Beginning Music Theory
Students will delve into the fundamental building blocks of music theory and will solidify their understanding of note reading, notation, clefs, meter signatures, key signatures, scales, intervals--and beyond! An introduction to sight-singing will also be included. This section is best suited for students who do not feel fully comfortable with concepts like: reading bass and treble clef, building major and minor scales, identifying key signatures, and performing meter signatures with something other than "4" in the denominator. No prior experience with music theory needed.
Instructor – Emily Ickes
The Collaborative Sound 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.
Instructor – Tyler Ogilvie
Introduction to GarageBand
The popular program that is freely available on Macintosh computers and iOS devices will be thoroughly explored! Every day, students will have the opportunity to learn more nuances of the program, such as automation and looping, and to write their own unique pieces of music.
Instructor - Joshua Oxford
Introduction to Composition
Students will get the opportunity to begin composing their own music! Time will be divided every day between instruction and composing. The participants will listen to a variety of classical music, discuss techniques for crafting a cohesive piece of music, and learn about various computer-assisted compositional techniques utilizing notation software.
Instructor - Joshua Oxford
Improvisation for All
A course which will foster musical creativity and improvisation and is open to all instrument areas.
Instructor - Dan Shaut
Elements of Jazz Through History, Style, and Improvisation
Students will be introduced to defining elements of jazz through learning a bit of history and by listening to representative jazz artists. Students will learn to perform several jazz standards while concentrating on the elements of jazz style and will learn the steps to improvise on these songs.
Instructor – Michael Treat
Theater Improvisation: Lots of Fun and Seriously Serious
From comedic to serious, from games of wit to character-driven 'long form', improv always involves listening to your partner, supporting the story, and thinking on your feet. Come prepared to work hard, learn lots, and have fun!
Instructor – Holly Adams
West African Drumming and Dance
Students will have the opportunity to explore first-hand the exciting traditions of West African drumming and dance on authentic instruments. No prior experience in drumming or dancing required.
Instructor – Baruch Whitehead
SMA Klezmer Experience
Klezmer was originally the ritual and celebratory music of the Yiddish-speaking Jews of Eastern Europe, where it developed over the course of many centuries. Brought to North America with the Jewish immigration wave from Russia and other Eastern European countries during the turn of the 20th century, a modern klezmer tradition developed in the urban centers, particularly in New York City. Since the 1970s, a dynamic revival of this tradition has been taking place. It has since become one of the most visible transnational music and culture movements involving thousands of participants on five continents. The SMA Klezmer Experience will welcome students to a trove of ancient melodies and a communal sense of folk music-making. We’ll learn tunes both by ear and off the page. All instrumentalists are welcome, regardless of previous experience, cultural identity, or instrument.
Instructor – Ryan Zawel
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.
Instructor - Peter Guarino
Introduction to the Piano
Students who have limited experience playing the piano will have the opportunity to learn the basics.
Instructor - Mary Holzhauer
Introduction to Conducting
Students will learn basic conducting technique including various meters, styles, and dynamic ranges. Members of the class will also function as an ensemble and each student will gain experience conducting their peers. This course will be taught by an experienced ensemble director and conducting teaches.
Instructor – Benjamin Rochford
Developing Leadership Skills
Whether you have a leadership title or not, we all can be leaders. Come immerse yourself in an interactive environment where you will learn about yourself, how to form relationships, build confidence, develop self-motivation, grow a positive attitude, and better your communication skills.
Instructor – Aaron Witek
Introduction to Learning the Art of Magic
Students will work with and learn magic with everyday objects: newspaper and paper, playing cards, money magic with coins and bills, rubber bands, paper clips, corks, dice, etc. They will work on puzzles, deductive and inductive reasoning, and thinking outside the box. Students will start to learn how to interact and entertain an audience by using patter and stories with the mechanics of the magic.
Instructor – Mike Stanley
Yoga for Musicians
This course is designed with two aims. The first is to help students unwind, relieve tensions, refresh the mind and body, and leave with a sense of renewal. The second is to set the foundation for a regenerative yoga practice that students can build upon at any time beyond the course. Expect to learn sequencing, technique, and posture modifications while nurturing seeds for lifelong self-care.
Instructor – Shayna Grajo