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BROADWAY DANCE STYLES (BOTH LEVELS):
Broadway Jazz class will focus on learning proper dance techniques while exploring the various dance styles used in Broadway shows. The class curriculum is based on a ballet technique layered with a Broadway-style jazz movement. The class will be structured with a proper warm-up, stretching, and combinations. This class will also broaden the students' knowledge of dance vocabulary to better prepare them for musical auditions.  
 
INSTRUCTOR:  
Amy Gramling 
 
DATE:  
Monday - 7:45 to 8:30 p.m. for Ages 12+ 
Wednesday - 2:15 - 3:00 p.m. for Ages 6-11 
 
COST:  
$150 + Students must purchase footwear 
 


EXHALING WITH SOUND: YOGA FOR SINGERS  
For many singers, performance anxiety can lead to unnecessary muscle tension that can significantly contribute to vocal difficulty, invoking feelings of fear, shame, or judgment. Research tells us practices like mindfulness, intentional breathing, and movement help to regulate the autonomic nervous system, effectively calming the body’s response to intense emotional situations. This class will provide accessible breathing, sound, and movement tools for calming anxiety and energizing lethargy in singers. Participants will learn how to incorporate mind-body-voice balancing strategies into their warm-ups, repertoire, and performances. Open to grades 7+, participants should wear comfortable clothing. A yoga mat or towel is welcome, but not necessary.  
 
INSTRUCTOR:  
Megan Durham 
 
DATE:  
Thursday - 3:15 to 4:00 p.m. for Grades 7 to Adult 
 
COST:  
$150 - Students must purchase yoga mat or towel  
 


GROUP PIANO  
Older Beginners:  For grades 7 to 12.  Have you ever wished you could play the piano?  Would you like to be able to accompany yourself on the keyboard?  In this course you will learn: 
•    to comfortably approach the piano, understand its patterns, layout, and basic mechanisms 
•    the basics of proper posture, hand position, and reading technique 
•    become familiar with basic theory and music notation 
•    sight-read simple melodies and accompany using chord notation 
 
Younger Beginners: For grades 3 – 6. Have you ever wished you could play the piano?  Maybe you’re not sure if you’d like to take lessons.  This is the perfect chance for you to try it out! In this class you will learn: 
•    the names of the keys and parts of the piano and its patterns 
•    how to read music notation to play simple rhythms and melodies  
•    even learn a song or two to impress your friends! (or maybe grandmom!) 
 
INSTRUCTOR:  
Catherine Mills 
 
DATE:  
Wednesday - 3:00 to 3:50 p.m. for Kindergarten - 6th Grade 
Wednesday - 4:00 - 4:50 p.m. for 7th - 12th Grades  
 
COST:  
$150 - Students must purchase the required textbook   
 


INTRODUCTION TO SONGWRITING  
Have you ever wanted to write a song like the ones you listen to on the radio, TV, Spotify, etc.? Are you curious about how music is composed, lyrics are written, and how the two components come together? If you want an exclusive look into the world of songwriting, both from a process standpoint as well as a creative standpoint, this course is for you. This songwriting course explores effective composition techniques, creating melodies, writing lyrics, and blending each ingredient to make the perfect song.  
 
INSTRUCTOR:  
Melody Cruz 
 
DATE:  
Tuesday - 6:15 to 7:00 p.m. for 6th - 12th Grades  
 
COST:  
$150 
 


INTRODUCTION TO SIGHTSINGING  
Vocal sight reading is an important, but often overlooked musicianship skill that will benefit all singers. Whereas instrumentalists must learn where to put their fingers on correct notes, singers do not have that luxury.  Instead, we train our ears to hear those differences (or intervals) between each note of a given song.  Trained sight-singers can simply look at a page of music, and hear the song in their head.  This is exactly like when you read a book and can hear the words in your mind.  Lessons in sight-reading will begin with reading simple rhythms that will grow in complexity as appropriate for each student.  We will then progress to training our ears to hear and understand pitch. Students will be given a variety of practice tools to build their skill level throughout this course. 
 
INSTRUCTOR:  
Rich Tariff 
 
DATE:  
Thursday - 4:15 to 5:00 p.m. for 6th - 12th Grades 
 
COST:  
$150 - Students must purchase the required textbook 
 


MUSICAL THEATRE 101 - EXPLORING GENRES, COMPOSERS AND DESIGN ELEMENTS 
This workshop is designed to give students an overview of musical theatre genres through the decades from the Golden Age to Contemporary. This project-based workshop gives kids the opportunity to learn how storytelling through musical theatre has evolved both in musical stylings and design.  There will be small projects and assignments that the kids will do on their own and must have completed so it can be discussed. 
 
INSTRUCTOR:  
Lori Colacito + Kate Pistone of Acting Up 
 
DATE:  
Monday - 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. for 6th - 12th Grades  
 
COST:  
$150 
 


MUSICAL THEATRE AUDITION I + II 
Part 1 - Learn how to prepare an audition for your school, community, and professional musical!   Students will perfect a 16-32 bar audition cut while working on audition technique and confidence Workshop ends with a virtual mock audition in front of area professionals.  
 
Part II - Continue learning how to prepare an audition for your school, community, and professional musical!   Students will perfect two 16-32 bar audition cuts from contrasting musical styles.  Plus will be given additional song options to add to (or begin) their songbook. Students will also learn and practice cold reading skills.  The workshop ends with a virtual mock audition in front of area professionals.   
 
INSTRUCTOR:  
Lori Colacito + Kate Pistone of Acting Up 
 
DATE:  
Wednesday - 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. for 6th - 12th Grades - Each section is 5 weeks long 
 
COST:  
$100 
 


POPERAZZI - OPERA 101 
What exactly is opera? How is it different from other kinds of music? Isn’t it kind of elitist? Just how many operas has Bugs Bunny conducted in his lifetime? Answers to these and more burning questions as we dive in to learn all about opera. This 10-week, online, interactive course features: lectures, Q & A sessions, optional collaborative mini-projects, listening samples, and private performances from opera singers in the field today. We will discuss everything there is to know, including; opera history; singing in different languages; composers through the centuries; the changing opera world today; and how to watch, understand, and appreciate every major genre of opera. It’s everything you wanted to know about opera but were afraid to ask, with no tuxes or ball gowns required. 
 
INSTRUCTOR:  
Alyce Daubenspeck 
 
DATE:  
Sunday - 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. for 9th Grades and Up 
 
COST:  
$175 includes all materials and guest artist performances 



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