High School Division

2015 Electives

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. Posted electives subject to change depending upon interest and enrollment. Students must choose "practice time" for at least one elective period.

Elective Schedule:

Elective Period 1 Elective Period 2 Elective Period 3
Introduction to Singing A World of Sound - Survey of Music from Other Cultures Introduction to the Piano 
The Sounds You See -- How Music is Used in Films Jazz Improvisation and Standards I 'Got My Mojo Working' - American Roots Music
Introduction to Jazz History Steel Band for Beginners Jazz Improvisation and Standards II
Sound Synthesis and Design (CLOSED) Beginning Conducting Techniques Introduction to Composition (CLOSED)
Beginning Hand Drum Skills for Musicians Dictation/Ear Training Through Pop Music Introduction to Fiber Art
Intermediate Conducting Techniques Introduction to Sound Recording Technology (CLOSED) Beginning Conducting Techniques
Yoga for Musicians Introduction to Modern Dance Yoga for Musicians
This is Your Brain on Music (CLOSED) Exploring the Musicals of Rodgers and Hammerstein (CLOSED) Introduction to Sound Recording Technology (CLOSED)
Introduction to Acting Practice Time Introduction to Contra Dancing
Music History via YouTube   Practice Time
Introduction to the Classical Guitar     
Practice Time    

 Elective Descriptions

  • Introduction to Singing – A class designed to explore the art of singing through the study and performance of vocal literature.  Students will work on basic functional vocal technique through attention to posture, breathing, tonal onset, vowel purity, reduction of inhibitory physical tensions, and body coordination.  Course content is designed for the beginner singer. – Instructor: Lynn Craver

  • Introduction to Jazz History – This course will outline important musical and social events, periods, and musicians that have shaped the creating and evolution of jazz music.  The course will span pre-jazz through current musicians and trends. This course will give students the necessary aural tools to begin their own investigation into a large chunk of music that is "jazz."  Students will learn to identify connections between the social/musical world of jazz and their present day social/musical environment. – Instructor: Greg Evans

  • Beginning Hand Drum Skills for Musicians – All participants will learn to play hand drums and explore the culture and music of drumming from around the world.  – Instructor: Conrad Alexander

  • 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:  Cynthia Henderson

  • Introduction to Composition – Students will be instructed in the most fundamental aspects of music composition and later on they will work collaboratively developing a group project. The final result will be a theme and variations in which each student will provide a short variation on a given theme. The course intends to stimulate the student's musical and compositional intuition. – Instructor: Felipe Nieto

  • 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: 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. - Instructors: Nikola Tomić, Nick Weiser

  • 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

  • Dictation and Ear Training through Pop Music - Designed for students with a proficient understanding of harmonic, melodic, and rhythmic analysis and dictation, this course aims to to bridge the gap between popular music and art music by applying traditional theory and ear training to contemporary pop. The list of artists to be discussed includes Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, Sam Smith, Sia, D'Angelo, Mark Ronson, Nicki Minaj, and more. – Instructor: Emily Pecoraro

  • Music History via Youtube - A whirlwind overview course which will use YouTube to illustrate major moments in music history as they pertain to world history. It's the most fun history class in the history of history classes. – Instructor: Emily Pecoraro

  • Steel Band for Beginners – All participants will learn to play the drums and explore the culture and music of the Caribbean.  – Instructor: Conrad Alexander

  • 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

  • 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: Tony Pinelli, Matthew Sadowski, Jennifer Sengin

  • 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. – Instructor: Andrew Benware

  • Introduction to the Piano - Students who have limited experience playing the piano will have the opportunity to learn the basics. - Instructors: Jennifer Pham, David Geary

  • 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

  • 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: Shelley Attadgie

  • A World of Sound – Survey of Music From Other Cultures - This elective explores musical traditions from around the world, including sub-Saharan Africa, India, Japan, Central and South America, the Caribbean, Indonesia, and others as time permits. Activities will highlight materials, structures, sounds, and cultural contexts surrounding the music presented. Ideally, students will learn to identify the unique style features that characterize each of these traditions. — Instructor:  John White

  • “Got My Mojo Working” - American Roots Music  - What makes Zydeco different from Cajun music? How are Bluegrass and Country related yet distinct? This elective answers these and similar questions by exploring the roots of America's popular music—blues, country, gospel, folk, Cajun, zydeco, bluegrass, tejano and Native American music. Important artists covered include Leadbelly, B.B. King, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Hank Williams, Earl Skruggs, Woody  Guthrie, Flaco Jimenez, Mark Savoy, Clifton Chenier, Robert Mirabal, and many others.  These are the American sounds you'll rarely study in a music history class!  — Instructor:  John White

  • The Sounds You See - How Music is Used in Film — This elective examines various ways music is used in movies. Using a variety of short movie clips, we’ll look at how music is used to set a mood or provide atmosphere, reflect emotion or project underlying psychological aspects, reinforce or contrast with the action on the screen, suggest new story dimensions or provide a composer’s comment, build a sense of continuity throughout the story, and otherwise help a film memorable and marketable. Other uses will be covered as time permits. (Due to the time of day, popcorn will not be provided---sorry!) – Instructor: John White

  • This is Your Brain on Music - Have you ever wondered why music gets stuck in your head? Or why we like to listen to sad music? Or why music can cause emotional experiences? In this elective we will explore the relationship between music, psychology, and neuroscience. We will explore current literature in music cognition, music education, and music therapy. – Instructor: Crystal Peebles

  • Introduction to Contra Dance - In this elective we will explore various American dance traditions focusing on contra dance. After a brief introduction to the cultural significance of these traditions and the basic dance steps, we will spend most of the class dancing and performing dance tunes. Beyond just dancing and performing, students will have opportunities to call dances and create new contra dances. An example of this dance can be found here: (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mf9ofEnmu0E). No previous dance experience necessary. – Instructor: Crystal Peebles

  • Introduction to Fiber Art – Students will learn some of the many different techniques used to manipulate fiber during the first half of the class including but not limited to dyeing, weaving on a loom, and felting.  During the second half of the class students will choose their preferred technique to explore more fully and create a finished project.  These ancient art forms are fun, relaxing, and don’t require many materials so they can be replicated at home.  No previous experience necessary. – Instructor: Laura Ballard

  • Exploring the Musicals of Rodgers and Hammerstein – From “The Sound of Music” to “The King and I” and “Oklahoma!,” the compositional genius of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein indelibly changed the face of the American Musical Theater genre.  This elective course will explore the musicals, both successes and lesser-known, of Rodgers and Hammerstein through a variety of methods including plot and character summaries, scene and song video viewing, and in-class singing.  Instructor: Andrew Benware

  • Sound Synthesis and Design – Students will explore sound in a variety of ways using applications such as Reason and Garageband.  Projects will involve working with online mixers, synthesizers, drum machines and effect processors to create and combine different types of music as might be done in a composition or production studio. Instructor: Timothy Nord

  • 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.







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