Write original songs, build a foundational understanding of music theory, and make friends of a lifetime at Cornish this Summer! Mornings begin with a foundational class in theory, ear training, and composition basics. Afternoons are filled with opportunities to write music, improvise, or take an entirely different elective in Film, Theater, or Art & Design. Friday mornings, students focus on audition techniques and materials preparation for applications to college.
At the end of the four weeks, teens will perform their works for family and friends in Cornish’s new Raisbeck Auditorium.
Music Foundations I
Modeled after Cornish’s core undergraduate music curriculum, this course will explore foundational theoretical principles in music theory through analysis, composition, improvisation, performance, and listening. This foundational class is an introduction to basic music theory and ear training including notation for pitch and rhythm; intervals; diatonic (major and minor) scales; chromatic scale; diatonic modes; key signatures; transposition; and concepts in rhythm, meter, and durational notation.
Music Foundations II
For teens who have completed Music Foundations I or equivalent. Teens will deepen their foundational skills in theory, analysis, and composition with more critical review and feedback from faculty. Friday mornings are devoted to composition portfolio, live audition, and recorded audition material for college applications. Readiness to complete a portfolio or audition material within the four weeks is a strong prerequisite for this course level.
“My family of 3 generations has taken classes at Cornish, our lives are richer for the experiences.”
Afternoon electives can be chosen to build an all-day, 4-week experience with morning foundation courses, or be taken as a free-standing class. All electives run either Monday & Wednesday, or Tuesday & Thursday from 1-4 from July 10 to August 5. Upon registration, choose one foundation course and 2 electives. Electives can be mixed and matched, but must choose one M/W and one T/Th.