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Ages 13+, comfort reading music and playing an instrument, plus enthusiasm for science and technology!
This class blends music, science, and technology. Students learn how to record and produce music using microphones, synthesizers, computers, and recording software, and are taught a range of musical science and technology, including acoustics, instrument design, fundamentals of digital music, audio recording, and music production. The program culminates in each student producing their own musical song from start to finish.
Program director Zach Herchen explains:
Ages 13+, with roughly 4+ years of experience playing music
Students explore contemporary music creation through composition, improvisation and performance in this twice-weekly class. The program focuses on creating new music through collaboration between student instrumentalists and student composers. Students explore modern composition styles and performance techniques — learning some history, creating their own new approaches, and thinking beyond traditional formats to create music that is uniquely theirs. Classes include ensemble rehearsal (online, Zoom), lessons on history and performance technique, and masterclasses with special guest faculty. The program culminates in the creation of a digital ensemble performance video of a newly composed piece of classical music.
Requirements: For intermediate and advanced musicians and composers. Performance applicants must submit a video performance of a piece of their choice. Composer applicants must submit a PDF score (and if possible a recording or digital rendering) of an original composition. Applicants will be reviewed by director Zach Herchen.
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Jun 30 – Aug 13 Tuesday and Thursday, 5:15-6:00 pm
Ages 14+ (open to adults)
From Jack Kerouac to the Sugar Hill Gang to Wu Tang Clan to today’s latest stars, spoken word and music have become a major force in today’s artistic landscape. Learn techniques used to create written poetry - from master wordsmiths - by focusing on the placement of words to rhythms or vice versa. Through games; exploring techniques used by artists of the spoken word such as beat poets, rappers, hip-hop artists from the 80s and 90s; and free spoken-word poetry, students discover their own voice. Students learn to write and perform creative poetry and freestyle (spontaneous) poetry. Class size limited to 8.
Here's a description of the class from instructor Terry Greene: