Intermediate Division

2014 Electives


2015 Electives will be posted soon. Below are the electives for 2014.

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 beginning June 14. Posted electives subject to change depending upon interest and enrollment.

Elective Schedule 

Elective Period 1 Elective Period 2
Beginning Conducting Techniques Beginning Conducting Techniques
Jazz History & Improvisation  Improvisation for All

Steel Band for Beginners 

Musical Theatre Performance 

Klezmer Ensemble

Introduction to Piano 

Introduction to Singing

Music History via YouTube

Introduction to Guitar 

Music Theory Fundamentals

Introduction to Acting

Beginning Hand Drum Skills

Introduction to A Capella Singing

Principles of Art and Design for the Beginner

The Collaborative Studio Recording Experience 

Practice Time Music Theory Fundamentals
  Practice Time

Elective Descriptions

  • Beginning Conducting Techniques. Students will learn conducting basics in a supportive environment, led by experienced music education pedagogues. Instructors: Chris Neske, Matthew Sadowski


  • Jazz History and Improvisation. Students will be introduced to the defining elements of jazz music through learning about its history and listening to great artists. Students will learn to play at least one jazz tune on their instrument/voice and learn the beginning steps of how improvise in a jazz style. No previous jazz or improvisation is experience is required.. Instructor: Mike Treat


  • 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


  • Fiddling. An introductory course for string players to learn the basic fiddling styles. Instructors: Jeannine McGreevy, Luella Pinelli


  • Musical Theatre Performance. Participants will learn how to prepare a music theater song and will have the opportunity to perform the song for an audience. Instructor: Joel Gelpe


  • Introduction to the Piano. Students who have limited experience playing the piano will have the opportunity to learn the basics. Instructor:  David Geary


  • Music History via Youtube. An interactive course which will use YouTube to illustrate major moments in music history. Instructor: Emily Pecoraro


  • Music Theory Fundamentals. A course designed to teach the basic fundamentals of music theory, with a brief introduction to sight-singing. Instructors: Peter Guarino, Tony Pinelli


  • Improvisation for All - A course which will foster musical creativity and improvisation that is open to all instrument areas. Instructor: Dan Shaut


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


  • Klezmer Ensemble. This ensemble will explore the Yiddish dance and celebratory music known today as klezmer music. Students will both learn about the history of klezmer and build an ensemble from the ground up, including learning by ear and improvisation. No previous experience necessary, and everyone is invited and welcome! Students who play these instruments are especially encouraged to join: clarinet, trumpet, flute, trombone, violin, viola, cello, bass, percussion, and accordion. Some examples of klezmer music can be found here: Clarinet/Accordian; Clarinet/Brass; Violin/Accordian. Instructor: Will Cicola


  • Introduction to Singing. Students who have limited experience singing will have the opportunity to learn basic techniques. Instructor: Caitlin Henning


  • Introduction to the Guitar. This course is designed for students with little or no background in playing the 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: Julie Carr


  • Introduction to Acting. This course will focus on developing beginning acting skills through games, ensemble exercises, improvisation and open scene work. No previous experience is necessary. Instructor: Holly Adams


  • The Collaborative Studio Recording Experience. Instrumentalists and vocalists will collaborate to produce and record a song by the end of the week. Students will follow a predetermined song form developed by the instructor and be given the opportunity to contribute artistically throughout the recording process. The final recorded product will be presented at the final concert on Saturday afternoon. Instructor: Tyler Ogilvie


  • Introduction to A Capella Singing. Through this elective, students will explore the basics of singing in an A Capella Ensemble. Instructor: David Geary


  • Principles of Art and Design for the Beginner. A beginning course for students with little or no prior art experience. Students will work on a very self-directed path and exploration of themselves as artists. The course explores the fundamental concepts of visual art through an art project with two-dimensional media. The emphasis is on participation, effort, and sensitivity to the Elements of Art, Principles of Design, and visual organization. Studio exercises are supplemented by slides, lectures, and discussion. Instructor: Marci Samiani. 
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