English Folk Dance & Song Society
At the English Folk Dance and Song Society, we champion the folk arts at the heart of England’s rich and diverse cultural landscape.
We deliver programmes of learning and participation, artist development and networking for educators:
- Online and at a range of venues across England, and sometimes beyond
- Through our arts venue, Cecil Sharp House
- Through our library and archive, the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library
We frequently work in partnership with arts, education and heritage organisations.
We have around 3000 members worldwide – most of whom are active participants in music, song, dance, storytelling, customs and traditions
Melodeon 1 & 2 in Camden
from £14.67 per session
from £132.00 per term
Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regent's Park Road , Camden, London, NW1 7AY
Cecil Sharp House
Cecil Sharp House
2 Regent's Park Road
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About Melodeon 1 & 2
This course starts from absolute beginner level in the Autumn term and progresses throughout the year.
We will begin with the basics, learning the layout of the buttons on both hands and exploring simple tunes.
The classes will cover both one-row and cross-row styles and we will be working on right hand melodies as well as left hand accompaniments from the start.
Music will be taught by ear with music notation and mp3s available after the sessions.
Please note that we only accept complete beginners during the Autumn term. There is no Level 1 class in the Spring; Level 1 becomes Level 2.
The melodeon (or diatonic button accordion) is an instrument that has become particularly popular in the folk music of Britain, Ireland, parts of Europe and America.
It differs from the piano accordion in that it is smaller and lighter, has buttons rather than keys and the notes change when the bellows are pushed and pulled.
The rhythmic effects of this push-pull action are especially well suited to the lively rhythms of dance music from various traditions; although it can also be played in the smoother cross-rowed style, which is particularly suitable for song accompaniment.
These classes will focus mainly on music from the British Isles, but will also cover traditional playing styles from other parts of Europe.
Young people 12–15 years old may attend with a participating, responsible adult over 18 years of age.
Cecil Sharp House, London