The Art of Practice and Performance
Eli Epstein, Instructor
Since many of us have been practicing and performing from an early age, at some point we need to take stock of our work habits and attitudes, and retool. In this interactive workshop, Eli Epstein, veteran of The Cleveland Orchestra, will help us become optimal teachers to ourselves, identify practice skills that promote deep learning, introduce physiological and cognitive techniques that help us manage performance anxiety and present methods that free us to express our feelings, our stories and ourselves with our audience. Please bring your instruments. 10 sessions.
Saturday, 2:00 - 3:00 PM
Fundamentals of Improvisation
Eyran Katsenelenbogen, Instructor
Designed for classical musicians as part of their overall musicianship education, this course combines group work on improvisation techniques with specific projects tailored to individual students, based on their repertoire, experience, musical strengths and challenges. Integrating the disciplines of music theory and performance, the course is designed to help students nourish their own creativity, and give them tools for their music practice in general.
Though there will be highlighted focused performance opportunities (recitals, contemporary music weekend), an equal emphasis of the class will be on inclass exploration, as individuals and as a group, of the following:
- further development of the ear: memorization, pitch-matching, harmonicmelodic implications, ensemble improvisations
- ornamentation and embellishments (in Baroque, Classical, Romantic, contemporary styles)
- harmonization of melodies (Schubert melodies, folksongs, selected passages from students’ repertoire)
- harmonic realization (figured bass to fakebooks)
- dramatic characterizations (in both tonal and atonal improvisations)
- patterned improvisations (rhythmic, modal, passacaglia, blues, etc.)
- mind/body techniques for improvisation, practice, rehearsal, performance
Saturday, 9:00 – 10:00 AM
Additional Sections TBA, depending on enrollment.
The Western Musical Experience
Andrea Olmstead, Instructor
A historical survey of Western Music illustrated through selected repertoire. Students are introduced to Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque music in the fall semester and Classical, Romantic, and Modern in the spring. Emphasis is placed on listening, style analysis, and discussion. One paper is required each semester. A prerequisite for the class is the successful completion of Theory Level II or the permission of the instructor.
Saturday: 2:00 – 3:00 pm or TBA
Text: Seaton, Douglass, Ideas and Styles in the Western Musical Tradition.
Composition for Performers
Larry Bell, Instructor
A course designed to introduce the basic techniques of composition to performing musicians. Composition will be directed and motivated by a series of highly focused exercises. Each exercise grows out of the nature of the materials of music in relation to instrumental or vocal idioms. Students will perform their works in class four times each semester. A prerequisite for the class is the successful completion of Theory Level II or the permission of the instructor.
Saturday, 9:00–10:00 a.m. or TBA
Text: Bell, Larry A Workbook for Composition.
Rodney Lister, Instructor
This class gives students the opportunity to develop technique in original composition. Compositions are performed and discussed in class. Performances are arranged at workshops and student composition recitals.
Saturday, 10:00–11:00 a.m.