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

Your Body the Instrument: Alexander Technique for Singers and Instrumentalists

Clara Sandler, Instructor

In this course, singers and instrumentalists will learn how the Alexander Technique can offer freedom from excess tension and help with performance anxiety. Our body is our main instrument; the Alexander Technique offers tools that help us develop our awareness of how we use our body while playing or singing. It helps us recognize what unnecessary tensions or habits we may have developed, and how to change them. Students of the Alexander Technique report a feeling of lightness, of ease in their performing, feeling centered and freer in their movements. This experiential class will include learning the basics of the Alexander Technique, hands-on work, exercises and improvisatory games and performance.

Saturday, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Spring Semester Only

Rock Music Appreciation and Ensemble

Lautaro Mantilla, Instructor

In the fall semester of this year-long course, students gain first-hand knowledge of the rock genre by playing in a rock ensemble. This ensemble is an introduction to the diverse repertoire of music from different decades starting in the 1960s. This music has shaped societies and social movements that have inspired generations. By arranging and recomposing music from The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Nirvana, Radiohead among many others, students gain knowledge of different compositional and improvisational approaches while they learn how to ROCK OUT!

During the spring semester, the students participate in a classroom-based exploration of rock. The spring semester of the class will examine works by a diverse group of bands, performers, and improvisers, across cultures and genres throughout Rock history. Students will analyze the different approaches and influences that have been shaping this genre for almost 100 years. Possible artists/genres included may be The Beatles, Radiohead, Melt Banana, Meridian Brothers, and many others.

Beginners on any instrument can be part of this adventure.

Saturday, 10:00 - 11:00AM

World Music Appreciation and Ensemble

Lautaro Mantilla, Instructor

In the fall semester of this year-long course, students will be introduced to different musical cultures by listening and analyzing a diverse selection of compositions from places like Bulgaria, Morocco, Israel, Brazil, Argentina and more. Students learn about the repertoire, methodologies of improvisation, and musical nuances characteristic of the vast range of cultures and traditions in the world.

In the spring semester, students will put the concepts they have covered in the fall semester into action by playing in a World Music Ensemble. This ensemble will present a variety of musical repertoire and original material based in music from different regions of the world. Students will learn how to improvise over traditional musical forms, modes and rhythms, from each culture. Possible repertoire includes music from Brazil, Cuba, Israel, Bulgaria, Colombia and more!

Saturday, 11:00AM - 12:00PM

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