School

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Musical Theatre

The courses offered each semester at Ovation will vary based on the needs and goals of our students. Select classes will be offered year round and others by semester. We will invite Guest Artists to teach the more unique and specific content. Our Ovation Academy instructors will teach the majority of the lecture and foundation courses. Below is a partial list of possible course options offered at Ovation Academy. 

Foundation Courses offered every year

 

*Denotes Courses required for EVERY Musical Theatre Major

Musical Theatre Production*

Students will be involved in the development and execution of performances for the academy and for the public. Students will research and apply music techniques learned in their courses to the creation of known and original works of music for entertainment and competition purposes.

Full Year Bonus Course, REQUIRED EACH SEMESTER.

 

Musical Theatre Dance*

Students will learn common dance combinations, terminology and style associated with musical theatre dance. Semester Course, REQUIRED ONE SEMESTER EVERY YEAR.

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Acting Through Song*

An introductory course for all first-year Musical Theatre majors. Students will learn various acting and analytical techniques used to portray a character or scene through song, such as emotional-imagery planning, character analysis, and musical analysis. Students will also perform solo repertoire for one another, followed by instructor critique and class feedback. The skills and analytical practices developed in this course will continue to be utilized and developed in future musical theatre courses. Semester Course, ONLY OFFERED IN FALL SEMESTER, not repeatable.

Interpretation: Musical Theatre Scenes*

This course continues to develop the skills and techniques learned in Acting for Singers. Using these same analytical techniques, students will collaborate on duets and musical scenes, which are performed for the class. By participating in class-driven feedback, students are able to develop stronger awareness of character and intention. This course is to be taken multiple times, with the goal of continued growth as performers and collaborators. [Pre-requisite: Acting Through Song] Semester Course, may be repeated. OFFERED SPRING ONLY

 

Expression: Musical Theatre Repertoire* (offered 2019 and every fall)

This course continues to develop the skills and techniques learned in Acting for Singers. Using these same analytical techniques, students will create rounded characters and scenes within solo repertoire. Students will receive guidance on how to select appropriate music based on age, type, and voice type. These songs will then be performed in a masterclass setting with class and instructor feedback. This course is to be taken multiple times in order to expand repertoire and continue growth. [Pre-requisite: Acting Through Songs] Semester Course, may be repeated.

 

Beginner Piano*

Semester Course, may be repeated.

 

Intermediate/Advanced Piano

Semester Course, may be repeated.

 

Musical Theatre Audition Prep*

Semester Course, may be repeated.

 

Middle School

 

MS Vocal Technique*

This course will teach proper technique specific to early teen physical development. 6th-8th graders will study development for breathing, placement, creating sound and safe use of the voice as an instrument.Full Year Course, REQUIRED EACH SEMESTER.

 

Introduction to Music Theory* (MS)

This course introduces students to the essential elements of theory, beginning with the musical staff, notes of the treble clef, diatonic and chromatic scales. Students will explore major, minor, diminished and augmented chords Full Year Course (must take during middle school)

 

MS Aural Skills*

This course develops the musician’s internal guidance system: sight-reading using movable “do”, ear training, discovering relative pitch, harmonic and melodic dictation, and transposition on sight. Semester Course, may be repeated.

MS Music History*

Lives of composers and how they contributed to the evolution of music. Full Year Course [Middle School only].


 

High School

 

Vocal Technique*

This course will teach proper technique for the developing voice for breathing, placement, creating sound and safe use of your voice as an instrument. Full Year Course, REQUIRED EACH SEMESTER.

 

Music Theory 1*

This course is an in-depth continuation of the concepts presented in the introductory course, for those that already have an understanding of the fundamental elements of theory. Secondary dominants, cadences, and modes are introduced. [Pre-requisite: Introduction to Music Theory after this year] Semester Course, [High School only].

 

Music Theory 2*

This course is an in-depth continuation of the concepts presented in the Music Theory 1. Students will develop the skills for structural analysis of larger works..[Pre-requisite: Music Theory 1] Semester Course [High School only].

 

Beginning Aural Skills *

This is the first of a two-course series that develops the musician’s internal guidance system: sight-reading in the treble and bass clefs using movable “do”, using Curwen hand signs and solfege, ear training and diatonic intervals up to an octave, discovering relative pitch, harmonic and melodic dictation, and beginning transposition on sight. Semester Course, may be repeated.

 

Advanced Aural Skills*

This course is the continuation of Aural Skills 1. Students will sight-read more complex rhythms and focus more on minor keys and modes. Students will more readily access their internal guidance system, being able to gauge tempo, key, and pitches on sight. Students will use Curwen hand signs and solfege (chromatic) to utilize multiple pathways to understanding. Students will be exposed to the fixed “do”, ear training with chromatic intervals , discovering relative pitch, harmonic and melodic dictation, and transposition on sight. [Pre-requisite: Musicianship 1] Semester Course, may be repeated.

