Composition and Conducting

VAM’s composition and conducting programs are the perfect platforms for advanced students seeking new vistas of musical creativity. Experience personalized teaching approaches, small class sizes, and flexible scheduling through private and semi-private options.

Composition and Conducting

Jazz and Pop Songwriting

Instructor: Benton Roark
Recommended for: Ages 13+ with a basic knowledge of theory and the ability to play an instrument.
Class Time: to be scheduled at the mutual convenience of teacher and students
Class Description: Discover text setting, harmony, and storytelling while exploring unique and compelling voices within the popular medium in this introduction to the art and craft of writing songs. The class includes writing exercises, listening, and analysis of songs in addition to ongoing presentation and discussion of students’ work in a supportive class environment. Private, semi-private, and small group options available; click below to begin the registration process. Composition auditing options are available through VAM's S. K. Lee College, subject to course availability; email [email protected] for more details.

Composition

Recommended for: RCM Intermediate Rudiments +; Ages 12+
Class Time: to be scheduled at the mutual convenience of teacher and students
Class Description: Combine your knowledge of music theory with your desire to create! Feel the support and camaraderie of fellow aspiring composers in a small group environment where compositional ideas, techniques and styles are discussed and applied. Private, semi-private, and small group options available; click below to begin the registration process. Composition auditing options are available through VAM's S. K. Lee College, subject to course availability; email [email protected] for more details.

Conducting

Recommended for: Advanced instrumentalists with a solid music theory/history foundation.
Class Time: to be scheduled at the mutual convenience of teacher and students
Class Description: A perfect opportunity for aspiring conductors or for those interested in enhancing their current skills. This class will focus on baton technique, score reading, orchestration and choral/orchestral conducting styles. Private, semi-private, and small group options available; click below to begin the registration process. Auditing options are available through VAM's S. K. Lee College, subject to course availability; email [email protected] for more details.