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August 30, 2012
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The eLearning Cafe: Music appreciation classes, open mic nights now offered

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — The Summer Rock Camps at the Institute of Rock/eLearning Cafe were a ripping success. Run by local musician/teacher Terry Pittman, the four camps produced four great Friday night concerts with standing room only for family, friends and the general public.

More than 20 students attended the camps and performed like “Rock Stars” on the professionally lighted stage boosted by a professional sound system. On Friday, Aug. 11, The IHS Rock Choir, from last school year, reunited and played three songs from their repertoire, finishing with the epic Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Free Bird.”

The Rock Camp participants performed five classic rock and contemporary songs learned during the week, followed by five solo songs from the incomparable local singer Kelly Kempler. Rounding out the evening’s performance was Dave Kempler (father of Kelly) giving a stellar performance of Classical Guitar. Wild Alaskan was on hand serving their famous Thai Soup and Salad. It was another great evening of live music in a relaxed living room atmosphere.

The eLearning Conservatory is located in the Raley’s Center facing Tahoe Boulevard around the corner from Radio Shack, next to Arnie’s Pizza to Go. Now that summer has passed and school has started again, the Conservatory schedule is being set for the fall semester.

Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings are open mic/jam nights for adults and kids. Karaoke singers enjoy our stage, lighting, and sound system more that just singing in the middle of a bar. Aspiring musicians can learn more in a single night of playing and singing with experienced musicians than anywhere else.

Poetry readings and Classical Guitar concerts will be added in the near future. During these open performances, the entire North Shore community is invited to perform or just enjoy as an audience. Finding a place to kick back, relax, and listen to live music is becoming very rare on the North Shore and the Conservatory is filing that void.

The next open mic/jam nights are on Sept. 6-8, beginning at 7 p.m., and going until everyone is tired enough to go home. We hope to see a big turn-out supporting our performers.

The fall semester will also be the start of music classes and private lessons for area students of all ages, including adults. A class in Music Appreciation is already being offered for high school credit this semester. With only three music classes available at Incline High School, students now have another option to earn credit in music.

Future classes include Music Theory, semester long Jazz Band, and semester long Rock Band. Both Jazz Band and Rock Band welcome vocalists to join as there is no vocal program offered at the Middle School or High School in Incline Village.

Donations of money, instruments, supplies, and equipment have already started coming in building these programs. Anyone with any kind of instrument that is not being used will find a good home for it and plenty of use at the Conservatory. Since eLearning Cafe is nonprofit, your donation will be acknowledged with a donation receipt for tax purposes.

Private lessons in guitar, bass, drums, trumpet, clarinet, trombone, and saxophone are being taught by Terry Pittman, former music director at Incline High School. Students of all ages are welcome and need to supply their own instrument for private lessons and classes.

Please contact The eLearning Cafe at 775-831-2423 for registration information or stop by and visit us in the Raley’s Center next to Azzara’s.

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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Aug 30, 2012 12:48PM Published Aug 30, 2012 12:46PM Copyright 2012 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.