CLASSES

*Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all classes are being made available online. Please see below for our Winter 2021 offerings.*

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MMPA is excited to offer a full roster of music, theatre, art, and dance classes for all ages this winter! You can register for all of our classes through Formsite. After you register, you will receive a link to enroll in a Google Classroom, where you will have access to all necessary links for live video calls and weekly recorded lessons. The classroom will also allow you to interact directly with your instructor and enjoy additional materials and resources that are relevant to the class. Please see the descriptions for all of our current class offerings below. We'll see you online! 
Please reach out to outreach@modemusicandperformingarts.org with any questions on enrollment or to receive partial and full scholarships (email student first name, preferred classes and either partial or full scholarship request. All requests will be granted).

Mode Music and Performing Arts Live Online Classes

LIVE ONLINE CLASS DESCRIPTIONS WINTER 2021

DANCE
BROADWAY DANCE PARTY!
 ( CLASS FULL ) 
THIS CLASS IS AT MAXIMUM ENROLLMENT -- CATCH THE FUN NEXT SESSION!

Get ready to bust a move at the Broadway Dance Party! In this high-energy dance class, students will learn musical theatre dance routines set to music from hit Broadway shows like Newsies, Matilda, Frozen, and more! The class will learn proper warm-up techniques, important foundations for jazz, ballet, and theatre dance, and best practices for keeping your body healthy and strong while dancing -- and we’ll have a great time while doing it! Students will prepare a number of routines to be performed during our final class.
THEATRE
SCREENPLAY / FILMMAKING
( grades 5 - 8 )
Lights! Camera! Action! Cut and Print! It’s the perfect time to learn a new way to tell our stories. In this class we will explore filmmaking with the iMovie app. Students will gain a 101 understanding of what we need to film our very own movies and get them ready for an audience. We will explore sound, color, dialogue, location, editing and final cut to bring our unique stories to life. We will celebrate these original student-made films together on the final day of class with a virtual watch party.
STORY DRAMA
( grades 3 - 5 )
Every class has its own story to tell! In the Story Drama series, students will use exciting tales and legends from Greek Mythology to explore the fundamentals of story-telling and work together to bring those stories to life. From the grand adventures of Greek gods and goddesses, to the daring quests of heroes like Achilles and Odysseus, students will have a blast using visuals, music, performance art, and games to create a unique “staged” version of their favorite story. A final presentation of the students’ creation will be recorded live via video chat on the final day of class.
STAR WARS PLAY CREATION
( grades K - 3 )
Join the Resistance with the Star Wars Play Creation class! Students will explore the art of character development and story-telling by creating original characters, scenes, and songs that are set within the Star Wars universe. In addition to writing and acting out their stories, students will make props, put together costumes, and create set pieces for their original play. The class will conclude with a live recorded video performance of the students’ original pieces. May the Force be with you!
A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS PLAY CREATION
( grades 4 - 8 )
Join this class to dive into the terrible tales of the Baudelaire children and the greedy, villainous Count Olaf. This series of novels (now a Netflix tv series, too!) is full of wacky characters and curious capers; excellent material for scene study! Students will analyze and act out selected scenes from the books and tv series, with opportunities to create costumes, props, and set pieces for the final performance. This program teaches valuable theatre skills such as creative collaboration, memorization techniques, identifying objectives and motivations, and character development.
SOCK PUPPET THEATRE
( grades K - 5 )
There are countless ways to tell a story. Why not do it with socks? In this class, students will create sock puppets, scenery, mini props and accessories to decorate their “stage”, and write a play that their puppets will perform via recorded video call. This class is a fun, silly way to learn the very important life skills of collaboration, creativity, and finding a spark of joy in anything--even in a sock! Students will perform their play via live recorded video on the final day of class.
CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE WORKSHOP
( grades 5 - 8 )
Be the hero of your own story! Get ready to sharpen your creative writing skills with this Choose-Your-Own Adventure writing class! Students will exercise their imaginations by creating dozens of choices to make and paths to take as they learn about what it means to write their very own Choose-Your-Own Adventure novel. This class will teach skills like strong story structure, impactful descriptive writing, character development, and more. Students will have the opportunity to share their stories with classmates, friends, and family during the final class via live video chat.
GOOSEBUMPS PLAY CREATION
( CLASS FULL )
THIS CLASS IS AT MAXIMUM ENROLLMENT -- CATCH THE FUN NEXT SESSION!

