Mannes School of Music, Spring 2018, The Female Experience in Music

Focusing on pervasive historical and current social issues of music and gender, this course examines the contributions of women as composers, performers, musicologists, and activists from the Middle Ages to the present, including Clara Schumann, Kaija Saariaho, Billie Holiday, Joan Tower, Susan McClary, and others.

Purchase College, Spring 2017 - Present, Establishing a Professional Musical Life

This course examines the current challenge face in the development of a professional career in music. The portfolio of a contemporary musician casts a wide net. Students will explore a variety of career opportunities and focus on artistic and logistical elements surrounding early career development - ranging from strategic concert programming and self-promotion to personal finances and grant writing.

Mannes School of Music, Fall 2017, Beyond the Stage

"Beyond The Stage - Developing, Presenting and Producing your own Concerts", is a graduate course which focuses on the art of concert programming and community engagement in the 21st Century. Students will receive a hands on approach to curating a creative program that reflects both their own talent and character, as well as identifying who their target audience is and how to connect with them. Students will learn skills for self-promotion, group organization, marketing, managing a budget, and creating a thoughtful mission statement. The semester will culminate in a community performance organized entirely by the students through group work and self-delegation.

(Fall 2017 course co-taught with Jannina Norpoth of PUBLIQuartet)

 

Lecture Recital: Forward Music Project

Inspired by her recent TEDxMidAtlantic talk, Amanda has created a full lecture-recital of the Forward Music Project.

  • Ages: 18+
  • Length: 90 min.
  • Materials needed:
    • Large screen with HDMI connection and sound
    • High quality stereo speakers (appropriate for size of the hall)
    • Monitors
    • DPA Directional Headset Microphone
    • DI Box
    • FOH tech (to run computer playback and levels)

     

    A history of Women in Music

    This lecture surveys the history of notable women in music from the Middle Ages to the 21st-century. Spanning genres from Medieval and Classical music to Avant Garde and Jazz, discover the influence of woman who have been neglected in our history books.

    • Ages: adapted to any age
    • Length: 90 min.
    • Materials needed:
      • Large screen with HDMI connection and sound
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    Music AS Activism

    Exploring the connection between political activism and music, this lecture reviews examples of old and new protest songs, pop music, and political responses in classical music. Learn more about organizations around the U.S. that are impacting their community and creating social change through music.

    • Ages: 13 - adult
    • Length: 60 min.
    • Materials needed:
      • Large screen with HDMI connection and sound
     

    PLAY

    listening, reacting, and facing the fear of improvisation

    This workshop explores the art of “play” and free improvisation. Participants will hone their listening skills and learn how to react to one another in the moment. Exercises will include reactionary games, interpreting graphic scores, and soundscape creation.

    • Ages: 8+ (musical instruments required)
    • Length: 60 - 90 min.
    • Materials needed:
    • White board or chalk board w/ writing utensils
    • Large screen with HDMI connection and sound

     

    Girls Create

    a Forward Music Project workshop

    This workshop is specifically designed for female or female identifying teenagers and college-age students. Following group discussions centered around self-discovery and expression, Amanda will guide the participants working in groups to improvise soundscapes and spoken word poetry. Participants will perform their creations for each other at the end of the session. 

    • Ages: 13+ (adapted for musicians and non-musicians)
    • Length: 90 - 120 min.
    • Materials needed:
      • White board or chalk board w/ writing utensils
      • Large screen with HDMI connection and sound

    Discovering Pauline

    Deep Listening and the music of Pauline Oliveros

    Following a brief introduction on Deep Listening and the music of Pauline Oliveros, participants can experience and perform her work in any setting from the classroom to public spaces.

    • Ages: 18+ (no musical training required)
    • Length: 60 min.
    • Materials needed:
      • Large screen with HDMI connection and sound
       

      I teach private lessons out of my home in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. My teaching philosophy approaches each student's unique needs into consideration to construct individualized courses of study, and craft attainable goals with clear action steps forward. I teach with empathy, humility, and enthusiasm. Each student’s unique training background and physicality demands that I focus on the specific needs of the specific individual, rather than a blanketed approach to cello technique. I focus on deliberate mechanics and the importance of building technique from the ground up. Slow scales, etudes (Popper, Piatti), and mindful practice are the backbone of my technical curriculum. I enhance this curriculum with score study, research in performance practice, improvisation skills, and a knowledge of 21st-century extended techniques.

       

      I have taught cello and chamber music Masterclasses at such institutions as Mannes School of Music, Colorado State University, University of Wyoming, Purchase College, Chautauqua Institution, Associated Chamber Music Players, Third Street Music Settlement in New York City, and Cello Fest in Norwalk, CT, and over 25 public schools throughout the U.S. For references, please contact me here.