Audition Preparation (ages 8 to 18) [Fall 2019: 12-weeks]
Currently open to violin, clarinet, and saxophone students, and a great supplement to private lessons, the primary focus of this class is to help in preparation for auditions.
Description: Special emphasis is placed on the improvement of sight-reading skills and scales as well as reducing nervousness through mock auditions. These skills can be applied to school band and orchestra placements, GT band and orchestra, and All-State band and orchestra. Enrollment also includes a one-year subscription to online sight-reading practice materials at no extra cost. After a brief skill assessment, each student is placed into a same-instrument group based on age, skill level, and schedule. Group sizes are limited to no more than 3-5 students. Please contact us for more information about pricing and how to enroll.
Prerequisites: Enrolled students must have at least one year of study on her or his instrument. Students who currently take private lessons outside of Kismet Arts Innovation, must get permission of her or his private teacher before enrolling.
Please note: Developing skills such as sight-reading are a cumulative effort and each student learns at her or his own pace. Results will not be immediate and there is no guarantee of success in future auditions.
Music Theory Rudiments 1a (ages 8 to 12 & ages 13 to 18) [Fall 2019: 12-weeks]
Students will meet weekly to improve their basic musicianship skills and provide a solid foundation for further study.
Desription: Specific topics will include note reading in treble and bass clefs, rhythmic studies, exploring different time signatures, learning common musical terms and forms, and understanding interval and triad constructions. In addition, elements of sight singing and ear training will gradually be incorporated as the class progresses. Please contact us for more information about pricing and how to enroll.
Prerequisites: None required
Jazz Theory Fundamentals 1a (ages 12 to 18) [Fall 2019: 12-weeks]
Meeting weekly, students will focus on learning harmony as it relates to jazz.
Description: Beginning with a review of intervals and triads, specific topics include 7th chord construction, major and minor modes, Roman numeral analysis, common harmonic motion and progressions in jazz, and standard song forms in jazz. Time permitting, basic voice leading in jazz and bebop vocabulary, and its application, are explored. Please contact us for more information about pricing and how to enroll.
Prerequisites: A basic understanding of music theory is required.
Jazz Improvisation (ages 12 to 18) [Fall 2019: 12-weeks]
In this performance-based class, students will work with their instruments to acquire and develop the skills needed to be effective jazz improvisers. Currently open to all instrumentalists.
Description: Throughout the class, students will explore different improvisation techniques using examples from standard jazz repertoire. Special emphasis will also be devoted to the transcription, performance, and analysis of various improvised solos by master musicians. Each student is placed into a group based on age, skill level, and schedule. Group sizes are limited to no more than five students. Please contact us for more information about pricing and how to enroll.
Prerequisites: All enrolled students should be able to read music.