High School 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. 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 Introduction to the Piano Introduction to the Piano 
Analyzing Pop and Rock Tunes – Beginning Stages Jazz Improvisation and Standards I A World of Sound – Survey of Music From Other Cultures
Introduction to Improvisation Steel Band for Beginners Jazz Improvisation and Standards II
Beginning Hand Drum Skills for Musicians Beginning Conducting Techniques Introduction to Composition
The Musical Mind   The Sounds You See – How Music is Used in Films Taking Pop Seriously
Intermediate Conducting Techniques Yoga for Musicians Yoga for Musicians
Introduction to Sound Recording Technology Introduction to Modern Dance Introduction the Classical Guitar
Grooves That Changed the World Introduction to Sound Recording Technology   Introduction to Sound Recording Technology
Basics of Classical Vocal Repertoire Exploring the Musicals of Cole Porter Lyric Theater Workshop
Introduction to Acting Intro to Acting Continued Electronics for Acoustic Musicians
Introduction to Fiber Art

Introduction to Fiber Art continued

 
Practice Time Beginning Choral Arranging Practice Time
  Practice Time  

 Elective Descriptions

Lyric Theater Workshop

This class will begins with a physical warm-up based on yoga, tai chi, and other movement disciplines to help performers strengthen the communication between their skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems. From there we transition to acting, improvisation, and stagecraft exercises so as to isolate and build those skills needed for staged performing. Finally, we will explore the dramatic elements of solo or ensemble pieces, bringing those skills to life in performance. While the class is most applicable to vocal students, those instrumentalists with an interest in staged singing and perhaps some previous experience are most welcome. All participants will have the chance to grow and develop acting skills regardless of ability or experience.  Instructor – Erik Angerhofer

Basics of Classical Vocal Repertoire

Sure, everybody knows the 24 Italian Songs... what about the next 300 years? Come and get acquainted with the incredible array of music for solo voice composed from 1600 to the present day for the operatic stage, church, chapel, court, and concert hall. This course will explore a variety of languages and styles, and will include opportunities for singers and pianists to perform.  Instructor – Carl Johengin

Beginning Choral Arranging

Students will learn basic principles of choral arranging in week one, and will apply them to create a brief choral arrangement during week two. Topics to be discussed include effective use of vocal range, textural styles, rhythmic and harmonic variation techniques, copyright and intellectual property, and score preparation. Previous study of music theory and partwriting suggested.  Instructor – Katie Ballantyne

Analyzing Pop and Rock Tunes – Beginning Stages

Analyzing Pop and Rock Tunes—Beginning Stages dives 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

Grooves That Changed the World

This elective will explore different musical styles (grooves) that fundamentally changed the landscape of music culture. We will look at both musical and social elements that contributed to the genesis of each groove and the how we still feel its presence today. Some of the groves we will look at will be Disco, Dub-Step, Boogaloo, Breakbeats, and more!  Instructor – Greg Evans

Electronics for Acoustic Musicians

This elective covers the basics of using music-related electric equipment, aimed towards those who have absolutely no experience. The class will begin with identifying cables, using a mixer and PA system, various amplification types, and then processing the amplified sounds with guitar effects.  The goal is to make the use of electronics fun and exciting, not scary, and provide significant knowledge to bring back to the band, orchestra, or choir room.  Open to anyone regardless of instrument/voice.  Instructor – Josh Oxford

Taking Pop Seriously

Do we listen to heavy metal in the same way that we listen to hip-hop?  Or Haydn?  In this elective, we'll take a serious and creative look at the histories, methods, and fan practices of a variety of popular music.  Through excursions into songwriting, genre discussions, lyrical analysis, music business, and video, get ready to think critically and deeply about the music that surrounds us every day.  Instructor – S. Alexander Reed

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.  Open to non-vocalists only.  Instructor – Lynn Craver

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 – Jennifer Herzog

Introduction to the Classical Guitar

Students will obtain a functional understanding of the guitar.  Skills covered will include right and left hand technique, fretboard harmony, and reading skills.  An emphasis will be placed on developing tools for musical accuracy and  expressiveness that will allow for continued study of the instrument beyond the scope of this class.  No previous guitar experience necessary.  Guitars will be provided.   Instructor – Gabe Condon.

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 – Nicola 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 – Nicola Tomić

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 - tba

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 - Matthew Sadowski,  Anthony Pinelli, vocal faculty

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.  Instructor – Jennifer Pham

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 – Lee Goodhew Romm

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

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

The Musical Mind

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

Taking Pop Seriously

Do we listen to heavy metal in the same way that we listen to hip-hop?  Or Haydn?  In this elective, we'll take a serious and creative look at the histories, methods, and fan practices of a variety of popular music.  Through excursions into songwriting, genre discussions, lyrical analysis, music business, and video, get ready to think critically and deeply about the music that surrounds us every day.  Instructor – S. Alexander Reed

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), printing on fabric using plants, wet and needle felted wool sculptures, Kumihimo (Japanese braiding techniques), and weaving on a rigid heddle loom. No experience required. Instructor - Laura Ballard

Exploring the Musicals of Cole Porter

From "Kiss Me Kate" to "Anything Goes" and everything in between, this "De-Lovely" elective will explore the life and music of legendary American Musical Theatre composer Cole Porter through multi-media including video, audio, and even singing! Designed for everyone: from the musical theatre fan to someone who is simply curious about expanding their knowledge of significant American composers from all genres.  Instructor – Andrew Benware

Introduction to Improvisation

This elective introduces vocal students to the basics of physical, vocal, and dramatic improvisation. We will free your creative mind through games, storytelling, singing, and movement. Increased confidence in your performance skills and stage presence could be an added benefit. Improvisation is fun, challenging, and interactive so come and explore!  Open to vocalists only.  Instructor – Patrice Pastore

Introduction to Composition

Students will be instructed in the most fundamental aspects of music composition through listening, discussion, and analysis.  Throughout the course, they will complete one small individual project, and work collaboratively on one final group composition.  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 - Jacob Walsh

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 – Tucker Davis

 

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