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Download a PDF of the 2010 Golden Toad Camp class schedule

(schedule subject to last minute changes--double check when you arrive at camp)
Last changed/updated: June 7, 2010

Golden Toad Camp class structuring:

There are 6 designated class periods each of the four full days of camp, Thursday through Sunday. The classes start at 10:00am and finish at 7:15pm. Each class period is 1hour and 15 minutes in length, although some classes may end after only 1 hour. There are 15 minutes of unscheduled time between classes, and 45 minutes of unscheduled time mid-day for lunch (although lunch service starts and ends before and after that 45 minute designated down time).

You do not need to sign up for classes, and can change your mind about a class you have attended, and either attend another class instead, or do something else entirely.

Please only attend classes that are at your skill level, to increase the learning and fun for yourself and others.

Children's Workshops

Children's workshops are geared towards kids; however, all ages are welcome and invited to attend.

Introduction to music through the autoharp (a holistic music experience): Instruments available for use and purchase. Taught by Evo Bluestein.

Kid's fiddle, viola, and cello: Simple Strings! This will be a fun class in the basics of comfortable playing for violin, viola and cello.  Absolute beginners are more than welcome.  We will practice bow holds, how to hold the violin/cello and simple, very non-scary songs.  Taught by Myra Joy.

Creative Movement! : Explore your unique movement style through fun improvisational games. This class is inspired from contemporary dance and dance theater techniques. All classes begin with greeting, telephone and 7 mins free movement.

Day 1: Transformation- dance an animal, dance a vehicle, dance a thing in nature

Day 2: Discovering you- every part a solo (each body part gets a solo), write your name, present your dance

Day 3: Partners- dance faster than/slower than, be a mirror, give your partner a noun, emotion, noise, temperature etc. to be

Day 4: Props and Stories- dance out a short story/sentence (stories provided), finish a sentence, fun with props! (make up a story about your prop)

Taught by Danielle Smith.

Around the world through dance: Travel to places like Africa, India, Japan, and more all without leaving California! We will hear basic rhythms, listen to classic as well as contemporary music, and learn simple dances from various cultures.

All classes begin in a circle. Run in, arms up, run out, touch floor. Then play a circle –get to know you- game. Name game with ball toss, alamand/weave names, globe say countries, telephone

Day 1: AFRICA – West African, Day 2: INDIA – Bangara, Day 3: JAPAN - Butoh, Day 4: AMERICA – Swing

Taught by Danielle Smith.

Children's Balkan folk dance: Taught by Sue Williard.


Dance Classes

Balkan dance: Folk dancing from the Balkans, line dancing. Taught by Sue Williard.

Belly dance: High Egyptian style. Taught by Elizabeth Strong.

Belly dance: Folkloric style. Taught by Elizabeth Strong.

Belly dance: Tribal Fusion style. Taught by Zoe Jakes.

Belly dance: Specialty to be announced. Taught by Zoe Jakes.

Contra dance: Contra and Square Dance, very kid friendly. Taught by Evo Bluestein.

English country dance: Old World partner/group dancing, a style that eventually evolved into the American Square dancing. This style of dance is frequently performed at Renaissance Faires. Taught by Kevin Hughes.

Irish ceili dance: Taught by Michael Riemer.

Irish set dance: Taught by Michael Riemer.

Morris dance, beginning: Old World English folk dancing with large sticks, often seen at Renaissance Faires. Taught by Ron Collins.

Morris Dance, Advanced: Old World English folk dancing. Taught by Ron Collins.

Morris dance, sword: Old World English folk dance with swords. Taught by Jason Adajian.

Scandinavian folk dance: Folk dancing from Sweden and other Scandinavian countries. Taught by Toby Blome and Fred Bialy.

Swing dance, beginning: East Coast and Charleston swing styles. Taught by Malaika Finkelstein.

Swing dance, intermediate: Lindy Hop. Taught by Malaika Finkelstein.


Music Classes

Accordion, piano beginning : Taught by Dan Cantrell.

Accordion, Balkan: Taught by Dan Cantrell.

Banjo, Irish tenor: Taught by Dave Cory.

Bass, double-wide: Taught by Sol Feldthouse.

Bouzouki, Irish (and Irish Back-up): Taught by George Grasso.

