Music and Arts

Jazz: A Metaphor for Life

Dr. Wayne Goins, University Distinguished Professor & Director of Jazz

There are many different aspects involving the life of a jazz musician that are surprisingly common to every day life of non-musicians. My lecture will explore some of these commonalities. For example, the concept of “improvisation” is usually directly related to the art of jazz, but it might surprise most people to discover the amount of improving that takes place in the normal routine of their day. Another common occurrence in jazz is the kind of communication and teamwork involved among jazz band members in order to create what is commonly recognized as “swing.” This phenomenon also takes place in high frequency among a large percentage of groups in the both the workplace and at home—whether we realize it or not. Finally, the art of both writing and speaking have strong parallels to the language of music in general, and building a “jazz solo.” 

Tap To Togetherness: Using Tap Dance as a support educational instruction - Movement, Literacy, and Community Building

Ms. Julie L. Pentz, Associate Director of Dance

Our experiential workshop describes how children and adults can learn positive relationship skills using tap dance as a vehical for engagement. Findings from our qualitative analyses, triangulated with the parent self-reports, indicate reductions in the amount of screen time adults and children use. As the program proceeded over time, children and adults became more engaged, and the amount of screen time in the presence of children reduced dramatically. Our presentation will provide an interactive Tap To Togetherness experience, share our most recent research findings and share literacy activities that are included in the Tap To Togetherness interactive demonstration.

Woodwind Chamber Music Workshop

Konza Woodwind Quintet

In this interactive workshop, the Konza Wind Quintet will explore how there are different roles and responsibilities in chamber music versus performing in a large ensemble. Through this performance, the faculty will demonstrate these roles and how they interact to solve musical problems.

Leadership Through the Orchestral Performance

Ms. Rachel Dirks, Director of Orchestras

In this interactive workshop, we will explore leadership strategies as a member of an orchestra. Along with the school orchestra director, we will discuss the traditional leadership roles within an orchestra as well as highlight the significance every member plays as an active leader of the ensemble. Additionally, students will offer alternative interpretations to their repertoire and explore the affect of interpretation on performance techniques.

Classical Piano Music: A Cornucopia of Musical Treasures

Dr. Slawomir Dobrzanski, Professor of Piano

The lecture “Classical Piano Music: A Cornucopia of Musical Treasures” is addressed to high school students. I will present (perform) selected, well-known works from the classical piano repertoire, explain the stylistic differences between them, talk about their composers and address the emotional content of the music. Students will have an opportunity to ask questions and interact with a classical concert pianist.

Taking One Step Back Actually Means Taking Two Steps Forward: How Fundamentals Can Improve Your Overall Music Program

Dr. Jim Johnson, Professor of Trumpet

We’ve all heard the phrase “One Step Forward, Two Steps Back,” but what if we can turn that phrase around? Not only would it yield a more positive outcome, but establish a more concrete foundation on students’ education. Using fundamental components of music-making, teachers and students can build a better music program from the ground up that not only sounds better, but also lays the groundwork for students to understand the value of hard work and persistence.

Piano Recital and Master Class by Dr. Agustin Muriago

Dr. Agustin Muriago, Instructor of Piano

Dr. Agustin Muriago will present a 45-minute piano recital dedicated to Spanish music, including works by Isaac Albeniz, Manuel de Falla, Federico Mompou, and others. Following the performance, Dr. Muriago will offer a 45-minute piano master class, working with piano students of any age and skill level from the hosting institution.

Saxophone Quartet Workshop

Dr. Anna Marie Wytko, Saxophone Professor

Dr. Anna Marie Wytko, Associate Professor of Saxophone, and the Kansas State University Saxophone Quartet Program will present an interactive Saxophone Quartet Workshop featuring the four main saxophones. This workshop will include, but is not limited to, interactive performance demonstrations on similarities and differences between the four main saxophones, showcase performances by the Kansas State University Saxophone Quartets featuring a variety of musical styles, and discussions on the various roles, responsibilities, and camaraderie established within the saxophone quartet setting. High school, middle school, and elementary school level students will have the opportunity to interact directly with Dr. Wytko as well as the opportunity to interact directly with the university saxophone students who comprise the Kansas State University Saxophone Quartet Program. We look forward to sharing what will be an inspiring and informative experience with you and your students!

Performing, Creating, Responding, Connection: Navigating the new Core Arts Standard

Dr. Frederick Burrack, Director of Assessment

In 2014, new national standards for the ARTS (Music, Theatre, Visual Art, Dance, and Media Arts) were published. All are focused on three artistic processes: Presenting; Creating; and Responding. Learn about the new standards, how the fit into school ARTS programs, and how the Model Cornerstone Assessments are guiding new thoughts about how to assess learning.

How the brain responds to music

Dr. Frederick Burrack, Director of Assessment

This session explores how sound enters the brain, how the brain recognizes sounds as music, what influences musical preference, and how music elicits feeling.

Brass Chamber Music Workshop

Kansas State University Faculty Brass Quintet

In this interactive workshop, the Kansas State University Faculty Brass Quintet will explore how chamber musicians have different roles and responsibilities than when performing in a large ensemble. Through performing select repertoire, the faculty will demonstrate how they interact with one another and work together to solve musical problems.  

Choral rehearsal and performance techniques

Dr. Julie Yu, Co-Director of Choral Studies, Associate Professor of Music

A Higher Place: The Oboe of the 21st Century

Dr. Alyssa Morris, Assistant Professor of Oboe

The purpose of these master classes, lectures, recitals, and sectionals will be to demonstrate 21st century oboe compositions and techniques.  Since I am an oboist and composer, I will be presenting my own compositions in these recitals, especially the compositions from my latest CD, A Higher Place.  These compositions, all written in the 21st century, demonstrate modern oboe extended technique. In master class settings, I will address a myriad of techniques, from tonal and technical fundamentals to heightened musical nuance.  I will also help students with their oboe reeds.  Since this is such a large part of our sound, helping these oboists with their reeds will allow them to play with greater ease and beauty.