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Johnathan Mccullough

How to market yourself as a 21st century musician

Johnathan Mccullough

In this class, you will learn how to market yourself and build an online presence as a modern day musician. This class will cover the basics of developing marketing strategies, PR, networking, growing your social media presence, building professional websites, and how to turn your musical ideas into a marketable product.

McCullough, who’s film of David T. Little’s Soldier Songs has been called “A Pacesetter for Cinematic Opera” by the New York Times, will speak on adapting yourself as an artist in the current climate.
The class will be part lecture and part Q and A. Feel free to email any questions you might have ahead of time to hello@virtu.academy

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Price: $19
Class Details: 1 hour - 15 student limit

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So you want to write a song?

Giovanni Piacentini

Have you ever wanted to write your own song but didn’t know where to start? In this class, you will learn the basics of songwriting from world-famous composer and guitarist, Giovanni Piacentini. You will break down the concepts of songwriting by dissecting famous songs then learn to apply these concepts to writing songs of your own!!

Giovanni’s work has been described as “stunningly beautiful with accessible compositional language.” (The Clarinet Magazine) and “displaying degrees of sophistication and control that can’t help but mark him as a virtuoso” (Arkiv Magazine).
No prior music theory knowledge needed. All you need is a notebook and an eagerness to learn!

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Price: $9
Class Details: 1 hour - 35 student limit

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Music & Language: An Introduction

Alison Bieber

Is music the universal language? At some point, you have probably heard this question or thought it yourself. Connections between music and language have been discussed across various fields of study since Plato and Aristotle. Vocalist and Applied Linguist, Alison Bieber will introduce an interdisciplinary outline of music cognition research regarding the intersection of music and language, where current research is now, and suggestions for future reading. Additionally, there will be a brief discussion on the evolution of music and language. The lecture will conclude with a Q & A. Ages 16 +.

Price: $9
Class Details: 1 hour - 50 student limit

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So You Want to Study Music in College?: How to apply and audition with success

Theodora Nestorova

Do you or your child dream of studying music in college but have no idea where to even begin? This class is for you! A professional singer, teacher, & researcher with years of experience studying music at every degree level both in the United States & Europe, Theodora will guide you through the steps for musical school entrance success!

From choosing the right school and teacher to discerning the difference between conservatories & universities; from crafting your résumé to accurately reflect your skills & experiences to sharing audition & interview tips to get a better scholarship, Theodora will present each participant with actionable tasks to make the music school application & audition process (from bachelor's to doctorate) less arduous. Applying and auditioning to music schools might seem a daunting process, but it doesn't have to be!

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Price: $9
Class Details: 1 hour - 50 student limit

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Stage fright training

Corinna Canzian

Have you ever wondered how a professional musician deals with their nerves when performing or auditioning? Every musician, whether an amateur, student, or professional, will experience stage fright. In this class, Corinna will discuss simple but effective techniques to manage nerves and perform at your best. Overcoming stage fright is a skill that can be practiced and developed.

As a professional musician who has performed for countless audiences, in orchestras, chamber groups, and as a soloist, Corinna has developed specific techniques that allow her to effortlessly perform for large crowds.

In this class, 6 students will perform in front of other attendees, and Corinna will coach them through the process of performing and discuss learnable skills to practice at home to reduce stage fright and become a better performer.

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Price: $9 for observers, $19 for performers
Class Details: 1 hour - 20 student limit

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Josh Roberts

Essentials for Home REcording

Josh Roberts

Have you ever wanted to make professional music recordings at home? This masterclass will take you through the steps required to create a professional, in-home video and audio recording using your own personal device.

Josh will take you from making a video on your phone or tablet to using computer software along the way. He will be giving you tips on syncing your performance to pre-existing music, lighting, and provide a list of available gear for purchase ranging from a reasonable $50 set up to a more professional studio setup! Your setup could even be ready to start making content on your own by the end of the session! Josh will teach this class from the studio he recorded the most recent album for Broadway Records and discuss the process of recording a professional album from home. The session includes a Q & A session at the end and a take home pamphlet with a review of the class and helpful hints.

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Price: $19
Class Details: 1 hour - 15 student limit

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Introduction to Jazz History

Jeffery Miller

Louis Armstrong. Duke Ellington. John Coltrane. Do these names sound familiar? What else do you know about jazz? Expand your jazz knowledge by attending this masterclass led by 3X GRAMMY-nominated Jeffery Miller!

Not only has he spent 6 years at The Juilliard School studying jazz trombone, but Jeffery was born and raised in New Orleans, where he had the privilege of performing with and learning from masters of the music since he was 12 years old. This masterclass will give you an overview of jazz history, covering musicians; records; and events and more that are essential for you to know about! The class will include a Q & A session at the end and a list of recommended albums to check out.  

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Price: $9
Class Details: 1 hour - 30 student limit

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Chase Kuesel

Internalizing Rhythms (for non-drummers)

Chase Kuesel

Do you feel like your lack of rhythmic fluency may be holding you back from performing music you love? Do you feel like melody and harmony have been prioritized in your music education so far, at the expense of developing a more robust set of rhythmic capabilities? If so, this class is for you!

We’ll start off by reviewing the basics – quarter and eighth note phrasing – before quickly launching into more advanced rhythmic concepts, including: 16th note permutations, metric modulations, additive sequences, and odd-time signatures. No practice pad or drum set is necessary, as all exercises will be done by speaking and clapping!  Ages 13+. Must be comfortable with basic music notation (reading and counting quarter notes, eighth notes, and sixteenth notes) to enroll.

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Price: $29
Class Details: 1 hour - 7 student limit

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