ragbag family band classes will be led by Ryk Groetchen.

Ryk ┬áis a multi-instrumentalist (voice, flute, guitar, bass), composer and lifelong music lover. He has always had a strong desire to contribute in some way to musical culture. His performance experience includes rock bands, free improvisation ensembles, jazz big-band, vocal ensembles and multi-media/spoken word performance groups. He has participated in a variety of community art- and music-making activities with young children, middle- and high-school students and adults. He enjoys working with children, and has composed a number of children’s songs.

Ryk is a perpetual student, committed to continuing his own music and movement education while sharing his understanding and his learning process with the community. He has taught Music Together classes since 2002 (for newborns to four-year-olds and the adults who love them), and founded the East Bay Community Music Project in 2012. His awards and certifications include Certification Level I from the Center for Music and Young Children in Princeton, NJ; and Orff Schulwerk Certification Level I, from the San Francisco International Orff Course.

Ryk also enjoys making music with his two sons, Henry and Harlan, and his many musical friends.