30th Anniversary Master Class Workshop Series

30th Anniversary Master Class Workshop Series

The Manchester Community Music School’s 30th Anniversary Masterclass Workshop Series
Free for Music School Students
            made possible by the Frederick Smyth Institute of Music

In celebration of our 30th year of offering the highest quality music education to Southern New Hampshire, the Frederick Smyth Institute of Music has generously underwritten the cost of a number of Masterclasses and Workshops for our students.  This will allow music school students to take part in these educational opportunities free of charge!


Music Theory

Students who take private lessons at the Music School now have the opportunity to take part in ongoing music theory classes free of charge. Topics covered will include basic notation, key signatures, time signatures, scales, intervals, chord structures and more. There will also be sight-singing, ear training and dictation exercises.

Classes are taught in 2 levels, ages 10 through adult.

Beginners are to have 1 year of music instruction.

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“Nailing the Jazz All-State Audition” Masterclass with Carl Benevides

Music School NH Youth Jazz Ensemble Director Carl Benevides will go over playing tips for a great NH Jazz All-State audition. Preparation for an audition can sometimes by stressful and Carl will go over approaches to the jazz etude dealing with proper phrasing and articulation as well as improvising over the F Blues chord changes. On the required ballad, My Foolish Heart, Carl will deal with the important aspects of listening, history and most importantly – interpretation. Topics such as tone production, vibrato and phrasing will be covered. Students should be prepared to play the required material so that feedback can be provided.

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Audition Preparation: Beyond the Music

Just in time for refining the All-State audition, this workshop will help students enter the audition room ready to perform their best. This workshop will focus on critical listening in the evaluative process, sight-reading strategies, the importance in knowing your scales and interpreting the score sheet.  Students will have the opportunity to play an audition and to be the adjudicator to further their understanding of the score sheet.

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College Night for Music Majors, with Peggy Vagts

Peggy Vagts, UNH Professor of Music and former Senior Faculty Fellow for the College of Liberal Arts, will give students an overview of the college application and audition process. Topics will include questions to ask on your college visits, timeline in preparing for your college auditions, placement process for piano and theory requirements and more. This workshop is most appropriate for sophomore and junior high school students.

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