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 in-class exploration, as individuals and as a group, of the following:

  • further development of the ear: memorization, pitch-matching, harmonic melodic implications, ensemble improvisations
  • ornamentation and embellishments (in Baroque, Classical, Romantic, contemporary styles)
  • cadenzas
  • harmonization of melodies (Schubert melodies, folk songs, 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

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

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 AM

Text: Bell, Larry A Workbook for Composition.

Composition Seminar

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 AM

Baroque Classes

Aldo Abreu, instructor

Recorder for Beginners

In this class students start learning soprano recorder. Along with the technical development, students also learn to play by ear and to read at the same time. 

Recorder for Woodwind Players

This class is for students who already play another woodwind or brass instrument and would like to learn recorder. Since students already have some wind and finger control, they can learn the basics quickly and also do some recorder ensemble music. The class will cover soprano, alto, tenor, and bass recorders.

Renaissance & Baroque Improvisation and Ornamentation

This class is for students to learn principles of ornamentation and improvisation between 1500 and 1750. It is open to all instruments. Students must have a certain command of the instrument. Admission to this class is by audition.