Musical Theatre Audition and Solo Performance Course

Show your best self at any audition or performance

Lesson Length: 3 hours weekly
Course length: 6 Weeks
Course Fee:  $400
Level: All Levels Session A for developing new material.
Permission required for Session B for continuation and further development of songs (Session A required as prerequisite, or permission of instructor).

Teachers: Bettina Sheppard; Industry Guests
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Work out all those audition jitters by being prepared. From giving the tempo to your accompanist, to acting choices, to hitting those high notes, to a stand out headshot/resume…this class will prepare you for any upcoming performance, recording, or audition. Work with both coach and pianist is small group setting.

“Bettina has a remarkable understanding of musical story-telling.”

Fahad Siadat, Composer, Vocalist & Conductor

You will:

  • Identify your individual vocal range and character type.
  • Choose material best suited to you
  • Work with an accompanist, learning how to properly mark your music, give tempo, and give any other pertinent musical information about your song
  • Work in front of a group
  • Develop the story of your song
  • Work through vocal technique challenges
  • Gain solo singing confidence in a supportive atmosphere
  • Get weekly business tips
  • Have at least 2 songs ready to go!

In Session A, you will:

  • Complete two contrasting songs in 4 weeks
  • Review both selections in week 5
  • Ding your 2 songs in week 6 in front of a mock audition panel
  • Receive feedback on both songs from the panel

In Session B, you will:

  • Identify and work your challenges from Session A
  • Work more deeply on presenting the story
  • Concentrate on intention, context, and acting of the lyric
  • Perform 2-3 songs in a small theatre setting

This is a coaching class and will develop material for your upcoming performance, recording, or audition. You may choose any style of music on your own, but also will receive repertoire suggestions and assignments during the course.  The goal is always a sincere and organic telling of the story through music.

An accompanist is provided, and you will need to bring your own music to class. Invited industry guests will provide feedback in the final class.

  • Music in the soul can be heard by the universe

    Lao Tzu
  • The only thing better than singing is more singing.

    Ella Fitzgerald
  • I don’t sing because I’m happy; I’m happy because I sing.

    William James
  • And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.

    Friedrich Nietzsche
  • Ah, music! A magic far beyond all we do here!

    J.K. Rowling
  • If I cannot fly, let me sing.

    Stephen Sondheim
  • The music is not in the notes, but in the silence between.

  • You can’t stay the same. If you’re a musician and a singer, you have to change. That’s the way it works.

    Van Morrison
  • People who make music together cannot be enemies, at least while the music lasts.

    Paul Hindemith
  • The only escapes from the miseries of life are music and cats.

    Albert Schweitzer
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