CHSMA is very excited to announce auditions for our upcoming production of "Legally Blonde, the Musical" in concert! The production will be directed by our very own voice instructor extraordinaire, Chuck Higgins.
Initial auditions will be held on Monday, March 16 - starting at 5:00.***
Callbacks will be held on Saturday, March 21st.
***For students who have already participated in our Broadway in Concert series, you do not need to come to the initial audition! You may come straight to callbacks on Saturday.
Rehearsals will be from 5:00 - 8:00 PM on the following dates!
- April: 5, 19, 26
- May: 3, 10
- We are also holding Friday, May 15 for a possible dress rehearsal.
Like learning a new language - you can teach yourself how to play music with books and videos. In fact, this is how many people learn! If it is possible to teach yourself, you might wonder why someone would pay to take music lessons.
The truth is, there are advantages to both strategies! With self-instruction, you don’t have a time limit for your practice. You don’t have another person’s artistic influence on your work (directly, anyway). However, you also may not know when it is time to try something new or even where to start. You won’t have someone to hold you accountable for your progress. In many ways, a music instructor is very similar to a personal trainer! The instructor will know what order to learn things in, and with individual instruction, they can match your learning pace.
Building bad habits - If you practice sports, music, dance, acting, etc., your capabilities are dictated by HOW you practice. Many self-taught musicians have built up bad habits that hinder their long-term growth. With an experienced outside hand, they will be able to spot these bad habits and help you correct them.
Motivation - Like working with a private fitness instructor, much of the reason people pay for music lessons is that they see the value of having an outside motivator to keep oneself honest! If you are practicing alone, there is no one to point out when you should go back and practice a section again or to encourage you when things get difficult.
Asking Questions - In the year 2020, we are able to quickly find the answers to most of our questions with a few taps on a screen and internet access. However, often times when one is learning something new, it can be difficult to know what questions to ask or how to ask them! In addition, while a search engine can give you a quick answer, it can’t necessarily explain to you or show you how this answer should look in practice.
Ultimately, some people do a fine job at learning a new instrument on their own, but there are definitely advantages, for anyone who is serious about building their repertoire of skills, to taking lessons with a knowledgeable instructor!
Of the stories told about the sinking of the Titanic, the ship’s musicians playing until the very end is one that has endured – and now there’s a chance to see a violin heard on the ship on that tragic day.