If you’ve been to Grand County, you’ve probably heard the name John Catt.
Catt dreamed of making music accessible to everyone in Grand County. He began this mission by making Winter Park a destination for touring musicians by producing the Blues of the Top Music Festival.
This annual festival, now in the planning phase of its 20th year from June 24-26, has drawn top national blues talent to Winter Park. Everyone from Kenny Wayne Shepard and Lucinda Williams to audience favorite Samantha Fish and many more traveled through Berthoud Pass to perform live on stages in Grand County.
In 2006, Catt’s dream widened when he saw local youth in need of accessible musical instruments. The Grand County Library District seized this opportunity and together they created the Check Out the Music program.
This long-term partnership still exists today, and residents can simply use their library card to purchase a musical instrument from their local library branch. It’s as easy as reading a book – and 100% free.
This partnership is always innovative and as partners we believe that it is not enough to provide the inhabitants with instruments. Music education is just as important, and we are starting 2022 on a high note!
January is a great time to try something new, so why not learn to play a new instrument?
The Grand County Blues Society and Grand County Libraries will be hosting free beginner ukulele lessons that teach you instrument anatomy, basic strumming, chords, and even give you a quick introduction to playing music.
At the end of the lesson, students will be able to perform a song together in harmony.
Classes will be taught by local resident Lisa Kohlwey MacEachern. MacEachern holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education K-12 and has been teaching music since 2008.
These beginner ukulele lessons are available for teens and adults, and the ukuleles will be provided by the Grand County Blues Society.
All classes will be free, but places are limited. Visit the programs tab at http://www.gcld.org to find a library offer near you.
If you would like to learn more about the Grand County Blues Society, the Check Out the Music program, or the Blue Star Connection, you can visit http://www.grandblues.org.