A Whole Wide World of Music – Online Workshops


A Whole Wide World of Music…

Online Workshops for Everyone this Summer @ Eastman!

Introducing a fresh slate of online workshops for young and old this summer! A broad range of topics allows participants to travel to the beach or over the sea, to explore the sound worlds of some of your favorite film and television, to experience the heroes of guitar music, and to learn new ways of listening to everything from symphonies to pop songs. Workshops are geared for everyone ages 15 and up, though enthusiastic younger students may be admitted with permission from the instructor.

Online workshops are conducted over a two-week period and combine self-paced study of materials with six live sessions. Can’t make a live session? Don’t worry: they will be recorded and all class materials are yours to keep for a full year.

Links to the Registration Form can be found at the end of each course description–if you’d like to take more than one course, please combine all registrations on the same form.


What is included

Participants: (limited to 30)
*Interactive online discussion groups
*Six live online sessions with your instructor and classmates
*Multiple activities and skill-building exercises—with instructor feedback
*Downloadable PDFs of course materials
*Self-paced lectures (video, audio, and text) to study on your own
*Course materials are yours to keep for one full year

Auditors: (unlimited)
*Downloadable PDFs of course materials
*Self-paced lectures (video, audio, and text) to study on your own
*Course materials are yours to keep for one full year


Workshop schedules
(click on the links to jump to each course)

June 29-July 10: How to Listen to a Symphony   – Registrations are now closed for this course.

July 7-18:  Sounding Royal: Listening to British Queens – This course has been cancelled.

July 13-24:  How to Listen to a Pop Song   – This course has been cancelled.

July 21-August 1:  Swashbuckling Sailors and the Songs they Sing  – This course has been cancelled.

July 27-August 7:  Dancing on the Sand: Carolina Beach Music  – This course has been cancelled.

August 4-15:  Guitar Heroes! A History of the Guitar and Its Music   – This course has been cancelled.


Course descriptions

WKS 440
How to Listen to a Symphony
– Registrations are now closed for this course.

June 29-July 10, 2020 / Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays
Synchronous classes to be scheduled with students

Stephen Johnson, instructor

 Whether listening to a streaming app, a home music library, or Rochester’s very own Classical 91.5 FM, symphonies have long served as background music while we work, shop, cook, or entertain. But have you ever paused while listening and asked yourself: “What’s going on here?” This workshop is designed to answer just such a question. With a focus on the listening experience, we will use well-known repertoire to build fluency in following the dramatic arc of a symphony from start to finish, intro to finale, sonata-allegro to rondo. Activities will include live discussion and self-paced exploration of the historical context of famous works as well as guided listening activities. Students will come away with a basic catalogue of significant works (from Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, and beyond) and the ability to listen actively to famous symphonies from the eighteenth through the nineteenth centuries.

Tuition:
Participant: $250     CRN 37400
Auditor: $100     CRN 37411

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WKS 441
Sounding Royal: Listening to British Queens Across Media
– This course has been cancelled.

July 7-18, 2020 / Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays
Synchronous classes to be scheduled with students

Trevor Nelson, instructor

Do you love The Crown? Do you want to enhance your Netflix binge? In this workshop, we consider the role of music in shaping our ideas of various English queens across history. We will look at recent film, television, and musical theater depictions from the wives of Henry VIII to Elizabeth II. We will explore how soundtrack and score influence our understanding of gender, age, nation, and power across these media. In the process, participants will come away with a solid knowledge of the techniques and strategies of music for film and television. Our sessions will consist of guided viewing experiences, sound design sessions where we re-score clips, and discussions about modern conceptions of music and the monarchy. We will study ElizabethElizabeth: The Golden Age, VictoriaThe QueenThe CrownSix, and various speeches and public appearances from Queen Elizabeth II. 

Tuition:
Participant: $250     CRN 37425
Auditor: $100     CRN 37433

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WKS 442
How to Listen to a Pop Song
– This course has been cancelled.

