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, and 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.

Spring Semester, Saturday, 10:00–11:00 AM

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. This class meets for 10 sessions.

Fall or Spring Semester, Saturday, 2:00–3:00 PM

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

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, Festival of Contemporary Music), an equal emphasis of the class will be on in-class exploration, as individuals and as a group, of the following
skills: further development of the ear, ornamentation and embellishments,
cadenzas, harmonization of melodies, harmonic realization, dramatic
characterizations, patterned improvisations, and mind/body techniques
for improvisation, practice, rehearsal, and performance.

Saturday, 9:00–10:00 AM

Introduction to Composing with Electronics

Composing with electronics aims to introduce the student to relevant concepts of acoustic and electronic music processes, in order to build knowledge on the use of new technologies in music, enrich their compositional vocabulary and aesthetics. We will make use of computers, recording equipment, digital editing software and sound analysis software. We will develop basic skills in synthesis, sampling, digital recording and mastering. All the tools acquired through the course will be employed towards realizing individual creative work. To this end, the course will provide the student with salient compositional concepts applicable both to the acoustic and electronic medium. The student will be exposed to the relevant repertoire of compositions from the traditions of musique concrete, acousmatic, mixed and live-electronic music. We will work to develop vocabulary and strategies for discussing and analyzing these repertoires. Everyone will be encouraged to do both theoretical and creative work and all students will gain hands-on experience working with the equipment.

Saturday, 9:00–10:00 AM


Lautaro Mantilla, Instructor

Songwriting is designed to improve students’ skills in developing musical ideas and using songs as their compositional platform within a group class. This course is open to students ages 10+ from different NEC Prep departments, musical backgrounds, and instruments. Students will draw inspiration from a multitude of genres and through the class build the framework to be a songwriter who can work on both their own compositions and re-compositions of existing songs.

Saturday, 10:00–11:00 AM