Some of our most popular courses that premiered in 2020 have returned for 2021! Learn more about them below.

ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE + MOBLIGNMENT™ FOR MUSICIANS AND MUSIC EDUCATORS - ONLINE WORKSHOP

The Alexander Technique and Moblignment™ are both methods of self-awareness that enliven deep, ongoing postural support with fluidity and ease! The complete system of Moblignment™ points activates each sequential segment of the central nervous system starting from head to toe, assuring a whole-body activation and awareness. Enrollment limited to 6 students per session; two sessions available (see course page for session details).

This weekend workshop explores the core principles of the Alexander Technique and Moblignment™, how to pay attention with more ease and self-kindness and less judgement, and the Moblignment™ points and how to use them while playing and teaching to enliven awareness, ease, confidence and further possibility and discovery. Includes four hours of class time and two private lessons.

EASTMAN FRENCH HORN ONLINE WORKSHOP

Enhance your performance skills through FUNdamentals. Solidify your craft to liberate and exalt your artistry on the horn. This three-day intensive online workshop includes private and group lessons, master classes, solo playing, and faculty presentations.

EASTMAN ONLINE PERCUSSION FESTIVAL

The Eastman Online Percussion Festival is a five-day online seminar organized by international performing artists and composers Michael Burritt and Ivan Trevino. Designed for high school and collegiate percussionists, the festival will offer online masterclasses and seminars on a variety of topics, including musicianship, technique, practice habits and learning skills, interpretation and expression, as well as sessions on composing, music business, and performance anxiety. Each day will feature up to four hours of live, interactive online classes. In addition, there will be two evening performances by Michael Burritt and Ivan Trevino exclusively for Festival participants.

INTRODUCTION TO RUSSIAN LYRIC DICTION

Study of the elements of Russian Lyric Diction, with a focus on the basics of pronunciation and diction rules. Application of knowledge through oral exercises (in-class & assignments) and written IPA, as well as a final project.

MUSIC PRESERVATION FOR MUSICIANS AT HOME - ONLINE WORKSHOP

Alice Carli, a conservator with thirty years’ experience binding, repairing and digitizing musical scores, will teach you how to preserve your beloved score collection and bind books or scores in your home, using either bookbinding tools or home equivalents. A combination of instructional videos and Zoom conferencing will give you demonstrations you can refer to over and over, plus one-on-one questions and answers about dealing with your particular collection and its issues. The price of the course will entitle you to full access to the videos, Zoom conferencing during the length of the course, and phone or video consultation when needed.

SPANISH LYRIC DICTION

Study of the elements of Spanish Lyric Diction through a progressive and holistic reading method. Application of that knowledge through oral exercises (in-class & assignments), written IPA and listening assignments, as well as a final performance.

THE TREASURY OF MUSIC MANUSCRIPTS

Witness milestones in music history by touring precious books of handwritten music since the Middle Ages. This workshop balances exposure to the genres and styles of traditional plainchant of Western Europe with a survey of issues in Renaissance vocal polyphony through the lens of primary musical sources. The six synchronous sessions feature the study of rare music books spanning the tenth through the sixteenth century. These sources provide the basis for a dialogue on historical context, musical style, notation, editing, and performance issues. Offline activities include reading preparation, discussion boards, and the option of one-on-one time with the instructor. At the end of the module, small groups will present on a manuscript to demonstrate their learning from the discussion and readings. This workshop is appropriate for anyone with a casual or serious interest in plainchant and polyphonic music who wants to probe this music from a refreshing perspective.

THE UNBROKEN CIRCLE: NATIVE AMERICAN SONG AND DANCE

The songs and dances of Native North America are a rich source of original forms that serve to express the beauty and power of the natural world and our place in that realm. Here is an introduction to the melodic and rhythmic forms of a variety of tribal Nations across the Americas: Menominee, Ojibway, Cherokee, Creek and Inuit, among others. Participation will begin with learning of protocols of personal and tribal songs, singing of songs with and without western notation, tribal language vs. vocable songs, and transference of vocal songs to flute melodies. An opportunity will be given to write and sing new original songs within cultural form and context. This material will give a unique perspective into the evolution of world song and dance.

YOU ARE YOUR INSTRUMENT: EMBODIMENT AND ACTING FOR SINGERS

This five-day acting workshop is geared towards the classical singer who wants to become a more embodied, attentive, and active performer. Students will gain a deeper understanding and awareness of their bodies as instruments and sources of creativity for character and performance. Over the course of the five days, students will apply what they learn in the daily lessons and activities to a personal character study. This course will benefit both younger singers who want to become more confident onstage and more experienced singers who would like to reconnect with themselves and take a deeper dive into their repertoire.