Musicworks Studio
99 Kingdom Hall Drive
Clyde, NC 38721
Phone: 828-565-0381

2011 Class Offerings

2011 Class Offerings

Starlite Performers (Grades K-1) In this class, boys and girls will learn what it takes to be a star performer! Whether they are singing, playing musical instruments, or showing off their dance moves, these students will have all the foundational skills needed for a performing arts education and a lifelong appreciation of music and dance.

Preschool I (Ages 2.5-3)
Movement classes that explore rhythm, song, body awareness, locomotor movement, and creative expression. Exercises are geared to the developmental needs of preschoolers. Includes ballet positions, beginning terminology and musicality taught with games, songs, and stories. Children must be able to be independent from the parent for the class. Children must be able to be independent from the parent for the class

Preschool II (Ages 3-4)
Children’s bodies and minds are now becoming ready for the discipline of ballet, tap and tumbling. This class is a great introduction to all techniques and styles of dance while still learning to use their bodies.

Dance Combo IA (Grades K-1)

This Ballet, Tap and Jazz combo class is where children will begin to learn more control and technique for dance.

Theater Dance (Grades 6-12) If you are an actor who does not feel comfortable with dance, or a singer/dancer who would like to improve his/her performance skills, we have the perfect class for you! Students will study Tap and Jazz as it is presented in the Musical Theater genre.

Ballet Productions (Grades 2-adults with a min of 2 years ballet training) This class will focus on choreographing and staging mini-ballets (45-60 mins.) of a more contemporary nature.  Marilyn Cloutier will be the director for the class and for each of the productions.  Students are required to also be enrolled in the appropriate ballet technique class.  The first production will be a ballet version of The Sound of Music and it will be presented in Jan., 2011 (weather permitting).

Ballet II (Grades 2-3)
An expanded barre and centerwork are employed. Strength, flexibility, and agility are goals in this class. One to two years is spent at this level as the syllabus grows to include basic barre work, body directions, small and large jumps, preparation for pirouettes and a better understanding of musicality.

Ballet III (Grades 4-5)
One to two years is spent at this level, stressing turn out, extension and jumps adding more center floor work and beginning pointe. Coordination of head and arms continue as does ballet history and musicality. A student's stretch, strength and grace at this level begins to develop.

Ballet IV (Grades 6+)
Includes more difficult barre and floor combinations including beats, pirouettes, petit and grand allegro and advanced progressions. Dancers are expected to perform more technically and emotionally proficient as they progress through the levels.

Lyrical Ballet (Grades 4-8 and 9-12)
Lyrical dance is a combination of the beauty of ballet with the expressive abilities of modern and jazz. Generally, lyrical is done to more contemporary music. It is designed for intermediate and above dancers who have experience in both dance forms.

Jazz (Grades K-Adults)
Jazz technique coordinates with the ballet program promoting grace, flexibility of movement, coordination of heads, arms, jumps and turns. Classic jazz movements including isolations, stretching, turns, leaps, patterns and combinations are taught at each level appropriate to age and skill. Contemporary music is used and an evolving sense of rhythm and body awareness is illustrated through modern across the floor and dance combinations

Tap (Grades k-Adults)
Tap focuses on timing and rhythm, balance and coordination. Beginning through advanced tap technique in several styles including hoofing and classical rhythm tapping. Dancers are taught the use of heads, arms, kicks, and turns to enhance tap rhythms and styles at each level appropriate to age and skill.

Hip Hop (Grades K-12)
The ultimate in fun and fitness. Street dancing at it's best. An evolving combination of rhythmic isolations, jumps and turns done to current music and rap sensations. Only age appropriate movements, music and costuming will be permitted.

Ballroom and Social Dancing (Offered in 8 week sessions).  Adults take the dance floor and learn the hottest dances around: Shag, Salsa, Swing, Waltz, Jive, Foxtrot and many more! Sally and Herb Roach, Instructors

Musical TheaterSing! Dance! Act!
(Triple Threats I, II, III and Off Broadway Ensemble (level IV)
A combination of dancing, acting and singing, this class includes learning and exploring combinations from your favorite Broadway Shows! From Bob Fosse to Susan Stroman, Cats to Chorus Line, students will experience original choreography, legendary music and often, the personal stories and history behind the shows from the people who did them first!  These are some of our most popular classes and they fill up very quickly!

