Music History Workshop

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Discover the styles, genres, composers and their masterworks that helped shape the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Modern eras and beyond! Inspired by the Royal Conservatory of Music’s curriculum, this in-depth exploration of the history of music will cover game-changing composers of their time, a selection of masterworks from each era, an expanded glossary of useful musical vocabulary, and more. After completing this course, students will have a much more comprehensive knowledge and understanding of classical music, its origins, and how it evolved to where it is today.


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Ages:  14-18 years
Dates:  July 29-August 2, 2019
Times:  9:00 a.m.-12:00 n (M-F)
Tuition:  $230
Location:  Mason Community Arts Academy Building in Fairfax
Extended Day option not available for this program


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Make a day of it and take the Advanced Music Theory camp during the same week in the afternoon from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm.  Bring a non-perishable bag lunch to eat in between.  Weave history and theory together for a more comprehensive week!  Learn more about Advanced Music Theory camp.


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Drew Robertson, Violin/ Viola Lessons Instructor: Drew Robertson, Mason Community Arts Academy Faculty
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Drew Robertson began his musical studies at age four on the piano, and began studying viola at age seven.  His principal teachers were Leslie VanBecker, principal violist of the Grand Rapids Symphony and Mark Jackobs of the Cleveland Orchestra.  He studied viola performance at the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM), music therapy at Nazareth College, and Dalcroze Eurythmics at the Eastman School of Music.  Drew has performed with the CIM orchestras, CIM Baroque Ensemble, Firelands Symphony Orchestra, Genesee Symphony Orchestra, and numerous other ensembles.  He has performed in masterclasses with acclaimed teachers such as Peter Slowik, Yizhak Schotten, Pamela Goldsmith, and Jeffery Irvine.  Drew has participated in festivals including the Pilsen Music Festival in the Czech Republic and the renowned Tanglewood Institute.  A performing teacher, Drew frequently plays solo recitals, outreach concerts, and chamber concerts.

Drew’s teaching career began at Grand Rapids Christian High School, where he led orchestra rehearsals, chamber ensembles, and taught private lessons.  While at CIM, Drew played and taught viola and violin with the Sato Center for Suzuki Studies.  Additionally, Drew has extensively studied Suzuki Method, string instrument repair, Creative Ability Development, Dalcroze Eurhythmics, and Guided Imagery in Music.  Drew consistently pursues further studies to improve his playing and teaching through institutes, conferences, and degree programs.  Incorporating his background in psychology and music therapy, Drew is very aware of the developmental stages and learning styles of his students, and tailors lessons to each student while maintaining focus on standard classical curriculum.   He keeps lessons and rehearsals interesting, diverse, and exciting by incorporating his experience in performance, music theory, music history, Suzuki pedagogy, improvisation, anatomy, physics, composition, and eurythmics





To register by phone or request a paper registration form, please call the Academy office at 703-993-9889.