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The Magic Circle of 5ths

The Magic Circle of 5ths Have you ever wondered what the Circle of 5th's mean and why we use it in music? In this workshop we will uncover the mystery behind this majestic circle and all its complexities. REQUIREMENTS: For students who are familiar with the key signature language i.e. sharps and flats, major/minors, enharmonic equivalents, treble and bass clefs. [More]

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Talkin' Soul '69-79

Join organist/pianist Darren Heinrich as he takes a journey through the history of Soul Music and its various sub-genres. This online workshop examines the stylistic evolutions within Soul Music from late 1960s through the 1980s. Topics include the emergence of funk music, psychedelica, funk-rock, the Philly sound, disco, rap and the Minneapolis Sound. Artists include James Brown, Sly Stone, Gamble & Huff, Prince amongst many others. [More]

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Ableton Crash Course for Beginners

This workshop is tailored to new users of AbletonLive, providing an easy to follow guide to getting started making music in this innovative and powerful software. Suitable for complete beginners or people migrating from other DAW’s (Digital Audio Workstations) If you are keen on Ableton Live you can download a free 90 day trial here: https://www.ableton.com/en/trial/ [More]

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It's about TIME

It’s About Time! Time signatures in written music can sometimes be very daunting to decipher. In this compact workshop we will look at the ins-and-outs of simple, compound and irregular time signatures. Join me in unravelling their fascinating purpose and application. REQUIREMENTS: For students who are familiar with music notation i.e. crotchets, quavers, minims etc, staves and bar lines. [More]

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Jazz Drumming: An open approach

Jazz Drumming Tune Up In this workshop we will be expanding upon the ideas and concepts covered in the first session, as well as introducing some new material. Areas to be covered will include: •Further exploring the Cymbal Beat - rhythmic and melodic approaches, longer phrases & resolution points. •Comping concepts using different limb combinations. •Developing relaxed coordination. •Adding comping and syncopation to the “basic” brush beats. Entry Requirements: A basic, general... [More]

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Tertiary Jazz Pre-audition Workshop

Are you planning to audition for a Conservatorium tertiary degree in jazz? Be well informed about the audition requirements and process so you can achieve your best result in this highly competitive field. This three hour workshop includes discussion and demonstration of the process, a mock Jazz aptitude test and the opportunity for some students to have their mock audition critiqued by members of the Tertiary Jazz staff in front of your peers (this is optional). This is an... [More]

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Music Theatre Lab Audition

MUSIC THEATRE LAB 2021 – June 26 – July 3 Put your singing, acting and dancing skills under the microscope at Music Theatre Lab Following on from the successes of Opera Lab '18 and '19 the Open Academy is delighted to be able to expand the program and present Music Theatre Lab in June/July 2021. Music Theatre Lab is a 7-day intensive program for aspiring Music Theatre performers aged 15 – 25. Working with a team of professional conductors, directors and choreograhers Music Theatre... [More]

Breeze through the Baroque - The Enquiring Listener

BREEZE THROUGH THE BAROQUE – THE ENQUIRING LISTENER This engaging 90 minute workshop will explore the Music of the Baroque Period. We will look at the characteristic features of Baroque music including the typical instrumental and vocal forces of the time, the types of works written and the pre-eminent composers. Using skills developed in “The Enquiring Listener” course, we will investigate the dramatic impact and technical intricacies of Baroque Music, utilising recordings and... [More]

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Beginner Shakuhachi Workshop

If you’ve always wanted to try the shakuhachi, now’s your chance! Shakuhachi Master Bronwyn Kirkpatrick will present this workshop and demonstration introducing shakuhachi, the traditional Japanese bamboo flute. The demonstration/workshop is open to anyone 16 years of age and over and no prior musical experience is necessary. It will interest students who feel drawn to Asian music and philosophies and people who want to find out more about the shakuhachi and its tradition. It may... [More]

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Oscillators and Envelopes: Moving beyond presets

Oscillators and Envelopes: Moving beyond presets This workshop is aimed at music makers who have a solid grasp of the fundamentals of synthesis, and are looking to move beyond pre-sets and craft their own bespoke, signature sounds. By reverse engineering a number of contemporary examples, we will build a deeper understanding of synthesis and sound design, and develop a tool kit for shaping unique, expressive sounds. This workshop will focus on software synthesisers, but the... [More]

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