Free Music Workshops Set June 16

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betterArts is this summer offering a variety of arts- and music-related workshops to the public for free or low-cost, including a guitar and violin workshop slated for Saturday, June 16, at Better Farm in Redwood.

Through fundraising efforts and membership, we are able to pay instructors a fair wage while allowing all members of the community to participate regardless of income level. New workshops are still being added—check back for specific dates! All materials are provided unless otherwise noted. Pre-registration is required. To register, e-mail or call (315) 482-2536. 

Intro to Guitar
All Ages
In this course students will learn basic chord progressions, finger positionings, and a song with music to take home. Each participant must come to workshop with his or her own guitar and strings.
10 a.m.-12 p.m. Saturday, June 16
Instructor: Chad Darou has been playing music since he was 8. He has played dobro on stage and in studio with such greats as Bill Keith, Bill Harrell, Frank Wakefield, The Gibson Brothers, Dan Tyminski, Lonesome River Band, Dell Reeves, Bill Anderson, Ray Legere and the Abrams Brothers.
Cost: Free

Fundamentals of Violin
All Ages
In this workshops, students will learn proper technique on violin, finger positions, and basic scales. Instructor will be available at the conclusion of the series to sign people up for private instruction if desired.
1-3 p.m. Saturday, June 16
Instructor: Brian Purwin is a professional violinist and pianist living in Redwood, N.Y.
Cost: Free
Note: When you pre-register, let us know if you need to borrow a violin! Free, day-long rentals are being made available through a partnership with Trillium Performing Arts Center.


Nicole Caldwell

Nicole Caldwell is a self-taught environmentalist, green-living savant and sustainability educator with more than a decade of professional writing experience. She is also the co-founder of Better Farm and president of betterArts. Nicole’s work has been featured in Mother Earth News, Reader’s Digest, Time Out New York, and many other publications. Her first book, Better: The Everyday Art of Sustainable Living, is due out this July through New Society Publishers.