The Vaudeville Hour
The Vaudeville Hour returns!
by Heidi Turnquist, Director of Education
Is The Shedd Institute really trying to revive “vaudeville”? Well, not exactly –- but we do draw from the rich well of this American theatrical tradition to engage youngsters both in the audience (at the Magical Moombah for example) and on the stage with our Summer Songfest camps for elementary schoolers and the Harburg Academy's spring and fall program for middle schoolers, The Vaudeville Hour. “Vaudeville” is a very light-hearted, comedic revue format rife with song, dance, jokes, slapstick, tricks, acrobatics, magic – pretty much anything we want to stuff in there to entertain?
Our goals with these programs is not to create professional musicians, but to help youngsters feel comfortable with “performing” in an emotionally safe forum. As they mature, they will later be more comfortable giving a presentation in history class, a Rotary speech, or a eulogy. They will also have lots of fun along the way – which is what this “vaudeville revival” is truly all about!
Term Announcements
- Spring classes begin Monday, April 10th.
Begin private lessons anytime!
- Lessons must be specifically scheduled: Monday, May 29 Memorial Day
Focus on the Classes...
Shedd Choral Society
Shedd Singing groups for adults
Do you like to sing but don't know where to start or need to find a group of friendly folks to sing with? The Shedd offers several classes designed and led by Amy Adams for adults who are interested in recreational group singing: The Shedd Choral Society and The Shedd Singing Club.
kids playing violin
The Music Box
Music Box provides a beginning foundation in music education with hands-on explorations of different instruments, songs and musical styles to help students discover the right “fit” for their musical interests and pick a favorite instrument for further study. Each session introduces a new song followed by a hands-on introduction to a new instrument led by a Shedd Faculty member! This year there are two 1 1/2 hour sections of Music Box, all limited to 15 students, and full-term enrollment, each meeting 2x per week (Mon/Wed, 4:00-5:20 pm) and (Tue/Thu, 4:00-5:20 pm).
tap dance
Tap Dancing!
The Shedd Community Music School offers is pleased to welcome back tap dance classes. This term's offerings: Beginning Tap and Continuing Tap.
Mariachi del Shedd
Join Fernell López and participate Eugene’s Mariachi del Shedd. Whether you are a beginner, or a seasoned musician, we have a Mariachi session for you! Our introductory section of Mariachi del Shedd (Tue 4:30-6pm) is designed especially for new members, while our longstanding advanced Mariachi del Shedd (Fri 4:30-6pm) is geared towards teens and adults with more experience in the genre.
The Eye Center
Shedd Presenting Sponsor