Dance and Movement Class for the Actor (Ages 13 - Adult, 9 week session)

Think dance is not for you? Are you ONLY an ACTOR?? This is not your typical dance class! Instead, Mr. Tyler will be exploring character development and emotions through movement and how it relates to acting. Perfect training for actors who want to be more comfortable on stage and gain a working knowledge of stage movement! No prior dance experience required.

Almost Glee (Grades 8+)
The Almost Glee Show Choir is for students Grades 8+ who want to study the elements of musical theater and fine tune their craft. The program is designed to facilitate comprehensive performing arts instruction for dedicated students and young professionals. It is for the serious-minded “triple threat” committed to working hard and delivering an amazing performance. Almost Glee will travel to Atlanta in January 2012 to compete in the Junior Musical Theater Festival. Almost Glee will also perform at local fairs, churches, parades, and community events.

How are the members of Almost Glee selected?
Auditions will be held at MW on Tuesday August 16th, 2011 6pm.

When is the first Almost Glee class meeting?
Thursday, August 25th from 6pm until 7:15pm. This will be the regular class meeting day and time for Almost Glee.

What are the additional class requirements for Almost Glee members?
There are no additional class requirements.

What is the monthly fee for Almsot Glee?
There is a cost of $50.00 per month (September - May) and $25 for August.

What about costumes for shows and run-out performances?
Depending on the show or performance, students may be required to purchase, rent, or come up with their own costume. For instance, the Christmas parade costumes will be rented from MW for a charge of $25.00 each.

What are the members required to purchase for the class?
Ladies will need a pair of tan, slip-on jazz shoes and a pair of tan, 1” heel character shoes. Gentlemen will need a pair of black leather jazz shoes. All members will need black jazz pants (in good condition) and an “Ovation” t-shirt.

For Audition Requirements Click Here!

What are the judging criteria?

o Vocal ability: Students should be able to sing on pitch with pleasant, supported tone and dynamics.

o Dance ability: Students should be able to pick up jazz/musical theater choreography quickly and put it into performance. The judges are NOT looking for advanced ‘tricks” such as triple pirouettes, big jetes (leaps), and axel turns or calypsos.

o Overall performance ability: Smile! Smile! Smile! Energy! Energy! Energy! Make the judges want to put you in this group…show them that you belong in “Ovation”!

o Personality: Upbeat, energetic, and enthusiastic are infectious character traits and very essential to a successful stage performer.

o Commitment and dedication: Students will be asked to commit to attending class every Thursday night (unless ill) and to participate in community events. If you cannot commit to attending the class regularly then please do not audition.

o Attitude: Students must be able to receive constructive criticism with an open mind and open heart. Students must be kind and respectful of the other class members, the director, and other MW faculty members.

Junior Musical Theater Class

My child is younger than 11 but would like to be involved with a Musical Theater Class, is that possible?
Yes! Younger students between the ages of 7-10 who would like to challenge themselves in musical theater can participate in a Junior Musical Theater Class. The class will attend the regular Ovation class meeting once a month (last class meeting of the month) and will participate alongside the Ovation class members. Apprentices may also choose to attend the Junior Theater Festival in Atlanta and will perform with the Ovation group. Apprentices will be asked to focus and work hard during the Ovation class. Misbehavior will not be tolerated and will result in dismissal from the group.

What about costumes for shows and run-out performances?
Depending on the show or performance, students may be required to purchase, rent, or come up with their own costume. For instance, the Christmas parade costumes will be rented from MW for a charge of $25.00 each.

Are there additional requirements?
Jr Musical Theater students are required to participate in an additional dance class of their choosing (tap/jazz, or ballet).

What are apprentices required to purchase?
Young ladies will need a pair of tan, slip-on jazz shoes. Young men will need a pair of black leather jazz shoes. All members will need black jazz pants (in good condition) and a “Jr Musical Theater” t-shirt.

Private Voice (ages 11-Adults) 
Private vocal lessons offer the one on one attention using vocal exercises, techniques and songs to improve the voice in all styles, from opera to pop music. Lessons are customized to meet the needs, skills and level of each student, from beginner to advanced students.

