Vocal Technique will be offered as private lessons and for Conservatory Students ONLY at this time.
Fridays are reserved for Conservatory FLEX Friday career and character development activities.
Private Music and Dance lessons ARE included for Conservatory students.
Private lessons may be scheduled with the lesson instructors based on their availability and rates for all other students.
Homeschool and Conservatory Classes
This course develops proficiency in acting by promoting an understanding of the methods, principles, practices and vocabulary common for all acting styles from Greek through modern texts. It explores the most influential acting techniques and teachers including; Stella Adler, Stanford Meisner, Lee Strasberg, Brecht, Stanislavsky, Uda Hagen, Michael Chekhov, Viola Spolin and Suzuki among others.
Classical Acting Styles (High School Only)
In this course, students study the acting style of the Greek Theatre, the Commedia dell’Arte, Shakespearean plays, the Restoration, and Melodrama.
This course is meant to introduce students to specific techniques necessary for commercial and radio voice acting including, audition techniques and voice demo reels.
Film and Commercial Acting
Learn to navigate movement for your filmed performance and trust the camera’s ability to capture your emotion and intention. Self-tape and demo reels will be created within the course.
Acting Audition Prep
This course will prepare actors for stage acting auditions including monologues, cold readings, call backs and improvised scene work. Students will also learn how to find auditions and create their virtual profiles.
In this course, students study the basic elements of improvisational acting and improvisational theatre. In addition, students study ways of preparing modern and classical monologues. The courses challenges students to use a process of character development and expand their creative processes.
Devising Original Theatre
This course directs students to analyze their own creative process and guides them through exercises for personal investigation and growth to create original work.
This course is an introductory course in stage production that gives students experience in management, design, scenic and costume construction, and stage sound and lighting.
This course introduces students to a practical approach to technical and production aspects. Students learn the skills needed to construct scenery, hang and focus lighting instruments, and implement a sound system. Students are trained in the usage of tools, lumber, and machinery.
This course affords students the opportunity to acquire and develop administrative skills that are commonly used in the management of theatre spaces and productions. Students apply a myriad of technical theatre concepts and skills along with developing knowledge and skills associated with production responsibilities, arts administration, theatre management, and applications of previously acquired theatre arts studies.
This course provides students with a rigorous and relevant experiential study of theatre along with video and audio design. Creation and analysis of student performances will be balanced with explorations into contemporary practices in digital media. Students will learn how to bridge traditional stagecraft with current technology applications to create new media, such as animations, digital images, multimedia presentation, digital video, websites and interactive performances.
Costume/Make-up (Visual Arts for the Stage)
Students will learn all the basic sewing stitches and techniques. Throughout the year students will build numerous costume pieces, design costume plots and hopefully work backstage of a production. This class will cover costume history, drawing, design, color palettes, costume construction and portfolio design. Students will be exposed to the basics of stage make-up. Students will learn old age, fantasy, gore, and multi media makeup. Students will be expected to purchase various supplies that will be intended for their personal use only.
Acting Through Song
This course is an introductory course for actors who want to sing. Students will learn to incorporate characterization and subtext to tell stories through song.
Students will review the history of musicals, assess different career options and receive training in audition techniques and resume preparation. Additionally, the course will also provide instruction on the three main elements of music theatre song, drama and dance--and create a framework in which these are blended into an individualized performance style.
Musical Theatre Rep.
This course prepares musical theatre performers for audition and performance through building their rep book with various genres and composers literature. They will learn to create, notate and perform the material in their book.
Learn the history of Broadway /Off-Broadway including plays, musicals and avant-garde. This course will examine notable playwrights, directors, choreographers, producers, performers and theaters throughout history.
Film appreciation is a course that explores the world of film and filmmaking. We will examine the styles of film, and the techniques used in making a film, and some of the stylistic theories.
College Audition Prep
This course will assist Juniors and Seniors through the research, application and pre-screen process of college auditions for actors, technicians, musical theatre performers and dancers.
Movement for Actors - Physical Theatre
Physical Theatre is an performance based course where physical movement is the primary method of storytelling; as opposed to, say, text in a play or music and lyrics in an opera. Also, it may incorporate other techniques such as mime, gesture and modern dance to create performance pieces.
Puppetry & Puppet Building
This is a broad introduction to the art of puppetry which includes both puppetry performance techniques and puppet making.
This course equips students with both the practical skills and the theoretical knowledge necessary to create one's own performances. Students will present a one-act play festival in the Spring semester.
Special FX for the Stage
This class teaches artists to draw from numerous fields of art and science to design and construct astonishing illusions that pull audiences into the world of the show.
Music Theory I
Learn the foundations of music reading including essential skills like sight singing and basic keyboard/piano. Among the subjects covered are note reading, time signatures, key signatures, major and minor scales, introduction to chords, aural skills, and a history of western classical music.
Music Theory II
Deepen your understanding of music theory through practical application. Students will compose in a variety of styles, learn conducting, advanced sight singing, modes, overtones, the blues scale, and musical forms. We will listen to musical genres from around the world and do a deep dive into the histories of music in America.
AP Music Theory & Music Pedagogy
This collegiate level music theory class will prepare you for the AP test including skills like musical analysis, dictation, secondary function harmony, and figured bass. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to conduct, coach, and music direct. You will work closely with faculty to prep with conducting and pedagogy strategies.
This course for beginning or experienced songwriters, focuses on basic songwriting styles and techniques. Students will be shown easy to understand methods to develop the necessary skills to compose well-crafted lyrics and music. Focusing on melody writing and lyric structure, your instructor will encourage you to develop your own personal musical identity. Some songs may be selected to workshop with the CCM Jam Band or to perform at SOS or the Ovation Music Concert.
In this class students will be learning the basic fundamental skills needed for learning to play the guitar. Students will work on beginner music theory, finger mechanics, rhythm, melody, chords and building their ears to excel in music.
In this class students will be build upon their knowledge of the fundamental skills needed for learning to play the guitar. Students will work on advanced music theory, finger mechanics, rhythm, melody, chords and building their ears to excel in music.
Learn piano in this fun small group class. Learn how to read music at the piano, build your technique, and learn some simple piano pieces - because playing music is fun!! BYOEK (Bring Your Own Electric Keyboard).
Intermediate: Do you already know how to play simple rhythms and easily find all the notes on the piano? Then this group piano class is probably just right for you! (This class follows our Beginner Piano class or Music Theory I.) Work on playing scales, chord progressions, and learn even more piano pieces - because playing music is fun!! BYOEK (Bring Your Own Electric Keyboard). Advanced: This group class is perfect for students who already have a fair amount of experience with piano lessons. This group setting allows for a fun approach to practicing scales, speed drills, and sight reading. Students will have the opportunity to practice performing for each other in class. This class is a wonderful compliment for students who are currently taking private piano lessons or those who want to dust off their skills. BYOEK (Bring Your Own Electric Keyboard -if possible).
Ovation Chamber Choir
Join us for homeschool choir!! This elite chamber choir is open by audition to high school students. You will sing a wide variety of choral music from classical standards to contemporary hits. You will practice music reading skills, exercise your voice, and make choir friends. The chamber choir will perform at the Ovation Spring Music Concert, Music SOS, and Brown Bag Black Box Lunches. Recent studies have shown many incredible benefits from choral singing. Contact us today to schedule a low pressure audition and get some of those mind and body benefits for yourself.