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Face the Music's 20-21 Season

This season, Face the Music welcomes collaborations with 2020-21 Kaufman Music Center Artists-in-Residence Conrad Tao & Seth Parker Woods! Musicians will explore latency and improvisation with Conrad, and the Chamber Orchestra will explore expression and performance with Seth.


Face the Music Spring cycle

ANNOUNCING: Face the Music’s Spring Cycle will be primarily online but will feature an upcoming outdoor concert project in hybrid opt-in model. Throughout the academic year, Face the Music members have been meeting online to make music, grow as collaborators, and explore modern musical topics. Students are staying engaged in a personalized enrichment experience on Block Days interspersed with continued performing ensemble experience on Ensemble Days. Add-on opportunities are also running online including Workshops, String Quartet Program, and Individual Lessons in conducting, songwriting, improvisation, and acoustic or electronic composition. The Spring Cycle workshop, Conducting with David Bloom, begins in April 2021.

As we prioritize the wellbeing of our students, coaches, staff, guest artists, and organization, our primary concern is for everyone’s health and safety. We believe that together we can and will continue to make meaningful musical strides as a community whether online or in person.

Face the Music Large Ensembles

On Ensemble Days students attend ensemble rehearsals. (ONLINE)
      ► Big Band 
      ► Improvisation Collective 
      ► Advanced Jazz Combo
      ► Advanced Chamber
      ► Chamber Orchestra
 

Face the Music Block Day Groups

On Block Days students attend their block day groups. (ONLINE & HYBRID)

NEW: Students should complete a Spring Cycle Block Preference Form by Saturday, April 3rd. Block Day Groups and Descriptions are available below. Students who complete their form earliest are most likely to receive their top choice(s). All Face the Music members are required to join at least one Block Group* and are welcome to participate in two.

*For Spring Cycle, both Advanced Jazz Combo & Advanced Chamber will continue meeting weekly (on Ensemble and Block days). Students already in these ensembles must still complete the preference form required to confirm plans for Spring Cycle.

CREATE CATEGORY
Designed for students who are excited to see a project from start to finish, students taking “Create” offerings are likely to record, produce, or make a final product / performance.
      ► Film Music Edition: Making Your Music Video (CREATE) with Mark Serkin – Online

EXPLORE CATEGORY
Designed for students who like to challenge or stretch themselves musically, “Explore” offerings provide an opportunity for students to learn about a specific musical subject not widely offered to teens.
      ► Video Game Music Edition: Chamber Music Lab (CONNECT) with Whitney George – Online

CONNECT CATEGORY
Designed for students who love the community aspect of Face the Music, “Connect” offerings provide a space for students to interact with, discuss, or play music in an online group setting.
      ► In-Person Group Opt-in: Outdoor Concert Project (CONNECT) with Aakash Mittal – Hybrid
      ► Pre-Record Group: Outdoor Concert Project (CONNECT) with Aakash Mittal – Online


Please see full group descriptions below, and complete the preference form available online here.

Individual Lessons

Individual Lessons will continue to be offered online during the Spring Cycle. This includes the Composition Program (Acoustic or Electronic), Songwriting, Improvisation, and Conducting. Students should indicate their interest in lessons when registering online or may email facethemusic@kaufmanmusiccenter.org

String Quartet Program

String Quartets are by audition only. Students who would like to play in a quartet should indicate their interest when registering online or may email facethemusic@kaufmanmusiccenter.org

Workshops with Face the Music

Workshops will be offered as usual through Face the Music, and this Spring will feature a Conducting Workshop with David Bloom. Face the Music Workshops are unique as they are open to non-members. Teens interested in the Conducting Workshop may email facethemusic@kaufmanmusiccenter.org for details and information to sign up.



CONDUCTING WORKSHOP with DAVID BLOOM

Face the Music’s Conducting Workshop with David Bloom is the beginning to a life-long journey of building a physical language that communicates well-formed musical ideas. In this workshop students will focus on the fundamentals of technique such as executing beat patterns, cueing musicians, and expressing articulation. They will also learn about the creative process of imagining the sounds they want to hear from an ensemble. Conducting is all about collaboration, so the building blocks students gain in this workshop will not only help them lead a group, but will also give them valuable insights they will use in guiding musical projects, playing in ensembles, and composing for fellow musicians in the future.

