Adults begin studying marimba in an introductory class or workshop. Adult groups form and stay together for many years and move through our song and skill levels together. We’ve found that that average length of an adult student’s study is 5 years, but our students are welcome to stay with us indefinitely…and some have! After an adult class is together for 1 year, they will receive a unique Zimbabwean name and form a closer bond as a group.
Winter 2018 Open Classes for Adults & Teens
Come try this! Everyone loves music when they can find their own innate musicality in the safe, supportive setting of our group classes. Students can stay with us for many years and grow through our programs. We offer classes for all ages and levels of ability. In general, you will start in our introductory classes and progress with your class through our skill and song levels. At various points in this process, there will be opportunities for additional growth; as your ability and experience grow, so do the opportunities for learning.
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Have you been wanting to try marimba? Deepen your understanding of specific songs? Learn all the parts to a song so you can share it with family and friends? These new 4-week song classes are designed for all levels and abilities to learn Zimbabwean marimba song-by-song.
2018 Winter/Spring Marimba Songs Include:
Jan 10-31 | Amoxoxo
Feb 7-28 | Babamudiki
Mar 7-Apr 4 | Butsu
Apr 11-May 2 | Chemwainyera
May 9-30 | Chipendani
We are offering a 3-year course of study to learn a body of marimba songs we consider our “standard marimba repertoire.” Each 4-week course allows students to study in-depth a song, including unique basic parts and their variations for each of 7 marimbas, as well as a standard arrangement. Take one, or take them all! No pre-requisite necessary. Instructors will teach to the level of each student in the room. Group playing and jamming will be an integral part of each 4-week course.
Over the course of 3 years, this basic marimba song class will feature:
Amoxoxo, Babamudiki, Butsu, Chemwainyera, Chipendani, Chiro Chacho, Duduluza, Gandanga, Isu Tauya Pano, Hondo, Kukaiwa, Makudo, Mangwanani, Manhanga, Muti Wambuya, Ncuzu, Nhimutimu, Nyungwe, Out of the Nest, Pfumvu paRuzevha, Skokiaana, Stork, Taurai Zvenyu, Unondo Tamba Iwewe, and Zendekaiwa.
Jan 8-29 | Chemutengure
Feb 5-26 | Butsu
Mar 5-Apr 2 | Sarura Wako (no class Mar 26)
Apr 9-30 | Usacheme
Mbira Nyunga Nyunga (‘sparkle, sparkle”) is a 15-16 keyed lamellophone (thumb piano) played by the Shona people of Zimbabwe. The mbira nyunga nyunga is fun and easy to learn, and can be played alone or with friends. Each four-week course allows students to learn a Zimbabwean song. Included in the tuition is the use of an mbira nyunga nyunga and carrying case. Take one, or take them all! No pre-requisite necessary.
Beginning Mbira Nhare with Daniel Lockley, Randy McIntosh, & Amy Stewart McIntosh
Thursday | 7:30-9:00 pm | 4-week sessions | $96 each
Winter/Spring Mbira Nhare Songs Include:
Jan 11-Feb 1 | Nhemamusasa kushaura + highline
Feb 8-Mar 1 | Nhemamusasa kutsinhira + highline
Mar 8-Apr 5 | Karigamombe kushaura + highline
(no class Mar 29)
Apr 12-May 3 | Karigamombe kutsinhira + highline
Mbira Nhare (“telephone”) is a 22-28 keyed lamellophone (thumb piano) in the group of instruments known as Mbira dzaVadzimu (Mbira of the Ancestors) played by the Shona people of Zimbabwe. We are offering a 2-year course of study to learn a body of songs taught to us by our Zimbabwean teachers. Each four-week course allows students to study in-depth a part (kushaura or kutsinhira) of a standard song. Included in the tuition is the use of an mbira nhare and carrying case. Take one, or take them all! No pre-requisite necessary.
In this class, all levels are welcome, including adults and teens. We will begin with a brief discussion and practice of making the 3 basic sounds of the drum: slap, tone, and bass. Then we will jump right into playing traditional rhythms of Zimbabwe, as learned at Chris Berry’s Blue Tribe School, as well as in Zimbabwe. We will learn first and second accompaniments, as well as breaks and bell patterns, and some root lead parts. Cultural context will also be discussed.
In this class, all levels are welcome, including adults and teens. We will begin with a brief discussion and practice of making the 3 basic sounds of the drum: slap, tone, and bass. Then we will jump right into playing traditional conga rhythms of Cuba. Most of what is taught will be drawn from the lineage of Los Munequitos de Matanzas. Scott received the permission to teach this repertoire from elder Jesus Alfonso (RIP), while studying with him in Cuba in 2010. We will learn first and second accompaniments, as well as breaks and bell/clave patterns, and some root lead parts. Cultural context will also be discussed.
The following are on-going groups. If you are interested in becoming a member of one of them, please send us a message!
Dziva Marimba with Randy McIntosh
Friday 12:00-1:30 pm | 20-week session Jan 12-June 1 | $600
This small group musicianship class focuses on groove, rhythm, and understanding the underpinnings of the music. No class Mar 25-31 (Spring Break).
Chapungu Marimba with Amy Stewart McIntosh & Randy McIntosh
Monday 5:15-7:15 pm | 19-week session Jan 8-May 21 | $760
Chapungu Marimba began as the Purple Screaming Eagles in 2006. Chapungu means ‘Eagle’ in the Shona language of Zimbabwe, and members still give a nod to their roots by wearing purple to perform. No class Mar 25-31 (Spring Break).
Kushereketa Marimba with Amy Stewart McIntosh & Randy McIntosh
Monday 5:30-7:00 pm |19-week session Jan 8-May 21 | $570
This advanced beginning-intermediate adult class is made up of former Kushereketa members and their friends and family. No class Mar 25-31.
Kutandara paGomo Guru Members and Understudies with Daniel Lockley, Randy McIntosh, & Amy Stewart McIntosh
Monday 7:30-9:30 pm + Thursday 5:15-7:15 pm | 20-week session Jan 8-May 31 | $1872
Kutandara paGomoGuro is our professional 7-piece marimba orchestra, including bass, baritone, tenor, alto, and soprano marimbas. The sound is pure marimba, as it is taught and performed in Zimbabwe. Gomo Guru means “big mountain”…and this is our signature marimba band, made up of instructors and students. No class Mar 25-31 (Spring Break) and May 28 (Memorial Day).
Machikichori Marimba with Amy Stewart McIntosh & Randy McIntosh
Tuesday 6:00-7:30 pm | 20-week session Jan 9-May 29 | $600
Machikichori is a fun-loving intermediate adult marimba class. Machikichori takes themselves lightly, but their music seriously! No class Mar 25-31 (Spring Break).
Mahororo Marimba with Randy McIntosh
Wednesday 5:30-7:00 pm | 20-week session Jan 10-May 30 | $600
In this advanced beginning marimba class, students are learning and implementing jamming techniques, building their shared repertoire, and focusing on improvisation and groove to enhance and deepen their marimba experience. No class Mar 25-31 (Spring Break).