SPECIAL INTEREST CLASSES
ChamberWorks believes that students to best when they are passionate about what they are doing. We give the students choices to design this element of their time at ChamberWorks by choosing Special Interest classes. The courses change every year. Here's a selection of past courses:
PERFORMANCE SUCCESS- Training a musician is just as intense as training athlete. Here we use tested methods of Sports Psychology to teach students to work with and control their performance anxiety. Students will learn how to audition successfully, prepare excerpts, and master centering techniques. The course exposes students to several mock auditions.
COMPOSITION- Have you ever wanted to write that melody that plays in your head? Students will get the opportunity to learn composition methods as well as look at techniques as they have evolved through the ages. The culmination of this session will be the creation and performance of the piece created by the student.
PHYSICS OF SOUND- What is sound? Why doesn’t a clarinet sound like a bassoon? How does your instrument make sound? We’ll take a close look at the physics of sound and sound production. Throughout the course we’ll engage in several hands-on investigations into the science of acoustics, silence, overtones, materials and timbre.
The center of the ChamberWorks philosophy is chamber music. Chamber music is often over-looked as a budding musician but is the most beneficial training tool. Students will learn techniques such as leadership, rehearsal techniques, body movement, and breathing. Chamber music not only fosters the musician but the person as students learn to work in groups, compromise and how to give constructive criticism.
Students begin each day in their chamber groups (created based on their entrance audition). Groups are then assigned a chamber music coach to facilitate rehearsals and offer guidance and professional assistance. The ultimate goal is for chamber groups to become self-governing.
ChamberWorks is designed to produce well-rounded musicians and provide our students with the competitive edge to succeed. The curriculum is modernized and practical. As part of ChamberWorks all students are required to participate in core classes.
MUSIC THEORY/FORM AND ANALYSIS- The study of how music works from the inside out. Students will learn key signatures, harmonic structure, improvisation, chord spelling, standard notation, scales and rhythmic structures.
EAR-TRAINING- Developing the ear is crucial as a musician. This newly-remodeled class will practically train the student for what is necessary in the real world. Skills learned: Instrument Recognition, Interval Analysis, Rhythmic and Melodic Dictation, Error Detection, Chord Recognition, Time Signature Recognition.
DISCUSSING MUSIC- Being able to form an intelligent opinion about music being performed is a necessity as a musician. This learning session allows students to voice their opinions while learning music history and philosophical (aesthetic) concepts. The course topic differs ever year. In the past it has covered "Divas and Death," "Music and Society: State of the Orchestra," among others.