Beginning on June 8, the 2009 Maui Invitational Music Festival offers classes, clinics and workshops that are open to musicians and vocalists of all ages and are separated by skill levels. Presented by the nonprofit Arts Education for Children Group, the festival was created in 2003 to provide opportunities for students to study and play alongside accomplished instructors. This year’s class schedule begins with instruction in playing brass instruments, African musical traditions and concert band workshops.
LP Studios Music Director Tony Wheeler instructs a comprehensive introductory workshop, “Brass Basics for Beginners,” from Monday, June 8, through Wednesday, June 10. Designed for aspiring brass students, the workshop covers beginner brass techniques in the areas of embouchure, air velocity, pitch, intonation, note names, basic warm-up techniques, reading music and basic music theory.
Wheeler will also host an “Intermediate Brass Workshop” from Wednesday, June 10, through Friday, June 12. This is an extensive program for individuals and groups elaborating on intermediate level techniques with multiple key scales for both major and minor, pitch relativity, sight reading, introduction into solo and improvisation, harmony of voices, intermediate warm-ups and reading music with intermediate level theory.
Both brass workshops will be held for participants ages 10 and over at LP Music Studios, 270 Lalo Street, Suite #104, in Kahului from 9 a.m. to noon. The fee is $10 per session and scholarships are available.
On a different note, African drumming, dancing and poetry sessions will be held at the Boys and Girls Club in Wailuku from Monday, June 15, though Friday, June 19, and in Kahului from Monday, June 22, through Friday, June 26, at 10 a.m. This comprehensive workshop provides an introduction to the basic principles of African dance, drumming, and poetry writing. Hand drum lessons with “Easy Rhythm Instruction” covers rhythm notation, anchors and variations, four-four and other constructions.
Award-winning poet Ayin Adams will lead participants through writing projects in preparation for a final performance. Participants must be between the ages of 10 and 16 and the cost is a membership to Boys and Girls Club.
The Maui Community Band, under the direction of Lisa Owen, will hold a series of weekly concert band workshops on Thursday nights at Baldwin High School through July. The goal is to perform at the 2009 Maui Invitational Music Festival concerts scheduled on July 2 and 4.
Woodwind, brass and percussion players are welcome to join the band in pursuing their instruments further and learning new music, including an original arrangement of “Iz” songs. These workshops are for intermediate to advanced players of all ages. Donations will be accepted.
The Maui Invitational Music Festival is sponsored by County of Maui, Hawai‘i Tourism Authority and Arts Education for Children Group (AECG). Founded in 1996, Arts Education For Children Group (AECG) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing opportunities for artistic and cultural enrichment for the people of Maui. Additionally, AECG is committed to improving the quality of education in our schools by restoring music programs and raising public awareness about the importance of music participation.
The festival continues through July 4th and includes concerts and workshops for Hawaiian Steel Guitar, Hip Hop and Hot Club.
For a complete Maui Invitational Music Festival schedule, workshop applications and more information, visit www.aecg.org or call 283-3576.