Haywood Community College recently held a grand opening of the Music and Recording Arts Studio in the college’s Creative Arts Building. In addition, several upcoming music classes will be available. HCC’s Appalachian Music Program is funded by a generous grant from the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area.

HCC’s Music and Recording Arts Studio features a Mixing Room, Acoustically Sound Practice Space, Audio/Visual Viewing, and Dancing and Meeting Space.

The following classes in the Appalachian Music Program will begin in July:  Introduction to Sound Recording/Engineering, The 7 Absolutes Your Musical Career Requires, Mandolin for Beginners, and Clogging 101.

The Introduction to Sound Recording/Engineering class will be held on Mondays beginning July 7 through September 15 from 6 until 7:30 p.m. Students will learn how to set up and operate recording equipment. This is the first class you should take if you desire a career in music producing or audio engineering. Students learn how to set-up and operate recording equipment. Instruction will focus on the components in the audio chain including microphones, cables, amplifiers, speakers and more. Some of the concepts covered are: structure in audio systems, room acoustics and the principles of sound including, amplitude, frequency, wavelength, velocity and phase. Throughout the course, students gain hands-on experience through a thorough teaching of methods.

The 7 Absolutes Your Musical Career Requires is an E-Book class taught by the author. It will be held on Tuesdays from 6 until 7:30 p.m. beginning July 8 through September 16. Participants will learn the steps to help launch and sustain a musical career. Topics will include developing a business model that stays true to the passion and love artists have for their work and how to connect with an audience that shares and believes in the artist’s core values and vision. This is a great place to start for any aspiring performer. 

The Mandolin for Beginners class will be held on Wednesdays from 6 until 7:30 p.m. beginning July 9 through September 17. This class is perfect for discovering fiddle tunes and melody. Participants will learn basic open chords and how to play rhythm. This course is ideal for those with little or no experience and who want to learn an introduction to fundamental techniques.   

The Clogging 101 class will be held on Thursdays from 6 until 7:30 p.m. beginning July 10 through September 18. This class is for students with little or no percussive dance experience.

Students will get "feet-on" experience in this wonderful, old time percussive dance form. Starting from “step one,” participants will learn fun, exciting moves to take to any dance floor.  Students may choose to attend a field trip to the Carter Fold in West Virginia. There will also be special guests such as master caller Joe Sam Queen.

In addition to these classes, HCC offers online music classes. These classes start monthly. Choose from Introduction to Guitar or Music Made Easy. The Introduction to Guitar course teaches participants basic guitar skills step-by-step with the help of hands-on exercises, audio and video recordings, and detailed illustrations. The Music Made Easy course teaches students a complete understanding of rhythm, melody, and harmony. Students will be able to recognize harmony and pitches on the music staff and keyboard. 

Registration ends soon. For more information about the online music courses, please call 828-565-4241. For more information on the Appalachian Music Program or the upcoming classes in the Appalachian Music Program, please call 828-627-4669 or 828-564-5091 or email bapinkston@haywood.edu.