Artistic Development Series

What is the ASOTA Artistic Development Series?

This series is designed to give students a thorough knowledge of musical theatre repertoire, vocal types, composers, style periods and musical influences that are a part of the American Musical Theatre Genre from the Tin Pan Alley and Golden Age era through the present. Instructor Dr. Maryann Kyle provides a comprehensive learning experience that includes an understanding of the evolution of musical theatre, cultural and economic influences, composers, lyricists, collaborators and the music.

Register for Course Credit!

The ASOTA Artistic Development Series is offered in two style that allow you to choose if you would like course credit or if you would simply like to take the course for personal development. If you would like to gain course credit for your transcripts, please follow the link below to apply today!

Register for non-credit!

The ASOTA Artistic Development Series is offered in two style that allow you to choose if you would like course credit or if you would simply like to take the course for personal development. If you would like to forego course credit, please follow the link below to register today!

Courses Offered

Vocal Studies

Students will finish the course having completed a collaborative project called THE KALEIDOSCOPE STAGE: A Compendium of Musical Theatre Composers, Shows, Songs and Voice Types. This three-part project includes: The Evolution of the Voice Type in Musical Theatre, A Collection of Musical Theatre Literature by Voice Type and A Guide to Composers and Collaborators in Musical Theatre. This project will give you a valuable collated resource for your studio or classroom.

Meeting time for synchronous study:  Monday/Wednesday 10AM – 12PM CST (Live or Zoom) Asynchronous class recordings will be made available at the end of the day for those who are unable to study synchronously. The course begins on June 8 and runs for eight weeks. 

The world of vocal technique is divided into two distinct categories.  The first is that of the classical singer who develops through traditional voice lessons studying art songs, arias, operettas, oratorio, and opera.  The second category of singer is that of the popular/commercial or Broadway style singer. It is rare that a singer, and rarer still that a classically trained teacher will receive instruction in how to bridge the gap between the styles.  This course will help performers, teachers, directors, coaches and conductors develop an understanding of healthy vocal technique and how to use it in teaching multiple styles of music and varying athletic qualities and lifestyles.  Additionally, participants will learn to develop the teaching/practice language of style, musical skills, character development that enhances the technique and how technology impacts what we teach in the studio.

Meeting time for synchronous study:  Monday/Wednesday 3pm-4:45 CST (Live or Zoom) Asynchronous class recordings will be made available at the end of the day for those who are unable to study synchronously.

Music Education

Explore the musical, social, and historical dimensions of world cultures, emphasizing the music genres related to cultures of Africa, African America, Latin America, Native America, East Asia, Southeast Asia, Southern Asia, and Southeastern Europe.

Examine the history of American music from the music of immigrant cultures to the popular music forms of the present day. This course should address socio-critical issues including the role of race, gender and religion in the evolution of popular music forms, the global impact of American popular music in non-Western societies, and the influence of technology on the creation and consumption of popular music.

 

Examine the physiological and psychological principles informing our understanding of how humans interact with and experience music. Students will research and discuss topics related to sound production, acoustics, music perception and learning, and the effects of sound and music on human behavior and subsequently apply their learning to their teaching environment.