MUSIC

MUSIC

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

At the end of the four weeks, teens will perform their works for family and friends in Cornish’s new Raisbeck Auditorium.

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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. 

 

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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.

 

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“My family of 3 generations has taken classes at Cornish, our lives are richer for the experiences.”

Afternoon Electives

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.

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M/W 1-4PM

Songwriting & Recording

The evolution of songwriting over the years has gone from large, expensive studios and tape, to a laptop in a bedroom. The art of songwriting is a hobby for many teens, this intensive is designed to take their writing to the next level. Teens will study the fundamentals, how to collaborate with other musicians, and gain hands-on experience recording. Our Cornish instructors will guide them throughout the songwriting process and provide one-on-one coaching to help you develop their unique sound. Teens will learn why songs work and give them the skills to further develop their music, as well as time to create new music alongside other like minded musicians.

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The Seattle Modern Orchestra performing on stage, from the perspective of a percussionist in the back. Photo credit: Amy Vandergon
Tu/Th 1-4PM

New Music Ensemble

Led by Cornish faculty and members of the Seattle Modern Orchestra, this elective is designed for instrumentalists and vocalists interested in learning approaches to performing and writing music for a small jazz or classical ensemble. Teens will study and play contemporary jazz and classical music composers as well as work in small groups to create their  own mini-works, which will then be performed in a final performance on August 4 in Cornish's New Raisbeck Hall. 

 

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Examples of student art
Tu/Th 1-4PM

Game Art

This studio course introduces teens to the expressive capabilities of digital games and the significance of game art in generating meaning and aesthetic experiences in gameplay. Teens will learn how to think and talk about games as both designed media objects and artworks in order to create game art that facilitates meaning, feeling, and perception in gameplay. Through analysis of game examples, designing game art concepts for fictional projects, and making functional art for a small game in collaboration with peers, students will learn how to engage critically and creatively with the process of game-making. Teens will make art for a "game mod," modifying a self-selected commercial game, and contribute original art to a small game project created for the class. 

* This elective requires each student to bring a personal laptop. 

 

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ACTING
Tu/Th 1-4PM

Acting

This intensive exposes teens to the actor’s “instrument” - their body and voice - and the habits of healthy performance; establishing skills, concepts, terminology, and goals from which subsequent training can spring. Teens will learn about their  instrument as a complex and unified system, the mechanics of the body, and the steps performers can take to remain emotionally and physically resilient.
 

While this intensive may be taken independently, it is an elective that is designed to work in conjunction with our Film Foundations program or Acting Fundamentals for Theater and Musicals.

 

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COSTUME_DESIGN
Tu/Th 1-4PM

Costume Design

Costume Design is focused on exploring the job of a costume designer and understanding their role as part of a collaborative design team working on a production. Teens will explore the role and processes of designing costumes from the initial reading of a script, to conceptual work and research, design techniques and principles, and completing design renderings. Using a short one act play, teens will experience the design process from initial organizational and research methods to introduction of design principles. They will also explore historical and style research, and learn rendering techniques and fabrics that will allow them to continue to create on their own.

 

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SET_DESIGN
Tu/Th 1-4PM

Set Design

Set Design is an intensive that allows teens to delve into the visual art and craft skills required to be a successful scenic designer or set designer. Teens will explore visual research strategies and presentation, perspective and speculative sketching, scale model building, scenic drafting, and paint elevations. Teens will explore the theory and practice of the design process for the professional theater and beyond, while developing the skills necessary to conceptualize and craft designs for plays or musical scripts. 

 

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COMBAT_DANCE
M/W 1-4PM

Theatrical Combat and Dance Choreography

Both an acting and a physical technique course, this class explores character movement in the context of a specific physical form: stage combat (armed and unarmed), including rapier, dagger, and broadsword. Performers develop greater specificity of movement, clarity of physical choices, and balance of one’s own energy with that of a partner. It is not necessary to be a performer to take the course and we encourage anyone interested in gaining experience in combat or dance choreography in theater.