Sign up today or request more details about Conducting Workshop by emailing facethemusic@kaufmanmusiccenter.org!

Time: 12:00–1:15pm Eastern
Dates: Sundays 4/18, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9, 5/16, 5/23
Location: Online via Zoom
Tuition: $125 Add-on Tuition for Face the Music Members
              $250 Tuition per Workshop for Non-Members


Block day group descriptions

► Film Music Edition: Making Your Music Video (CREATE) with Mark Serkin

- FULLY ONLINE -

If you have ever wanted to create your own multi-track music video, join Face the Music Coach and cellist Mark Serkin in the Film Music Edition of Making Your Music Video. Students will gain insights and tips to record their own audio and video at home, align multitrack music selections, and adjust basic effects to create their audio mix. Plus, they’ll learn how to merge the audio and video components together to create a multi-screened or layered video. By creating their own individual project, musicians who have not yet explored video & audio production will gain familiarity with the basics of digital editing through this hands-on approach, and students returning for a second cycle of video making can expand on their skills to create a new independent project. The focus of this cycle will be tv and film music!

The software needed to participate includes:

  • A digital audio workspace (DAW). Suggestions include:
    • Garageband (This is free but only available for macOS, iPadOS, and iOS devices.)
      OR
    • Reaper (This is free and Works well for Windows users and macOS.)
  • A video editor. Suggestions include:
    • Shotcut (This is free and works well with multiple operating systems including macOS and Windows.)
      OR
    • 90-Day Free Trial of Final Cut Pro on a laptop/computer (Please wait to start your trial until April 2021 if you’d like to try this group! Final Cut Pro is not available for tablet or phone.) 
       

► Video Game Music Edition: Chamber Music Lab (CONNECT) with Whitney George

- FULLY ONLINE -

Chamber Music Lab is a meeting space that brings composition and music-making together, placing value on both process and product. In this cycle, we're going to turn our focus to writing for video games, and video game scoring. Participants will join creative forces by bringing their own compositional ideas to the table and sharing their re-scorings of select video games with the group. Over the course of Spring Cycle, the group will learn about the history of video game music, the type of scoring techniques that exist for video games, and present style-studies of video game re-scorings to the group. These individual scores will be workshopped with the group under the guidance and expertise of conductor, composer, and Face the Music Coach, Whitney George. Because we're engaging with a digital medium, scores for this class will be midi-based, emulating the popular 8-bit style of early video games of the 80s and 90s.
 

► In-Person Group Opt-in: Outdoor Concert Project (CONNECT) with Aakash Mittal

- HYBRID -

All Face the Music students of any instrument or ensemble are invited to sign up for this collaborative performance-focused block group. Within the group students will practice together led by Face the Music coach Aakash Mittal to prepare an outdoor concert performance project! Students will draw upon their creative and expressive performing skills to interpret a flexible musical score. Rehearsals will be online unless otherwise stated as the performance date (TBD in June) approaches. All in-person events are opt-in based on student and family comfort. However if students want to participate in the project but know they do not want to perform live in-person, they should select the Pre-Record Group in their preference form. 

► Pre-Record Group: Outdoor Concert Project (CONNECT) with Aakash Mittal 

- FULLY ONLINE -

All Face the Music students of any instrument or ensemble are invited to sign up for this collaborative performance-focused block group. Within the group students will practice together led by Face the Music coach Aakash Mittal to prepare recordings that will be incorporated into an outdoor concert performance project! Students will draw upon their creative and expressive performing skills to interpret a flexible musical score. Rehearsals will only be online for this group. If students want to participate in the performance live in-person, they should select the In-Person Group instead of the Pre-Record Group. 

Current Students must submit a Spring Cycle Block Preference Form by Saturday, April 3rd. 


 

FACE THE MUSIC INVITES TEENS TO AUDITION!

Face the Music is Kaufman Music Center's contemporary music program for teens ages 12-18. Interested students are invited to apply to audition beginning May 10, 2021 Online Here. For info, email facethemusic@kaufmanmusiccenter.org or call 929 265 8412. Do you know teen musicians who may be interested? Download a flyer HERE.