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Training

In recent years, we have expanded our company beyond the online database to offer valuable training resources for students, teachers, and musical theatre professionals. Below are some of our current offerings. 

 

Audition Book

Our new book, “Mastering College Musical Theatre Auditions: Sound Advice for Students, Parents, and Teachers” is now available for sale. 

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Giving a successful college audition is incredibly challenging and takes months of preparation. Our book will walk you through every step of this process, from figuring out where to audition and choosing audition material to deciding where to attend. Each chapter focuses on a question central to the audition process with special sections for the student, teacher, and parent. This book, which has been vetted by professionals on both sides of the table, offers honest, practical advice that will make auditioning for college a positive experience for all involved.

Purchase a hard copy of the book on Amazon by clicking here.

Purchase an e-book version on our site. Check back here soon!

 

"How to" Audition Videos

As a free companion to the book, we offer a growing body of “how to” videos, which guide students and professionals alike through various elements of the audition process. Check back, as we’ll be adding videos often!

 

For more videos, visit our YouTube page. We're always adding new ones!

 

Masterclasses & Workshops

Our masterclass and workshop series focuses on honing the skills necessary to developing and performing contemporary work. This training is completely different from standard musical theatre training 

We’ve had the pleasure of leading masterclasses at the Lucy Moses School, NYU Steinhardt, and Rider University and developed a residency at Marymount Manhattan College. All our masterclasses and workshops can be customized to your particular institution’s needs.

 

“David and Laura beautifully bridged the academic and professional worlds with this workshop, teaching the students while also treating them like professionals. The writers they brought in were top-notch, as was the quality of the final production. Our students had amazing experiences and grew a great deal as a result. I highly recommend this workshop to any college or university interested in helping their students prepare for an active career in this industry.”

                                                                                                                        ~ Patricia Hoag Simon, Marymount Manhattan College

  

MASTERCLASS 

Teaching Artists: David Sisco & Laura Josepher   

Musical Director David Sisco and Director Laura Josepher Prior will work with students on previously assigned songs from ContemporaryMusicalTheatre.com, helping them find more technical and dramatic freedom. The three-hour masterclass will also include a Q&A session about current industry trends.

 

3-DAY INTENSIVE

Teaching Artists: David Sisco & Laura Josepher  

Prior to this intensive, Music Director David Sisco and Director Laura Josepher will assign a varied collection of high-quality songs from ContemporaryMusicalTheatre.com’s extensive catalogue based on the student participants’ video submissions. The students will come in with the songs already learned. David and Laura will individually work with them to develop more technical and dramatic freedom, discuss how to analyze musical and lyrical cues, and how to build a character in contemporary work. The culmination of the workshop will be a cabaret-style presentation of the songs. A pianist will be provided by the institution.

 

1-WEEK WORKSHOP

Teaching Artists: David Sisco & Laura Josepher  

Prior to this intensive, Music Director David Sisco and Director Laura Josepher will assign a varied collection of high-quality songs from ContemporaryMusicalTheatre.com’s extensive catalogue based on the student participants’ video submissions. The students will come in with the songs already learned. David and Laura will individually work with them to develop more technical and dramatic freedom, discuss how to analyze musical and lyrical cues, and how to build a character in a contemporary work. The culmination of the workshop will be a cabaret-style presentation of the songs. A pianist will be provided by the institution. 

In addition to the rehearsals, students will receive a series of seminars during the week to be chosen from the following: Making Fast/Smart Choices: Tools for Learning Music and Developing Characters, Investigating the Text: How to (Properly) Learn a Song, Contemporary Musical Theatre Listening Lab, and Audition Techniques 101.

 

3-WEEK WORKSHOP

Teaching Artists: David Sisco & Laura Josepher  

Option 1: The Institution may opt to license previously written musical shorts written by CMT.com writers, woven together with songs from CMT.com. Perusal copies of shows will be made available and writers can be invited to join in workshop process, either in person or via Skype. Music Director David Sisco and Director Laura Josepher will individually work with the students to develop more technical and dramatic freedom, discuss how to analyze musical and lyrical cues, and how to build their characters as well as learn how to talk to the writers. The workshop will be run like a professional rehearsal process of a new work. The culmination of the workshop will be a fully staged presentation.

Option 2: The Institution may opt to commission a CMT.com writer/writers to create musical shorts specifically for the students based on a unified theme, woven together with songs from CMT.com. Writers can be invited to join in workshop process, either in person or via Skype. Music Director David Sisco and Director Laura Josepher will individually work with the students to develop more technical and dramatic freedom, discuss how to analyze musical and lyrical cues, and how to build their characters as well as learn how to talk to the writers. This collaboration with the students and writers will create a unique theatrical experience. The workshop will be run like a professional rehearsal process of a new work. The culmination of the workshop will be a fully staged presentation.

In addition to the rehearsals, students will receive individual coachings with David and Laura, individualized repertoire suggestions, and a series of seminars during the week to be chosen from the following: Making Fast/Smart Choices: Tools for Learning Music and Developing Characters, Investigating the Text: How to (Properly) Learn a Song, Contemporary Musical Theatre Listening Lab, and Audition Techniques 101.

  

For all workshop options, each student must submit a pre-screen video submission including two songs (one 16-bar ballad and one 32-bar uptempo of different styles) at least two weeks prior to the workshop. Please contact David Sisco at david@contemporarymusicaltheatre.com for more information and pricing.