High School Division


The Summer Music Academy is unique in offering an extensive list of music and non-music electives. For students considering a career in music, these electives offer an array of experiences that will hone interests and provide new musical experiences typically not available in most summer music programs.

Electives are filled on a first-come, first-served basis after June 1. Posted electives subject to change depending upon interest and enrollment. Students must choose "practice time" for at least one elective period.

Elective Schedule (from 2013):

Elective Period 1 Elective Period 2 Elective Period 3
Beginning Conducting Techniques Beginning Conducting Techniques Analyzing Pop and Rock Tunes
Intermediate Conducting Techniques Drawing the Musical Still Creative Leadership
Introduction to the Piano Introduction to Asian Cultures Drawing the Landscape
Introduction to Sound Recording Technology Introduction to Composition through Film Score Introduction to Acting
Jazz Improvisation and Standards I Introduction to Modern Dance Introduction to the Classical Guitar
Practice Time Introduction to Singing Introduction to Composition through Film Score
Relaxation Techniques for Performance Anxiety Jazz Improvisation and Standards II Introduction to Italian
Top Ten "Big Bang" Moments in Music History Practice Time Introduction to Jazz History
Vocal Improvisation and Performance Technique Sound Synthesis and Music Technology Practice Time
"Music ESL" - Terminology and Academic Practices of US Music Schools   Yoga for Musicians

