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Creative Collection

MCAA Creative Collection is a new multimedia arts enrichment initiative aimed at providing learning resources for students ages 5-18. The collection includes instructional tutorials, performance, and teaching demonstrations across the arts from music education to music performance, music technology, art education, theater education, and theater performance. MCAA Creative Collection videos are educational supplements created by students and faculty of George Mason University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts. A new video will be released weekly. To receive the latest MCAA Creative Collection updates, email academy@gmu.edu.

 

This program is made possible through the generous support of the

City of Fairfax Commission on the Arts logo

 

 

Clarinet Air Support  |  Music


 

OVERVIEW
In this video, Ms. Katie Repka teaches us all about air support when playing the clarinet. Through demonstrating playing and applying useful analogies, Ms. Repka teaches us how to get the highest quality sound possible on the clarinet. This lesson applies to clarinetists of all ages as a great reminder of how we need to support our air in order to get a clear sound. Additionally, this video provides useful tools and breathing concepts to anyone who plays a wind instrument or wants to learn more about how they create sound.

ABOUT THE CREATOR
Ms. Katie Repka is a New York state-certified K-12 music teacher and a doctoral candidate in clarinet performance, studying with Dr. Kathleen Mulcahy. At Mason, Ms. Repka assists with the clarinet choir and studio and performs as principal clarinet of the Wind Symphony. She is a lecturer teaching undergraduate courses, such as Aural Skills II and Fundamentals of Music. Ms. Repka is a soloist who has performed at Kimmel Center, Carnegie Hall, and Hershey Theater. In 2017, Ms. Repka taught general music and clarinet in Tanzania through the Daraja Music Initiative.

 

Practice Technique: What is Chunking  |  Music


 

OVERVIEW
In this video, Ms. Elana Oleinick teaches us a very useful and effective practice technique called “chunking” to make challenging and sometimes overwhelming sections of our music more manageable. By breaking down a new piece of music into smaller segments, we can find success with less difficulty and frustration. This practice technique can be applied to any music for any instrument. We hope this video inspires you to practice your instrument using this new technique! Note: The musical examples shared in this video are in bass clef.​

ABOUT THE CREATOR
Ms. Elana Oleinick is a classically trained musician and cello private lesson instructor with extensive studies in Jazz, North and South Indian Classical, Celtic, and contemporary music. Over the past 13 years, Ms. Oleinick has performed with numerous artists and chamber ensembles and published a research article, titled “Unearthing America’s Musical Treasures,” in College Orchestra Directors Association Journal 2019. She earned a bachelor’s degree in music from the University of Mary Washington and is currently pursuing her Music Education Licensure at Mason. Before joining Mason, Ms. Oleinick was the Assistant Director of the University of Mary Washington’s Philharmonic Orchestra and Director of the Fredericksburg Chamber Music Initiative.

 

 

How to Work with Pastels  |  Art


 

OVERVIEW
In this video, Ms. Lisa Eaton shows us how to be creative using pastels and paper. This lesson encourages students to utilize objects found around their homes to trace circles of different sizes. Ms. Eaton talks about the cultural significance of circles and demonstrates how we can create unique, colorful circle designs at home. Please note: This activity best suits for fourth graders and up. Young-age students may need adult supervision.

Materials needed: pastels, paper, and household supplies

ABOUT THE CREATOR
Ms. Lisa Eaton earned a BS in Art from James Madison University. She is currently a Master of Arts in Teaching graduate student in the College of Visual and Performing Arts at George Mason University. She started the program in the Spring of 2020. Before raising a family of three boys, she worked as a graphic designer for companies and associations in the Washington, D.C., area. Her true passion is teaching students about big ideas in art. Ms. Eaton will graduate in December 2021 and plans to work in Fairfax County as an elementary school art educator.

 

 

The Ins and Outs of Clarinet Embouchure  |  Music


 

OVERVIEW
In this video, Ms. Katie Repka teaches us about the clarinet embouchure, which is the way a clarinetist needs to shape their mouth and face to play the instrument. Through demonstration, Ms. Repka teaches this crucial skill for clarinetists of all ages. Although it is geared toward beginners, this video serves as a great refresher for anyone who plays the clarinet, no matter what level they are currently at. This lesson is insightful for current or future clarinetists or anyone who wants to expand their knowledge of the instrument!

ABOUT THE CREATOR
Ms. Katie Repka is a New York state-certified K-12 music teacher and a doctoral candidate in clarinet performance, studying with Dr. Kathleen Mulcahy. At Mason, Ms. Repka assists with the clarinet choir and studio and performs as principal clarinet of the Wind Symphony. She is a lecturer teaching undergraduate courses, such as Aural Skills II and Fundamentals of Music. Ms. Repka is a soloist who has performed at Kimmel Center, Carnegie Hall, and Hershey Theater. In 2017, Ms. Repka taught general music and clarinet in Tanzania through the Daraja Music Initiative.

 

 

Tone Quality on String Instruments  |  Music


 

OVERVIEW
In this video, Ms. Elana Oleinick teaches us about tone and how to create the highest quality of sound on a string instrument by demonstrating on her cello. This lesson is geared toward anyone who plays a string instrument, is interested in playing a string instrument someday, or wants to learn more about how sound is created on string instruments.

ABOUT THE CREATOR
Ms. Elana Oleinick is a classically trained musician and cello private lesson instructor with extensive studies in Jazz, North and South Indian Classical, Celtic, and contemporary music. Over the past 13 years, Ms. Oleinick has performed with numerous artists and chamber ensembles and published a research article, titled “Unearthing America’s Musical Treasures,” in College Orchestra Directors Association Journal 2019. She earned a bachelor’s degree in music from the University of Mary Washington and is currently pursuing her Music Education Licensure at Mason. Before joining Mason, Ms. Oleinick was the Assistant Director of the University of Mary Washington’s Philharmonic Orchestra and Director of the Fredericksburg Chamber Music Initiative.

 

 

Drawing with Markers for First Graders  |  Art


 

 

OVERVIEW
In this video, Ms. Lisa Eaton teaches the versatility of washable markers for any art project. Ms. Eaton demonstrates strokes that can be used to draw different types of lines and shapes and share a sample drawing she created using these techniques. Although this lesson is geared toward first graders, students of all ages can try the drawing techniques demonstrated in this video to create their own art. This lesson shows us that possibilities are endless for creativity with markers and paper at home or anywhere! Please note: This activity best suits for first graders and up. Young-age students may need adult supervision.

Materials needed: markers and paper

ABOUT THE CREATOR
Ms. Lisa Eaton earned a BS in Art from James Madison University. She is currently a Master of Arts in Teaching graduate student in the College of Visual and Performing Arts at George Mason University. She started the program in the Spring of 2020. Before raising a family of three boys, she worked as a graphic designer for companies and associations in the Washington, D.C., area. Her true passion is teaching students about big ideas in art. Ms. Eaton will graduate in December 2021 and plans to work in Fairfax County as an elementary school art educator.