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The Music Center Spotlight Program for High School Students …

Do you know a high school performer or visual artist who wants to Step Into the Spotlight?Now in its 25th year, The Music Center Spotlight program is so much more than a competition. Spotlight is a nationally acclaimed scholarship and arts-training program for high school students in the performing and visual arts. It’s free to apply, and all talent levels are encouraged.In addition, The Music Center is offering a one-day, free performing arts workshop at The Music Center on Sunday, Sept. 30, for all high school students, parents and teachers to come hear arts professionals, collegecircuit.net counselors and USC faculty talk about applying to college, music conservatories, getting a dance agent, developing artistry and much more.The Music Center Spotlight program provides high school students an opportunity to stretch themselves by learning about audition skills, exploring artistry and developing self-confidence; all in a safe and nurturing environment.  It’s free, it’s easy, and, most importantly, it’s fun! Each year, Spotlight awards more than $100,000 to students in scholarships.Each performing arts student comes to a live private audition and receives detailed written feedback which they can share with their teachers and parents.  The judges are arts professionals and university faculty members who are nurturing and supportive.The Music Center works with Performing Arts students on:How to walk into an audition room and present yourselfDeveloping self-confidenceDeveloping artistryHow to deal with nervesWhat to do after you leave an audition or interviewLearning to cultivate self-discerning skillsFor those students who advance to semi-finals, there are individual and group master classes. Continue reading

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Faith – WFMAD Day 26

Originally published at Mad Woman in the Forest. Please leave any comments there.I spoke to more than a thousand kids a day at the Youngstown State University English Festival for three days at the end of March. I saw them in “smaller” groups throughout the day, then gave a final presentation to everyone before they went home. It was a life-changing experience to be in a room with a thousand kids who were completely stoked about books and reading and writing. I adored all of them… and their teachers who worked very hard to prepare them for the experience.I signed books for about three hours each day Continue reading

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Building Confidence with Call and Response Drumming – X8 Drum …

Confidence is an important part of our lives, one of the more important aspects of a personality that affects all types of relationships and endeavors. However, finding ways to build confidence can be a challenge in itself, especially when the first step in confidence building requires a strong belief in the very self that needs that strength. There are ways, however, that a person can find an inner strength, especially with the help of others. Drumming, for instance, can be a vital tool for those seeking a way to gain confidence in the self, as well as assimilate into a non-judgmental community environment.Drum circles have increased in popularity over the years throughout many different disciplines. Continue reading

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