 

Music History and Literature: Ancient to Baroque*

This course is the first of a three-semester series that examines the beginnings of music, from the first notated melodies through the Baroque period. The changes in societies and governments are reflected in the lives of composers and the music they made. As new instruments are created and new harmonies accepted, the method of notation is required to evolve as well, and will be explored in this course. One semester Course [High School only].

 

Music History and Literature: Classical to 20th Century*

This is the second of a three-semester series, this focusing on the popular music of the Classical and Romantic periods. The role of the musician evolves in response to the evolution of political thought in Europe, prompting composers to seek out new ways to support themselves after patronage. Popular composers are examined in depth, as well as the music they made. Students will complete their study of Western musical evolution in this course, including the development of new genres such as blues and rock. Students will trace the changes in music in society through the new technologies of radio, television, and computers. Semester Course. [Pre-requisite: Music History and Literature: Medieval to Baroque] One semester Course [High School only].

 

History of Musical Theatre I & II*

Students will gain a working knowledge of musical theatre through the historical exploration of the genre from the Greeks all the way to modern day musical productions. Students will learn and analyze the change in musical theatre elements such as styles of music, dance, and costuming through time. Students will be able to apply their knowledge to research, performance and design project presentations. Students will also explore how the history of the time period being explored affected musical theatre at that time. Semester Course each.

 

Physical Theatre 1*

The first level in a series courses designed to build physical communication for the theatre. Students will study body alignment, abstract movement, corporal mime, and specific Illusionary mime skills. Students will also study neutral and three dimensional mask work, and perform tertiary roles in a full-length silent theatre production. Students will explore each of these areas to develop the skills necessary to create and perform in-depth and nuanced non-verbal characters. These skills are vital in creating dynamic theatrical pieces giving students the tools to communicate three dimensional characters in complete stories. This course engages students in the development of physical character, physicalization of specific characteristics, and in-depth performances. Students are expected to transfer knowledge from one course to the next, while continuing to add complexity to their artistic work. Students will delve into the analysis of the script and the archetypal characters, implementing physicality necessary to communicate information to the audience. Semester Course [Juniors/Seniors only]

 

Physical Theatre 2*

The second level of a series of courses designed to build physical communication for the theatre. Students will continue study of abstract movement, and corporal and illusionary mime. Students will develop three-dimensional mask designs with more complex features and characteristics. Students will perform secondary leads in full-length silent theatre productions, and student developed and directed silent scenes. Students will explore each of these areas to develop the skills necessary to create and perform in-depth and nuanced non-verbal characters. These skills are vital in creating dynamic theatrical pieces. This course engages students in the development of the physical character analysis, physicalization of specific characteristics, and in-depth performance. Students will explore and analyze scripts and the archetypal characters, implementing physicality necessary to silently communicate information vital to the audience. Students will collaborate to create nuanced three dimensional masked performances. Precision and clarity will be the goal within the performance. Semester Course [Juniors/Seniors only]

 

Supplemental Courses offered as desired or needed - all one semester

 

Diction for Performers

The ability to perform authentic accents is the outcome of this one-semester course. Diction for Performers teaches the International Phonetic Alphabet, the basis of transcribing and correctly recreating the nuances of foreign and regional accents used in theatre. Emphasis will be placed on the in-depth study of regional American cadences, dialects and terminology. Students will also explore other English-speaking countries’ specific sounds and terminology, and have the opportunity to interact with foreign-language speakers to internalize authentic accents, enabling them to perform many types of roles with confidence.

 

Broadway 101

This course is a survey course of all things Broadway which also produces a musical revue or original musical, based on previously written musical theatre numbers. Semester Course, may be repeated.

 

Beginner Musical Theatre / non-major

Semester Course, may be repeated.

 

Voice for the Non-Major

​Semester Course, may be repeated.

 

Music Composition

Students will examine methods of composition in the music industry in order to create original music. Semester Course.

PREREQUISITE: Theory II.

Class Guitar

Semester Course, may be repeated.

 

Music Exploration

This is a survey course that exposes students to multiple topics of music, including the many roles music plays in popular culture, the intersection of music and STEM, and the physics of sound through hands-on experiments, songwriting, watching videos and analyzing the music in commercials and movies. Semester Course, may be repeated.

CONTACT US

301 W. Louisiana

McKinney, TX 75069

214-856-4513     

Info@ovationAPA.org

HOURS OF OPERATION

Monday - Friday: 8:00am-8:00pm

Saturday: 10:30am-4pm


 

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