Workshop Series

Concord Conservatory Introduces Its Workshop Series--transformative workshops that promise to engage and challenge all participants.

The CCM Workshop Series is open to the public and we encourage non-CCM students of all ages to attend. The Series is a component of the CCM Music Achievement Program (MAP), which helps students to become well-rounded musicians and go far beyond their typical lesson and practice schedule. With a limited time commitment per workshop, the take-away students will receive is immeasurable.

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The Workshop Series:

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What’s Dalcroze Eurhythmics? 

Dalcroze Workshop

It’s learning music through rhythmic, creative, and physical movement while improving one’s ability to hear the music, pitch and tonality. Offered on Saturday, February 10thMusic and Movement Workshops  (Dalcroze Eurhythmics workshops) are ideal for young students to discover how movement, rhythm games, singing, active listening and improvisation can help them become better musicians.  Melissa Tucker will lead the younger group, 6 – 8-year-olds, from 10:00 – 10:50 am and then the older group, 9 – 11-year-olds from 11:00 – 11:50 am. "Students discover new aspects of music by experiencing the joy and fun of using their body as a musical instrument,” says Melissa. “Active listening and quick reaction games help students develop their musicality, rhythmic, and creative skills."

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Tony Watt

Have you ever wanted to be able to find the melody of a song, so you could incorporate it into your solos or sing it cleanly? Have you marveled at those musicians who can just pick up a tune on the fly, and play a melody-based solo seemingly instantaneously? While some people may be born with a strong ear for chords and melodies, most of us must work hard to develop the ears to do it. Fortunately, ear training includes a set of skills that you can learn and practice just like learning to play your instrument. Plan to join Tony Watt, CCM faculty member and bluegrass aficionado for the Ear Training Workshop for String Players on Saturday, February 10 from 4:00 – 5:30 pm.

“Working on your ear training can be easier or more challenging depending on the person, but everybody can do it, and it can even be fun if you know what to practice," says Tony.

The Ear Training Workshop is open to all string instruments, both rhythm players (backup) and lead players (soloing). The class is open to all levels; however, it’s geared towards those who have trouble finding chords or melody either on their instrument or with their voice. We will focus on the basics of ear training, including hearing chord changes, hearing intervals, and hearing melodies. Open to students ages 10 and above with at least one year of instrument lessons. Register now>>

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Improvisation

On Wednesday, February 28th from 5:30 – 7:00 pm, the Improvisation workshop (for ages 10+) will introduce students to an array of methods for spontaneously composing music that will inspire their creativity! Led by CCM faculty and jazz pianist Brian Friedland, participants will discover ways to create as a group and musically respond to each other. After loosening up through games and group improvisations, students will learn how to creatively utilize scales and chords using patterns, repetition and variation, and rhythmic placement. 

“We'll create melodies by adding one note at a time, we'll go around the room trading wacky sounds on our instrument, and we'll translate conversations into musical phrases,” Brian enthusiastically exclaims. Register now>>

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Collaborative Piano!

Collaborative Piano

On Friday, March 2nd from 4:00 – 5:30 pm, James Myers will lead the Collaborative Piano workshop.

James Myers Have you ever wanted to learn the art of being an accompanist for other musicians? Would you like to play the piano for a vocalist? In only 90 minutes, learn the best accompanist skills to put into action.

“Collaborative keyboard is in huge demand in nearly all styles and genres Jazz, rock, pop, and musical theater centrally feature synthesizers, piano, even harpsichord worldwide,” James says. “In classical arenas keyboardists are trained supporting choirs, opera, sacred and chamber music, orchestras, vocal and instrumental soloists, and movie scores. Ensemble keyboardists learn to read music differently, listening in multiple layers, even breathing with their soloists. Voicing, dynamics, pedlling, articulation and balance are paramount. And contrary to popular myth collaborative keyboardists need just as highly developed technique as any concert pianist."

“Do you play for a school musical or choir?  Local or state ensemble auditions, or along with Grandma singing?  Bring these people and music in!”, exclaims James. “We can explore dynamic interpretations in a fun, relaxed and inspiring atmosphere.” Register now>>

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Gabriela Martina

If you or your child was the one jodeling around the house after viewing The Sound of Music, join us on Saturday, March 10th from 10:00 – 11:30 am, when CCM faculty member Gabriela Martina leads Jodeling Songs from Switzerland (for ages 9 +). Gabriela grew up jodeling on the farm with her Swiss family. The songs she jodeled have a very profound and unique sound, and the lyrics tell many stories about demanding work on the farm and love in Switzerland. In this workshop, you will get to know more about Switzerland and its culture, you will hear many types of jodeling from different regions in Switzerland, and you will explore your own jodeling skills. Learn how to develop the appropriate voice technique to achieve clean intonation, which is essential for jodeling; however, any style of singing benefits from this! “Besch parat?” – Are you ready? Register now>>

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The Vocal Techniques for Instrumentalists workshop is for musicians who play an instrument other than voice. Gabriela Martina will lead this workshop on Saturday, March 10th from 10:00 – 11:30 am.

Gabriela Martina

 It’s for musicians who love to sing but don’t quite know what to do with their voice. Learn how to work on proper techniques and how to maintain a healthy voice. Lovers of any styles of music are welcome! It’s helpful to get to know a couple of tricks and tips about your voice, this rather delicate instrument, and learn about some techniques that will hopefully open the door to new possibilities (for ages 9 +). Register now>>

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Composition

On Wednesday, March 14th from 5:30 – 7:00 pm, Brian Friedland will lead the Composition workshop (for ages 10+), which will teach surefire ways to write great sounding music! Students will learn how they can use songs they already know to come up with brand new compositions, and how to create interesting multi-part compositions. The workshop will focus on ways to create clear melodic phrases, a variety of rhythms, and ways to use harmony to 'color' a melody. Participants will analyze compositions from several different musical traditions and discuss what makes different musical styles and composers stand out from each other. 

“The composition workshop will be interactive. Students will learn how we can build on each other's ideas to create a multi-part composition, and we'll create short compositions based on emotions, pictures, poetry, and even product labels," says Brian. Register now>>

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