August 14 - 21, 2016



amer dance musicians TR lrger 2This program, held concurrently with Adult & Family Week at Timber Ridge, is designed and led by Larry Unger and Audrey Knuth.

We will work on tunes from a variety of sources, all of which can be used for American contra, square, and community dancing. We will play familiar tunes and will also learn music by ear, so be sure to bring your recording devices. We'll work both in small groups and as one large ensemble, and will focus on learning to play well in a band, to communicate with band members mid-set, to create harmonies and embellish melodies, to choose tunes for dances, and to use dynamics, articulation, and ornamentation to make the music especially fun to dance to. We're going to spend a lot of time working on melody and harmony, rather than jamming.

Additionally, Audrey (who is a professional sound engineer) will address sound reinforcement for dances and how to work effectively with a sound engineer.

The Course meets for two hours each day. For the rest of the day, participants can choose from among the activities available at the host week. There is also an opportunity for some course participants to play for a morning class. See the week's full schedule for details.


This course is limited to 16 participants to ensure plenty of opportunity for active participation. Participants should be comfortable getting around on their instruments and playing at dance speed, or close to it. If the class is oversubscribed on March 14, there will be a lottery, with preference given to musicians more comfortable playing at dance speed and to applicants supported by their local community. Strong indicators for CDSS are our Group Priority and Matching Scholarship processes, where a CDSS affiliate vouches for a participant and may offer some scholarship, asking CDSS to match that amount ( This is a statement by people who know the individual, that the person is deserving of assistance and would benefit the local community by attending camp. That can count highly in this and in our scholarship considerations.

Please clearly indicate if you would like to attend Adult & Family Week at Timber Ridge, if you did not get a space in the Course.

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