Contact: Anne Aley
Senior Session—Sample Class Descriptions from 2013 Season
2014 Class Descriptions will be posted later this year.
Band, Choir, Jazz Ensemble, Musical Theater, Orchestra
Applied Group lessons
Brass/Woodwind/Percussion Class, String Class, Voice Class, Jazz Notes for Piano/Bass/Guitar/Drums, Classical Piano
Acting 101—Be confident on how to represent your character through body movement and articulate delivery. Ideas will be discussed for both on-stage acting and for creating the poise helpful in day-to-day situations.
Changes—Discussion of the music industry’s biggest challenges and successes happening in classical, global, multi-media, jazz and commercial music, along with where to find opportunities, economic realities and the role of the internet.
Composition and Arranging—Acquire skills that help you choose and combine melody, harmony and rhythm creatively into your own style. Theory background is helpful.
Composition and Arranging: Jazz—Learn the historic background and study the scores of some of the masters of jazz composing and arranging. Gain practical tips for composing and arranging for both small and large groups.
Conducting: Choral—Learn fluid beat patterns and expressive skills, study scores, and get the perspective from the podium.
Conducting Instrumental—Learn fluid beat patterns and expressive skills, study scores, and get the perspective from the podium.
Decade by Decade Rock—An overview of some of the most influential performers and variety of rock styles from the past to current bands.
Drum Corps and Marching Band Tech—Learn about show planning, drill design and rehearsal discipline needed to create visual and musical impact.
History of Broadway—Listen to and discuss shows and influential composers from Tin Pan Alley to current popular shows.
Jazz Improv: Beginning—Introduction to improvisation by gaining a solid understand of scales, rhythms and standard patterns in jazz to give players confidence to solo with ensembles.
Jazz Improv: Continuing/Advanced—Techniques and tips to improve your skills and range of styles as a soloist in a combo or large group setting.
Jazz Keyboard Improv: Beginning—An introduction to the basics of jazz improvisation for pianists.
Language for Singers—Learn how to use the International Phonetic Alphabet to approach German, French and Italian songs and choral music.
Music Resources*—From the UW library to the newest music internet resources, this class explores sites on campus and in the computer lab to show where the premiere music resources are worldwide.
Musical Theater Tips—Topics will include auditions, staging, performance poise,
Percussion Ensemble*—Advanced—A reading class of varied ensemble music for experienced percussionists.
Percussion: Samba—Introduction to the complex rhythms of Brazilian samba and other Latin influenced beats. This active class is open to both percussion and non-percussionists.
Performance Critique: Piano—Bring in your prepared solo literature to receive comments from a piano faculty artist on your performance.
Performance Critique: Strings—Bring in your prepared solo literature, as well as the music for a staff accompanist, to receive comments from a string faculty artist on your performance.
Performance Critique: Voice—Bring in your prepared solo literature, as well as the music for a staff accompanist, to receive comments from a vocal faculty artist on your performance.
Practice and Performance Strategies—Infuse some new energy into your practice sessions and performances with strategies for motivation, listening skills, focus and consistency.
Recording Studio Industry—Listen to and discuss the history and evolution of how performances have been recorded for posterity. Materials will range over a century of improvements in quality and formats and lead up to the newest innovative techniques.
Renaissance Music —The music of the Renaissance influenced the culture, religion, politics and economics of its time. Learn about a variety of topics from court intrigues, musical notation and styles, and how the instruments were created during this era.
Singing from a Score—An approach to theory designed for singers using score study to help with the necessary and practical skills of sight reading and ear training.
String Improvisation—From fiddling to jazz improvisation, this exploratory class
String Quartet Study—Add depth to your chamber music rehearsals and performances byscore study of pivotal string quartet literature from Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven. Class will discuss the musical evolution of writing for quartets through increasingly independent voicing and fugues.
Swing Dance—Learn classic dance steps while moving to captivating music of the 1940/50’s.
Theory Basics—An interactive class that reviews major, minor, diminished, and dominant-seventh chords; clefs, notation and scale degrees; and musical rhythms and patterns.
Yoga for Performers*—A course that offers a variety of relaxation exercises and meditations for mind and body that can aid with practice and performance.
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