Vocal Technique Class is offered to our beginning and younger voice students, ages 7-10, and offers training with exercises, techniques and songs for small groups and placement for harmonies and choral work. Note: Vocal technique classes are not offered every semester. Please contact the office if you would like to place your child on the "wish list".

Private Piano (ages 5-Adults)
Private piano lessons offer one on one attention in using piano exercises, techniques and playing songs for beginners to the most advanced students in all styles from classical to jazz.

Music for Little Mozarts (ages 4-6) Designed to encourage a love for music in young children ages four to six, Music for Little Mozarts is a group piano course centering around the adventures of Beethoven Bear and Mozart Mouse as they learn about music. In addition to a perfect beginning piano class, this fun, imaginative series will also help develop singing and listening skills, plus impart an appreciation for many musical styles. Each class is limited to 4 students.  All students must have a keyboard or piano for home practice!

Private Harp (ages 5-Adults) Instructor: Lynne Meyer
Who Can Play the Harp? Anyone -- that's who! I have found that it is never too late to learn to play an instrument you love. I enjoy teaching students of all ages and abilities and I have taught a huge age range of students- from age 6 on through their 60's. In recent years I have seen a large increase in the number of beginning adult students, which is great news! 
Instruction will emphasize:
Healthy hand position & technique
Quality sound & beautiful tone 
Practice techniques for the individual
Music reading
Performance skills
Ensemble experience
Harp care & maintenance
Career preparation
If you are considering lessons, here are some basic points to consider: 
• All students should be prepared to rent or buy a harp to practice on at home. 
• Any student will learn to play the harp more quickly if they are already able to read music before beginning harp lessons, however, I do not require prior musical knowledge. 
• When deciding if your child is old enough to begin taking harp lessons, rather than going strictly by age, a good guideline is that small children must be able to sit still & pay attention through a 1/2 hour lesson, and be able to practice 15 minutes each day at home. 
• I also expect all students regardless of age to have a strong desire to learn how to play the harp well, approach any suggestions or instructions I give with an open mind & "can do" attitude, and to supplement their learning experience by listening to recordings of harp music and attending live concerts, clinics or harp circle meetings as often as reasonably possible.

Kindermusik® (ages Newborn to 7 years)
Kindermusik ® is a developmental music program which through joyful music-making between the parent, child and teacher seeks to promote cognitive, physical, language, social, emotional and musical development in young children. Each class, geared toward your child's developmental stage, and is taught by a trained and licensed Kindermusik teacher who is passionate about transforming the lives of children through musical learning. Children sing, play instruments, dance, explore literature and learn to listen in an active, intent way. Musical goals range from developing a steady beat at 18 months to learning to read music at five years-old. The program is based on the beliefs that all children are musical and that the parent is the child's most important teacher.

Kindermusik ABC Music and Me

ABC Music & Me, an award-winning enrichment (early literacy and language) program for 2 to 6 year olds, was designed for early childhood learning centers, but can also be taught in a Kindermusik classroom. ABC Music & Me is a research-based language and early literacy program built around music. ABC Music & Me helps develop pre-literacy and language skills through a child’s most-loved rituals: music and storytime.

ABC Music & Me supports the early childhood standards and requirements for “high quality programs” as defined by the National Institute for Early Education. Plus for the older age group, ABC Music & Me aligns with pre-K national and state standards.

Age Range: Age 2 to 6 years 
New unit theme for each month, each contains four lessons
Taught like a regular Kindermusik class, with additional option of a hosted CD
Fourteen monthly units for 2 to 4 years old 
Twelve monthly units for 4 to 6 years old

Class Length: 30 minutes
Class Size: Up to twelve children in class, with or without accompanying adults

What a Child Will Experience in Class:
Songs and rhymes to develop phonetic awareness and early reading skills
Tapping, clacking, and ringing rhythm instruments in time with music to improve hand-eye coordination 
Focused listening with music to improve skills in following directions 
Instrument play to strengthen fine motor skills 
Developmentally-appropriate songs to develop vocal chords and expressive speech 
Learning that emphasizes storytelling, imaginative play, and taking turns

Registration includes: 
Developmentally appropriate curriculum for children ages 2 to 6 years old
4-week semester with 12 different monthly themes
Weekly 30-minute class 
Monthly Home Kit that includes a magazine-style Family Guide, CD with all the music from class, and an instrument every other month


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