January Term Online Classes



About our ability level classifications:

B=beginner skills: You’ve just started learning about music. Still working on reading notes, rhythms, and other basics.
I= intermediate skills: You’ve been working on this ‘music’ thing for awhile. You know how to read music and the effective steps for learning a piece.
A= advanced: You’ve been working on the craft of music for many years and are looking for ways to continue to grow as a musician.

Beginner and intro classes generally meet for 30 minutes. Intermediate and Advanced classes generally meet for 60 minutes. Student tuition (total for the month) is $35 for a class that meets for 30 minutes, and $70 for a class that meets for 60 minutes.

Our class topics this term include the science of music, making practice more effective, music theory, songwriting and composition, singing, and classes specifically for students ages 5-7.
 
 

Schedule at a Glance: Friday


4:00 CST/5:00 EST- All Ages: Creative Play with Music Adventure (Part 1). Amber Nicole Dilger, instructor. 

4:30 CST/5:30 EST- All Ages: Show and Tell (Part 2). Amber Nicole Dilger, instructor. 

6:30 CST/7:30 EST- Intro to Improv Thinking. B, I. Amber Nicole Dilger, instructor. 



Schedule at a Glance: Saturday


Time determined by student. Practice Session Review. B, I, A. Amber Nicole Dilger, instructor.

11:30 CST/12:30 EST- Basic Music Theory. B. Paul Ester, instructor. 

12:00pm CST/1:00 EST- Lyric Writing. B, I, A. Lo Marie, instructor.  

12:30am CST/1:30 EST- Songwriting. I, A. Lo Marie, instructor.   

1:00 CST/2:00 EST- Guest Artist Series: Musicians in the Biz. I, A. Amber Nicole Dilger, instructor. 

2:30 CST/3:30 EST- Performance Anxiety: tips & tricks. B, I, A. Amber Nicole Dilger, instructor.

3:00 CST/4:00 EST- Intro to Acting Your Song. B, I. Amber Nicole Dilger, instructor.  

4:00 CST/5:00 EST- Advanced Theory Topics. A, I. Mark Wurzelbacher, instructor. 




CLASS DESCRIPTIONS


Valuable Practice Tools for All Musicians:


Practice Session Review. B, I, A. Amber Nicole Dilger, instructor.
Would you like to learn how to make your Practice Sessions more effective? Upload a video of you practicing and get personalized feedback. Videos to be submitted between January 4-11 and will be reviewed before January 26th.

Intro to Improv Thinking. B, I. Amber Nicole Dilger, instructor.
Learn some useful tips and tricks from the world of acting improvisation to help in performance situations when things don’t go as expected. We’ll play group games together and practice our ability to stay in the moment and create in the moment. We will meet at the same day and time, 4 weeks in a row.

Performance Anxiety: tips & tricks. B, I, A. Amber Nicole Dilger, instructor.
We’ll learn research-proven ways to help us feel more in control and less anxious while performing. We will meet at the same day and time, 4 weeks in a row.


Theory Extravaganza!


Basic Music Theory. B. Paul Ester, instructor.
Note reading, scales, intervals, rhythms, and more! We will meet at the same day and time, 4 weeks in a row.

Advanced Theory Topics. A, I. Mark Wurzelbacher, instructor.
This course will be adaptive to student interests. Possible topics may include the circle of fifths, advanced scales/modes, advanced harmony (mixture, applied dominants), counterpoint, etc. We will meet at the same day and time, 4 weeks in a row.


Songwriting and Composition


Lyric Writing. B, I, A. Lo Marie, instructor.
Learn techniques to encourage creative thinking, test out different styles of poetry and writing, and refine your lyric writing craft. We will meet at the same day and time, 4 weeks in a row.

Songwriting. I, A. Lo Marie, instructor.
Begin, or enhance, your songwriting journey!  This course will yield a completed original song.  A basic knowledge of how to find/play chords on an instrument is required for this course. We will meet at the same day and time, 4 weeks in a row. 


All Ages: including students ages 5-7 (and those who love them):


All Ages: Creative Play with Music Adventure (Part 1). Amber Nicole Dilger, instructor.
This class will introduce storytelling through music and give you the instructions for each day’s creative assignment. We’ll explore creating musical stories with our instruments, as well as building visual representations of music. We’ll have a short break between this and Part 2 (Show and Tell), where you can let your imagination run wild and assemble a project from bits and pieces you have around the house. Parents are encouraged to participate along with with students, although being on camera isn’t necessary. We will meet at the same day and time, 4 weeks in a row.

All Ages: Show and Tell (Part 2). Amber Nicole Dilger, instructor.
This class is the second half to our Creative Play with Music Adventure. You’ll have had a little time to put together a project on the fly and will now share it here with everyone. This is improvisation, imagination, and creativity at its best! It’s also a great way to practice sharing our ideas with others in a safe and supportive environment. Parents are encouraged to participate along with with students, although being on camera isn’t necessary. We will meet at the same day and time, 4 weeks in a row.


Especially for Singers:


Guest Artist Series: Musicians in the Biz. I, A. Amber Nicole Dilger, instructor.
We will be able to pick the brains of artists with first-hand knowledge of what it takes to be a working musician. Paul Helm is a working actor and music director throughout the country. Michael Drolet recently retired from almost 11 years in the Wicked family as part of the original Los Angeles Cast, the Broadway Company, and the National Tour. Emily Pogorelc is an up-and-coming operatic soprano who is making waves in the classical community. We will meet at the same day and time, 4 weeks in a row.

