Intuitive Approaches to Melody

with Avi Randall

Thursday, March 7, 2024


Intuitive Approaches to Melody

  • In-Person Classes


What makes a melody a melody? What universal traits do wonderful melodies have in common? How can we take these elements of music and make our own? Students will learn different terms for talking about music, develop their deep listening skills, and will write their own music. We will develop our abilities to learn without sheet music, learn some basic music theory, and we will ​​dive into the structures that create music.

Students do not need to know how to read music, but an understanding of common time signatures and basic scale knowledge (like minor versus major) will help you go far! Homework will involve interdisciplinary exercises, preparing a melody for the class, and short writing assignments. If you have an instrument, please bring it! 

This class will be held from 6:30-7:45pm ET on Thursdays, March 7, 14, 21, 28, April 4 (makeup: April 11)

Please note: The class will be held at The Passim School of Music which is located at 26 Church St. Cambridge, MA. Classrooms are located on the third floor and, unfortunately, we do not have an elevator.  

Limited to students 16 yrs of age or older;  Pre-sales are highly encouraged! Online sale ends 2 hours before the class begins. Tickets can be purchased at the door. before the class begins. 6 students are required for this class to meet. If a class is cancelled due to low enrollment, you will be notified and receive a full refund.

Avi Randall

Avi Randall is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, improviser, and educator from Amherst, MA. Avi focuses on the intersection of different musical genres and the ways that dance is incorporated in music from around the world. Avi grew up straddling the worlds of traditional New England contra dance, jazz, European classical, and others, and aims to progress and combine these traditions. Avi has written for piano quartets, string quartets, orchestras, electronics, and mixed ensembles. As a solo artist, Avi has released one album, a collection of original classical music, and a pop single. Avi also plays in their family band “Dogtown”, a New England-based contra dance group.

As an educator, Avi has lectured at Hampshire College on piano technique, music history, and performance analysis. They have written and taught courses at the New England Conservatory of Music, and have taught seminars in improvisation through multiple non-profits.

They have had the pleasure of studying with Hankus Netsky, Ran Blake, Eden Macadam-Somer, and Mehmet Sanlikol.
In their spare time, they bike, fold origami, and transcribe traditional Georgian songs.
B.M. in Contemporary Musical Arts, New England Conservatory, 2023

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