July 13-24 / Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays
Synchronous classes to be scheduled with students

Suraj Saifullah, instructor

Why do our favorite songs make us dance, cry, or sing along? How is it that a song heard in passing can instantly call forth powerful memories? Learn how artists combine basic characteristics of music to create the songs we love to listen to. Each class focuses on a specific element of music—melody, harmony, rhythm, timbre, and form—and how it is used in a wide variety of genres. Together, we will explore a broad range of music: from folk ballads to Broadway, grunge rock to EDM, hip hop to country and far beyond! While learning a few new tunes, we’ll also delve deep into our favorite songs and discover just what makes them move us. Participants will develop sharper listening skills, be able to identify and appreciate musical artistry in more subtle and profound ways, and learn to hone their musical opinions, expressing and sharing their enthusiasm more effectively. Clear explanations and visual aids help break down complicated musical concepts—this course is appropriate for any level of musical experience.

Tuition:
Participant: $250     CRN 37444
Auditor: $100     CRN 37457

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WKS 443
Swashbuckling Sailors and the Songs they Sing:
Music and Nautical Culture in the Nineteenth Century
– This course has been cancelled.

July 21-August 1, 2020 / Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays
Synchronous classes to be scheduled with students

Pallas Catenella Riedler, instructor

Bawdy ballads of swashbuckling buccaneers have mesmerized society for generations. Learn about the rich tradition of sea shanties as we traverse the colorful history of sailors, sea creatures, and piratical debauchery. We’ll listen to our favorite sea songs and discuss how they reflect the broader landscape of nautical life. Come explore the origins and varied purposes of sea shanties, how pirates used music (and how they were portrayed in music), and the myths and legends that sailors immortalized in song. Learn about the iconic figure of the drunken sailor (and his bottle of rum!) and the eventual decline of sailing culture. Interactive sessions and rich historical material to explore at your own pace makes this course an ideal summer escape—join us and set sail on the high seas!

Tuition:
Participant: $250     CRN 37466
Auditor: $100     CRN 37479

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WKS 444
Dancing on the Sand: The Pleasures and Politics of Carolina Beach Music
– This course has been cancelled.

July 27-August 7, 2020 / Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays
Synchronous classes to be scheduled with students

Mary McArthur, instructor

Need a vacation? Indulge in a musical getaway! Join Mary and immerse yourself in the soulful sounds, smooth steps, and salty sea air of Carolina beach music and the shag. Not to be confused with the Beach Boys, Carolina beach music is a distinctly East Coast phenomenon rooted in mid-century rhythm and blues. A product of the segregated landscape of the Carolina coast, beach music initially referred to “race records” that made their way into the jukeboxes of white beach clubs during the mid-1940s and have remained popular there ever since. Today, beach music and the associated shag dance thrive as a living tradition and symbol of Carolinian state heritage. Participants will learn about the history of beach music, explore the diverse soundscape of this ever-changing genre, and try for themselves the legendary shag dance of the South. Interactive sessions allow students access to rare primary source documents telling the story of this tradition from the Carolina beaches where it all began, conversations with prominent DJs and musicians, as well as online shag dance lessons for those who are interested. The jukebox is stocked with your new old favorites from Billy Ward and Dominoes, The Drifters, and The Chairmen of the Board — put on your shaggin’ shoes, and let’s hit the beach! Open to all ages and experience levels.

Tuition:
Participant: $250     CRN 37482
Auditor: $100     CRN 37498

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WKS 445
Guitar Heroes! A History of the Guitar and its Music
– This course has been cancelled.

August 4-15 / Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays
Synchronous classes to be scheduled with students

Anthony LaLena, instructor

Perhaps no instrument is as versatile across genres as the guitar. Berry, King, Page, Jett, Raitt, Wilson: the iconic musicians who made their names through the guitar are legion. The instrument has greatly influenced the compositional thought and genre formation of many musical styles, from classical music to contemporary pop, and continues to direct the shape of music to come. This workshop will trace the history of the guitar and its influence through iconic twentieth-century guitarists and the genres they helped to create, promote, and disseminate. By historically contextualizing and analyzing the playing styles of guitarists such as Andres Segovia, Jimi Hendrix, Prince, and many more, we will learn about how their innovative approaches to the guitar contributed to the aesthetics of their respective genres and forever changed the way the guitar itself was understood. Participants will engage in guided listening activities and documentary viewings, and learn to write about music through short liner-note-style assignments. No musical experience is necessary; being a guitar player is not a requirement! But students who are will have the opportunity to create a performance modeled on one of the styles covered in the workshop.

Tuition:
Participant: $250     CRN 37507
Auditor: $100     CRN 37515

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