 

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Tu/Th 1-4PM

Voice 101

The Voice 101 intensive affords high school vocalists an opportunity to take their vocal technique and command of the voice to the next level. This serves as a foundation course, which will inform and increase stylistic abilities as vocalists progress as committed singers and performers. Combining genres (jazz, classical, contemporary), students and instructors will explore aspects of vocal technique, the physiology of the voice, musical styles, body awareness and commitment to the text.

This intensive will give vocalists the opportunity of focusing on healthy vocal technique in any style, as well as peer and instructor feedback on vocal performances. Through classroom discussion, listening sessions, studio performances, private lessons, and group masterclasses, the intensive will delve into all aspects of vocal use and technique.

 

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PRODUCING_MUSIC
M/W 1-4PM

Producing Music

All musicians, regardless of style or instrument, can benefit from learning the basics of music production. Through exercises and small projects designed to strengthen the technical understanding of music production, teens will be given the opportunity to write and produce their own music. This intensive gives an overview of software, including navigation, key commands, screen sets, and workflow. Using MIDI instruments for editing, audio recording, building beats, and mixing, the teens will be encouraged to let their creativity produce a final product that will get them to their next level.

Prior knowledge of music production is not necessary, all levels are welcome. We will do our absolute best to cater this class to each person's ability, supporting those who are newer and challenging those who are more advanced.

While this intensive may be taken independently, it is an elective that is designed to work in conjunction with our Music Foundations I & II program. Please see that description or email extension@cornish.edu if you have any questions.

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MUSIC_FOR_FILM
Tu/Th 1-4PM

Music for Film, Games and TV

Music for Film, Games, and TV affords teens an exciting opportunity to write their own soundtracks to Hollywood blockbusters, epic video games, and favorite TV shows. In a creative and supportive environment, teens will gain fundamental skills, with particular emphasis on composing for media; as well as learn the ins-and-outs of digital audio production, including a full introduction to Apple’s Logic Pro X. The course begins with an overview of how music interacts with media and the basics of writing and composing. Students will study “the dramatic arc” from a composer’s point of view as well as receive a detailed explanation of Logic’s powerful tools like MIDI editing, audio recording, electronic music production, building beats, mixing, virtual instruments, synthesizers, and how to produce professional sounding music.

Teens do not need to have prior experience although it is helpful to have some basic ability recording audio or MIDI in Apple’s Garageband and/or Logic. Both beginner and more experienced students are welcome.

 

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Photo: Jim Meyers of Vertizon Photography
M/W 1-4PM

American Roots Ensemble

Led by The Rhapsody Project, this new elective will weave together music making, self-awareness, cultural context, equity, historical context, and anti-racism. Teens will play in ensembles and learn music from a variety of genres including spirituals, string band, blues, jazz, and deepen their understanding of the history of this music and explore aspects of Black American music: the history, the culture, and making music in community. This course will support self-reflection through group discussion, leading to new personal and societal insights that improve musicianship and possibly self-awareness in our complex, rapidly changing world.

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CINEMATOGRAPHY
M/W 1-4PM

Cinematography

Cinematography is a key element in making a director’s vision a reality. In this intensive, teens will work on set and location, gaining experience in the basic fundamentals of cinematography. From camera selection, lenses, and filters; to learning about basic lighting, color theory and how to integrate special effects, these intensive covers necessary elements of filmmaking. Teens will begin by learning the art of filmmaking and how to communicate their message. After having a deeper understanding of basic video principles, teens will learn how to integrate the technical side of cinematography to reach their goal.

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ACTING
Tu/Th 1-4PM

Acting

This intensive exposes teens to the actor’s “instrument” - their body and voice - and the habits of healthy performance; establishing skills, concepts, terminology, and goals from which subsequent training can spring. Teens will learn about their  instrument as a complex and unified system, the mechanics of the body, and the steps performers can take to remain emotionally and physically resilient.
 

While this intensive may be taken independently, it is an elective that is designed to work in conjunction with our Film Foundations program or Acting Fundamentals for Theater and Musicals.

