Intermediate Division

2016 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.

Elective Schedule 

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

World Music Ensemble

Musical Theatre Performance 

Introduction to Singing

Introduction to Piano

Introduction to the Guitar

Introduction to the Guitar

Introduction to Acting

The Collaborative Studio Recording Experience

The Collaborative Studio Recording Experience

Music Theory Fundamentals

Music Theory Fundamentals

Introduction to Fiber Art

Introduction to Composition

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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

 

Introduction to the Piano

Students who have limited experience playing the piano will have the opportunity to learn the basics. Open to band and orchestra students only.  Instructor: Jennifer Pham

 

Music Theory Fundamentals

A course designed to teach the basic fundamentals of music theory, with a brief introduction to sight-singing. Instructors: Jennifer Pham, Patrick O’Connell

 

Improvisation for All

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

 

Introduction to Singing

Students who have limited experience singing will have the opportunity to learn basic techniques. Instructor: Lynn Craver

 

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. Guitars will be provided.  Instructors: Julie Carr, Peter Guarino

 

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

 

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. Instructors: Tyler Ogilvie, Justin Chervony

 

Musical Theatre Performance

Participants will learn fundamental movement, acting and stagecraft, in addition to preparing and performing an appropriate musical theater selection.  Open to band and orchestra students only.  Instructor: Erik Angerhofer

 

Introduction to Fiber Art

Students will be introduced to a variety of art forms created with fiber. Some projects may include Japanese shibori (traditional techniques for tie dyeing), sun printing plant designs on fabric, weaving using a loom made from drinking straws, Kumihimo (Japanese braiding techniques), and silk painting. No experience required. Instructor: Laura Ballard

 

World Music Ensemble

This course will explore music from around the world: klezmer, Turkish, Arabic, Brazilian, and more. Students will learn new scales, melodies, styles of playing, and even some notes that they didn't know existed! All players and instruments welcome.  Instructor: Will Cicola

 

Fiddling

An introductory course for all string players (violin, viola, cello, bass) to learn the basic fiddling styles. Instructors: Jeannine McGreevy Abbott, and Jeffrey Abbott

 

Introduction to Composition

Students will be introduced to the world of composition by freely creating projects to be performed by themselves. They will work in the classroom and will be guided to create short pieces that will help to develop their transcription ability as well as their musicality.  Instructor: Jacob Walsh

 

 

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