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AEM ONLINE – An Introduction to American Shapenote Music (with emphasis on The Sacred Harp) with Temmo Korisheli and Emily Eagen

October 17 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm EDT


“Shape up” your singing and American history chops with this overview of ‘Shapenote’ music, which — like jazz — is a uniquely American musical hybrid. With notational roots in Medieval solfege, stylistic roots in 18th-century English ‘West Gallery’ parish music, and a first flowering in New England, ‘Shapenote’ music matured into a distinctive practice and repertory during the 19th century in the South — and lives on today! Temmo and Emily will offer an overview of the history, notation, style, and social context for this mostly four-part a-cappella music, and share some treasures of the repertory. We will spend some time on how to read this unusual — but practical — notation system, and we’ll do a lot of singing! As practitioners of this repertory themselves, Emily and Temmo will share with you some style points on how this music is traditionally sung, and will leave you with suggestions on further exploring this dynamic music. Bring a tuneful voice to make a joyful noise! Open to: anyone who likes to sing. Pitch: A=440.


Join us for AEM ONLINE classes each weekend! Register for any number of sessions – classes are $25 per session. After you register, you will receive an email with a link to a webpage for each class, where you can access music and any other class materials, along with the Zoom session link. Class sessions run 90 minutes, with 15 minutes for introductions and last minute tech help, and 75 minutes of class time. Class sessions are offered using the Zoom meeting app, or your web browser.


October 17
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm EDT
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Amherst Early Music
(781) 488-3337


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