From Monday, July 20th - Sunday, August 2nd RSMA is happy to host a two-week Summer Intensive Workshop Series for interested students of all ages who want to develop their music and performing skills. Featuring highly qualified faculty performers who have created a series of workshops and masterclasses focusing on a variety of areas beyond simple technique, including piano, pedagogy, diction for singer, class voice, pop and musical theater singing, classical voice, ear training, theory, acting for children, stage confidence and public speaking, children’s a cappella ensemble, composition for children, and piano performance.
Workshop attendees can register for as many workshops as they want to create a complete custom learning and development experience. Discounts are available for those register for multiple workshops and sections.
1.PIANO PERFORMANCE AND HISTORY OF KEYBOARD MUSIC FOR YOUTH
Aug 2 &
A series of open master-classes and performances in small groups as well as presentations on the history of keyboard instruments and popular dance forms that influence piano literature. Students will work on and perform in-class solos and duets. A final in-class performance will be record and distributed to the student via email. No final performance. 6 meetings/class size limited to 7 registrants/ages 8-15/price 1000$ all-inclusive/each session is 50 min.
2. PIANO PEDAGOGY: THE CORE OF RUSSIAN METHOD
A series of presentations and masterclasses on pedagogical repertoire. Topics include early stage training, the main principles of working on sound and articulation, the approach to different elements of texture and types of piano technique, the role of fingering in tone and interpretation, stylistic framing, “professional health”, and more. No final performance: 4 meetings/class size limited to 7 registrants/age limit 16+/800$ all-inclusive/each session is 50 min.
3. THE BASICS OF COMPOSITION FOR CHILDREN
July 20/27 &
In this class students will compose music in-class in different styles. They will compose melodies and try to arrange them in different styles, such as the typical classic or baroque styles or flavors of Impressionism or folk music, or the basic elements of pop and jazz, including both rhythm and harmony. At the end of class student will received an engraved copy of their piece and each piece will be performed during final class either by student or with help of teacher. No final performance: 4 meetings/class size limited to 6 registrants/ ages 8-14/price 1000$ all-inclusive/each session is 50 min. (Instructor Natalia Tokar)
4. A CAPELLA SINGING INTRODUCTION COURSE*
Students will participate in a youth A Capella ensemble where they learn the basics of singing as a group, phrasing together, making a unified sound, and gaining confidence through singing. Good for beginners. 5 meetings and a final performance/class size limited to 8 registrants/age 8-15/price 900$ all-inclusive/each session is 50min/final performance on August 2nd. (Instructor Ming Kwong) *Video Audition Required - please send a 1 min video of you singing anything to whatsapp 95202978 BEFORE REGISTRATION!
5. ACTING AND PLAY READING FOR CHILDREN
A drama workshop for kids primarily ages 4-8. Have fun learning about voice, movement and characterization while practicing speaking lines in front of others and working together as a team. No final performance: 2 paired meetings/ group size limited to 7/ages 4-8/price 1000$ all-inclusive/each session is 110 min. (Instructor Rebecca J. Merritt)
6A. GROUP VOICE FOR CLASSICAL MUSIC
a group workshop for classical singers which will focus on Vocal technique, diction, expression, and other elements essential in art song : 4 meetings/class size limited to 7 registrants/age 8-12/price 1000$ all-inclusive/each session is 50min. ( Instructors Michelle Lange and Stephan Gordon)
6B. GROUP VOICE FOR CLASSICAL MUSIC B
a group workshop for classical singers which will focus on Vocal technique, diction, expression, and other elements essential in art song for older youth students: 4 meetings/class size limited to 7 registrants/age 13-18/price 1000$ all-inclusive/each session is 50min. (Instructors Michelle Lange and Stephan Gordon)
7A. GROUP VOICE FOR POP_MUSIC AND MUSICAL THEATRE
a fun look at modern music, which will work through several popular pieces and explore healthy vocal technique and style in Broadway and pop music: 4 meetings/class size limited to 7 registrants/age 8-12/price 1000$ all-inclusive/each session is 50min. (Instructors Michelle Lange and Stephan Gordon)
7B. GROUP VOICE FOR POP_MUSIC AND MUSICAL THEATRE B
a fun look at modern music, which will work through several popular pieces and explore healthy vocal technique and style in Broadway and pop music for older youth students: 4 meetings/class size limited to 7 registrants/age 13-18/price 1000$ all-inclusive/each session is 50min. (Instructors Michelle Lange and Stephan Gordon)
8. SIGHT- SINGING AND EAR TRAINING
an introduction to reading sheet music, solfege, and rhythms. Students will learn basic skills in reading music and be exposed to sight-singing techniques and basic intervals. Essential for all singers and instruments, no experience necessary. No final performance: 4 meetings/group size limited to 7/ age 10+/ price 1000$ all-inclusive/each session is 50 min. ( Instructor Stephan Gordon)
9.RUSSIAN DICTION AND INTERPRETATION FOR SINGERS
this class is an intensive in Russian diction for singers. Through a series of mini-lectures and in-class performance and master-classes students will learn how to sing and pronounce the Russian language and become familiar with some of the staples of the Russian vocal repertoire. Topics include recognizing the Cyrillic alphabet, IPA equivalents in several printed sources, sounds specific to the language, difference between speaking and singing, how to find the keyword of a phrase. No final performance: 4 meetings/class size limited to 7 registrants/age limit 16+/800$ all-inclusive/each session is 50 min. (Instructor Natalia Tokar)
10. GERMAN LIEDER AND FRENCH MELODIE PERFORMANCE CLASS
July 20/27/29 &
a series of mini-lectures and performance presentations as well as open masterclasses working the repertoire of the German lied and French Melodie. Students will learn the basic rules of pronunciation and stylistic performance by working on standard repertoire chosen with the instructor and display their new skills in final performance on August 2nd: 5 meetings and a final performance/class size limited to 6 registrants/age 18+/ price 1400$ all-inclusive/each session is 110min. ( Instructor Ming Kwong)
11. CONFIDENCE, ACTING, PERFORMING AND PUBLIC SPEAKING
July 26 &
for those who want to work on stage fright, how to present themselves on stage, how to act with confidence, how to handle speaking in public, even the simple act of how to bow, this class will teach you how to “be” on stage. The first session will feature a conversation with local movie star Jai Day. No final performance: 2 meetings/class size limited to 8 registrants /age 8+/price 600$ all-inclusive: each session is 75 min. (Instructor Isaac Droscha)
Registration limit due to COVID-19:
Registration for all workshops is caped at 8 in addition to the instructor in order to comply with COVID prevention measures in place by the government
Russian Sound Music Academy office -708, 7/F, Wellborne Commercial Centre, 8 Java Rd, North Point, Hong Kong Island.
Classes will be cancelled, and full refund will be given in the following cases:
The teacher is sick
If the enrollment is below 4 students (except A Capella class, where the minimum enrollment should be 8)
If a major protest or event of social unrest occurs on HK Island disrupting transportation
In the event of a black rain storm or typhoon signal 8 being issued
If the building fire alarm goes off.
Students may cancel their registration no later than 2 weeks prior to class start and receive a partial refund of 50%. They may choose to apply the remaining fee withheld to register for alternative course.
WAITING LISTS for late enrollments
Once classes are fully registered, students may enroll on a waiting list the event that places become available or an additional section of that workshop is added to the schedule.