Clarinet, Turkish: Taught by Peter Jaques.

Drum, general drum and rhythm: Taught by David Feldthouse.

Drum, Irish bodhran: Taught by Joey Abarta.

Drum, Middle Eastern percussion, beginning: Basic techniques, especially focusing on the doumbek. Taught by Mark Bell.

Drum, Middle Eastern percussion, advanced: More advanced technique, Middle Eastern beat counts. Taught by Mark Bell.

Fiddle, Irish: Taught by Darcy Noonan.

Flute, Irish: Taught by George Grasso.

Guitar and ukulele, beginning: sweet simple basics for song-accompaniment and melody-playing, how to touch, hold, and love the instrument. Taught by Kevin Cloud.

Guitar, blues: Taught by Ric LaShever.

Guitar, Flamenco: Taught by Sean Hathorn.

Guitar, advanced 12-string: Taught by Roger Tallroth.

Harp: Instruments available for use and purchase. Taught by Chris Caswell.

Mandolin, beginning: Taught by Kevin Hughes.

Nyckelharpa, advanced: Taught by Olov Johansson.

Oud: Taught by Larry Klein.

Penny whistle: Taught by Chris Caswell.

Saz, Turkish Bağlama: Instruments available for use and purchase. Taught by Larry Klein.

Uilleann pipes: Taught by Joey Abarta.

Viola, advanced: Taught by Mikael Marin.

Violin/Viola/Cello, beginning: Simple Strings! Do you have a violin in your closet?  This will be a fun class in the basics of comfortable playing for violin, viola and cello.  Absolute beginners are more than welcome.  We will practice bow holds, how to hold the violin/cello and simple, very non-scary songs.  Class material will be geared to the individual desires of students who attend the first workshop. Taught by Myra Joy.

Afghan ensemble: Learn songs from the Afghan music tradition, including both vocal and instrumental pieces.  Explore folks styles along with Afghan music influenced by the classical music of North India.  Open to students with any instrument, with or without previous Afghan musical experience.  Taught by Derek Wright.

Cajun music: Learn waltzes, twosteps and blues as they are played in French-speaking southwest Louisiana!  All instruments welcome,  especially fiddles and guitars.  We will be playing "tuned up" so if  you want to join on one-row accordion, you will want a D box. Taught by Eric and Suzy Thompson.

English country tunes: Taught by Jason Adajian. The music that goes with the Morris dances of The Pipe and Bowl Morris Men, and theEnglish country dances of Newcastle.

North Indian music theory & practicum: Introduction to the concepts of North Indian (Hindustani) classical music, including rhythm (tala) and melody (raga).  Learn how the basic elements of a Hindustani classical performance fit together, practice some wonderful exercises that will improve your musicianship in any style on any instrument (including voice), learn some basic compositions, and explore concepts of improvisation.  Open to students with any instrument.  No prior experience required.  Taught by Derek Wright.

Irish tunes, advanced: Taught by Darcy Noonan and Dave Cory.

Greek tunes: Simple Greek melodies open to any instrument.  This class is meant to be a “companion class” with the class “Chordal accompaniment to Greek tunes.” Taught by Alan Davidson.

Chordal accompaniment to Greek tunes: Teaches the chordal accompaniment to the melodies taught in the companion class “Greek Tunes.”  Methodology of the class starts with figuring out all the possible chords that might fit the melody.  Then, using ears, melodic analysis, tips, tricks and intuition, the proper chord is picked to give the desired sound.  Finally, rhythmic patterns particular to individual instruments will be addressed. Taught by Alan Davidson.

Middle Eastern and Eastern string ensemble: We'll learn some beautiful melodies and exotic rhythms, and some basics of playing collectively in an "eastern" way. Taught by Kevin Cloud.

Old-time southern blues: We'll teach a tune or 2 every day - including some really cool odd and/or irregular tunes.  All instruments welcome.  We'll definitely be teaching some of the fiddle tunes in various  different alternative tunings, so bring an electronic tuner if you can.Taught by Eric and Suzy Thompson.

Swedish ensemble, advanced: Taught by Väsen.

Holistic music theory: Taught by Chris Caswell.

Turkish music theory (maqam): Taught by Peter Jaques.