Demystifying Classical Music with Nancy 3. Hoffman

$70, $60 mbrs. (discounted price will display for members upon login)

Limit 12 students

Students will meet in the third floor Heinen Design Lab, 533 Eaton Street

PLEASE NOTE: you will be required to provide proof of a recent negative Covid test, or of full Covid vaccination, to attend this program, as it is indoors. Masks required. Click here for details on the Covid-19 precautions we’re taking.

Color photo of musician instructor Nancy 3 Hoffman sitting at a piano


If you’d like to attend, but just can’t afford it, we may be able to help. Learn more about The Studios Accessibility Fund here.


Class Description

How can you tell Beethoven from Bach? Stravinsky from Strauss? It doesn’t have to be a mystery. This class will cover “classical” music from medieval times to the 20th century. The goal is to improve and enhance the listening skills and knowledge of participants. By using numerous musical examples, participants will learn how to listen to and discuss a symphony, solo or chamber concert or piece of music. Elements such as melody, harmony, texture, instrumentation, rhythm and form will be included. Perfect for first time students, with some fun surprises for repeat students.

Meet Your Instructor

Nancy 3. Hoffman is a classically trained pianist and works nationally as a music theater director. Nancy 3. Is a founding member of The Casco Bay Tummlers Klezmer Band, ( playing Eastern European Jewish folk music for over 30 years. She brings her love of this music to spice up the mix at Fiddle Camp.

She leads The Maine Squeeze accordion ensemble, playing international folk music. Her solo work includes international cabaret and her one-woman rendition of Gilbert and Sullivan’s operetta The Mikado. She is also director and curator of the world’s only Umbrella Cover Museum. Nancy 3. lives on Peaks Island and migrates to Key West, Florida for the winter. Her middle name is really 3.

Supply List

  • Please bring a cell phone, ipad (or comparable) or laptop computer to class.
  • Suggested supplementary reading (not required – these may be available in ebook editions from your online library as well): Classical Music for Dummies, Second Edition, by David Pogue; A Short History of Music by Alfred Einstein.
  • Before the first class, please listen to any music by Baroque composers Johann Sebastian Bach, Antonio Vivaldi, Henry Purcell or George Frideric Handel.

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