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The Advanced Music intensive invites young musicians who have completed at least one year of our 2 or 3-week Core Music program to further develop their songwriting skills while beginning to explore live performance techniques. Throughout this advanced intensive, students review the fundamentals taught in Core Music, and build on what they’ve learned to create songs with more lyrical and musical nuance. This includes a deeper look at editing and techniques for engaging an audience. Students also meet a variety of industry professionals as they learn more about the process for how to launch the career of an emerging artist in the music business.
Some Advanced and Core classes are combined, starting with a review for all Music students of the fundamentals of songwriting and writing exercises intended to help students brainstorm and immerse themselves in the creative atmosphere of SOCAPA's Music Program. Advanced Music students also receive additional, separate writing and instructional time as they further develop their songs with the support of more nuanced instruction in composition. Advanced students record their songs at a professional recording studio, and work to prepare themselves for a live performance at the end of the program. Second-year return students have a music video professionally filmed as a staged performance, while 3rd-year returners have the opportunity to perform at a venue such as the Rockwood Music Hall in Manhattan. Students leave the program with a copy of their filmed live performance and the audio recording from the studio.
Advanced lessons in songwriting and performance are coupled with a higher level of expectation for students' commitment to their work and ability to manage their time independently. Students in Advanced Music should be prepared to focus their exploration of songwriting and to respond to constructive feedback with an open and positive attitude. All students who enroll in Advanced Music must be able to accompany themselves on one or more instruments.
Advanced Music offers the opportunity for Singer/Songwriters to advance their songwriting and performance skills. Advanced Music students spend their first few days reviewing the fundamental songwriting skills taught to them previously in Core Music, and then build on these fundamentals in an environment reflecting the nuanced technique, self-discipline, and commitment to continual improvement necessary to becoming an emerging artist. All students who enroll in Advanced Music must be able to accompany themselves on one or more instruments.
The Advanced Music program culminates in a live performance at SOCAPA’s final showcase. 3rd year students also have the opportunity to perform at a New York venue such as Rockwood Music Hall, taking students beyond the classroom to showcase their songwriting and performance skills in a real-world setting.
Every evening, Monday through Friday, we plan an activity for the students, whether it be a barbecue on campus, a dinner in the city, a cool-off swim, a theater/musical performance, or a film screening. On the Saturday afternoons that are not devoted to shooting and performing, we organize a group excursion. This could include a trip to a museum, the beach or a show in the city. Past evening and Saturday excursions have included trips to Coney Island Amusement Park, live tapings of MTV's TRL, outdoor concerts (The Roots, OCMS, TV on the Radio, etc.), Universal Studios, Pilobolus Dance Group at the Joyce, Disco Bowling, Broadway Shows such as Spring Awakening, Hair, Rent and Avenue Q, Six Flags Amusement Park, Fourth of July Fireworks, Bryant Park Film Screenings, and off-Broadway hits such as Fuerza Bruta and Stomp, to name a few.
In the two-week program students have the opportunity to write, refine, and record a song. Recorded songs are uploaded to our server and available for students to download or listen to once the program has ended, so they can share their work with peers, family, and friends.
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"Just a little recent news that I submitted some of the work that I did at SOCAPA for a huge arts scholarship for the college I applied to and I won the maximum scholarship as well as the arts scholar title. I wouldn't have gotten it without SOCAPA. Thanks so much!"
Hannah P, New Jersey
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