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Drama & Music

Leaves of Learning drama and music classes teach skills that last a lifetime. Students come away with enhanced life-skills: self confidence, self awareness, initiative, responsibility, dedication, leadership, creative thinking, group dynamics, and group decision-making.

A Capella Group
Teacher: To be determined
Outside Work: Moderate
Ages: 14 and up
1.5 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $15.00
It’s important to state, up front, that an ability to sing is a requirement for entry into this course. All applicants will be privately auditioned in advance by Mr. Sowash. Students should be able to hear a note sung or played on the piano and then sing back the same pitch accurately. They should be able to “carry a tune.” It is not necessary to be able to read music though we will spend a modest amount of the class time learning some things about how music is written down and how to read it.

There must be at least five singers in order for the class to be offered.

The Italian phrase “a cappella” means “without accompaniment.”

Accordingly, the goal of this course will be for students to have fun learning to sing together without the accompaniment of piano, guitars, drums, etc. Percussion effects will be achieved with hand-clapping, finger-snapping, and other vocal ‘sound effects.'

Students will also be asked to suggest songs they’d like to sing. Some students have already suggested that we try some of the songs performed by the pop music group “Pentatonix.”


Improvisation 14+ Rm #24
Teachers: Alexa Glaser, Jared Hudson
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 14 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $35.00
This class is for students new to acting as well as for those with some experience. Students will develop acting skills and techniques as they explore performance through short skits and activities. Improvisation will be used to develop character. In addition, students will gain confidence to perform in front of small groups. There will be several optional performance opportunities.

Let's Make a Sitcom 14+ Rm #30
Teacher: Neal Brown
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 14 and up
1.5 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
This class is for students who have always wanted to write, act or produce a television-style comedy; incorporating both single-cam and 3-camera setups, student will work collectively on creating an episodic comedy show, airing regularly on our Youtube channel.

Movement and Combat for Stage and Film 14+ Rm #24
Teacher: Jared Hudson
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 14 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $40.00
Stage Combat will teach students how to safely create fun and convincing fight choreography for stage and film. This would not be a class on how to fight (like fencing); it would literally be a class on how NOT to fight, as the objective of stage combat is to not hurt your scene partner while still convincing the audiences that your blows have legitimate weight behind them. The class would cover hand-to-hand, broadsword, and rapier & dagger choreography.

We see many students in Improvisation and Shakespeare unknowingly attempting stage combat (falling, punching, swashbuckling, etc.) in various scenes, but doing so incorrectly and in the process putting themselves (and sometimes others) at risk. This class would teach them proper technique in a safe and creative environment.


Music Theory and History 15+ Rm #23
Teacher: Rick Sowash
Outside Work: Moderate
Ages: 15 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $40.00
Big Questions: How does music do what it does? What does music mean? What is greatness in music?

Description:
Students will discover the basic elements of music (intervals, chords, harmony, melody, etc.) and explore how these elements have been employed by composers, including Bach, Beethoven, Sibelius, Copland, by listening to their music.

Sample Class, Overall Direction:
Rick Sowash will guide students in listening to at least one piece of music in each class. After listening, students will share what they noticed as the music played. Ear training and group singing will help students recognize intervals and chords. Using the elements of music as ‘building blocks,’ students may compose short works. However, composing and solo performing will not be required. Some may be content to develop listening skills instead of composing.

Course Objectives:
1. To introduce students to the elements of music
2. To learn listening skills, ie., to be a receptive and appreciative audience
3. To learn basic music notation and minimal keyboard skills

Course Topics: will include music history, biographies of composers, and music as a humanity, ie., the ways in which music conveys the ideas and spirit of particular periods and peoples.

Suggestions for Success:
It is not necessary to be able to read music or to play a musical instrument to succeed in this course. Students only need to be curious about music and how it does what it does.

What to expect: Here are some of the things we're going to do together. We'll listen to and look at music in ways which most people never get to do. We'll inspect music up close and from the inside, learning how composers think, trying to figure out what makes certain pieces so effective. We'll listen to great music together and try to discover what is going on 'behind in scenes.' We'll discern, if we can, the tricks of the great composers. We'll learn to think like composers as we create our own tunes, together. We'll touch on a lot of other subjects, too, along the way. History, biography, anecdotes.


