Dance, Music & Songwriting

Gain inspiration and experience in courses designed for either those entering into the world of music or film, or those in pursuit of new opportunities and knowledge in their chosen field.

Courses - All programs below are open for enrollment unless indicated.

Exploring Dance and Movement

Ellen Rosa-Taylor & Hai Cohen
June 17-21

This workshop is geared towards dance teachers, former dancers, current dancers and those who love to move but have not had any formal dance experience.  Each day will cover a range of dance and conditioning techniques such as ballet, pilates, modern dance, improvisation, choreography/composition, teaching of dance technique and dance conditioning.  The mornings will be dedicated to developing and refining the instrument of dance, the body, through dance technique classes.  In the afternoon you will have the option to explore the creative dance process using improvisation to generate movement ideas and then learning the craft of composition to put those ideas into a piece of dance art, or choose the option to discuss various teaching of dance theories and techniques.

Skill Level: All levels welcomed. A love of dance is most important.
Tuition: $755
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Enrollment limited to 20 students

Ellen Rosa-Taylor is chair of the Dance Department at Idyllwild Arts Academy. She received her BS in Ballet from Indiana University, Bloomington, her MFA in Dance from Florida State University where she was the recipient of the Deans Teaching Fellowship and a University Fellowship. Ellen has performed as a ballerina with the Los Angeles Opera, New York City and San Diego Opera and as principal dancer with City Ballet of Los Angeles, Media City Ballet, and Chattanooga Ballet. She was featured as the Bluebird in Disney’s Snow White. As a choreographer, Ellen has had her works presented across the USA. LA Times has called her style… “a unique jazz ballet style.” As a dance educator, she is an ABT Affiliate Teacher and has received the distinction of ABT NTC Fellow; she has received Yoga Teacher Training with Gerhard Gessnar, and is working to develop a curriculum to provide yoga for dancers to help them gain strength and joint stability.

Hai Cohen is a native of Beer-Sheva, Israel. His professional training began at Bat-Dor dance school where he was a recipient of the American-Israeli Cultural Scholarship. Hai continued his dance training with Bat-Sheva Dance Company. He was a member of the Kamea Contemporary Dance Company and the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company. He has had the opportunity to teach Kibbutz repertory in various places around the world. From 2010-2013 Hai performed as a member of the LA-based contemporary dance company, BODYTRAFFIC. He is currently on the dance faculty at the Idyllwild Arts Academy and his choreography has placed his students in first place at (YAGP) for numerous years.

Piano Performance Workshop

In partnership with the California Piano Performance Workshop for Adults

Doug Ashcraft, Antoinette Perry, William Wellborn
June 9 – 14  (Begins Sunday at 2pm)

Designed for the serious adult student with the desire to improve or refresh knowledge and performance skills, this workshop will develop your piano performance skills at intermediate and advanced levels. You will work with professional piano instructors who are also performing artists. Students will learn music theory and take private lessons and Master Classes, with plenty of time set aside for practice.

Your workshop will begin with Orientation on Sunday afternoon, followed by a faculty recital.  Classes and lessons will begin on Monday, continuing throughout the week. Your experience will conclude with a performance recital open to the public in the beautiful new Lowman Concert Hall; students will be expected to perform, but not required.

Skill level: Pianists age 25 or over at intermediate to advanced level (amateurs and professionals). You will submit a list of performance-ready repertoire.
Tuition: $1,275
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Enrollment limited to 12 students

Dr. Douglas Ashcraft has performed to acclaim in recitals and concerts throughout the US and Europe. He began his formal training as a student of Aldo Mancinelli. Graduate work with John Perry followed at USC. An active chamber musician, he has performed in recitals at the Concertgebeouw, Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and Wigmore Hall. His performing career has included radio broadcasts on New York’s WQXR and live chamber music recitals on KKGO, KMZT and KUSC in Los Angeles, and BBC Radio 3 in London.

Antoinette Perry has appeared throughout the US, Europe and China as a soloist and chamber musician, collaborating with many of the world’s greatest artists. Distinguishing herself also as a pedagogue, she served for 12 years on the UCLA piano faculty before joining the faculty of the USC Thornton School of Music in 1996. She frequently gives master classes and serves as an adjudicator. Former students are enjoying successful careers as performers and pedagogues throughout the US and Asia.

William Wellborn is an active performer, teacher, and lecturer, and has appeared throughout the US, and in Canada, France, and Brazil. The recipient of a CAPMT Lifetime Achievement Award and an MTNA fellow, and a scholar of historic pianists, he hosted over a hundred programs on the San Francisco based radio show “Piano Legacy.” This summer he returns to teach at the Idyllwild Adult Piano Seminar and the Krakow Piano Seminar and also teaches at the French Piano Music in Fresno Seminar. The director of numerous European musical tours, Wellborn is planning a fifth Chopintour for 2020. A faculty member of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music since 1989, Wellborn teaches piano in the Pre-College division, and Piano Pedagogy in the Collegiate division. His students frequently win top prizes in state, national, and international piano competitions.

Songwriting: Guided Explorations

Don Reed, Kasaan Hammon,
Special Guest Instructors: To be announced!

June 10-14

The class will cover development from start to finish of lyrics, melody, and music for popular music in all genres. Working alongside professional mentors, songwriters will strengthen storytelling, concept development, hook and melody development, chording and arrangement skills. Over the course of the week, you will gain insight into key refinement skills that take a song from idea to masterpiece. Songwriters will practice their chops writing alone and collaborating in groups, as well as having the opportunity to showcase your new work in an evening performance with professional musicians backing you.

Days will consist of vocal warm-ups, multi-topic songwriting lectures with new writing tips, approaches & angles, how to refine your existing songs, song critique, instrument instruction one-on-one and workshop environment, breakout sessions with special guest writers and much more.

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Skill Level: All levels
Tuition: $755
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Enrollment limited to 20 students

Don Reed, an award-winning multi-instrumentalist, has been performing, composing, teaching and recording music for over 40 years.  Don’s multi-instrumental work and compositions have been featured on hundreds of recording projects, television and film soundtracks and more.

Kasaan Hammon is former Executive Director of the Association of Independent Music Publishers. She writes and records under the artist name RIGSI and has managed artists and songwriters including Hall of Fame songwriter Albert Hammond.

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