuvan throat-singers, big band jazz Nirvana, the many versions of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, the folk transformations of “Delia’s Gone” – this class will explore multiple versions of the same song or composition, including cover versions, parodies, revisions and orchestrations of classical works, the “folk process,” jazz explorations, and re-mixes. Be prepared to listen to and discuss versions of a variety of music to better understand the basic elements of each song or piece, and the many ways that music can be transformed.
6 Mondays, October 12 to November 23 (no class 11/2), 7:00-8:30 PM EDT
Cheltenham Twp Adult School via Zoom – Course fee: $89
“Not only does he know the music inside-out, but he links it effectively to the relevant historical moment. The result is thought provoking and engaging for participants. David delivers for students with a sharp intelligence and a quiet passion for the world of music.” – Stephen Strahs
“David is a teacher par excellence! He is incredibly knowledgeable . Information just flows from him and you hang on his every word. A true master teacher has knowledge about all components of his topic and weaves it into one story or in his case one song. This is what David does! His pleasant demeanor makes you just want to learn more! I’m looking forward to my third course with him. If you are interested in a topic he is teaching… take it! You won’t be sorry!!” – Debbie Neibauer
“I have taken several courses with David ranging from Classical Music to “pop” music of the sixties. I cannot say enough about his mastery of his subjects, enthusiasm, ability to convey concepts, and to make students comfortable with questions and responses. He is truly an incredible teacher and musician.” – Natalie Simon