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Jazz, Music History

Adult, High School/College

Jazz on Film

Join Dr. Brian Jones for Jazz on Film, a course exploring the rich history of jazz’s connection with the cinema. From feature films about jazz, movies with jazz scores, documentaries on jazz musicians, and television series with jazz-centric subject matters, we will dissect the themes and music of various films as they relate to the world of jazz and the American (and global) cultural landscape. F…

Jazz, Music History

Adult, High School/College

Monk’s Music

Join Brian Jones for Monk’s Music, a course exploring the music and life of one of jazz’s most important artists, pianist/composer Thelonious Monk. We will investigate the history of jazz using Monk’s unique musical vision as a guide. Topics central to this course will be Monk’s inimitable piano style, his creativity as a composer, and his role as a leading working jazz musician in the Ameri…

Music History

Adult

Treesa Ruins Classical Music: Spring A

Buckle in and hold on tight for this continued wild ride through the bizarre, entertaining, and brilliant world of music history. From the Dark Ages to Hollywood, this class will explore how music shaped the world and how the world shaped music. Crazy anecdotes and unbelievably genius musical excerpts will have you completely immersed in the world of classical music and leave you wanting more.

You have th…

Music History

Adult

Treesa Ruins Classical Music: Spring B

Buckle in and hold on tight for this continued wild ride through the bizarre, entertaining, and brilliant world of music history. From the Dark Ages to Hollywood, this class will explore how music shaped the world and how the world shaped music. Crazy anecdotes and unbelievably genius musical excerpts will have you completely immersed in the world of classical music and leave you wanting more.

You have th…

Music History

Adult, High School/College

Understanding Black Classical Music

2021 Sphinx Medal Excellence Recipient Titus Underwood returns for another semester of Understanding Black Classical Music!  We will be going through 3 composers intensively in this 4-week course.  This will include the works and lives of Florence Price, William L Dawson and William Grant Still.  We will go through a historical context of why and when their music was written.  This will give a strong basis t…

Music History

Adult, High School/College

Black Music Discovery 2

2021 Sphinx Medal Excellence Recipient Titus Underwood returns for another semester of Black Music Discovery! There will be a new set of composers and performers explored in this course. For those who like to play, there will also be a class recital at the end of the course! Our journey of discovery will mine the music of composers such as Ignatious Sancho, Harry Burliegh, William Dawson, and a deeper dive into …

Music Listening

Adult

For Your Ears Only

Listening to a live concert is an experience that can be as personal as it is communal. In this 4-class interactive course, you will be given a set of skills that will help you get more out of any concert situation. Think of it like adding various filters to enhance certain aspects of the music. RSO violinists Adrian Pintea and Ellen Cockerham Riccio will guide participants through the process of listening and d…

Composition

Precollege

Intermediate Composition

Composition is back! Students will work with notation software and/or digital audio workstations to create their own compositions. This course is intended for students with prior compositional experience and/or familiarity with music notation software. The session will culminate with a virtual recital where students can share their creations with fellow students, friends, and family.

Note: Are you a begin…

Music Theory

Adult

Intro to Music Theory for Adults

Students will combine written and aural theory to increase their understanding and explore the foundations of music. Each class will move at a speed that allows all students to gain a firm grasp of the materials. Emphasis will be on the foundations of theory with direct application to pieces.
No placement test or prior experience is required for this class.

Ensembles

Precollege

Masterpiece Collective – A RSYO Experience

In the Spring 2021 RSYO Experience, students will explore and prepare excerpts and selections from a wide range of repertoire. Students will also work in tandem with Richmond Symphony musicians through sectional coachings. As a RSYO student participating in this class, you will also be eligible to enroll in our Chamber Music program. All students will have access to music education software within MusicFirst, ou…

Ensembles

Precollege

Masterpiece Collective – A String Sinfonietta Experience

In the Spring 2021 String Sinfonietta Experience, students will work with YOP conductors to learn repertoire appropriate for their level, some of which will allow them to join virtual performances with YCO, Camerata, and Wind Ensemble. During weekly meetings, students will discuss the fundamentals of music and relate them to their music. Students will also take part in virtual sectionals with Richmond Symphony m…

Ensembles

Precollege

Masterpiece Collective – A YCO & Camerata Experience: The Full Orchestra for Strings

In the Spring 2021 “YCO & Camerata Experience: The Full Orchestra for Strings,” students from both ensembles will come together to perform and discuss orchestral music. Students will engage in weekly sessions with YOP conductors and will work in tandem with Richmond Symphony musicians through level-appropriate sectional coachings. Students in this ensemble will be joined by winds, brass, and percussion s…

Ensembles

Precollege

Masterpiece Collective – A YCO & Wind Ensemble Experience: The Full Orchestra for Woodwind, Brass, & Percussion

In the Spring 2021 “YCO & Wind Ensemble Experience: The Full Orchestra for Woodwind, Brass, & Percussion,” students will come together to perform and discuss orchestral music. Students will engage in weekly sessions with YOP conductors and work in tandem with Richmond Symphony musicians through level-appropriate sectional coachings. Students in this ensemble will be joined by strings students…

Piano

Precollege

Piano Symposium

Calling all advanced pianists! In this symposium, students will have the opportunity to work with four master teachers from local universities and the community. Topics will include: overcoming performance anxiety, elements of Russian piano technique, “Debussy: the Painter in Music,” storytelling in performance, sight-reading, and elements of beautiful sound. Certificate awarded to students completing the co…

Music Theory

Precollege

Pre-College Music Theory: Harmony 1

This course continues to build on previous knowledge while adding cadences, four-part writing, more complex rhythmic dictation and musical dictation.

Students should be able to identify and write major and all forms of minor scales in all key signatures in treble and bass clefs; identify and sing all major and perfect intervals ascending; be able to write all notes and rest in treble and bass clefs. Acces…

Music Theory

Precollege

Pre-College Music Theory: Theory 1

Students combine written and aural theory to increase their understanding and explore the foundations of music. Classes cover subjects from basic note-reading in multiple clefs to constructing scales, identifying and singing intervals, rhythmic dictation and beginning ear training. Access to music theory and ear training applications through our learning management system, MusicFirst, is included. No pla…

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