Mrs. Kat's Stage Performance Practice CURRICULUM Outline
Curriculum will vary depending on level of students, and time allotted.
STUDENTS WILL BE PROVIDED:
Insight to stage performing techniques while expanding our American Vernacular repertoire
Understanding of pop music through the lens of iconic performers like Beyonce, Jay-Z, Kathy Sledge and Stevie Wonder
Introduction to the history of specific genres of music in a socio-political context
Guidance on how to interact with an audience as an artist and entertainer
Awareness of our mission as musicians today building on the aspirations laid by earlier generations
Redefine virtuosity by emphasizing the most communicative aspects of our music
Melody from its vernacular roots
Expressive tone in the tradition of the great musicians and artists
The primacy of playing with consistency, with an emphasis on dance-ability and how to construct grooves in the African, Latin, Pop tradition
Rhythm and harmony as time and space
How to construct solos in the context of form Three ways of approaching harmony:
– The sound of each note in a chord including extension
– The sound of common notes that can be played through a chord progression
– The sound of progression through different keys
– Importance of singing and knowing the song structure
Ensembles: Ensembles will study and perform music of all eras. Students will be able to play together in less formal settings but be provided a training ground.
Performance Master Class: An advanced course that discusses and demonstrates specific techniques of any given style including solo learning with analysis of texture, form, and meaning. Taught by listening, asking questions that require deeper knowledge and playing.
History: A survey of the artists and recordings of the works being addressed in ensembles, their placement and significance in national and international contexts, and their position in the music industry.
Aesthetics: Stage performance aesthetics in the socio-political context through the lens of modern music. Students will be assigned readings before the start of the program and will address the concept of the blues as a cultural and social phenomenon and will be expected to understand the retro development is an important part of cultivating artistry.
Studio: Studio lessons will focus on instrumental pedagogy from a foundational and stage standpoint. All aspects of technique will be covered with an emphasis on breathing, tone, attack, flexibility, velocity, range, phrasing, control, special effects, reading, and expressing different emotions.
*Classes are completely dependent upon student criticism. Through the promotion of honesty, learning to critique and be critiqued provides an open forum for evaluative and reflective discussion.
Tiffany Moniquè, Vocalist
Divinity Roxx, Bassist, Lyricist
John Angeles, Percussionist
Nikki Glaspie- Drums
Nate Edgar- Bassist
Nick Casserino- Guitar, Vocalist
Koku Gonza- Singer Songwriter
Marcie Chapa- Percussionist
Shirazette Tinnin- Drummer.Percussionist
Keyon Harrold- Trumpet
Alicyn Yaffee- Guitar
Brittani Washington- Keyboard, Vocals
Robert Glasper- Pianist
Past programs that Kat has been instrumental with curriculum and programming:
Young At Arts
ESPA Research Project
Sing For Hope
New Visions Charter
2.5-Hour Stage Performance Practice Intensive
1-Day Stage Performance Practice Intensive
1-Week Stage Performance Practice Intensive
14-Week Stage Performance Practice Intensive
Performance with Band
Recording Ensemble with Artists