The New School for
Jazz and Contemporary Music

Stage Presence

This course develops skills for reaching your audience most effectively.  Students will cultivate a stage presence, combining professionalism with personal style.  The class will explore ritual and gesture, formality and fun, from the perspective of leader, sideperson and audience.  Also: announcing at the microphone; acknowledging and riding applause; timing, humor and suspense; the importance of visuals—clothing, lighting and stage arrangement. A particular focus will be the projection of emotion: how to “go inside” to play deeply, while opening to the powerful spirituality of a large gathering.  1 credit
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