Workshops, Lessons, and Classes

Franke Center Education offers classes, workshops, and lessons. Our teachers are dedicated professionals who excel in their field and make learning fun!

Guitar  |  Blues Fingerpicking  with Kjell Croce  |  6-week course  |  Starting May 4

The Franke Center for the Arts is pleased to offer a new six-week guitar workshop with one of our favorite performers, Kjell Croce. Croce will teach fingerpicking blues guitar techniques and the workshop will feature the songs of the great bluesman Mississippi John Hurt. Lessons will be geared toward intermediate players looking to expand their skills and learn new techniques. Guitarists who haven’t tried fingerpicking before will find this a great introduction while guitarists who are already comfortable with fingerpicking will add new skills to their repertoire. Basic chord knowledge and familiarity with the guitar will be necessary. The workshop will cover equipment and techniques and participants will learn Mississippi John Hurt songs including Creole Bell, Louis Collins, Stack O’Lee Blues, Sliding Delta, and Got the Blues, Can’t Be Satisfied in several keys. Each session will run 1 to 1 ½ hour.

Workshop dates will take place on Tuesdays: May 4, 11, 18, 25, and June 1 and 8, from 6 pm to 7:15 pm. The cost is $100, and guitarists ages 16 and up are welcome to participate.

Guitarist Kjell Croce is a musician who wears many musical hats. Now based in Marshall, Michigan he has traveled and lived in various parts of the United States, and has been fascinated by the abundance of musical styles throughout the country. From blues to bluegrass, folk to jazz with a big helping of rock and roll, he has absorbed these styles and made them into his own. He has shared stages with bluesmen Lonnie Brooks and Jimmy Johnson, singer/songwriters Ellis Paul, Kate Cambell, and Dave Ramont, and performed at the Michigan Talent Showcase, the Ann Arbor Dancing Lights Folk Festival, and Harmonyfest in Three Rivers. In addition, his last CD “Lightnin’ Rod” received airplay in the US and Europe with Ray Pieters-Dreesens of Radio Milo commenting, “Very expressive voice, strong lyrics, great rootsy and diverse sound.” In addition to his solo work, he can be seen performing with the group’s COW and 3LB CUT.

The workshop will take place in person at the Downstage Club at The Franke Center, and COVID-19 safety restrictions will be in place. Participants will need to sign in, sanitize their hands, wear masks, and maintain a distance of 6 feet from one another.


Yoga  |  Spring Renewal Series with Erin Reed  |   Thursdays  starting  May  6

In this 4 week yoga series you are invited to engage with themes of transformation on your yoga mat to support YOU – Mind, Body, and Spirit as we move into the season of spring.

Each session will include:

– Invigorating movement with breath to metabolize energy patterns that accumulate through our daily patterns and experiences.

– Guided centering practices to provide space for connection with your body and personal intention.

– Support to embody themes of awakening, allowing, truth, and liberation.

– Experiences of embodiment to meet your edge physically, mentally, and/or emotionally.

– Breathwork.

– Mediation to support integration of your practice into your life.

Sign up for the full series to receive the benefits of stamina and continuity of practice, or join us for drop ins if that better suits you. The series is also available to join via zoom.

Thursdays in May 6, 13, 20, and 27
6pm – 7:15pm
$80 for the full series in person
$20 per drop in – in person
$40 for the full series via zoom


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