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ANMT’s sixth annual MUSICAL THEATRE BOOT CAMP presents:


Instructor: Philip Seward

Make your own schedule!


Course Fee: $495 (Early Bird/ANMT Member Fee: $495)

A concentrated version of the full Music Lab curriculum offered as part of ANMT’s Core Curriculum program, with a unit a week instead of a unit a month. (If you’re planning to take the Core program, this course will fulfill your Lab requirement).

Write and format your musical professionally.

Videos, tests, exercises and interactive assignments on the craft of composing for musical theatre, from Columbia College professor Philip Seward. Topics include:
Setting a lyric
Creating a Piano Arrangement
Finding a rhythm in a lyric and using it to develop a melody
Creating a lead sheet (chord symbols and melody)
Working with a hook
Key signatures & accidentals
Driving melodically toward theclimax of the song
Supporting the melody with a piano accompaniment
When to modulate
Composing Incidental Music
Composing for the music theatre voice (head voice, chest voice, belt, legit, timbre)
Formatting a Score: Dynamics, Expressive Markings, Pedaling, Rehearsal Marks, etc.
Vamps; safeties; jump cue; out on
Formatting voice parts
Swing notation
Integrating Script and Score

Only during the summer - this online Lab is available for the ANMT Member price of $495.

To register (or for more info) - CLICK HERE

Philip Seward lists among his operatic and musical works, NIMUE (premiered 2007 in Edinburgh, Scotland), DOWNTOWN (2007 at Stages Festival in Chicago), SINCERELY YOURS (2003), JUAN PERON’S HAND (2002) at the Northtown Arts Center; HIGH FIDELITY (1998) Chicago Humanities Festival and (1999) Merkin Hall in New York; SPREADING THE NEWS (1998) at North Park University; HANS BRINKER (1994) at Theatre Building Chicago which was also a recipient of several Jeff Citations and an After Dark Award; the youth operas AFRICAN STORIES (2007), A NOTEWORTHY TALE (2002) and STONE SOUP (2001) commissioned by Lyric Opera of Chicago; BLESSING (2003) for the Lira Chamber Chorus; and PSALM 8 (1997) commissioned by the Lyric Opera Chapters. He is currently an Artist-in-Residence at Columbia College Chicago, co-conductor of the Lira Ensemble of Chicago, music director at St. James Presbyterian Church in Chicago, and he has served both as a free-lance conductor and performer for many ensembles, musical shows and operas.

Scott Guy
Author: Scott Guy

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Under Scott's tenure, the Academy has developed over 100 musicals for producers across the country, and over 200 independent musicals by ANMT writers. Scott has produced several ANMT musical theatre festivals and multiple seasons of concert readings and concerts. Scott's current and recent writing projects include: a musical with Placido Domingo, Jr., script consultancy with Disney for a Pirates of the Caribbean musical; book of Manson's Girls; and book/lyrics for Der FrankLloydWrightenlieder. SPAM: a song cycle will receive its world premiere at Boston Metro Opera next year. Television credits: Six Emmy nominations, and over 100 produced television scripts for Warner Bros., FOX-TV, Disney, Discovery Channel, PBS, etc. www.scottguy.biz.

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