Musical Theatre (W & F 12+) Rm #Stage
Teachers: Kara Sulzer, Chris Schaljo
Outside Work: Moderate
Ages: 12 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 2 days/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $60.00
Students learn musical theatre skills such as acting, singing, and basic dance. They gain confidence in their abilities through encouragement and positive group experiences as they prepare for their performance.

It is recommended that students are comfortable acting and singing in front of others and are able to carry a tune. Parts will be decided by an audition in the early fall but everyone in the class will receive a part.

Susie Schickel brings a wealth of directing/music experience, knowledge and creatvity to make this a wonderful opportunity.


Shakespeare Performance 14+ Rm #24/MPR
Teachers: Alexa Glaser, Jared Hudson
Outside Work: Moderate
Ages: 14 and up
1.5 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $50.00
Performance Shakespeare! The works of William Shakespeare are scripts meant to be performed! In this class, students will study, interpret, rehearse, and perform one Shakespeare play of their choosing -- a comedy or tragedy. Every actor should take on the Bard at least once in his or her career! Here is your opportunity! There will be Monday practices scheduled starting in January.

Songwriting 15+ Rm #12
Teacher: Kim Taylor
Outside Work: Moderate
Ages: 15 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $40.00
This is a songwriting workshop for ages 14 and up with Cincinnati based songwriter Kim Taylor. Learn the basics (melody, hook and writing lyrics)
or learn how to make your songs better. Ability to play guitar or piano not
required but helpful! Notebook and hand held tape recorder (digital or
analog are both fine) are necessary for the class. * Kim has been a
performing songwriter for 8 years. Her songs have been used in shows such
as One Tree Hill, Smallville, Flashpoint, Brothers and Sisters, Army Wives
and many others. *


Storytelling 11-13 Rm #23
Teacher: Rick Sowash
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 11 - 13
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
Being able to tell a story well is not a talent; it's a skill which can be learned. This course will closely examine the tools of a storyteller: eyes, voice, hands, face, movement. By telling stories with Rick as a coach, students will develop their skills in using these tools. To illustrate these tools, Rick will tell many stories as well, drawn from his books and personal experience as well as from history and folklore. Students will discover, read, hear, and tell many different kinds of stories -- tall tales, fables, family stories, history stories, ghost stories, jokes and more -- each requiring a somewhat different approach. The use of props, sound effects, and music, and the creation of "story space" will also be mastered. Telling stories in class as well as in several storytelling events to which the public will be invited, the students will learn to be at ease in front of a crowd and to speak in ways that will make people love to listen.

Theatre 14+ Rm #24
Teacher: Jared Hudson
Outside Work: Moderate
Ages: 14 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $55.00
Studying acting is the practice of learning to be fully present in a moment and sharing authentically with an audience. Acting classes are a risky-but-fun mix of improvisation, exercises/games, scenes, monologues and other magic designed to teach you to deliver that sort of power and authenticity as an actor, storyteller, or presenter. Students with a passion for theatre and/or a desire to 'go deep' in their capacity to Stand and SPEAK will thrive in a curriculum that covers the full span of formal acting training including: Speech & Voice: find the life within a piece of text and increase your capacity for clear, confident, expressive speech. Movement for Actors: expand your capacity to use physical-emotional connection to bring specificity to your performing; learn to interact with the people and space around you with awareness, subtlety, and guts; learn to develop consistent, believable characters for use in improvisation and scripted scenes.

Script & Score: learn to memorize/rehearse scenes and monologues from across theatre history with a focus on contemporary material; learn to DIVE IN with "cold readings"; singers may choose to exchange monologue and/or scene assignments for contemporary musical theatre repertoire.

Performance Skills: put all the basics into practice with particular consideration for the needs of the audience and the obstacles of the space; learn to apply high standards of artistic integrity to any situation, whether it be artistic (stage, film, musical theatre), professional (introductions, interviews, presentations), or other (storytelling, slam poetry, etc.)


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