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SOUND_DESIGN
M/W 1-4PM

Sound Design

This course covers key aspects of sound in film, including music, foley arts, and mixing sound over multiple tracks. This is not a course in composition, but in working with layers of recorded sound to breathe emotion and a sense of felt experience into film images. Teens will study parts of the early days of sound in film through contemporary innovations and theories. Teens will set their own original sound beds and soundtracks to scenes that will be provided. Time will be spent on developing the ear and instinct for sound, as well as understanding the tools and concepts behind the mysterious alchemy of sound and image in film.

 

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PHOTOGRAPHY
M/W 1-4PM

Photography

Engaging, powerful photographs come to life through ideas, perspective, voice, and memory. In this class, teens will use any camera they have on hand to explore the conceptual side of photography. Teens will study works of contemporary photographers through group discussion and take weekly excursions to capture images. Students will study and learn from storytelling masters, Latoya Ruby Frazier, and Gregory Crewdson, visionary Uta Barth, indigenous culture symbolist Luis Gonzales Palma, and those who defy categorization, like Juanan Requena and the Starn Twins.

Everyone is now a photographer! Learn how to make great photos, not just “take” them.

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Tu/Th 1-4PM

Life Drawing

Life drawing (drawing from live models) is a core skill for any budding visual artist. Teens will develop perceptual and conceptual skills through exercises, critiques, lectures, and strong drawing practice. While working with a live model throughout the intensive, teens will gain the skills of translating what is observed through the techniques of drawing. 

Additionally, teens will become familiar with contemporary and traditional art history as it relates to the figure. Specific instruction will include construction of the figure/body, figurative proportion systems including the head and face, and a volumetric understanding of the planes of the body through line and light. Teens will explore various black and white media, develop visual awareness, and enrich their capacity for observation and self-expression.

 

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OBJECT_DESIGN
Tu/Th 1-4PM

Object Design

Teens will be immersed in the world of object design through hands-on studio work that will include material exploration, drawing, and making concept models. Through three distinct design projects, teens will experiment with textile design, lighting design, and furniture design. In each project, they will explore the diverse cultural history of design as well as contemporary culture and emerging technology.

While this intensive may be taken independently, it is an elective that is designed to work in conjunction with our Art and Design Pre-College Foundations program. Please see that description or email extension@cornish.edu if you have any questions.

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ILLUSTRATION_ANIMATION
M/W 1-4PM

Illustration to Animation

This elective explores both traditional and digital illustration and introduces the tools to make illustrations come alive with animation! Teens will learn the basics of pose, movement, and expression through a process of drawing to create animated sequences in the digital time-based media technologies of animators.

 

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M/W 1-4PM

Performance Production Overview

Learn about bringing theatre to life through aspects of performance production. Each day, teens will explore professional back-stage environments and studio costume design, lighting, scenic, and/or sound design.This elective is perfect for the teen who loves theatre, ballet, music, really any aspect of live performance, but prefers to be the person behind the curtain making the magic happen.

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M/W 1-4PM

Film Editing

Editing is a powerful skill to shape narrative. In this intensive, teens are introduced to the writing, thinking, music, and “surgery” that create vivid film stories, and will learn the  rudiments of editing on Adobe Premiere Pro, a non-linear editing system. Core basics such as importing files, designing sound and image, adding effects and transitions, and troubleshooting common problems will be covered. Final projects may be suitable for future applications to schools, screening for family and friends, uploading to YouTube, or submitting to film festivals. 

 

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Tu/Th 1-4PM

Graphic Design

This is a hands-on course for teens with a limited background in graphic design. Teens will be introduced to graphic design through introductory projects using Adobe Illustrator. They will learn to draw with vector lines and be introduced to color theory, typography, hierarchy, and shape. Through research and by developing analytical skills, teens will learn how to draw and use type in Adobe Illustrator and gain knowledge of graphic design principles.

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M/W 1-4PM

Comic Studio

In this all-levels hands-on intensive, teens will develop essential skills for powerful, versatile storytelling in words and pictures, including writing, drawing, visual language, crafting narratives, developing characters, inking, and production including scanning, Photoshop, and printing. Teens will craft several short comics, which will be collected in a final mini comic at the end of the session.

While this intensive may be taken independently, it is an elective that is designed to work in conjunction with our Art & Design Pre-College Foundations program. Please see that description or email extension@cornish.edu if you have any questions.

 

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