Elective Intensives

Students have the choice of two different two-week elective intensives. Each student will increase understanding of the relationship of art specialties to other disciplines and the creative process among all the art forms in these classes. These will be shared in performances for community Share Days throughout the program. We strongly encourage students to move outside their main area of concentration for the elective classes and experiment with something outside of their “comfort zone!”

Below are classes previously offered: (all classes subject to change.)

Caribbean Steel Pan Orchestra

A Steel Pan Orchestra is a unique opportunity to experience multicultural learning through the arts. Discover a broader world of music through the sounds, rhythms, and songs of other cultures. This ensemble will play traditional calypso and soca from Trinidad, explore improvisation and compositional techniques, and gain an understanding of the vital role of music in Caribbean culture. For Share Day, we will create a musical celebration in the spirit of Carnival. 

Musical Theater For Non-majors

Students will be introduced to basic principles of acting, vocal work, music, movement, and interpretation. We will apply these principles while studying various genres of this most American invention, musical theater, from the early 1940s through today. This course is for non-majors.

Photography for Non-majors

This course is an introduction to the art of photography for beginners. Learn to shoot on manual mode from now on to unleash your camera's potential and your artistic control! This action-packed class covers W/B, ISO, aperture (f-stop), and shutter speed, and how they work together under your control to get the artful shots that you want. This class is ideal for novice photographers looking to understand how a camera works, what the settings mean, and how to shoot artfully on manual mode.

Song Writing

Song Writing is intended for students who write songs or who have musical ideas they would like to turn into completed songs. We will stress creativity over formula, establishing a supportive environment where songwriters can work on their craft, collaborate with peers, and receive constructive feedback. Students will work together on daily assignments given by the teacher and then workshop the results with the whole class. There will also be opportunities for students to receive feedback on individual compositions. Each class session will also feature music analysis and discussion of musical terms. This class is founded on the idea that any creative person can be a songwriter. Basic instrumental or vocal skills are encouraged, but highly motivated non-musicians are also welcome.

Spoken Word Poetry

CCY's favorite definition of Spoken Word is “telling truth loudly.” This demands and validates the expression of every voice. Spoken Word includes the audience as part of the work, building a bridge. This workshop will be designed to maximize exposure to performance and writing styles as well as to maximize artistic growth from each student. Each class will consist of a free write to open the mind, a lesson, an example, a prompt, and sharing/feedback. This format will allow the students to accustom themselves to sharing their truth, understanding their writing style, and manipulating their writing style to make sure that their truth is understood or felt by the audience.

Stage Combat

Stage Combat is the illusion of violence for stage or screen. Understanding the techniques of safe and effective performance combat is the primary goal. The student will build a solid foundation of footwork, attacks, and defenses, and explore movement and partnering techniques for stage combat.

West African Drumming and Dance

This course is a non-stop, energetic exploration of the dynamic music, dance, song, and culture of West Africa. All students experience firsthand a non-Western way of musical expression in preparation for outdoor concerts. Appropriate for serious music, dance, and vocal students, as well as beginners from all arts areas!