The ocarina is a truly modern instrument with ties to the ancient past. Music lovers of any age or skill level can enjoy this wonderful flute-type instrument with minimal effort. If you are looking for a unique instrument that will bring a lifetime of joy, then look no further, for the ocarina is pure musical magic.
Now you have the chance to make one of your own and learn how to play.
Local artisan Russell Lawson is offering a three-part class next month to help you create your own one-of-a-kind ocarina. Over the course of these classes, you will learn the mechanics and fundamentals of flute making and leave with the knowledge of how to play your own ocarina.
SCHEDULE OF CLASSES:
- October 1 (Noon to 4 p.m.): Crafting the basic shape of the clay instrument and making the sound box and mouth piece.
- October 2 (Noon to 2 p.m.): Filing the dried clay shape, drilling the musical holes and adding your own personal artistic engravings to the clay, prior to the instrument being fired and glazed.
- October 22 (Noon to 2 p.m.): Pick up and learn how to play the ocarina.
The classes are for adults and children ages 12 and up (with adult supervision).
All three classes will be held in Room 228 at the Kingsport Renaissance Center (1200 E. Center Street). To register visit https://bit.ly/3doJXvC or click the “Buy Tickets” link at www.engagekingsport.com. The cost of the three-part class is $175.
For more information or to register over the phone call the Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts at 423-392-8414 or 392-8415.