I teach French Café Songs and Swing Guitar, online or in-person. Scroll down to see the descriptions below.
(in case you're skeptical: yes online classes work fine: I, as well as many other teachers, have done that for a while. Different possibilities and mechanics than in person, but hey, these are special circumstances! And added bonus: if you're shy, nobody will hear you, other than your roommates...)
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French Café Songs
We'll learn to sing all those classic songs French songs you've heard before (La Vie En Rose, Les Feuilles Mortes, Ménilmontant, J'Attendrai, etc...) and a bunch you've never heard before.
The current online session starts May 11, 2022, and lasts 6 weeks, every Wednesday 6:30 pm to 7:45 pm -- register here through the Freight & Salvage.
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Learn to sing songs from the classic French Café Music repertoire (Piaf, Trenet, Montand, Gainsbourg, Brassens, etc.) as well as some more modern songs.
Every week we learn and sing together 2 new songs. Those can be famous or obscure songs, waltzes, foxtrots, tangos, political songs, romantic songs, happy songs, broken heart songs.
For each song, I read, explain, and translate the lyrics, then talk about where the song comes from, its social, political, and historical context, and the references hidden in the lyrics. All stuff you won't find on Wikipedia. And then, of course, we sing. We'll learn the melody together and work on the pronunciation, so in the end, you'll even improve your French!
You don't need to be fluent in French. Some basics of French would be helpful but don’t worry, I'll help you with the pronunciation, in fact, many people who have taken the class didn't speak French at all. Also, prior experience in singing, playing an instrument, or any music theory is NOT required.
I'll send the lyrics and chord charts of the song for each week, along with links so you can listen to the song ahead of time.
From previous students:
"The class was fun! Olivier is an excellent teacher, singer, and musician."
"It was well structured for both, more confident and less experienced French speakers ."
"Olivier was very responsive and engaging and a delightful musician who clearly knew his stuff."
Links to some songs we might do:
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Technical, Booking and Payments
For classes taught through the Freight And Salvage, registration and payment are all through their site.
For classes I teach myself, Payments are possible via PayPal, Venmo, Zelle, Bill.com.
For online teaching, I usually use Zoom or Duo. For in-person lessons, we can do it inside, with a comfortable 6ft distance, or if the weather is good we can do it safely distanced in my backyard.
I am available during the day or evenings, weekdays or weekends.
Send me an email to email@example.com if you want to talk about taking lessons, or when you're ready to schedule one.