Halloween may be over, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still celebrate Spooky Season! In Goosebumps Play Creation, R.L. Stine’s classic series of children’s novels will be used to explore the foundations of performance art through creative collaboration and improvisation exercises. Excerpts from the books will be used to discuss effective story-telling and inspire students to write their own spooky stories. The class will also work together to create costumes, props, and set pieces for their play. Students will perform their play via recorded video chat on the final day of class.
MUSIC
INTRO TO MODE MUSIC / SING-ALONG
( grades K - 2 )
In our introductory class for young musicians, we will sing songs, explore instruments and have fun with music! All levels are welcome, but we encourage students with little to no experience to get them comfortable in a music setting. Using the songs of Caspar Babypants, popular songs of yesterday and today, and campfire sing-alongs, we will discover rhythm, song structure, lyrics and melody. A demonstration of learned material will be recorded via video chat on the final day of class.
SONGWRITING
( CLASS FULL )
THIS CLASS IS AT MAXIMUM ENROLLMENT -- CATCH THE FUN NEXT SESSION!

Mode wants to hear your songs! Through this program, we will guide the students in their own self expression in music, whether they want to write lyrics, melody or chord progressions. Working both solo and as a group, our instructor will create short and long term songwriting goals for the student while building a lasting skill and gaining confidence to go home and write your own. Popular songs will be broken down as examples and used to create original compositions you can bring home to show the whole family. Each student is encouraged to bring their own songwriting instrument to class if they like. A demonstration of learned materials will be recorded via video chat during our final day of class.
SONGWRITING: MINECRAFT SONG PARODIES
( grades K - 5 ) 
This is the class where your passion for music and your passion for Minecraft meet! In Songwriting, it’s important to write about something that inspires you. If you love chopping trees, digging for rare precious metals, and dodging zombies and creepers, this is the class for you! Students will apply the foundations of songwriting technique to create original compositions inspired by the wonderful world of Minecraft. You can write a song about training a pack of wolves to be your friends, or finally crafting that beautiful diamond armor set, or creating portals to the Nether -- all while learning about music theory and self-expression through song. Students will have the opportunity to perform their songs via recorded video chat on the final day of class.
BEGINNING VOICE
( CLASS FULL ) 
THIS CLASS IS AT MAXIMUM ENROLLMENT -- CATCH THE FUN NEXT SESSION!

Sing out, superstar! In this class, students will learn important skills for singing including breathing techniques, vowel exercises, using your head voice and chest voice, and jumping intervals. We will play a lot of super fun games over video call as well as enjoy performances by guest singers. Finally, you will get to choose between 3 song options provided by your instructor and make a video cover, which we will enjoy together via an online watch party on the final day of class.
UKULELE FOR ALL 
( CLASS FULL ) 
THIS CLASS IS AT MAXIMUM ENROLLMENT -- CATCH THE FUN NEXT SESSION!

Come learn ukulele with us! Whether you’ve played before or have never picked one up, our group ukulele class gives students the opportunity to learn an instrument that they can take with them anytime, anywhere. Basic knowledge of the instrument is introduced while learning to tune, strum, read tablature and read chord charts. Students will leave being able to pick out simple, familiar melodies and play a few 3 chord campfire songs. A demonstration of learned material will be recorded via video chat on the final day of class.
MUSICAL THEATRE SONGBOOK
( grades 5 - 8 )
Whether you’re just dipping your toes into the magical world of musical theatre, or you’ve memorized every single lyric and note to your top ten favorite musicals, you will have a ball digging into the vast collection of American Musical Theatre songs. There is something for everyone in the Broadway cannon, and countless ways to express yourself through musical theatre performance. Students will work with the teacher to find a song that inspires them to explore their own unique way of storytelling, connecting to the material, and practice of healthy vocal technique. Students will have the opportunity to perform their songs via recorded video chat on the final day of class.
ROCK OF AGES: MUSICAL HISTORY
( grades 4 - 8 ) 
Where did Rock ‘n Roll come from? How has it changed? Who are the most inspiring and influential rock artists of all time? Find the answers to these questions and more in this radical music history class for young musicians. From Chuck Berry to The Beatles, from Elvis Presley to Aerosmith, from Jimi Hendrix to Queen; there is so much to learn about the history of Rock music, the artists who shaped it, and its influence on the music and society of today.
HOW TO MAKE A HOME MUSIC VIDEO
( CLASS FULL )
THIS CLASS IS AT MAXIMUM ENROLLMENT -- CATCH THE FUN NEXT SESSION!

Stuck at home? No problem! You can make art wherever you are. Now is the perfect time to learn a new skill and find a way to flex those artistic muscles by turning your home into a music video recording studio! In this class, students will learn how to tell a story or express an idea through music and edit the footage together into a full-length music video. This camp will require a phone or tablet for recording (cameras are also welcome) and a tablet or laptop for editing. The class will celebrate their creations together on the final day of class with a virtual watch party.