• Instructor: Ms. Mary Javian

    Date/Time: TBA

    Social entrepreneurship is the process of pursuing innovative solutions to social problems. More specifically, social entrepreneurs adopt a mission to create and sustain social value. Curtis’ new course, Social Entrepreneur, is a one semester, project based course that matches students with community based projects conceived of by the Director of Professional Development and Community Engagement. Students’ personal and musical interests are key factors in placing students in service opportunities that utilize their artistry. Through the course, students will also attend the Careers in Music Speaker Series and build their online portfolios. In addition students will have the opportunity to apply for and receive small grants to continue the work after their semester in this course.

    This course is required of all third year undergraduate students.

    Self enrolment
  • Instructor: Ms. Geraldine Rice

    Day/Time: TBA

    Empathetic, creative, effective teaching. Each student will be paired with a young musician from the community with whom he will develop a year-long relationship. With guidance, students will learn to establish discipline while fostering the love of music - and will learn that through teaching music, we grow in ways previously unimagined. This class meets twice weekly. In addition to the teaching requirement, students will observe masterclasses  and lessons taught by Curtis faculty and guests.  Open, by approval, to post-baccalaureate diploma students, master of music students and select undergraduates.

    Self enrolment
  • Instructor: Mr. Greg Sharrow

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    The overlaps between music and technology are ubiquitous. From electronic applications in composition, to platforms for broadcast/simulcast, to recording and the life cycles of production and promotion, to the Internet and the infinite variety of AV possibilities it invites, having a basic to intermediate understanding of the dynamics of how music and technology meld to serve the art form is essential for Curtis students as they enter careers in the 21st-century. Working with a master teacher, this independent study will expose students to the vocabulary and techniques of production, examples of interdisciplinary collaboration in a multimedia landscape, and will provide hands-on opportunities for students to learn by doing. The course will utilize both Curtis’s in-house production facilities and outside resources. Its purpose is to provide students with a guided tour along the ever evolving and shared frontiers of music and technology and to provide some practical training while also stimulating creativity in their primary studies.

    Self enrolment
  • Instructor: Mr. Greg Sharrow

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    Building upon the video and audio capture and editing techniques learned in Music and Technology 1 & 2, Making Promotional Videos 1 & 2 will teach students how to script, plan, capture, edit, and distribute a high quality video which features a solo performance and interview of the students themselves. Learning from a master teacher, students will develop microphone and lighting techniques for interview and performance capture. In addition to learning how to use advanced AV equipment in the Field-McFadden AV studio, students will also learn “best practices” for using their iPhone and Android devices to capture AV content and prepare it for distribution on YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram. Simple lighting and audio techniques make a big difference in the final AV product. Learning these skills will enrich the self promotional capabilities for all students seeking careers in the performing arts. This course will culminate in an exciting class project to create a viral video that serves the Curtis community and advancement objectives in a positive and creative way.  For this final project, students will each fill a key role in the production process as either script writer, director, editor, performer, camera operator and sound engineer. 

    Prerequisite: Music and Technology 1 & 2

    Self enrolment
  • Instructor: Ms. Mary Javian

    Date/Time: TBA

    A guided independent study in which five to seven students are matched with Curtis faculty, staff, and alumni mentors who help them to design and implement a unique performance project that combines artistry with invention, leadership with advocacy, and citizenship with community. Mentors guide students to resources, challenge their assumptions, introduce them to key people, serve as a sounding board, provide advice, and generally help students to make the most of this special opportunity.

    Self enrolment