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MV on Campus: School Residencies

Options for Seminars and Master Classes

  • Composition/Arranging

Student compositions are performed and discussed.  Interactive feedback is offered for musical interpretation, accurate notation and score markings, understanding the student’s concept, and further investigation of that concept. 

  • Open Rehearsal

Students are invited to an open rehearsal. Madera Vox brings to the class a piece of music that is unrehearsed or is regarded as a “work-in-progress.”  Students learn the process of refined rehearsal techniques including phrasemaking, blending tone qualities, recognizing tonalities, matching pitch/dynamics/intensities, and presenting ideas/suggestions in a constructive professional atmosphere.


  •  Music Entrepreneurship

Students learn about the business end of a life in music.  How to: get gigs and introduce the group to venues and presenters; who and what are the following, and do you need them?  Fan base, management, booking agents, publicists, promoters, and investors.

  • Music Appreciation

Why listen to music?  What excites us? Where did it come from?

  • Individual Master Classes

Students are offered instruction in specific instrumentation. Double reeds, piano, percussion, voice and composition.

Madera Vox’s multi-media musical story-telling is for children aged 4-10 years old, and is suggested as an offering and outreach for local elementary schools.  Booking this service further reduces the overall financial burden on a single institution presenting Madera Vox.  This program was written by renowned children’s book author/illustrator, Iza Trapani with original music written by Madera Vox’s, David Gluck.  “Black Bear’s Hudson Valley Tale” engages and thrills children and their teachers alike. Support and lesson plans that align with New York State Standards for learning are also available.

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  • Seminar for Musicians and Athletes

Rhythms of the Game:The Link Between Musical and Athletic Performance, (Bernie Williams, David Gluck & Bob Thompson. Forward by Paul Simon. 2011. New York. Hal Leonard) is discussed and explored by author and Madera Vox ensemble member David Gluck.  Athletes, musicians, and students of psychology will want to attend this seminar on the fascinating subject of the pursuit excellence in performance.