Workshops

Musical theatre singing (for singers) 

This workshop will include a lecture on style and vocal technique for musical theater, as well as a masterclass where students will present musical theater works. We will focus on singing style, diction, and acting.

Lecture on 'vocology' (for singers) 

This course will cover the science of respiration, phonation, resonance, formant tuning, and anatomy of the voice. We will discuss in depth how different styles of breathing, vowel modification, and knowledge of the muscles in and around the larynx can be used to aid singers in efficient use of the voice in any style. 

CoLab (for singers and composers)

This collaborative workshop will pair singers and composers to create new pieces for voice and piano. Course topics will include how to effectively set text for voice, how to record voice for film music, and vocal techniques for new music. This workshop will culminate in performances and recordings of new works. 

Improvisation and folksong (for all participants) 

This workshop consists of two sessions of an hour. In the first session you get an overview of the possibilities how to improvise (connected with different cultural contexts) and the specific character of styles.

After a short break participants are triggered to improvise and coached.   

Participants can present their improvisation during the improvisation concert. 

Digital orchestration (for composers) 

This workshop focusses on orchestration and the possibilities of sample libraries. 

Digital orchestration II (for composers) 

This workshop focusses on orchestration and how to mix, stem out and master your tracks.

Hybrid scores (for composers) 

This workshop focusses on orchestration of acoustical instruments and how to blend them with synths in a contemporary way.

Composition 

General info: the course focuses on both concert and film music

- the course is focused on how to write effectively for acoustical instruments, concert and film music 

- analysis of scores of mainly music of the 19th and 20th century 
- for film, focus on different styles (animation cue; action cue; comedy cue; horror cue; how to write a main title, melody assignment; soundalikes; trailer music, etc...)  
- conforming cues, beat mapping, midi clean up
- how to deal with hybrid scores
- basic technology when using Logic pro x, shortcuts
- sample libraries and mocking up (spitfire, cinesamples, cinematic strings, las, sonokinetic, orchestra tools, etc..) 
- basic synthesis (how to make your own sounds, logic synths), fm synthesis, granular, etc.. (omnisphere) 
- basic info about plug ins (mixing; sound toys, waves, fab filter, ua, etc.. how to use a compressor, eq, panning etc… ) 
- making your own sample libraries in kontakt 

- introduction to game music
- how the movie business works in Hollywood (pre production, production, post production, marketing; how to work with directors etc…) 

All lessons are focused on what the student needs to develop a personal style. Students interested in developing the craft of film music, will receive assignments, cues will be discussed in group and during individual lessons. 
Students will score a scene of max 1'30" by the end, which will be recorded with musicians, either a fully acoustical cue or a hybrid one, ore a sweeting session. 
Or there will be the opportunity to have a concert piece of max 5' performed during a student concert. 

 

If you have no experience working with software:

- the course starts from scratch and is focused on concert music composers who want to broaden their musical abilities into film

- the course is focused on film composers who don't have experience writing for instruments, orchestration

You will need to bring your own computer, DAW and libraries/plug ins. 

This is the basic software/hardware you will need if you want to develop film in the future, but it’s not mandatory for the course: 

 

Logic Pro X 

- Kontakt https://www.native-instruments.com/en/products/komplete/samplers/kontakt-6/?gclid=Cj0KCQiAtbnjBRDBARIsAO3zDl_5rmbtI7qY29b8Ye7VA2iK7iIDj78CmNZgBjDTcBdFmk-pAPvBR2gaAiDcEALw_wcB 

- Albion one of a company named Spitfirehttps://www.apple.com/logic-pro/ AND https://www.spitfireaudio.com/shop/a-z/albion-one/

Focusrite audio interfacehttps://www.amazon.com/Focusrite-Scarlett-Audio-Interface-Tools/dp/B01E6T56CM/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?ie=UTF8&qid=1550784011&sr=8-1-spons&keywords=focusrite+audio+interfaces&psc=1

- Sony headphoneshttps://www.amazon.com/Sony-MDR7506-Professional-Diaphragm-Headphone/dp/B000AJIF4E/ref=sr_1_18?ie=UTF8&qid=1550784046&sr=8-18&keywords=headphones

- Midi controller (make sure there is a modulation wheel): https://www.amazon.com/midiplus-AK490-MIDI-Keyboard-Controller-x/dp/B00VHKM72Q/ref=sr_1_18?ie=UTF8&qid=1550784111&sr=8-18&keywords=midi+controller+keyboard+m+audio

- Microphone is not that important for now

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