Vince at practice

WORKSHOPS

The workshops below present relevant and current information, and are presented in a positive, friendly, and informal setting. They promote and assist music education, and both students and teachers will benefit from the experience.Workshops are 60-90 minutes in length and may be tailored for the particular educational needs of both students and teachers.

Comments received from past workshops:

  • "Vince has enormous freshness, vitality, and energy."
  • "He has a remarkable ability to communicate."
  • "A spontaneous give-and-take exchange, full of intensity."
  • "I enjoyed Vince's creative energy and his vibrant, colorful presentation."
  • "Innovative, refreshing, imaginative!"

Workshop participants receive printouts, interact with Vince, and where possible receive hands-on-experience. The workshops are lively paced, exciting, and informative.

The workshop fee is negotiable.

1. ARRANGING MUSIC FOR SMALL GROUPS

"How can I get a full sound with only three instruments?"

Concepts: Color, Balance, Voicings, Phrasing and Interpretation.

Vince will work with the resident combos and rhythm section.

2. ARRANGING MUSIC FOR THE LARGE JAZZ ENSEMBLE

"How do I arrange music for large groups without it sounding thick and cumbersome?"

Concepts: Color, Balance, Voicings, Phrasing and Articulation, Clarity of Motion and Design.

Vince will work with the resident jazz ensemble.

3. SONGWRITING

"How can I compose a memorable song?"

Lyrics that evoke meaning and emotion

Rhyme schemes, Song Form and Styles (Rock, Pop, Country, Broadway)

Pop Music vs Music for the Theatre

4. THE MUSIC BUSINESS

"How do I survive in the Music Jungle without getting mugged?"

Contracts, Copyrights, Licensing, Infringement, Sampling, Producing a Demo, Forming a Record Company and Publishing Company, Managers-Agents-Attorneys

5. MUSICAL THEATRE WORKSHOP

"What are the ingredients of a successful musical?"

Music, Lyrics, Libretto, Personification, Sub-plots, The difficulty of writing comedy songs, Creating drama, Six things successful music must have, and How to audition.

Vince will work with resident vocalists and pianist.

6. JAZZ IMPROVISATION: YOU CAN DO IT!

"How can I learn to improvise and not repeat myself so often?"

Four approaches to improvisation, Scale-chord approach, Tone projection, Playing "in" and "out" of the chord changes, Guide tones, Modes, Latin Jazz

Vince will work with resident instrumentalists and rhythm section.

7. MAKE YOUR BAND, ORCHESTRA, AND JAZZ ENSEMBLE COME ALIVE

"How can I get my ensemble to play more expressively and musically?"

Style, Expression, Phrasing, Interpretation, Dynamics, Balance, Articulation, Rhythmic Problems

Vince will work with your large ensemble to improve their sound!