Intro to Acting Your Song. B, I. Amber Nicole Dilger, instructor.
This class is specifically designed to help you prepare for auditions/festivals/competitions, including WSMA Solo & Ensemble. You’ll raise your performance from “that was nice” to “WOW!” by learning how to fully tell the story. Learn a useful progression for practicing to add in all of the necessary layers to stand out from the crowd. We will meet at the same day and time, 4 weeks in a row.




Classes Offered in the Past:


Online Open Mic- hosted by Amber Nicole. B, I, A. Amber Nicole Dilger, instructor.
Whatever your ability level, if you’d like to work on your performing and presentation skills, this class is for you! We’ll sign up ahead of time so you know what class day you’ll be sharing your music with us. We’ll also cover ways to be supportive audience members and learn to give constructive comments. We will meet at the same day and time, 4 weeks in a row.

Book Club: Making It On Broadway: Actors’ Tales of Climbing to the Top, by Davie Wienir and Jodie Langel. 2004. A. Amber Nicole Dilger, instructor.
We will read and discuss this book (245 pages) which takes an honest look at what really happens on a Broadway stage and in the personal lives of Broadway actors. You are strongly encouraged to also sign up for the “Guest Artist: Musicians in the Biz” class. We will meet at the same day and time, 4 weeks in a row.

Sight Singing FUNdamentals. B, I. Amber Nicole Dilger, instructor.
Learn tips and tricks to help you get better at sight reading music. This will make learning new songs even easier, and help with both your solo and group musical adventures. We will meet at the same day and time, 4 weeks in a row.

Intro to Vocal Health. I. Amber Nicole Dilger, instructor.
We’ll look at the latest science and learn what we can do to keep our voices healthy, as well as what to do to help our voices when we get sick. We will meet at the same day and time, 4 weeks in a row.

Intro to Vocal Anatomy. B, I. Amber Nicole Dilger, instructor.
Join us as we dive inside of our vocal instrument and learn how many parts of our body work together to allow us to make beautiful sounds. We will meet at the same day and time, 4 weeks in a row.

Under 7: Music FUNdamentals Online. Amber Nicole Dilger, instructor.
This class focuses on introducing the basics of music and learning online to students between 5-7 years old. Parents are encouraged to participate along with students, although being on camera isn’t necessary. We’ll introduce useful online resources to help make learning music even more fun. We will meet at the same day and time, 4 weeks in a row.

Under 7: Optimize Noticing Skills- Mindfulness for Musicians. Amber Nicole Dilger, instructor.
We will explore age-appropriate ways to explore and improve our noticing skills. This is a very important part of helping us practice our instruments, as well as having the most fun when performing for others. (Parents are encouraged to participate along with with young students, although being on camera isn’t necessary.) We will meet at this day and time, 4 weeks in a row.

Intro to Counterpoint and Composition. I, A. Mark Wurzelbacher, instructor.
Have you ever wanted to compose but had no idea where to start? Then this course is for you! We will find entries into composition by learning and applying some basic "rules" of counterpoint, and we will find examples of counterpoint in action in music ranging from Baroque to Pop. We will meet at the same day and time, 4 weeks in a row.

Pop Music Theory. I, A. Mark Wurzelbacher, instructor.
This course is all about chord progressions! We will learn common pop chord progressions, how to convincingly play them on the piano, how to pick out chord progressions from listening to songs, and how to read a chord/lyric sheet. We will meet at the same day and time, 4 weeks in a row.

Digital Music Making: Notation and Creation. B, I, A. Mark Wurzelbacher, instructor.
An introduction to music recording software (GarageBand, LMMS) and the basics of digital music notation (NoteFlight, Finale). This course will not require any software purchases, as we will rely heavily on free software. We will meet at the same day and time, 4 weeks in a row.

Why Music Sounds Like Music: An Intro To Musical Perception B, I, A. Paul Ester, instructor.
How is it that we hear notes, and can we tell one note from another? Why do some things sound like beautiful harmonies, while other things sound like raucous noise? In this class, we will explore questions like these by looking into the scientific fundamentals of musical sound. We'll learn about the physics of how notes are made, the psychoacoustics of how our ears (and brains) recognize those notes, and how sounds we typically think of as "musical" are scientifically different from other sounds. We will meet at the same day and time, 4 weeks in a row.

Listening Exploration: Tips & Tricks. B, I, A. Amber Nicole Dilger, instructor.
What is Listening Exploration and how can we use it to be better performers and appreciators of music? Explore fun resources and share your favorite music and artists with others. We will meet at this day and time, 4 weeks in a row.

Optimize Noticing Skills. B, I, A. Amber Nicole Dilger, instructor.
The ability to notice things, both in your environment and within yourself, is key to helping you be better at your instrument and better as a performer. We will learn basic mindfulness exercises that we can add into our practice routine, and find the fun in growing our noticing skills. We will meet at this day and time, 4 weeks in a row.

Book Club: Effortless Mastery: Liberating the Master Musician Within, by Kenny Werner. A. Amber Nicole Dilger, instructor.
We will read and discuss this short book (under 200 pages) and apply its ideas to our practice sessions between classes. In this book Mr. Werner explores rethinking not only the technical aspects of creativity, but also the spiritual aspects. We will meet at the same day and time, 4 weeks in a row.

Practice SMARTER, not harder. B, I. Amber Nicole Dilger, instructor.
There has been a lot of research done into how we learn. Let’s use science to help us get better results in less practice time! Learn how to practice SMARTER, not harder. We will meet at the same day and time, 4 weeks in a row.

Creating Your Practice Space. B, I. Amber Nicole Dilger, instructor.
Let’s tweak your practice space so you feel comfortable to make whatever kinds of sounds you want. Messy sounds, loud sounds, beautiful sounds… they should all feel comfortable to come out and play! We will meet at the same day and time, 4 weeks in a row.

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