LSU Performing Arts Academy Announces Fall Class Line-Up
BATON ROUGE – A new school year brings new routines for both kids and adults. To celebrate the arrival of fall, the LSU Performing Arts Academy, one of the area’s top resources for community performing arts programs, has announced an exciting slate of programs for kids and adults of all ages. These classes include:
Aerial Silks Workshop for Kids
Aug 28 – Dec. 11 (performance on Dec. 18)
Tuesdays, 4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
Ever wanted to join the circus? This class is the first step. Instructor Elise Duran, a professional circus performer, will help student learn aerial silks. This weekly class teaches basic aerial silk technique and tricks and improves core strength, coordination and balance. Class space is limited. The class is open to students currently in grades 4-8. Tuition is $225.
My Alter Ego – Create Your Own Character
Sept. 18 – Nov. 13
Wednesdays, 4:45 p.m.-5:45 p.m.
For the performer in the family, this nine-session character-building workshop employs a variety of methods for creating, writing and performing new characters. Instructor Bonny McDonald will use techniques from traditional theater, movement and creative writing to help students generate several interesting characters. During the first half of the class, students will focus on creating a variety of characters from in-class prompts and theater games; in the second half of class, students will focus on a short script to explore developing a character more deeply. Each class will include warm-ups, games and performing. The class will finish with a mini-showcase of solo and group performances, including both improvised and memorized pieces where the audience can “meet” the fascinating characters create. Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind class! Tuition is $125.
Beginner Guitar for Kids
Sep. 19 – Nov. 21
Tuesdays, 4:45 – 5:45 p.m.
Learn to play the guitar in a supportive class atmosphere with instructor Daniel Holmes. Designed for beginners without previous experience, this class will teach the basics of guitar playing. Tuition is $135.
LSU Girls’ Choir (Elementary)
Sept.4 – Dec. 4
Wednesdays, 4:30 p.m.-6 p.m.
The popular LSU Girls’ Choir is back! Girls age 6-10 can join instructor Sarah Bartolome for a fun introduction to singing in a supportive atmosphere. Students will learn about singing and other great musical skills. Each semester, the choir presents a final concert at the LSU School of Music. As a bonus, the last half-hour of class will be devoted to collaborating with the Junior High Girls’ Choir, providing a great chance for the girls’ to learn from older girls. A waiting room/homework room is available for parents with additional children. And now, their older siblings can participate in Jr. High Girls Choir. Tuition is $135.
LSU Girls’ Choir (Middle/Junior High)
Sept. 4 – Dec. 4
Wednesdays, 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m.
The popular LSU Girls’ Choir is expanding! This choir, for girls ages 11-14, will allow students to learn about singing in a fun, supportive atmosphere. For those who enjoyed singing in elementary school, or just enjoy singing and want to learn more, this is a great way to keep building skills and to discover new choral music at the same time. Each semester, the choir presents a final concert at the LSU School of Music. Newcomers are welcome. Previous participation in the elementary girls’ choir is not required. A waiting room/homework room is available for parents with additional children. Class instructor will be Sarah Bartolome. Tuition is $135.
Reel TV- Screenwriting for Teens
Sept. 24 – Nov. 19
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:45 p.m.-6:15 p.m.
During this fast-paced, eight-week class, students will learn the full process of writing for television, from developing an idea, writing the story, creating beat sheets, outlines and more! Students will even get a chance to pitch their idea to the vice president of Warner Bros. Writer’s Workshop. Instructor for the class is Los Angeles-based writer Zina Camblin, who has worked on television development projects with both NBC and Estevez/Sheen Productions at Warner Bros. She is currently on the writing staff of the sitcom, “Let’s Stay Together,” produced by Queen Latifah. Tuition is $275.
Introduction to Final Cut Pro X (FCP101)
Aug. 10, 17 and 24 only (three sessions)
Saturdays, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
LSU Performing Arts Academy is pleased to offer this course, in partnership with the LSU School of Continuing Education. In this course, instructor Ben Balser will help participants learn to edit professional-quality video from an Apple-certified instructor. This hands-on course teaches how to perform basic editing functions while becoming familiar with the Final Cut Pro user interface. Students will start with basic video editing techniques and work all the way through Final Cut Pro’s powerful advanced features. Coursework will include creating marking clips, using insert, overwrite and drag-and-drop editing; trimming edit points; using Ripple, Roll and Extend edits as well as the Slip and Slide tools; applying filters and changing motion properties; audio editing and audio creation; and finishing and final output. Knowledge of Mac OS X, basic computer navigation and basic knowledge of editing terminology is recommended. The course is open to adults and teens. Tuition is $395.
