New Class in Corvallis

Next week August 2nd, from 4 to 5:20 pm, we will begin a 1 month session of 5 weeks for beginners.  The cost is $60 for the 5 lessons.  Ancient Ways (see is sponsoring these classes.  The classes continue year around and so this class is a great way to find out if you like this instrument as a way for musical expression in your life.


The cost of $12 per class is based upon membership in Ancient Ways which is a $25 per year membership.  For beginners we waive the membership fee for a couple of months so you can really decide if you want to support the organization in all of its efforts (e.g. humanitarian outreach in Zimbabwe) as well as if you want to play marimba with us. The membership also covers insurance so we can perform in various venues each year.  Classes,  t-shirts, and other workshops are all at a discount with a membership. For some marimba becomes a life-long friend.  You are invited to try it out with us!

Marimba Classes are being held upstairs in the First United Methodist church between 11th and 12th on Monroe.  Go in the front (Monroe) doors and turn right into the elevator.  Go to 2nd floor and turn right into the double doors.  

Let me know if you are interested in this class.  Payment is due the first class of the month.  Please feel free to call with questions.  541-259-4673 landline or 541-570-9059 cell.

Marimba Classes Beginning – Youth and Adult

The Fall Term Youth Classes will be held in Corvallis on Tuesdays:
• Age 8-10 November 5 to December 3 from 5:30-6:20 pm: 5 sessions paid by term ($9 weekly) $45 ($7.50 for members or $37.50)
• Age 10+ November 5 to December 17 from 4-5:20 pm: 7 sessions paid by term ($12 weekly) $84 ($10.50 for members or $73.50)
Adult Classes in Albany or Corvallis are being cultivated – please email with your interest and for more information:
Please email or phone so that we are able to confirm space in class before enrolling. To enroll, payment can be made at or mailing a check to PO Box 346 Scio OR 97374.PolVam

Kids Summer Class Success!

Wow! Last Friday we finished up the first Summer Youth Intensive Marimba Class in Corvallis. Eight students, aged 9-13, came and played for 3 hours a day for 5 days under the direction of Gary Spalter. I was a parent helper, so I was able to hang out in the class for about 2 hours each day. The students ranged in ability and previous experience: some have been playing marimba at school and in after school programs for a few years. Some had played a few years ago in school. And one girl, a Japanese exchange student, had never touched a marimba before. It was so exciting to see how they all progressed, whether it was solidly grasping the syncopated rhythms or mastery of complex running patterns. The kids had a blast, and were incredibly focused given their ages. They were captivated by the music, and Gary’s laid-back teaching style made it really fun for them. The kids would come in early in the morning, and from their recess breaks to start playing again. Of course, by the end of the week, they were getting a little tired, and there were several blisters that needed band-aids, but that didn’t stop them! They learned the basics of 5 songs (Nyungwe, Chemwainyera, Tsuro, Ndangariro and Nyuchi Dzinoruma) and performed them for friends and family on the final day.

Click here to listen to a clip of the kids playing Nyuchi Dzinoruma (learned Wednesday, played on Friday!).


YOUTH Summer Marimba Sessions

Please send a deposit of $25 to PO Box 346, Scio, 97374, to reserve a space in Youth Summer Marimba Sessions, as soon as possible, so we are able to confirm enrollment:Кирпичные столбы для забора

• WHO: Your student (who has 1 year of experience or more) will be taught by Gary Spalter (who will also be teaching our Youth Marimba Class beginning in October).
• WHAT and WHEN:
o Session 1 (rising 4-6th grade): Aug. 12-16 9-12 am
o Session 2 (rising 4-6th grade): Aug. 12-16 1-4 pm
o Session 3 (rising 4-6th grade): Aug. 19-23 9-12 am
o Session 4 (rising 7th+ grade): Aug. 19-23 1-4 pm
• WHERE: 1165 NW Monroe, Corvallis, downstairs (in the Scout room). Detailed information to follow.
• HOW MUCH: The cost of a 3-hour, 5-day session is $170, or $165 with early-bird discount if paid in full by June 15th.
• HOW: Class tuition is payable by credit card over the phone 541-259-4673, a check payable to Ancient Ways or online at

2012 Marimba Classes

Marimba Classes are ongoing on Mondays (two levels of Intermediate classes, plus 5 year olds), and on Tuesdays (a youth class at 4, and adult advanced beginning at 7 pm). If you are a beginner and are interested, whether an adult or child, please feel free to email us. Potential beginning class times are Mondays at 7:30 in Albany, or Tuesday at 5:30 in Corvallis.