2021 Summer Music Academy

WELCOME! The City Voices 2021 Summer Music Academy begins on Monday, June 7, and ends on Saturday, July 31. An all-school recital will be scheduled sometime after that date.

If you are interested in enrolling in any of the classes listed below, please contact Mrs. Sims at maryanne@cityvoicesdesmoines.org

CLASSES:

VOICE LESSONS: A 30-minute individual lesson with a highly qualified, experienced professional Teaching Artist. Students will learn the basics of vocal production and health, and build skills enabling pursuit of singing opportunities. Arranged by mutual consent.

GUITAR LESSONS: A 30-minute individual lesson with a highly qualified, experienced professional Teaching Artist. Students will learn the basics of guitar, curriculum determined according to their interest and ability level. Arranged by mutual consent. QUALIFIES FOR CVAS CURRICULUM ELECTIVE.

KEYBOARD LESSONS: A 30-minute individual lesson with a highly qualified, experienced professional Teaching Artist. Students will learn the basics of accompanying themselves on the keyboard. Arranged by mutual consent. CVAS CURRICULUM REQUIREMENT.

COMPLETED: SONGWRITING: In person. May 17-21, 4-6 p.m. each day. Instructor: Courtney Krause.
Learn how to turn your ideas into a song! Led by Courtney Krause, the Des Moines Register’s “Iowa Artist to Watch in
2018.” All levels, instrument proficiency helpful. The goal by the end of the course is to have a fully written song or piece of structured written artwork created. From there, the possibilities are endless to what we can do with that song! Individual in-person recording sessions may be arranged at a later date. QUALIFIES FOR CVAS CURRICULUM REQUIREMENT OR ELECTIVE. COMPLETE

COMPLETED: ONE PERSON CIRCUS: Online AND in person – July 5-16, 10 am – 11:30 a.m..Monday, Tuesday, Thursday each week. (NO CLASS WEDNESDAY OR FRIDAY). In this course, you will write and record your own original songs using guitar, bass, drums and piano and LEAVE with a 2-song single for you to share. QUALIFIES FOR CVAS CURRICULUM ELECTIVE.

COLLEGE PREP MUSIC THEORY: Enrollment will determine format and dates. Instructors: Mary Anne Sims & Daniela Ortiz.
For students who are considering college study or music careers, or want a little more when it comes to studying music. Including part-writing, scales, aural skills. Suitable for those taking the Music Theory AP test. CVAS CURRICULUM REQUIREMENT.

VOCAL PEDAGOGY: In-person. Instructor: Shannon Seals.
Alternating Sundays: June 13, June 27, July 11, and July 25, 2021. (Student must attend all sessions.) (Exact time TBA). QUALIFIES FOR CVAS CURRICULUM REQUIREMENT OR ELECTIVE.

COMPLETED: MUSIC PRODUCTION: THE PERFORMANCE PROJECT: In-person/online as necessary. June 21-24, 11 am-2:30 pm. Instructors: Daniela Ortiz & Dontae McKnight. (Lunch provided daily.)
Students will learn the basics of recording and producing their own music, and create a final recorded project using individual student submissions to reflect a group message. Taught by popular summer Teaching Artists Dontae McKnight and City Voices alum Daniela Ortiz. Learn how to create and record your own sounds, mix and produce it, make a beat, create a group song, and perform. QUALIFIES FOR CVAS CURRICULUM REQUIREMENT OR ELECTIVE.

COMPLETED: RECORD TO RADIO: MAKING A COVER SONG. In-person. June 28-30 (times TBA), potential recording sessions July 1-2 (individually arranged.) Instructor: Michael Xayavong.
This course will focus on the creation, performance, recording, and marketing of today’s music. Students will look at how to become an independent artist by examining different artists and their specific style – focusing on the Pop, R&B, Rock, and Hip-Hop genre. The style of this course will be project-based, where the student will take a song of their choosing and recreate it to fit their style and brand as a performer. Students will also gain practical music production/studio skills and serve as producers for their peers on their projects. QUALIFIES FOR CVAS CURRICULUM ELECTIVE.

COMPLETED: RECORDING STUDIO INITIATION: In-person. July 1 6:00-8:00 p.m. Testing dates TBA Instructor: Dang Felton
Learn how to operate in a fully realized professional recording studio. Work with top tier recording equipment and physical and digital interfaces, using professional recording software. QUALIFIES FOR CVAS CURRICULUM REQUIREMENT OR ELECTIVE.

COMPLETED: FILM SCORING: In-person. Instructor: Dang Felton. Thursday, July 15 6:00-7:30 p.m.
This introductory course provides students/participants with the basics of applying audio to recorded video and animations. Learn to score films, add sound effects, and sharpen the quality of dialogue. With bonus discussions on adding visual effects and polishing film shot in non-ideal environments. QUALIFIES FOR CVAS CURRICULUM ELECTIVE.

MUSIC BUSINESS: In-person. Instructor: Dang Felton. Thursday, July 29, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
This course provides students/participants insight into how to operate as a professional musician. Booking, promotion, networking and all the responsibilities that fall onto a writing artist or musician. QUALIFIES FOR CVAS CURRICULUM ELECTIVE.

CLOSED. ACCEPTING WAITLIST ENROLLMENT. MUSIC THEATRE: 24-Hour Theatre: In person. July 29-31. 9 am-6 pm each day July 29-30, 9 am-4 pm July 31. Instructor: Napoleon Douglas.
24-Hour Theatre is a performance based course that will devote 24 hours to crafting a complete virtual visual album, featuring performances by registered students on solo and ensemble pieces. Students will master vocal lines, choreography, stage blocking and acting notes in order to studio record, film, master and edit a complete visual album. Under the direction of Teaching Artist Napoleon Douglas, and with the assistance of Mary Anne Sims, and other teaching artists, the students will premiere this presentation at a live screening for the public, in an outdoor, CDC-friendly, environment on July 31, 2021. QUALIFIES FOR CVAS CURRICULUM ELECTIVE.