All workshops will take place at RSM, located at 7318 Carroll Ave.
Takoma Park, MD 20912.
January 25, 2020
The Dynamic Singer
This vocal workshop explores the various techniques singers can use to take their singing performances to the next level. The workshop will not only include tips on vocal warm-ups, breathing, and intonation exercises, but also discuss and display ways to enhance your vocal performance with body movement, facial expression, and use of stage environment. This workshop will also teach ways in which a singer can use various tones, vowel shaping, volume to convey an emotion and every word during a performance. Be prepared to participate! Suggested for kids ages 10 and up, teens, and adults.
Chamber music, or conductor-less small ensemble playing, is one of the best ways for students to develop important music skills. Chamber music helps them to listen, adapt, and to be steady and dependable. In this workshop, students will experience what it’s like to play with others as well as be introduced to the skills that are necessary for not just ensemble playing, but to all genres of music.
In order to participate in the class, the student must be able to comfortably play Twinkle and/or a one octave A Major scale. However, all are welcome to observe!
This workshop is designed to provide learners with the understanding of how to build the technique necessary to perform classical works of the Baroque Classical and Romantic eras. Additionally, Jazz pianists may also find this Workshop very useful. Recommended for beginner and intermediate students of all ages.
· Discussion on pedagogical techniques required to perform music of Baroque, Classical and Romantic eras
· Ergonomic methods for piano playing and developing muscles of the hand
· Weight Touch Piano Methods
· Practicing with Hanon and other technique books
· Practicing Scales
· Individual Learners may bring pieces of music to be discussed and have comment given
Creative Writing Illustration in Poetry and Hip-Hop Focuses on creative self expression and empowerment via spoken word. This workshop introduces the basis of writing techniques that includes identifying keywords, rhymewords and the construction of rhyming couplets. With a given writing prompt on "I Love my Family Because" families will create short poems/verses and record the vocals to keep as audio memories and positive reinforcements.
Tarik "Koshens" Davis
October 26, 2019
How to Change
Strings on Your Guitar
A hands-on workshop on how to change strings on your guitar or ukulele. All participants are welcome to bring a guitar or ukulele and a fresh, new set of strings for their instrument.
December 14th, 2019
How to Play Blues on Your Guitar
*Originally on November 23rd; rescheduled to December 19th*
The blues is one of the most fundamental ways a guitar player can explore both harmonies and melodies. Improvisation is a critical element in this process, allowing you to create freely on your own and in a collaborative setting. In this workshop, you will learn how to form and play basic blues chords and rhythms while also learning how to play and utilize typical blues scales in an improvisatory and lead context. Basic knowledge of the guitar as well as some experience is required such as the ability to form basic chords including the A, E and D chords.