Intermediate 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.

Elective Schedule (from 2013)

Elective Period 1 Elective Period 2
Beginning Conducting Techniques Beginning Conducting Techniques
The Collaborative Studio Recording Experience Creative Leadership

Improvisation for All

Introduction to A Capella Singing

Introduction to Composition through Film Score

Introduction to Acting

Introduction to Drawing

Introduction to the Piano

Introduction to Guitar

Jazz History and Improvisation

Introduction to Singing

Klezmer Ensemble

Music History via YouTube

Music History via YouTube

Musical Theatre Performance

Music Theory Fundamentals Music Theory Fundamentals
Practice Time Practice Time

Elective Descriptions

  • Beginning Conducting Techniques. Students will learn conducting basics in a supportive environment, led by experienced music education pedagogues. Instructors: Matthew CoolChris Neske, Corey Seapy
  • 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
  • Creative Leadership. Do you lead like a space ranger or a cowboy? Are you a Buzz Lightyear or Woody? With this course you will creatively and interactively develop your own definition and style of leadership. Through music, movies, internet articles, group work, and an individuals project you will learn how to take your leadership to infinity and beyond. Instructor: Bailey Reagan
  • Fiddling. An introduction course for string players to learn the basic fiddling styles. Instructors: Jeffrey Abbott, Jeannine McGreevy, Luella Pinelli
  • Improvisation for All. A course which will foster musical creativity and improvisation that is open to all instrument areas. Instructors: Dan Shaut, Jason Juliano
  • Introduction to A Capella Singing. Through this elective, students will explore the basics of singing in an A Capella ensemble. Instructor: David Geary
  • 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 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 Drawing. Students will explore perception and imagination as they relate to drawing. Extra fee for drawing materials. Instructor: TBA
  • Introduction to 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 the Piano. Students who have limited experience playing the piano will have the opportunity to learn the basics. Instructors: Amy Brinkman Davis, Lauren Regan
  • Introduction to Singing. Students who have limited experience singing will have the opportunity to learn basic techniques. Instructor: Caitlin Henning
  • 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.. Instructors: Mike Treat, Patrick O'Connell
  • 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
  • Music History via YouTube. An interactive course which will use YouTube to illustrate major moments in music history. Instructors: Emily Pecoraro, Cassandra Stephenson
  • 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: Ryan MacConnell
  • 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


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