Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Summer Musical Theater!

I just had a fabulous summer program full of Musical Theater Repertoire!  It was a tough program for sure, but all rose to the occasion! What proof that doing a summer program is so worthwhile!  I watched timid singers grow by leaps and bounds in confidence, hard repertoire was mastered such as Astonishing! from Little Women and Defying Gravity from Wicked, friendships bloomed between those who already knew each other and brand new friendships formed.

Why is the concentrated format of a summer program so beneficial?

-The concentration of longer lessons for just a few weeks makes everyone work harder.
- Much practice must happen in between lessons to master technique (breathing, phrases, and pitches) and to advance to the next phase of the song.
- Focus on the lyrics really enhanced the understanding that we are communicating when we sing.
- Masterclass work on acting also helps emphasize expression and know we must feel the emotion of the song.
-Dance workshop made everyone more comfortable moving in general.
-Masterclass work helps make all more comfortable with one another.
- Shorter span of time between first starting a song and performing it really creates a spark to practice and make it the best it can be.
- Keeps the singing voice working.
-More focused time can be spent working on singing without extra pressures of the regular school year.

No matter the exact format, a concentrated music program is so beneficial in the summer months!  Watch these clips on YouTube to see what can happen! Astonishing from Little Women and If I Were a Bell from Guys and Dolls

Keep on Singing!