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Summer@NEC for Current and Incoming Students

Free online programs for our undergraduate and graduate community—incoming, current, and recent graduates

Musical exploration, intellectual rigor, unbounded creativity, caring community: these attributes of the NEC community are alive and well, even while we are geographically separate!

This summer, our community connects through new online programming as we invest in keeping well, reaching out, making art, and supporting each other during these challenging times.

In addition to current and incoming students, most programs are also open to May 2020 graduates. All of these programs are free of charge.

Alexander Technique Introduction Classes | Jul 8 – 29

Summer Session 2 - Dolphin: Head Leads and Body Follows

One of the main principles of the Alexander Technique is that the freedom and mobility of our head determines how free and easy we are in our movements. Session II will explore this principle while emphasizing a warm-up that will free and mobilize the spine, head, and tail in a dolphin-like way. It is fun, feels great, and is a wonderful warm-up and activity before, during or after practice or on days when you are stuck in front of a computer for long periods of time. Please bring your questions to class and have your mats readily available. Due to the interactive nature of this class, all participants are asked to be visible online and ready to participate in class.

When:

Wednesdays in July: 8, 15, 22, 29
10:30 - 11:45 AM ET

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Led by:

Angela Leidig

Who:

  • All currently enrolled Fall 2020 students
  • Spring 2020 graduates

Audio Workshop 1 - Basics | Jul 15 – Aug 14

Making high quality recordings at home has never been more important. Luckily, thanks to digital technology it also has never been easier. This workshop is for students who want to record but don’t know where to start. This online course will cover basics of digital recording using general principles that apply to all devices and software applications. Emphasis will be placed on getting the most out of limited tools like flash recorders, mobile devices and free software.

When:

Session II: July 14 - August 4

Four Tuesdays: July 14, 21, 28, August 4

7 - 9 p.m. ET

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Led by:

Ted Reichman

Who:

  • All currently enrolled and incoming Fall 2020 students

Virtual Bassoon Class: Weekly Sessions with NEC Faculty  | Jul 1 – Aug 4

NEC faculty members Richard Svoboda, Richard Ranti, and Marc Goldberg lead a summer bassoon workshop.

This series of six weekly 2-hour classes will provide participants with an extended period of directed and focused practice as well as the opportunity to work with the entire NEC bassoon faculty. Individual sessions will touch on practicing, interpretation, creativity, and performance practice, and will cover repertoire ranging from Bach and Telemann to Mozart and Beethoven, as well as opera arias.

  • July 1 | Richard SvobodaMozart Concerto, Part 1:  Prepare the 1st & 2nd movements of the Mozart Concerto without cadenzas.
  • July 8 | Marc GoldbergGet the most from your practice:  Review and edit your practice routine to maximize result and minimize time. We will touch on the basics of a healthy and sustainable practice with an eye and ear towards efficiently and enjoyably improving your core playing strength. Class will require a tuner, metronome, your favorite scale routines and etudes.
  • July 15 | Richard RantiThe Era of COVID-19 and Beyond Practicing, Going Beyond Excerpts: choosing recordings, listening with scores and parts, practicing with recordings. Prep for class: everyone download the parts and score for the first movement of Beethoven Symphony no. 4 (yes, there are challenges in more than just the last movement!), then find and listen to at least 3 good recordings. In class, each participant will tell us what they’ve discovered from the recordings (differences in style, tempi, qualities, etc.).  We will then listen together to a recording through screen share and discuss what to listen to, what to take note of, what to mark in your parts, then briefly touch on how to play with a recording.
  • July 22 | Richard SvobodaMozart Concerto, Part 2:  Prepare cadenzas for the1st and 2nd movements of the Mozart Concerto.  Writing and presenting your own original cadenzas is strongly encouraged, but playing your favorite cadenzas written by others is okay too.
  • July 29 | Marc GoldbergNew Old Music to play alone:  We are not limited to the wonderful Bach Cello Suites when it comes to finding great solo music to steal. There is excellent music for flute that is easily appropriated for bassoon with simple clef transposition. We will explore the Telemann Fantasies and music of Bach, both JS and CPE, and cover the basics of creating simple and easy personalized editions.  All music available on IMSLP.
  • August 5 | Richard RantiSing like a Singer:  Note: This class will take at least a full week of prep. Each participant will choose a song from the concert aria or opera repertoire which they will perform for the class on their bassoon. Before their performance, they will play (through screen share) a performance of a great singer doing their selection. They will then read a translation of the words, and when they perform, they will demonstrate that they’ve practiced into their performance the mood, phrasing, note shapes, and musicianship that comes from the text, as well as any influence the singer’s performance has on their interpretation.

When:

July 1 – August 5
Six Wednesdays: July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, August 4
8 – 10 p.m. ET

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Led by:

Richard Svoboda, Richard Ranti, and Marc Goldberg

Who:

  • All currently enrolled and incoming Fall 2020 students
  • Spring 2020 graduates

Music Career Bootcamp with EM | Jun 10 – 12; Session II TBA

TOPICS:

  • Lifestyle Design 

  • Personal Finance  

  • Marketing from Mission 

  • Your Dream Career + 1-3-5 year plans  

  • Building Community and the Music Industry 

  • Finding balance in a creative life 

PARTICIPANTS WILL LEAVE WITH: 

  • 1/3/5 year plans for your dream career  

  • Personal Finance Plan, including a personal budget and savings plan  

  • Business plan for a new venture (private lesson studio, freelancing, chamber ensembles, product development, etc.)  

