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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.

Beginning Group Guitar 13+ Rm #
NEXT CLASS: 2019/20
Teacher: Donald Broerman
Outside Work: Moderate
Ages: 13 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $35.00
This course provides a solid foundation of guitar technique and basic reading skills in first position, through a fun and engaging group setting. Students will learn the basics of right hand finger picking, left finger use, posture and more.

Beginning Group Guitar 8-12 Rm #
NEXT CLASS: 2019/20
Teacher: Donald Broerman
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 8 - 12
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $20.00
This course provides a solid foundation of guitar technique and basic reading skills in first position, through a fun and engaging group setting. Students will learn the basics of right hand finger picking, left finger use, posture and more.

Dance for Musical Theater 12+ Room# 24
Teacher: To be determined
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 13 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $35.00

Students will be introduced to dance technique as it applies to Musical Theatre performance with a focus on proper body alignment, placement and conditioning, Musical Theatre dance vocabulary, and moving as part of an ensemble. This training will give them the ability to dance in front of others with poise, confidence and stage presence.



Dance Mix 7-12 Room MPR
NEXT CLASS: 2019/20
Teacher: Catherine Dresbach
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 7 - 12
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $35.00
A high-energy dance class that samples hip-hop, tap, musical theater, ballet, jazz, and more! Does your child want to dance but is unsure of what style he or she would like best? Or maybe you love ALL styles of dance! In this dance class, students will be taught the basic foundation for the styles of ballet, jazz, and tap dance on a regular basis. We will learn the history and culture of classical dance and how dance has evolved through the years. We will also have several performances for family and friends throughout the year. Students will have a blast! Tap and ballet shoes are required, as well as comfy athletic clothing.

Elementary My Dear Shakespeare 10-13 Rm # 36
Teacher: Joe Kozak
Outside Work: Moderate
Ages: 10 - 13
1.5 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $40.00
Students learn about the fascinating life of William Shakespeare and the Elizabethan Age. The class culminates with an Elizabethan Festival, during which participants will perform a reduced version of A Midsummer Night's Dream. When children enter this hilarious, magical world of fairies, fools, and lovers, they become Shakespeare fans for life. Costumes, set design, parent involvement, and a visit from a Cincinnati Shakespeare Company actor, are all a part of this magnificent Shakesperience.

History of Rock 14+ Rm #
NEXT CLASS: 2019/20
Teacher: Donald Broerman
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 14 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $35.00
History of Rock and Roll:
Stylistic Characteristics and Its Influences
This course explores the roots of rock and roll through aural recognition and is meant to teach students a timeline of events, as well as, how to identify influential genres through listening. Covering rhythm, beat, song form and music theory basics.


Improvisation 14+ Rm B-3
NEXT CLASS: 2019/20
Teacher: Alexa Glaser
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 14 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $40.00
This class is for students new to acting as well as for the experienced veteran. Students will develop acting skills and techniques as they explore performance through monologues and short skits. Improvisation will be used to develop character. In addition, students will gain confidence to perform in front of small groups. There will be two performance workshop opportunities during the year which will not require any outside of class rehearsals. Participation in these performances is encouraged but not mandatory.

Let's Make a Sitcom 13+ Rm #30
Teacher: To be determined
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 14 and up
1.5 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $50.00
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.

Music Theory and History 14+ Rm #23
NEXT CLASS: 2019/20
Teacher: Rick Sowash
Outside Work: Moderate
Ages: 14 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 2 days/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
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 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. Mr. Sowash, who is a composer of classical music, will also share some of his own works with the class.


Musical Theatre W/F 12+ Rm #Stage
NEXT CLASS: 2019/20
Teachers: Chris Schaljo, Joe Kozak, Kara Sulzer, Suzanne Robinson
Outside Work: Moderate
Ages: 12 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 2 days/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $70.00
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.


Puppets and Plays 9-12 W Rm. 31
NEXT CLASS: 2019/20
Teacher: Julie Doughty
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 9 - 12
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $50.00
We will study, design, and operate a range of puppets from shadow puppets to simple marionettes. Explore puppetry in different cultures and discover some of the ways puppets are used (you may be surprised). Learn the stories behind some famous puppet characters. We’ll create our own puppets, and even theaters, out of a variety of materials, then use many of them to put on shows including traditional and well known tales and stories of our own creation.

Shakespeare Performance 14+ Rm MPR
NEXT CLASS: 2019/20
Teachers: Alexa Glaser, Elaine Brown, Jared Hudson
Outside Work: Significant
Prerequisites: Must be able to rehearse on Mondays close to show dates.
Ages: 14 and up
1.5 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $60.00
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 14+ Stage
Teacher: Kim Taylor
Outside Work: Moderate
Ages: 14 and up
1.5 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. *


Stage Combat 14+ Stage
NEXT CLASS: 2019/20
Teacher: Jared Hudson
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 14 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $50.00
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.


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.

Technical Theater 14+
NEXT CLASS: 2019/20
Teacher: Jared Hudson
Outside Work: Moderate
Ages: 14 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $50.00
Tech theatre explores the various technical elements that go into a theatrical production! Students will learn about everything from Set Design, Set Construction, and Set Painting, to creating the Lights, Sound, and Props needed for a successful play or musical. At the end of the year students will assist other performance classes in their productions!

Theater 13+ Rm Stage
NEXT CLASS: 2019/20
Teacher: Jared Hudson
Outside Work: Moderate
Ages: 13 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $60.00
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.)


Vocal Ensemble (Audition Only) 13+ W 9:30 Rm 23
NEXT CLASS: 2019/20
Teacher: Rick Sowash
Outside Work: Moderate
Ages: 13 and up
1.5 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $40.00
This course is designed to give young singers (13+) a solid vocal and musical foundation through a weekly rehearsal and regular in-school performances. In rehearsal, students will learn to sight-read using solfeggio, practice vocal technique in respiration, phonation, resonant tone production, diction, and expression, and learn to sing a wide range of musical styles. Through performance, students have the opportunity to work together singing as an ensemble and to present themselves confidently in front of an audience.

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