& Vocal Programs
Piano | Strings | Performance
& Technique | Vocal |
An invaluable class for all pianists! Hands-on work in essential piano techniques
such as scales, arpeggios, broken chords, octaves, and hand, wrist
and arm positions. Discussion and demonstration of various practice
techniques, touches and finger stretches will be included, as well
as discussion of examples from the piano literature by major composers.
Have fun as you work on your sight-reading and collaborative piano skills.
Literature and techniques for various piano combinations are coached and
discussed. Finally, you don't have to sit at your piano alone!
Piano Skills, Accompanying and Sight-Reading
Gain confidence through daily supervised practice of basic sight-reading techniques
with piano literature. Learn, discuss, and practice valuable collaborative
skills with vocalists and instrumentalists.
An overview of music written for piano. The vast piano repertoire from Baroque
through Contemporary periods will be explored through discussion, recordings
and some live performances.
Develop proper techniques for cello playing. Includes studies of the bow arm
(including various bow strokes), left-hand techniques, vibrato, tone production,
Orchestral Studies and Techniques for Violin and Viola
Prepare for youth or college orchestra auditions through an in-depth study
of standard orchestral excerpts, sight reading, discussion of interpretation
and style, stage manner, and more. Explore weekly NYSMF string orchestral
repertoire various techniques.
Double Bass Techniques, Ensemble, and Orchestral Studies
Addresses the nuances of double bass performance through the study of scales,
orchestral excerpts, and ensemble literature.
Performance & Technique Courses
Led by different brass faculty members every day, students learn the proper
ways to warm up their mind, body, and instrument for the playing day ahead.
This class covers a wide range of techniques such as breathing, mouthpiece
buzzing, scales and arpeggios, sound concepts, and transposition.
Oboe Studio Class
All oboists meet to play and discuss important orchestral excerpts, solos and
elements of oboe technique.
Reedmaking workshops (Tuesday and Thursdays)
Students gather to work together on reeds and learn tips for each stage of
the reed making process.
Double Reed Ensembles
learn repertoire for double reeds while working on intonation, blend and ensemble
techniques necessary for playing in any ensemble from a duo to a full orchestral
Young singers need stage savvy, from the basics of how to move the arms and
focus the eyes, to sophisticated skills like text analysis and characterization.
Participants will learn these important skills through their work on 3
songs (arias, songs from shows, or art songs) every day in class.
Opera/Traditional Musical Theatre Scene Class
By audition only. Memorize two works from opera and/or musical theater. Students
will be assigned pieces from operatic works and great American musicals,
specially selected to suit the voices and ages of participants, for a NYSMF "mini-opera" performance at the end of the session..
Vocal Performance Techniques for Singers
Daily practice, performance and discussion of basic singing and practical performance
techniques, including correct breathing, posture, and vocal production.