Craig Coffman to offer three classes in one day

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FARMINGTON — Aspiring musicians who have never had the time to take piano or guitar lessons will have the chance to take one-day classes from a nationally renowned instructor on Saturday, Oct. 24 at the Community Learning Center on the San Juan College campus.

Craig Coffman will teach classes in Instant Piano for Hopelessly Busy People, Instant Piano by Ear and Instant Guitar for Hopelessly Busy Adults and Teens. The first class takes place from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., while the second class will be held from 12:15 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. The guitar class takes place from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Coffman’s first class will cover the basics of playing the piano using the chord method, while the second class will build on information presented in the first session, teaching students the secrets of playing without the use of written music.
“Contrary to popular belief, playing by ear is a very easily learned skill based primarily on some simple knowledge about chords and melodies,” Coffman stated in a press release.

Coffman said his method differs from traditional teaching.

“While the classical approach stresses discipline and precision in playing, this approach stresses enjoyment and getting great sounds early on,” he stated in the press release. “While precision is vital for classical music, this ‘pain free’ method is more suitable for pop music of all kinds from Broadway to rhythm and blues.”

The fee for the each class is $29, along with a $29 materials fee for each one. Students may attend both classes for a fee of $49 and a $58 materials fee.

The guitar class is patterned after the Instant Piano class and focuses on the basics of playing chords.

“Many students just want to learn now to play simple tunes, and the principles taught in this class will allow them to do just that,” Coffman stated in the press release. “On the other hand, I am able to direct students who want to go further toward materials that will help them reach their guitar playing goals.”

Coffman said the class also deals with some of the common mistakes people make and the hurdles that prevent them from learning the guitar. But no experience with music or the guitar is required, he said, as the class is designed for beginners.

Students are asked to bring an acoustic guitar. The class fee also is $29 with a materials fee of $29 for a workbook and practice DVD.

All three classes are appropriate for those 13 or older, and advance registration is required.

For more information or to register, call 505-566-3214 or visit the staff in the West Classroom Complex on the SJC Farmington campus between 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday or 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Friday.

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