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. No prior experience with music theory needed.
Instructor – Parker Callister
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
Improvisation for All
A course which will foster musical creativity and improvisation and is open to all instrument areas.
Instructor - Dan Shaut
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 music, discuss techniques for crafting a cohesive piece of music, and learn about various computer-assisted compositional techniques utilizing notation software.
Instructor – Parker Callister
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 teacher.
Instructor – Ben Rochford
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
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
Music of the African Diaspora from Africa to America
Participants will experience African drumming and dance and a survey of African-American music from opera to hip-hop. No prior experience in drumming or dancing required. Click on this link to see a recent performance by the Ithaca College West African Drumming and Dance Ensemble:
Instructor - Baruch Whitehead
Self Care for Musicians
This class introduces balanced approaches to mental health and "you" time. Through activities such as meditation, journaling, nature walks, and light stretches, we will regulate the nervous system, enjoy calm, and give space for authentic self-expression.
Instructor - Shayna Grajo
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
Students will analyze songwriting techniques using popular music of different eras and genres. Using standard techniques used by successful songwriters, students will begin to write their own unique song.
Instructor – Dan Shaut
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
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
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