Classical Music is for YOU!

February 20, 2020 @ 10:30 am – 11:45 am


“Classical Music is for YOU!” – Year 2
A Weekly Music Appreciation Class with David Rhoderick

Please join us for year two of “Classical Music is for YOU!” at the West Tisbury Library. Starting Thursday, January 9th at 10:30am, David Rhoderick will offer a weekly beginner series devoted to the appreciation of classical music — no previous knowledge is required, just a desire to listen and learn. Explore classical music in a “paddling pool” where we explain ideas and terms in plain English with plenty of listening. This series is presented by the Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Society and the West Tisbury Library. Free and open to the public.

With today’s smartphones, computers, high-speed internet and the increasing proliferation of low-cost or free streaming services, it’s never been easier to access and listen to top-quality classical music. If you are drawn to particular melodies or orchestral pieces and want to listen and learn more — but are put off by the apparent difficulty finding and taking the next step — this brand new series of classical music appreciation classes is just for you.


These classes will include expert guest speakers, recorded music, videos, live music demonstrations and performances, interactive content and discussion, and much more. Some topics that will be covered are music genres and styles, instruments and groups, composers, works, history, what to listen for in live performances, and basics of musical notation.

Classes will meet winter Thursdays from 10:30-11:45am from Jan. 9 through March 26.

David Rhoderick is a pianist and organist. He was previously the Director of Music at the
West Tisbury Congregational Church and President of the Martha’s Vineyard
Chamber Music Society. He is a Fellow of the Royal Schools of Music and holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Music from the Open University. For questions and suggestions, please contact David at

Class schedule:

Jan 9 – Anton Bruckner: a tainted mystic – David Rhoderick
Jan 16 – Vivaldi’s Four Seasons: the first program music – David Rhoderick
Jan 23 – Becoming a more discerning listener: beauty, expressiveness and all that jazz – Ed Merck
Jan 30 – Resisting the urgence of urtext – David Rhoderick
Feb 6 – What composers do for your listening pleasure – Adele Dreyer
Feb 13 – Instruments of the orchestra – David Rhoderick
Feb 20 – Improvisation I: Improvisation in the Baroque: Continuing the Emphasis on Spontaneity – Ed Merck
Feb 27 – Scales and modes – Phil Dietterich, Note this will be held in the West Tisbury Congregational Church (same time)
Mar 5 – French piano music for four hands – Adele Dreyer & David Rhoderick
Mar 12 – It sounds good to me, but is it really “good” music? – Bill Peek
Mar 19 – Song recital – David Behnke & David Rhoderick
Mar 26 – Improvisation II: The history of the lost art of improvisation in classical music/organ music – Griffin McMahon