Welcome to the start of a brand new school year! We are excited to jump-start our Fall classes with some brand-new offerings as well as some favorites from last season. Check out what we've got going!
Exciting news! We've listened to your generous input and we have our 2014 Bird Rock Summer Camp schedule ready for your viewing and purchasing pleasure!
As La Jolla's leading arts school, our camp sizes never exceed 12, ensuring that each student gets personalized attention in a wide variety of music, theatre and art disciplines. Prodigy is where you can spend the summer learning new skills while having a great time.
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In addition to all the awesome camps we are offering, please remember our private music lessons are year-round. Summer is actually a great time to increase your commitment to your musical training OR to try out a NEW musical instrument! There are no school pressures, less scheduling issues and more time to learn new skills. We are here for you in beautiful Bird Rock all summer long!
To register for private lessons, contact our office at 858-456-2753
or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Help us create your perfect Summer...Camp!
This is your chance to help us customize the best possible camps for our unique community.
Just comment below or email us and let us know what your family would like to see:
* 3 hour camps or 6 hour camps?
* Morning or afternoon?
* 1 week or 2 weeks?
* Age of potential students?
* Best month(s)? End of June? July? August?
* Which of the following camp ideas appeal to your family?
* Other ideas - please share them with us!
Comic Book Art Camp
Soar into a world you create from your imagination! Under the guidance of a professional comic book artist, put your ideas to paper. At the end of the week take home your art work so you can return
to your world at any time!
Definitely Disney Camp Sing and dance to the best Disney tunes and act out your favorite stories . No Princess or Prince will be left behind.
Audition Prep Camp
Prep for your auditions like a Pro! At this camp, you will learn songs and monologues appropriate for auditions, as well as the skills you need to conquer cold-readings and deliver dance combos!
Bird Rock & Roll this summer!
Are you ready to rock?! Learn how rock and pop music is written, structured and played in a band setting with Prodigy's own local rocker Alex Dausch. Learn to play the guitar, bass and keyboard parts of your favorite rock songs!
WORLD MUSIC CAMP
Travel the world from your own backyard!
Students will explore the musical traditions, art, dance and cultures of different countries with our very own ethnomusicologist, Natasha Kozaily and special guest artists from around the world!
IMPROV CAMP!Learn the fundamentals of improvisational acting in a fun and fast-paced environment! Whether you're a beginner or just wanting to polish your improv skills, this camp will give you the tools you need to think on your feet!
Vocal Boot Camp
Kick-start your singing career by learning different vocal styles ranging from opera to pop to musical theatre. Immerse yourself in the culture that surrounds each of these styles and sing the songs of your favorite artists.
Advanced Acting Workshop
This advanced-level acting intensive will focus on character creation, ensemble work, movement and voice for the actor, and text analysis through the medium of an award-winning contemporary play. A workshop performance will be presented for an audience at the conclusion of camp. Admission by audition or interview only.
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Dear Prodigy Families,
Happy New Year! We hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and is ready to start a brand new year full of exciting happenings!
The countdown for Winter classes has started! If you haven't registered for a class yet, there is still room available for you, your student, or friends you know that would be interested in amazing artistic experiences. The list of classes can be found here.
Our goal is to provide you with opportunities to expand your skills through art or to introduce you to something you maybe haven't had the chance to try yet. Let this new year be the start of something different for you. Love to sing in the shower but haven't the nerve to try it in front of others? Let your inner diva out with our Beginning Musical Theatre class. Ready to advance from doodling in the margins of your notebook? Challenge yourself with "Oil Painting for Adults". We are also offering a myriad of performing/fine arts classes for your kids, too. Ranging from Brecht to YouTube videos, we have classes for budding artists of all ages.
Let 2014 be the year to try something new! We can't wait to work with you!
The Prodigy Team
It's been a busy week here at Prodigy! On Saturday, we hosted an awesome Open Mic and Holiday Craft event featuring arts and crafts from local artisans. Performers and audience members packed the front room while pianists, guitar players, singers, and even one very young dancer entertained for three hours! Pictures of the event can be found on our new scrapbook page which is where we will post pictures and videos from all events at Prodigy. If you have pictures of Prodigy events you'd like to share, send them to us and we'll post them!
Also, our highly-anticipated WINTER SCHEDULE OF CLASSES is available! We are offering art and performance classes for ages 5 to adult. The first classes will start January 6 and run 5 weeks with a few exceptions. Classes marked "1A" will run from January 6 to February 9 and classes marked "1B" will run February 10 through March 16. If a class is not marked with either 1A or 1B, it will run 5 weeks with an option to extend if there is interest. You can register by calling Prodigy or registering online by clicking here. Spots in all classes are limited so register today! (Did we mention a class would make a great gift for the holidays?)
Prodigy School of Arts is under new ownership! Desha Crownover and Becky Jonestrask are thrilled to join the Prodigy Family as new co-owners of this Arts hub. Come meet and chat with them at Bird Rock Winter Walk where Prodigy will be hosting an Open Mic and Christmas Market event. Come sing, craft, shop, and chat with us...everyone is welcome! (Graphic Design by Natasha Kozaily)
Becky Jonestrask was the Finance Director for San Diego Junior Theatre through August of 2013 and had served "JT" for over seventeen years. The Finance Department provides management, control and administration of all fiscal operations of San Diego Junior Theatre including budget development and determining long range financial planning. Ms. Jonestrask has twenty-seven years of finance experience. She began her career in 1986 working for Deloitte & Touche, one of the Top 4 auditing firms in the US. She continued her career by working for several Non-Profit Arts organizations before coming to San Diego Junior Theatre. Through her entire years in finance she has been helping multiple clients through her personal business (www.jonestraskaccounting.com). She left Junior Theatre to start an LLC with her artistic partner, Desha Crownover, to make the arts more available to other families throughout San Diego County. Becky has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English/Theatre Arts from Princeton University and a MBA from Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University.
