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"How does one stop becoming a passive consumer of media but an active creator in their own lives?"
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Cor Art Classes
Workshops for the Human Spirit
Music and Storytelling Classes begin September 30 & October 1. Full class list: sbcaw.org/classes.

Photo credit: Barbara Parmet. Photos from pre-COVID rounds of classes.

Human Musicking

Taught by Sio Tepper

The core idea behind this course is that music is not an abstract concept or an objectifiable thing, but a process that we all partake in. This course will give participants a foundational grasp and hands on experience with elemental music concepts such as rhythm, melody, harmony, musical collaboration, song generation, structure and form, etc. However, this theoretical side is not the point of the course but a by-product of the core tenet - keen listening. Through activities and group projects, participants will cultivate a keen awareness of all sounds that we encounter, and harness the ability to listen to the sounds in our own heads and transmute them into an expression. As realized musickers, we will be actively breaking down the inherited elitist belief that only musicians can make music. This belief divorces us from our basic human instincts to music (verb), which can result in a populace of uptight, repressed individuals. Through taking this course, participants will gain the tools necessary to become conscious, integrated musickers.

This intimate class will meet once a week for eight weeks and is open to participants ages 18 and up. Each class will consist of a listening portion and a musicking task. The listening portion will include a wide range of listening examples, from the sounds around us to a plethora of examples from within the great lexicon of music. Following the listening session will be a period of discussion. Musicking tasks will include activities such as spontaneous creation, games, sound gathering and recording, singing, body movement and dance, and explorations of dynamism. The class will culminate in a splice/song/video performance project.

Time: Wednesdays Starting  September 30th. 7-9pm. (8 weeks total)
$180 (class fees discounted for all, scholarships available)
12 Participants Max
Form: Hybrid, some sessions online and some in-person, outdoors, socially-distanced, in small numbers. Please e-mail the instructor with further questions.

For more information e-mail Sio Tepper at sio.tepper@gmail.com.

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Photo credit: Barbara Parmet. Photos from pre-COVID rounds of classes.

Storytelling Workshop

Taught by Joseph Velasco

2020 has not been the year we thought it would be.  This pandemic has forced us to rely on technology even more.  We find ourselves inundated with more things to watch and read—the news, films, television series, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, texts, emails, the list goes on and on.  This information and misinformation has become a virtual sheen of white noise that permeates our life and threatens to take us down the rabbit hole of existential dread. 

In this “new normal” of social-distancing and isolation the need for people to share stories becomes even more important as a way to connect and build community.  How does one stop becoming a passive consumer of media but an active creator in their own lives?  Many people may feel like they do not have a story to tell that other people would want to hear.  They make excuses, like, “No one wants to hear about that.” or “Nothing has ever happened to me.”  I believe every person is incredibly interesting and has many stories to tell. Not only in their memories, but in their bodies, in their bones...even on their skin.  Stories course through us like blood and water if only people knew how to tap into it.  

That is what makes this workshop so special.  Master storyteller Joseph Velasco will help participants unlock the hidden storyteller in them. Designed for people ages 18 and older, (ages 16-18 can join with parental permission form) participants will explore the process of telling a story to both a live audience and online.  Students will learn a variety of techniques including observation, vocalization, movement, mime, soundscapes, and how to make a story their own as well as becoming more familiar with online tools such as Zoom, Flipgrid, and iMovie.  Students will be asked to bring a sense of childlike wonder and an open mind to the exercises presented.  Each week will focus on a specific aspect of storytelling. Classes will be once a week for 1.5 hours for  6 weeks.  Classes will be held in a hybrid model with some classes in person and some online. Class size is limited to 12 to allow enough time for feedback.  

Time:  Thursdays, 7-8:30pm October 1- November 5 (6 sessions total)
$120 (class fees discounted for all, scholarships available)
Form: Hybrid, some sessions online and some in-person, outdoors, socially-distanced, in small numbers. Please e-mail the instructor with further questions.


For more information e-mail Joseph Velasco at jlv12lizard@gmail.com​​​

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More About the Program: 

We are offering in this third pilot of an arts residency teaching program a response to the difficulty of the last few months. These classes offer a place to feel human in a surreal time. They are an opportunity to renew, to refresh, to process, to feel some playfulness and freedom, and to learn skills helpful in these changing times.

Classes will take place online, or in some cases outdoors in small groups. Thanks to generous support from the Eichholz Foundation and Dana White, class fees are discounted for all, and scholarships are also available.

This program is set up with working adults in mind, especially in the service and helping professions. Medical professionals, teachers, bus drivers, nonprofit employees, social workers, firefighters, daycare workers, restaurant servers, and others in all walks of life. But these classes are really for all of us. We are all going through this.

 
Find out more, see the full class list, sign up for a class, apply for a scholarship, at sbcaw.org/classes.​​​
 
Special thanks to the Eichholz Foundation and to Dana White for their support to develop this program and provide scholarship funds. 
 

Comments from previous class participants:

  • “I felt truly stretched... it was amazing to feel myself growing in the process and seeing how other class members were growing in leaps and bounds.”
  • “Wonderful project which inspires art and community connection. It is a gift to listen to other peoples’ stories, to learn from experts in town, and be a part of community work.”
  • “This was a community building experience for each of us. Phenomenal.”
Photo credit: Barbara Parmet. Photos from pre-COVID rounds of classes.
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