Summer Music Clinic 2014    

Contact: Anne Aley
Phone: 608-263-2242
Fax: 608-265-0452 5538 Humanities Bldg.
455 N. Park St Madison WI 53706

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Senior Session—Class Descriptions

Performing Ensembles

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—Learn the skills needed to project your voice clearly, represent your character through body movement, and take your performance to the next level.

Bluegrass—Learn toe-tapping fiddling techniques and listen to some of the greatest performers in the business.

Commercial Composition—From jingles to soundtracks to political campaigns, learn how composing can communicate a message.

Concert Band Literature—Listen to music and study the scores of the great composers of concert band literature from traditional masters such as Sousa and Holst to those currently writing creative literature for band.

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.

Electronic Music Period*—Make acoustic and electronic music with your instrument and technology. This course will explore contemporary improvisation techniques in an electro-acoustic setting.

German Lieder—An introduction to German song from the 19th century. Explore the beautiful music of Schubert, Schumann, Mendelssohn, Brahms and Hugo Wolf, and discuss the social influence of music and poetry.

History of Disney Period—Musicians, publishers, and composers have contributed to the breadth of music in Disney productions from animation paired with classical music, to live action films, to recent animated features re-imagined for Broadway.

Jazz Improvisation: Beginning—Introduction to improvisation by gaining an understanding of scales, rhythms and standard patterns in jazz to soloing with ensembles.

Jazz Improvisation:Continuing—Improve your skills and range of styles as a soloist focusing on strong technique to enhance your solo style.

Jazz Piano: Beginning—An introduction to jazz improvisation for pianists.

Language for Singers—Use the International Phonetic alphabet to approach German, French, Italian songs and choral music.

Music Education—Topics for future music educators from those with goals to build private studios, teach in the public schools, or at the collegiate level, to discussions about advocacy and building community awareness.

Music Resources*—This class explores sites from the UW library to the newest music internet resources.

Musical Theater Tips—Topics will range from auditions, staging, performance poise, projection and dramatic presentation.

Percussion Ensemble: Advanced—A reading class of varied ensemble music for experienced percussionists.

Percussion Samba Period—This is an active class focusing on the complex rhythms
of Brazilian samba. Open to both percussionists and non-percussionists.

Performance Critique: Piano—Bring in prepared solo literature to receive comments from a piano faculty artist on your performance.

Performance Critique: Strings—Bring in prepared solo literature to receive comments from string faculty on your performance.

Performance Critique: Voice—Bring in prepared solo literature to receive comments from voice faculty on your performance.

Physics of Music—Explore a variety of topics from the impact of materials used in building instruments to the acoustic design of concert halls.

Poetry as Inspiration—Discuss the creation of poetry by listening to music and writing/reading poems that students are inspired to create from the music. Consider how descriptive language informs performance.

Performance Practice Strategies—Infuse new energy in your practice sessions with strategies for motivation, listening skills, focus and consistency.

Rock: Queen—An in-depth history of one of the most influential bands in rock and roll.

String Topics—Practical information on string repair, purchasing bows and strings instruments, and sources for new string literature.

Standards: Jazz—Listen to music that is a part of the frequently performed standard vocabulary for jazz performers from classics to cutting edge.

Swing Dance—Classic dance steps with movement to music of the 1940/50s.

Theory Basic—Review major, minor, diminished and dominant-seventh chords, clefs, notation and scale degrees; and musical rhythms and patterns.

Symphonic String Literature—Listen to and study famous orchestral passages for strings from the favorites to the most challenging of the repertoire.

20th Century Changes—Listen to music influenced by social forces and see how innovations moved into performances, recordings and compositions.

Yoga for Performers—A variety of relaxation exercises and meditations for mind and body that can aids with practice and performance.

* Limited enrollment class.

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