THE ART OF PRACTICE

Guitar, Ukulele, Bass

USING FOCUS AND AWARENESS TO GAIN MAXIMUM RESULTS AND CONFIDENCE IN TECHNIQUE AND REPERTOIRE

Section 1 - Ukulele (Ages 5-7)

Section 2 - Guitar and Bass (Ages 8-17)

Section 2 - Adult Beginning Guitar

Do you remember taking lessons as a child and repeating the same mistakes over and over, getting better and better at THE WRONG NOTES? The focus of this class is “LEARNING HOW TO PRACTICE PROPERLY”. Upon completion, students will find practice sessions much more productive. Results will show almost instantaneously, giving the player confidence, joy, and motivation to practice even more. In this class, students have the opportunity to learn their instrument in a perfect balance of ‘learning by ear’ and ‘reading notation’. Each student will have individual time with the instructor, as well as time to practice on their own and check in during each class. Students also have opportunities to perform for each other, giving them a chance to practice ‘Performance Mode’. The practice of performance allows students to develop courage and confidence, improve cognitive reactions, and practice non-judgment. Visit https://www.mindlabpro.com/blog/nootropics/nootropics-musicians/ to read more about performing and the brain.

Posture, performance techniques, scales and technical skills, warmups, an introduction to harmony and song structure, as well as practicing and performing repertoire in a genre of the student’s choice.

*Opportunities to perform in performance classes and concerts with accompaniment and to play with full professional bands in NYC music venues.


*Students can learn any or all styles;  Classical, folk, pop, blues, etc. 

*Focus can be performance based or for aesthetic value.  

Required Reading:

THE INNER GAME’ by Timothy Gallwey - The version of your choice for class discussion. (Tennis, Golf, Music, Skiing, etc.)

Suggested Reading:

THE PRACTICING MIND’ by Thomas M. Sterner

PRACTICEOPEDIA’ by Philip Johnston

READING & WRITING MUSIC AS A LANGUAGE

Section 1 - Ages 8-13

Section 2 - Ages 14 up to adults

* For Ages 3-6, see ‘The Language of Music: A Theatrical Adventure Series for Ages 4-6’

Did you know you can learn to play songs without looking up the chords? It’s actually not that complicated! It’s the equivalent to learning a few key phrases in ANY language. This class gives students the ability to SPEAK, READ, and WRITE in the language of MUSIC. With an alphabet of only 8 letters ‘pitches’, and just 3-4 typical phrases or ‘progressions’, students can become fluent in pop music very quickly. Upon finishing this course, students will be able to write their own professional charts, transcribe songs on sheet music (even 5 years olds do this). Students will practice melodic and rhythmic vocabularies, patterns, and sequences with mp3s at home, as well as in the classroom.

  • Musical Alphabet on the Staff

  • Learning the notes on the piano or a stringed instrument.

  • Learning Rhythmic and Melodic Patterns (equate to words in spoken lang)

  • Aural Skills - Ear Training exercises to understand pitch and how to break down phrases

  • Imaginary Adventures (Age Appropriate)

  • Learning through Storytelling and Song

  • Intervals

  • Building Scales

  • Transcribing (Composing melodies and writing them onto music/staff paper)

  • and much more...

 

the language of music:

A theatrical Adventure Series for Ages 4-6

Incorporating acting, song, and creative visualization, for students to gain the ability to identify and write the musical alphabet on the treble and bass clef staffs (Ages 4-6)

CLASS 1: TREBLE AT THE CIRCUS (TREBLE CLEF) (Ages 4-6)

CLASS 2: THE MAGIC SEEDS: SAVING THE RAINFOREST (BASS CLEF) (Ages 4-6)

*Students can start with either class or both

Did you forget EVERYTHING from your childhood piano lessons? Why did your memory fail you? Think back to your most memorable childhood moments. Perhaps the most embarrassing… or the most surprising… Those memories are typically the most OUTRAGEOUS! That’s why this class gives students the ability to retain everything they learn, and the motivation to continue in music.

By acting and singing in incredibly memorable adventure-musicals (written by Shelly Wade), students will to read and write music on the staff! Students enjoy playing multiple roles in both adventures and always come to class begging to start!

Children also enjoy movement, playing instruments, listening, guided musical meditations, singing, and creative songwriting. Students also practice skills such as ‘vocal resonance’, ‘improvisation’ ‘diction’, ‘guided meditation’, and working with the five senses.

Suggested Reading for at Home Practice:

‘TREBLE AT THE CIRCUS’ - An Adventure-Musical by Shelly Wade

THE MAGIC SEEDS: SAVING THE RAINFOREST’ - An Adventure-Musical by Shelly Wade

‘TREBLE AT THE CIRCUS’

An adventure-musical, teaching children to identify and write notes on the treble clef staff, learn about caring for pets, and even overcome anxiety at the doctors office !

‘THE MAGIC SEEDS: SAVING THE RAINFOREST’

An adventure-musical, teaching children to identify and write notes on the bass clef staff, learn about the rainforest, and promote awareness of how to protect and save our planet!

ROCK BAND

Opportunities to perform on famous stages in NYC such as The Bitter End. Rehearsals on weekends and/or weekdays depending on location. Midtown West / UES / TRIBECA

Band 1 - Ages 7-12

Band 2 - Ages 13 +

THE RULEBOOK OF Songwriting

THE STUDY AND ANALYSIS OF HIT SONGS AND HOW TO WRITE ONE YOURSELF

SECTION 1 (Ages 7-12)

SECTION 2 (Ages 13-18)

* For Ages 5-6, See Classes for Ages 6 and Under

Students learn and practice the basics of songwriting, including structure, harmony, lyrics, storytelling, rhyme scheme, instrumentation, and much more. 15 or 30 minute ‘add-ons’ are available before and after this class. Come early or stay late, according to your interest.

Songwriting Add-Ons:

HARMONY 1 (Ages 8-13)

HARMONY 2 (Ages 14+)

RHYME & STORYTELLING (Ages 5-6)

LYRICS RHYME & STORYTELLING (Ages 8-13)

LYRICS RHYME & STORYTELLING (Ages 14+)

INTRO TO HOME RECORDING AND ORCHESTRATION (14+)

ROCK BAND 1 (Ages 8-12)

ROCK BAND 2 (13-16)


Vocal PERFORMANCE CLASS

Section 1 - Ages 5-7

Section 2 - Ages 7-12

Section 3 - Ages 13-18 - High School/College AUDITION PREPARATION

Section 4 - Adults (All Levels)

Reserved for students who are serious about their studies and have a strong desire to strengthen their voices.  Many voice students are working in preparation for theater or commercial auditions, school or job interviews, speeches, classroom speaking, or simply to build strength and confidence for younger voices.  This class can also be for fun, but must be goal oriented and purpose-driven.  

Shelly Wade's MAV Technique (Memory Awareness of the Voice) is based upon the teachings of several vocal and mind-body methods, including the Bel Canto Technique, Feldenkrais Body Awareness, Alexander Technique, Yoga, Speech Level Singing, Vipassana Meditation, and more.  It was also built upon her work with some of the most renowned vocal teachers in the country, including Clarity James, Arthur Levy, William Riley, Lisa Popeil, and Cynthia Hoffman.

Concepts include building range, articulation, breath support, posture, stage presence and performance experience, body awareness, body mapping and understanding parts of the vocal instrument, and much more.

*All genres including Pop, Folk, Classical, Musical Theater.