Desha Crownover served as the Artistic Director at San Diego Junior Theatre for the past seven years. In her entire seventeen year tenure at SDJT, she also assumed the roles of General Manager, stage director, musical director, and teaching artist, co-founding SDJT’s Conservatory Program for aspiring high school artists. She is an award-winning stage director with over 75 shows to her name, ranging from intimate black-box style plays to fully-staged musicals for audiences of over 800. Desha has had the opportunity to direct, teach, and perform across the country for the past twenty-five years where her work has been commended by such theatre notables as Edward Albee, Ming Cho Lee, and Timothy Near. She holds a Master’s degree in Theatre from SDSU and a B.A. in Theatre with an emphasis in Performing from UCSD. She has served on the teaching faculty of SDSU, Cuyamaca College, and Santa Fe Christian Schools teaching acting, theatre history, public speaking, and speech and debate. Her work as a playwright has been produced at UCSD, SDSU, and Santa Fe Christian Schools, as well. She is thrilled to partner with her long-time colleague and friend, Becky Jonestrask, in their new venture at Prodigy School of Arts.
I've been thinking a lot about practice time recently. I believe it is directly linked to student retention, because of its effect on skill level, which is a domino effect toward enjoyment of the instrument. I know our students vary a lot in their level of commitment to practice.
This leads me to wonder how to motivate students to practice. There are skads of various rewards and techniques, but none of them really stand out to me as things that will make a huge difference in whether a student is intrinsically motivated to practice or not. It seems the kids who truly and naturally LOVE their instrument will practice without being asked. And vice versa, students who practice often end up LOVING their instrument and therefore want to practice even more, creating a cyclical momentum. How can we create that? Is the chicken, or the egg first?
This is an excellent article on practice: http://beingmusicalbeinghuman.com/2011/04/19/boosting-intrinsic-motivation-for-music-learning/
It seems the strategies include having the student work on songs they actually listen to at home (the genres they love), ensembles, and letting them choose their own songs.
I welcome comments here from any students, parents or teaching artists who have had particular success with getting their students to feel intrinsically motivated to practice. Thank you for your comments!
Like all other energy, music vibrates at certain frequencies. Specific frequencies correspond to specific notes and therefore can invoke certain feelings. Have you ever gotten the chills from hearing a certain piece of music? Or perhaps been brought joy or felt yourself tearing up when hearing a certain sound or song? That sound may be resonating with your brain in certain ways to effect your emotional and mental state.
There has been a lot of research done regarding sound waves and how they can affect our bodies, be used in the treatment of diseases like cancer and even used as weapons. It seems we, as a society, have underestimated the power of sound. Perhaps this is because we struggle with the true concept of it, since it is not a tangible thing. But the correlation between the vibrations of living things and vibrations in music is basically direct. So much so, that some scientists are beginning to learn how to translate brain waves into audible music. They are doing so in an effort to better understand the human brain, its frequencies and the correlation between how our brains work and how what they encounter from our outside world affects our moods, health and behavior. If all things are made up of energy, and all energy vibrates at certain varying frequencies, one has to wonder whether some the keys to better understanding ourselves and the universe can be found through sound!
You can hear some of this brainwave music here: http://www.livescience.com/24778-a-little-brain-music-sounds-of-your-brainwaves-video.html
And there is an excellent article written on the subject here: http://www.livescience.com/24789-brain-waves-become-music.html
Everyone can benefit from exposure to art and music education, but there are some professions that you cannot survive in without it. I'm guessing the typical arts careers have sprung to your mind: choreographer, poetry, fine artist, etc. However there are many professions well outside these "artsy" realms that require creativity, including scientific invention, journalism, event planning, teaching, electronic media, software development, organizational development and human resources, bodywork, psychiatry, and entrepreneurship, to name a few. While this may sound like an odd mix of jobs, they all demand individuals who possess the abilities to synthesize information, innovate, and brainstorm new ideas.
This idea led me to search the web for additional career paths that require creativity as a core skill, and I found a unique listing that is FIVE PAGES LONG!!!!!! There are sooooo many careers that benefit from a workforce that has been exposed to art, music, theatre and dance education as children, yet our schools are continuing to terminate these programs in favor of science and math based classes. What will our next generation's workforce look like, if they can't be creative?
Check out this list yourself and look at the wide array of professions, along with salary and other demographic information: http://careers.collegetoolkit.com/career-search/criteria/work-needs/creativity.aspx
A few weeks back, we held our final Open Mic / Kids and Teens Art Show of the school year. Some of the highlights included a former student of ours, Cassie Dove, as well as current students, Jessy Barham, Julien Lindstrom and Mila Poignard, as well as many others. Thanks to all of our awesome performers for putting on a great show!
There was also a ton of lively and unique art on display from the last art session, which was all inspired by music's influence on art. There are cassette tape monsters, recycled record paintings and collages, and some works inspired by live musical performances in the classroom. We want to let all of our art students know how proud of them we are and how awesome all of their art work turned out! We are proudly displaying it here at the school in our main gallery. Check out some awesome photos of the evening below!