Just a quick note for those of you planning to attend our World Music Camp this summer — the camp will now be taking place from July 20 - July 24th from 9am - 3pm. See you there!
Fight the urge to veg out this summer by spending your extra time learning a new instrument. Practicing music is a great way to keep the mind active, particularly during the months away from school.
We will be offering a special deal for Prodigy students to learn a second (or third or fourth) instrument this summer. Buy one lesson on a new instrument and get a second lesson for free!
You name it and we have a teacher to teach it. "I know you teach voice, piano, and all of that good stuff but I want to learn to play the trombone! Do you teach it?" Yup. We sure do. Violin, clarinet, guitar, bass, cello, songwriting, and plenty more!
We even offer visual art lessons. Make your "second instrument" be comic book drawing!
We will be having our summer recital on Saturday, May 16th. Don't miss out on this opportunity to show off your new skills in front of an appreciative audience! That's what it's really all about, right? Permission slips and $10 dollar recital fee are due by April 24. See you there!
La Jolla Lutheran Church
7111 La Jolla Blvd
La Jolla, CA 92037
Doors open at 3:30. Performances begin at 4.
Fair warning — we are currently making plans for our summer schedule and Prodigy is definitely going to be an exciting place to be! Music and visual arts camps, classes, workshops, recitals, lessons, and jam sessions are in the works. You can find more information right here on this blog as it becomes available.
Stay tuned! (Yes, that was an intentional lame music pun.)
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.
Sign up here!
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.
Don't see the camp you like?
Email us your ideas or add a comment below!
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!
Authors: the Prodigy Team
Articles may be written by any member of the Prodigy staff.