Sunday, October 15, 2006

Comicology? Vegetarianology? Horror filmology?

Stephane's class on reading music was great! We broke out the brand new dry erase board and enjoyed Joyce's pesto pasta and pumpkin pie, John's blueberry fritters, Sheri's chips 'n' salsa and my veggie 'n' dip. I learned a lot in a short time and even took notes.

I've been polling the usual crowd and some early favourites for the next session are:

VEGETARIAN COOKING
Offered by Carina or Jon.

PHOTOSHOP/DIGITAL GRAPHICS MANIPULATION
Offered by Matt or Carina or Sam

HORROR/SCI-FI FILM THEORY
Offered by Carina

COMIC BOOK HISTORY AND APPRECIATION
I know a lot of people who are interested in this, and a lot of people who have the expertise to impart knowledge. This one I think would be more of a panel/round robin discussion more than one instructor teaches everyone else. Hopefully I can round up one or two local professionals to sweeten the deal!

Monday, October 02, 2006

Musicology Confirmed

Stephane will be teaching a one night class on Music Theory/How to Read Music on Wednesday, Oct 11 @ 7pm. Venue will be either his place (cats) or my place (cat) depending on the number of respondents (me= Oak & 13th Ave, Stephane = 12th Ave & Glen). Right now we have the following interested parties:

John M
Michael B
Toren
Chris G

I know there are other interested parties (David, Amanda) but I haven't heard from them on availability for the date/time.

Note that this is also a potluck! Stephane says:

I don't have any specific food requests for the potluck. I'm sure there'll be food I like there. (I don't like onions and funny mayonnaise-based dishes)

and

Here are possible topics I could cover. If anybody feels any of this is redundant or not interesting,

1) Explain the two main musical clefs/staffs
2) Run through all the types of notes and rests for those that don't remember from elementary school music (it's all simple math)
3) Go through the note value of each note on the staff.
4) A brief run-through of the history and evolution of musical theory, both in the West and in the East.
5) A brief run-through of the 'periods of music' in the West (Baroque, Classical, Romantic, 1900s) and its main contributors, along with interesting facts about their lives/music.
6) Talk about the differences and correlations between Major/Minor keys
7) Go through the key chart explaining how to figure out how many sharps/flats are in each key, and what the corresponding Major/Minor keys are.
8) Run through some scales in both Major and Minor keys.

Those are all the basics, so depending on every one's level we could just skim that and go into more advanced. Let me know if you have any comments or requests.

Please contact me if you or anyone you know is interested in attending!
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Sunday, October 01, 2006

Musicology by Stephane

Who wants to take a night out of their busy schedule to learn how to read music? And enjoy a potluck? We're looking at Wed Sept 11 or Thur the 12th. Location to be determined. Are you interested and available either of those nights? Email me at thickets@uniserve.com (with SLACKADEMICS in the subject line) or make a post in the comments below. Thanks! Slackademics: your gateway to knowin' stuff.