Classes with Inga
Circle Songs with Inga (a progressive series)
Get comfortable with just making sound with your voice. Then feel the beauty and excitement of contributing to a choir of sound. Inga will lead a variety of vocal improvisation games that start off very simply and build on each other as the weekend unfolds. Together we can learn important skills such as rhythmic groove, harmonic structure, motif development, etc,… As we progress, we’ll apply these musical skills to common chord progressions.
Your Sound, Your Story – Meet the Song
Inga will introduce you to personalizing a song and singing your story. Learning ways to get inside a lyric and making musical choices based on what you’d like to convey emotionally, allows the song to become you. Having done workshops with dancers, Inga has learned some movement exercises that are very helpful in getting closer to your emotional connection to a song. Then we can transfer that to sound.
Classes with Sam
A term coined by Bobby McFerrin, CircleSong refers to a group collaborative song created in the moment. This experience in CircleSong will be directed/conducted by Sam who will take turns improvising vocal/body music parts and giving them out to the participants, who then also have some room to improvise. The workshop will provide a nurturing and fun space for students to incorporate what they have learned from other workshops on body music/singing/beatboxing/etc. as well as make new discoveries through this beautifully adaptable structure.
Human Sound Exploration
This entertaining and accessible workshop is all about of how to create — and be creative with — your body and music. This is a delightful icebreaking session for all who are willing to play. Though his simplified principles of sound, step-by-step demonstrations, fun activities, and rapid-fire humor, even those needing a high level of stimulus will remain engaged and challenged while the more methodical students get the structure they need to learn. By the end of the workshop, everyone will be making music with their bodies and (more importantly) hearing sound in a whole new way!
Rhythm Made Real
Even very talented vocalists are sometimes lacking in their rhythmic skills. This workshop is open to all levels of singers who are willing to recite the mantra “Rhythm above all.” But what is rhythm? And how does it work? What is the mystical “groove” musicians talk about? Here Sam draws upon his work with teachers like Reinhard Flatischler (TaKeTiNa, Megadrums), Pete Magadini (Musician’s Guide to Polyrhythms, Mose Allison), and Keith Terry (body percussion, Crosspulse), as well as his own extensive rhythmic experiments. Students will receive a few distilled concepts and key experiences that allow them to deeply discover rhythm for themselves.
Scat Made Safe
Beginning and intermediate vocalists make great strides towards overcoming their fear of improvisation in this interactive workshop. Sam emphasizes the power of the ear to overcome any music obstacle, connecting with students by relating his own personal experiences in musical development and creating a safe environment to share and learn from each other. The primary focus is to help students connect to their music in creative new ways, rather than the traditional, theoretical approach. One or more of this workshop’s targeted exercises will feed students just what they need to make their next musical step into vocal improvisation.
Classes with BZ
Storytelling with Our Wits About Us
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Knowing Our Stories
In order to tell stories, in conversation and/or presentation, we really need to know how to make up stories. Even if it’s content that is “not our own” it should become our own in the telling. We will begin by being all into ourselves and creating self centered verse using the handy-dandy “Where I’m From” poetry template.
After a while, the more we learn about each other, the more we will know we are more alike than not. When we understand our own stories, the more we can understand the stories of others. It’s the old: “When you know another’s you can’t hate them” blah, blah, blah. Yes, that is indeed true.
All of this will lead us to a world of discovery. (I am always surprised by how much I learn, my own self, during these workshops.) We will play as we build our stories.
Play. Yes. Play.
Classes with Margo
Backup Singing Intensive
Backup singing is different from solo singing. This class introduces you to the skills of being a backup singer.
Margo will show you how to: 1) Sing harmony 2) Blend your voice with other voices to create one harmonious sound 3) “Carve” a song to sing backup like the pros 4) Sing backup to a variety of musical genres
Out-of-the-Box Singing Class; Connect with Your Inner Artist
Learn to break free and connect to the artist within. This class is designed to:
Free singers to be themselves—in the present moment—while they are singing Enable singers to express their deepest emotions about their music Help singers find the balance between technical discipline and letting go—to experience singing freedom Singers learn to feel—while they’re singing—and to express that feeling with technical skill, in a safe and supportive environment of student singers.
Classes with Beverly
The method of introducing the beauty, importance and value of sign language:
The beauty of Sign Language: it’s about pictures, about setting up a scene, and placing
objects (via signs) in that scene. It’s about facial expression, as the person who is deaf is looking
at your face, not your hands. Moving of the hands combined with facial expressions and various
postures of the body to create an intention. It’s a three-dimensional language in motion. Talk
about how handshapes and placement and motion create the sign. Many examples to teach (with
handouts as needed)
Methods: I use SIGNS only first through demonstration. We’ll begin with greeting and welcome to sign
language (all done without voice) Then 2-3 simple songs: Someone will sing as I sign. I then
teach the songs in sign to the class. Such as: Skidamarink, or the Rainbow Song. Very basic.
Other songs will be signed at meal time, such as blessing songs. I hope to teach one special song
that we could practice on breaks to perform at the end of camp. I use a white board to write or act
out the words rather than using my voice. There will be handouts of signs to be used.
In the Classroom: I will talk a little about the importance of making the world a smaller, friendlier place through communication through knowing any second language. Sign language is not universal and American Sign Language (ASL) is not based on English. It’s important for our own expression and mostly to communicate with people who are deaf, or to use with young children
for communication (example: my own daughter, who is not deaf, but could express herself earlier than her peers because of use of signs.) For a deaf person, the world is like watching TV without the sound. I will explain various sign languages, fingerspelling, hand shapes, lip reading, etc. I want the group to walk away wanting to practice the signs/songs and wanting more. I will explain how a person ‘should not talk’ and sign at the same time as they are two different languages. For example, when I teach about food, I bring in the food, and work on both the receptive and expressive aspects of learning sign language, having students demonstrate as they learn. I like to get a sense of what is flowing and how to meet everyone’s needs as they are being put in a world without sound, as in when I should perhaps switch gears, and use voice a bit, when to write for explanations on the whiteboard, etc.
Classes with Magnolia Rhythm Trio
Three Part Harmony
Classes with Joe
Spontaneous Vocal Improvisation
How do you find greater freedom in music making? How can you jam confidently with folks you’ve never met, and/or say something different every time you take a solo? This class is about allowing immediate response to a situation over feeling the need to have familiarity with the material. Not an “ability based” approach, the session will help deepen your connection to spontaneity and flow through organized sound.
Joe teaches musical improvisation more from a theater model rather than the requisite model of jazz. He connects improvisation to what you already do and moves you forward from there. We’ll focus on ways to think differently about – and respond differently to – sound. Joe demonstrates the connection between spoken-word language and the language of music. Explore the value of being empty-handed, making mistakes, sending/receiving and the value of losing control. The class will stretch you and may well change some of your perceptions of what music is. Remember you can’t win if you don’t enter and you must be present to win!