 Elective Descriptions

  • Analyzing Pop and Rock Tunes. This course delves into the materials and structures used in well known pop and rock tunes. Avenues of investigation include song forms, pitch resources, metric and rhythmic designs, and text setting. Styles covered range from Rhythm & Blues through Funk to Progressive and Alternative rock. Artists covered include Chuck Berry, The Beatles, Heart, Dave Matthews, and many others. In-class activities will help students cultivate perceptive, active listening skills. Instructor: John White
  • Beginning Conducting Techniques. This course is designed to equip the student with the fundamental skills of conducting, including baton position, left hand technique, score reading and preparation, transposition and rehearsal procedure. Members of the class will also function as the ensemble and each person will have the opportunity to conduct the ensemble. Instructors: Andrew Benware, Corey Seapy, Tony Pinelli, Jennifer Sengin
  • Creative Leadership. This course you will allow you to creatively and interactively develop your own definition and style of leadership. Through music, movies, internet articles, group work, and individual projects, you will learn how to take your leadership to the next level. Instructor: Bailey Reagan
  • Drawing the Landscape. This class will offer students an opportunity to use the Ithaca College campus as inspiration for observational drawings. Using the nearby the pond, fountains, hills and unique architecture, students will gain skills in perspective and creative mark-making. Instructor: Jenna North
  • Drawing the Musical Still. Using a variety of dry and wet mediums, students will work on key observational drawing skills. The class will include warm-up gestural and longer studies. Instructor: Jenna North
  • Intermediate Conducting Techniques. Designed for students who succeeded in last year's Basic Conducting Techniques class. Students will review the fundamental skills of conducting, including baton position, left hand technique, score reading and preparation, transposition and rehearsal procedure while learning more advanced conducting pedagogy. Members of the class will also function as the ensemble and each person will have the opportunity to conduct the ensemble. This course is available to only students who took the beginning course last summer. Instructors: Andrew Benware
  • Introduction to Acting. Introduction to Acting will focus on developing beginning acting skills through theatre games, ensemble exercises, improvisation and open scene work. No previous experience necessary. Instructor: Jennifer Herzog
  • Introduction to Asian Cultures. Through close interaction and activities with our visiting international students, participants will learn about various cultural topics including food, clothing, recreation, government, education, language, religion, environment, and the arts. American participants will also share their cultural norms to create a rich learning environment. Instructor: Wenqing Bouch-Pillon (Zhang)
  • Introduction to the Classical Guitar. Students will obtain a functional understanding of the guitar, as well as tools for the continued exploration of the instrument beyond the scope of the class. Emphasis will be placed on right and left hand technique, basic chord shapes, and reading skills. Instructor: Jeremy Harting
  • Introduction to Composition through Film Score. This course introduces basic compositional concepts and skills through the analysis of famous movie themes, such as those from Pirates of the Caribbean and Lord of the Rings. Students apply this knowledge to create their own original “movie” themes. Prerequisites: basic keyboarding skills; students must be able to play their own monophonic melody. Instructor: Alyssa Rodriguez
  • Introduction to Italian.  Students will learn the basics of the Italian language, including the alphabet, numbers, colors, weather, food, etc.  This interactive class will also focus on common phrases, as well as developing a better understanding of the common Italian musical terms. Instructor: Emily DiAngelo
  • Introduction to Jazz History. This course will outline important musical and social events, periods, and musicians that have shaped the creation and evolution of jazz music. The course will span pre-jazz through current musicians and trends. Instructor: Greg Evans
  • Introduction to Modern Dance. Students will be introduced to the basic fundamentals of Modern Dance through technique in the modern style and improvisational movement. No previous experience necessary. Come ready to move! Instructor: Shelley Attadgie
  • Introduction to the Piano. Students who have limited experience playing the piano will have the opportunity to learn the basics. Instructors: Amy Brinkman-Davis, Jennifer Pham
  • Introduction to Singing. Students who have limited experience singing will have the opportunity to learn basic techniques. Instructor: Kailey Pulos
  • Introduction to Sound Recording Technology. Students will learn basic recording concepts that will include cable and connector identification, interconnecting of audio equipment, microphone technology, live sound, and remote recording techniques. Instructor: Michael Caporizzo
  • Jazz Improvisation and Standards I. Students will learn the basic elements of how to improvise and compose an effective jazz solo. No previous experience in jazz or improvisation required. Instructor: Nikola Tomić, Jason Juliano
  • Jazz Improvisation and Standards II. Students will learn more advanced techniques of how to improvise and compose an effective jazz solo, such as playing over more challenging harmonies and more difficult songs. For students with previous jazz and/or improvisation experience. Instructor: Nikola Tomić, Jason Juliano
  • "Music ESL" - Terminology and Academic Practices of US Music Schools. International students will have the opportunity to learn music terminology and academic practices specific to US music schools. Prerequisite: available to students enrolled in the International Division only. Instructor: Mark Radice
  • Practice Time. Students are required to choose a practice time for at least one of their three elective periods. Practicing will take place in our newly remodeled individual practice rooms. Counselors will be available to supervise practicing and offer guidance as needed.
  • Relaxation Techniques for Performance Anxiety. Students will learn specific yoga-based techniques to help with controlling nerves before and during performances. These exercises will include, but will not be limited to, meditation and visualization, breathing based on Pranayama techniques, gentle yoga poses that relax the nervous system and focus the mind, etc. During the second week of class, students will perform for each other to practice the techniques they learn throughout the course. Instructor: Emily DiAngelo
  • Sound Synthesis and Music Technology. Using the software application, Reason, students will explore sound and the manipulation of various sound parameters. Using analog synthesizers, digital samplers and drum machines, the students will record and edit musical material, create their own timbres and experiment with different sound parameters that they use daily as performers. Instructor: Timothy Nord 
  • Top Ten "Big Bang" Moments in Music History. This class is an exciting introduction to ten crucial moments in music history from Mozart, Wagner, Stravinsky to John Cage. Instructor: Sara Haefeli
  • Vocal Improvisation and Performance Technique. A fun workshop for vocal institute students with or without experience in improvisation. The elective will explore spontaneous physical, dramatic, and musical improvisation through daily structured activities. Dramatic activities will include games, story telling, and building a character. Musical activities will include combining movement with sound and improvising short vocal compositions. There will be a final improvised performance on the last day of the class. Prerequisites: this course is available to vocal institute students only. Instructor: Patrice Pastore
  • Yoga for Musicians. An exploration into the integration of yoga philosophy and music pedagogy, in order to develop a more efficient approach to practicing and performance. This course will explore basic yoga postures, breath work, and concepts of yoga philosophy. Come prepared to lie down, move around, and find some peace and quiet. No previous experience is necessary! Instructor: Allison Adams 


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