Introduction to Motion 5 (digital video graphics editing)
Sept. 28, Oct. 5 and Oct. 12 only (three sessions)
Saturdays, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Create brilliant titles, transitions, effects and more with Motion 5, the motion graphics companion to Final Cut Pro X. This three-day, hands-on course starts with motion graphics fundamentals and moves into compositing, animation and the world of 3D. Explore new intelligent templates to quickly and flexibly create high-quality effects, titles, transitions and generators as well as create rigs to adjust related parameters with a single control. This class is designed for students who are looking to learn more about creating motion graphics using Motion and who prefer hands-on, interactive instruction. Under the instruction of Ben Balser, students will learn how to creating Smart Motion Templates and publish them to Final Cut Pro X. Basic proficiency at using Mac operating system and familiarity with Final Cut Pro X is recommended. Tuition is $395.
Final Cut Pro X: Advanced Editing (FCP300)
Nov. 2, 9 and 16 only (3 sessions)
Saturdays, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Led by instructor Ben Balser, this three-day, hands-on course teaches hard-to-find advanced editing and finishing techniques using Final Cut Pro, a revolutionary video editing application that makes it possible for beginners and seasoned professionals to achieve stunning results. Students can learn how to create fantastic effects using filters creatively, color correct like a pro and create complex audio mixes. This course also covers advanced workflows for managing media, including using Compressor. This course is geared primarily for those who already have a working knowledge of Final Cut Pro and want to increase their skills by learning advanced features and efficient workflows. Thorough knowledge of editing terminology is highly recommended. The academy’s Introduction to Final Cut Pro class or equivalent knowledge is also recommended. This class is open to teens and adults. Tuition is $395.
Rhythmataz! – Inclusive Music
Oct. 1 – Dec. 3
Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
Rhythm is the foundation of all music. This class, led by instructor Mary Malloy, helps students to explore rhythms and instruments from around the world to make music together in a fun, inclusive environment. The class is open to teens and young adults. Family members or caregivers may also attend, as needed. Tuition is $150.
Screenwriting Intensive for Adults
Sept. 24 – Nov. 19
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7-9 p.m.
During this fast-paced, intensive eight-week class, students learn the full process of writing for television, from developing an idea, writing the story, creating beat sheets outlines, and more. At the end of the class, students will have the chance to pitch their idea to the vice president of Warner Brothers Writers’ Workshop. Instructor for the class is Los Angeles-based writer Zina Camblin, who has worked on television development projects with both NBC and Estevez/Sheen Productions at Warner Bros. She is currently on the writing staff of the sitcom, “Let’s Stay Together,” produced by Queen Latifah. Tuition is $350.
Beginner Guitar for Adults
Sept. 16 – Nov. 18
Mondays, 6-7 p.m.
Learn to play the guitar in a supportive class atmosphere. Designed for beginners without previous experience, this 10-session class will teach the basics of guitar playing. Instructor for the course is Daniel Holmes. Tuition is $135.
LSU Community Choir
Sept. 17 – Dec. 10
Tuesdays, 6-7 p.m.
Join with adults from across the community to share in the joy of singing. Part class, part ensemble, students will not only sing a wide variety of music styles, but also learn to improve their singing technique and learn how to care for their voice, all in a fun, non-competitive atmosphere. No previous voice training is required. The class concludes with a fun performance for family and friends. Instructor for the course is Melissa Brunkan. Tuition is $135.
New Horizons Band
Sept.10 – Dec. 10
All groups meet Tuesdays at 6 p.m.
This class meets in both the fall and spring. It’s perfect for active adults who are looking to rekindle a previous passion for music or to try a new instrument altogether. Part music class, part ensemble, the New Horizons band is designed to teach instrumental skills while providing opportunities to play as part of a group. The New Horizons band offers a relaxed, social way to bring music back into the students’ life. There are two pathways student can take:
• New Horizons Beginner Groups: Designed for those with little or no previous musical background. The student can choose which instrument they want to play. There are three beginner groups: Brass (trumpet, trombone, horn, euphonium/tuba); Woodwind (clarinet, oboe, bassoon, saxophone); and percussion (drum, xylophone, marimba, etc.). In these beginner groups, an instructor will provide basic foundational skills to help the student join the New Horizons Ensemble in the spring, or whenever the student feels ready.
• The New Horizons Ensemble (intermediate): This group is designed for those who have some basic music skills and are ready to learn to play new music. This group is perfect for basic to intermediate players who have played a little bit before and are looking to grow their skills.
Tuition for either of the New Horizons courses is $135 .
Jazz Piano for Adults
September 16 – December 9
Mondays, 6-7 p.m.
Designed for individuals with foundational skills in piano who are ready to dive into jazz, the course is held in LSU’s state-of-the-art digital piano lab and led by instructor Vasil Cvetkov. This relaxed, stress-free learning environment enables each student to hear only themselves and the instructor. Participants should possess some basic-level piano skills and be able to read music. Course materials are included. Members of Osher Lifelong Learning Institute can receive a 10-percent discount with proof of membership. Tuition is $225
The LSU Performing Arts Academy offers pre-college and community programs in the performing arts for members of the public. Housed in the university’s Music & Dramatic Arts Building on Dalrymple Drive, the academy offer classes and private music lessons for all ages.
To enroll in fall classes, or for more information about the Performing Arts Academy, call 225-578-3230 or visit website at http://cmdalsu.com/paa.
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