Don’t Be Afraid, It’s Just Theory! "Facing our Fears of Form on the Podium"

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Presenter: Kevin Isaacs

What is the mode of this piece?

Why did it go to that key?

Why is it called a “treble clef?”

What is a “gear-change?”

The answers to these and many more questions regarding the theoretical and formal aspects of our repertoire will be revealed during this session. Dr. Isaacs will present mnemonic tricks and new explanations to old knowledge. A little bit of exposure to the architecture of our compositions should give both the teacher and the student more confidence in preparing, rehearsing, and performing their programs.

Dr. Isaacs, who began his tenure at Western Connecticut State University in 1990, is Professor of Music teaching courses in theory, composition, and choral studies. His duties also include serving as the associate chair of the department and coordinating the graduate degree program in music education.

Kevin was the recipient of the inaugural WCSU Excellence in Teaching Award, and he was named the 2010 Connecticut Choir Director of the Year by the CT chapter of ACDA. Professor Isaacs also served as a Mellon Foundation Faculty Fellow at the School of Music and Institute of Sacred Music at Yale University.

He received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Theory & Composition from Texas Christian University and a Doctorate in Composition with a minor in Choral Conducting from The University of Arizona. Performers and ensembles across the nation have commissioned, presented, and recorded Kevin's compositions. His works have been published by Mark Foster Music, Santa Barbara Publishing, and PelCel Music. Additionally, Dr. Isaacs can be found on the podium conducting honor choirs around the region. At home, he will be found listening to one of his 5000 vinyl records.


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