Friday, June 10, 2011

New music intensives offered this summer

Looking for an enriching music experience this summer for you or your kids? The Patel Conservatory at the Straz Center in Tampa offers a variety of summer music lessons, including new summer intensive programs. Our programs feature group performances that let students apply the skills they’ve learned in class.
These intensive programs are new this summer:
Jazz Ensemble – Students will further their understanding of various styles of jazz music, studying music theory and refining technique. (also offered in fall and spring)
Grades 7 - adult
Wednesdays from 5 to 7 p.m., June 6 through Aug. 13, 2011
Summer Pit Orchestra -  This summer music intensive is your chance to compose an original score and play in a pit orchestra as the accompaniment to the Patel Conservatory Summer Theater production created by theater students, LOL: the Musical, Jr. (summer addition to our Youth Orchestra program)
Grades 7 - college
Monday through Thursdays 6 to 9 p.m., June 27 - July 15
Summer String Intensive – Experience private and group instruction with professional musician Catherine Michelson. Focus on music theory, string technique and orchestral literature. (summer addition to our Youth Orchestra program)
Grades 7 - 12
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 6 to 8 p.m., June 13 - 24. 
Vocal Arts Academy – A vocal experience unparalleled in the Tampa Bay area. The Senior Academy (grades 9 - college) explores voice, movement, acting and ensemble classes, as well as individual and group lessons from working professionals. The Junior Academy (grades 5 - 8) provides vocal training specific to the needs of their age group, along with a traditional and a show choir experience. The Vocal Arts Academy is coordinated by Gregory Ruffer of the Patel Conservatory and Opera Tampa, and Robyn Frey-Monell of Fullerton College and Opera Pacific.
Grades 5 - college
Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., July 25 - August 5. 
The following music classes return to the Patel Conservatory this summer:
Beginning Guitar – Introduces the basics of playing guitar using a variety of music and songs to teach techniques, chords and tablature.
Grades 5 - adult. 
Thursdays from 6 to 7 p.m., June 6 - Aug. 13
Beginning and Intermediate Piano Lab – Students are introduced to piano basics. Previous piano study is not required. Students participate in class exercises but are allowed to progress at an individual pace. Beginning Piano Lab will be taught on Wednesdays, June 27 through Aug. 11; Intermediate Piano Lab will be taught on Thursdays, June 27 through Aug. 11. These classes are for students in grades three through adult.
Rock School – Rock School brings together adults and students in fifth grade or older to develop rock bands, utilizing electric guitars, bass guitars, drums, keyboards and vocals. The session culminates with the fully-produced Rock School Blowout concert on Aug. 14, at 1 p.m.
Tuesdays or Saturdays, June 6 - Aug. 13, 2011
As part of the non-profit Straz Center for the Performing Arts, the Patel Conservatory offers summer camps and classes for children and adults of all experience levels in dance, music and theater.
For registration or general information, call 813-222-1002, or visit

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