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Music Program

The Second City Music Program is dedicated to helping students explore comedy’s unique relationship to music through voice, improvisation, and songwriting.

Musical Improv

Musical Improv

  • Musical Improv Levels A-C
  • 3 Hours, 7 Weeks
Musical Improv Level A

Musical Improv Level A is for students who have a little experience with Musical Improv. The goal of this 7-week program is to get the participants comfortable with singing and know their vocal abilities. A wide variety of musical performance games and techniques will be used that will turn an improviser into a skilled singer/songwriter. There is a performance scheduled for this term with additional opportunities.

Musical Improv Level B

Theory, archive songs.

Musical Improv Level C

Longform technique.

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Comedic Songwriting

Songwriting with Bob Wiseman

The Songwriting 4-week Intensive has been designed by the wonderfully talented Bob Wiseman. Bob’s years as a member of Blue Rodeo and experience as the composer of TV and Film music projects too numerous to mention makes Bob the ideal artist to introduce the fundamentals of songwriting.

Students need a general…

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Basic Guitar for Improvisers

In Basic Guitar for Improvisers you will learn how to strum, a handful of chords, and how to use a capo, and soon you’ll be able to accompany yourself onstage and off. Whether you want to write songs for your sketch or standup show, or just jam out and improvise,…

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Intro to Ukulele

Learn how to accompany yourself on stage AND off with a ukulele! Learn basic strumming, major chords, and how to read a lead-sheet. Whether you want to write songs for your sketch or standup show, or just jam out and improvise, a few major and minor ukulele chords will get…

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Yes Yes Y'all

The basis of all hip-hop rapping is the improvised freestyle, where anyone can master the beat with a rhyme that’s in time. Today’s improvisers need to have the skills to get up on stage to sing, rap, and poeticize on the spot. This 4-week class will equip you with the…

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Vocal Basics

Basic Singing for Improvisers

In 3 weeks learn the basic skills it takes to sing with confidence. Learn breathing techniques, ear training, articulation and how to sing a harmony note. Sing with other novices and together you will make beautiful music together!

This workshop is not offered every term. If you would like to be…

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