  • Professional bio, resume/CV 

  • Personal website you built and can maintain 

When:

Session I: June 10 – 12, 2020
10 a.m. – 3 p.m. ET
Session II: August; TBA

Led by:

Annie Phillips, Drew WordenTanya Maggi 

Who:

  • All currently enrolled and incoming Fall 2020 students
  • Spring 2020 graduates

Registration:

Limited to 30 participants, so apply before it's too late!

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Annie and Drew are incredibly insightful, creative, and passionate about what they do! Our coaching sessions completely transformed the way I approach job interviews and have inspired me to pursue my career goals more intentionally and confidently” - Melissa Weikart, MM '18 Contemporary Improvisation

EM helped me see a career for myself with the skills sets that I have. My ideas were formulated and expanded during advising sessions and filled me with motivation. It was the support of the advisors and the tiniest of details I’ve learned through the EM department that has made it possible for me to have and enjoy a career in music.” – Alex Stening, MM '16 French Horn Performance

 

Immersive Introduction to Computer Science with Python | Jul 6 – Aug 19

This course is designed to give participants a compact yet rigorous introduction to computer science, along with some applications to music analysis, musicology, and composition. The former will be accomplished by studying the language Python and, independently from a choice of language, the art of formulating problems computationally and sketching algorithmic solutions using aspects of math and logic. We will accomplish the latter by considering some recent music research from MIT, Stanford, and Google. Some examples include inferring musical genre from raw audio, predicting the next chord in a Bach chorale, and automating aspects of music notation for quick composition sketching.

The course will meet twice a week, Mondays and Wednesdays, from 3 - 4:30 PM EDT beginning Monday, July 6 and ending Wednesday, August 17. Mondays will be devoted to a lecture addressing the topic of the week; the subsequent Wednesday class will be interactive.

When:

Seven Weeks: Mondays and Wednesdays
July 6 – August 19, 2020
3 – 4:30 PM ET

Led by:

Marc Goldstein, NEC alumnus and current PhD candidate at the Courant Institute of Math, NYU
Efstratios Minakakis, NEC faculty

Who:

  • All currently enrolled and incoming Fall 2020 students
  • Spring 2020 graduates
  • NEC College faculty
  • Limited to 12 active participants; Auditors/Observers are also welcome.

Registration:

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Prior Summer Offerings

Alexander Technique Intro Class - Wings and Warmups

This class will look at how freeing our arms frees ourselves. Practical warm-ups will help instrumentalists and singers free their sound and breathing. Tension issues will be addressed so bring your questions and instruments to class! A mat may be used for floor work, so have a yoga mat, or towel ready as well. Due to the interactive nature of this class, all participants are asked to be visible online and ready to participate in class.

When:

Wednesdays in June: 3, 10, 17, & 24
10:30 - 11:45 AM ET

Session 1 is full and registration is now closed

Audio Workshop 1 - Basics

Making high quality recordings at home has never been more important. Luckily, thanks to digital technology it also has never been easier. This workshop is for students who want to record but don’t know where to start. This online course will cover basics of digital recording using general principles that apply to all devices and software applications. Emphasis will be placed on getting the most out of limited tools like flash recorders, mobile devices and free software.

When:

Session I: June 16 – July 7
Four Tuesdays: June 16, 23, 30, July 7
7 - 9 p.m. ET

Session 1 is full and registration is now closed.

Audio Workshop 2 - Creative Techniques | Jun 18 – Aug 6

Are you working on music in your computer? Let’s make your music sound better and explore creative tools for inspiration!

This online workshop is for students with experience working with DAWs like Ableton, Logic, Protools, etc. This will be a weekly Zoom session for sharing projects and taking a deeper look at tools and techniques.

We will follow a writer’s workshop model. Students will present work—even work in progress—and we will work on it together. Improving home recordings through mixing techniques will be a focus as well as methods for remote collaboration.

When:

June 18 – August 6
Thursdays (June 18, 25, July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, August 6)
7 – 9 p.m. ET 

Registration:

This session is full and registration is now closed.

Music in the Social Distance: A COVID-19 Response Laboratory | Jun 15 – 26

Meeting once a day for two weeks, this seminar will gather a group of 12 - 15 NEC student leaders to explore the status of music, professional musical training, and the professional musician in the time of COVID-19. Guests from a wide range of fields (public health, economics, poetry, technology, philanthropy, transformative leadership, technology, trauma) will share insights from their respective fields, as students develop a fearless and grounded conversation about the power of music to advance a more just and humane world.

Participants will deepen their creative practice, develop a critical perspective on the industry and emerging issues in the global pandemic, and develop both the radical imagination and the practical skills needed to shape the future of music in a time of great uncertainty and rapid transition.

When:

June 15 - June 26
Monday – Friday 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. ET

Led by:

This initiative is conceived of and directed by Dr. Tanya Kalmanovitch, with the partnership of Tanya Maggi (Dean, CEPS), Annie Phillips (Assoc. Dean, Entrepreneurship), and Margie Apfelbaum (Director of Large Ensemble Administration).

Who:

  • All currently enrolled and incoming Fall 2020 students
  • Spring 2020 graduates

Registration:

Limited to 15 participants, so apply before it's too late!

This session is full and registration is now closed.

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