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The Vaudeville Hour!
A new E. Y. Harburg Academy offering
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 new spring and fall program for middle schoolers, The Vaudeville Hour. “Vaudeville” is a very light-hearted, comedic revue formant 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
- Fall classes begin Saturday, September 11.
Begin private lessons anytime!
    Thu, Nov 25 (Thanksgiving), & Fri, Dec 25 (Christmas)
- Lessons must be specifically scheduled: Nov 26, Dec 21-31
Focus on the Classes...
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 from our Music Box CD (from spirituals, folk, bluegrass and more) followed by a hands-on introduction to a new instrument led by a Shedd Faculty member!
This year there are 4 sections of Music Box, all limited to 15 students, and full-term enrollment: two 1 hour sections which meet 2x per week ((Mon/Wed, 4:30-5:25 pm) and ((Tue/Thu, 4:30-5:25 pm), and two 1 1/2 hour sections called Music Box PLUS which meet 2x per week ((Mon/Wed, 3:00-4:25 pm) and ((Tue/Thu, 3:00-4:25 pm).
Mariachi
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.