I’ve been teaching the violin for almost 20 years, and over the last few years, I’ve been coaching musicians in stage craft, and I see a LOT of the same challenges and questions for artists. For the first time, I’ve created a course to help musicians and stage performers create and perfect their live show to get to the next level in their careers. Be who you are as a performer, and stand out in your genre on stage! Engage and hold an audience. Rock your stage so that agents can’t wait to book you and fans can’t wait to see your next show! Knowing who your audience is, and using your talent, skill and the stage you have to deliver your music in the most engaging way possible is so important. Don’t let your songs look like everyone else’s! Don’t let people talk through your show- take your performance to the next level.
Are you shy? Not confident on stage? I’ve been there. Believe it or not, I used to be shy… but I KNEW I wanted to perform! I even once dropped my violin on it’s face when once, and was red faced picking it up and carrying on… I didn’t even want to smile in dance class, and I kept looking down! Since then I have rocked stages in over 33 cities all over the globe, from intimate audiences of 20 to large crowds of 30,000! Once I knew who I was and was certain of myself and my art, I could really express myself on stage. GET TO KNOW WHO YOU ARE and share it on stage with confidence! There is nothing more powerful than sharing your own story.
This course will cover the basics of stage blocking, movement, interacting with an audience, managing technical equipment and move more into the branding and self awareness area of defining yourself as an artist and your audience. We will cover how to use your experiences on stage in a positive way, to enhance your show whether they were planned or not, stage fashion, and give you tools to plan out your show to engage everyone in the room.
Stage Craft Workshop- Week by Week Topics
1- Defining who you are, who you are as an artist
2- Defining your audience and what they really want.
3- Creating the look of your show- your vision, stage basics, stage blocking, choreography, movement and audience interaction, using different stages, and adapting your show to different stages.
4- Left and Right Brain- how to use both on stage. Dealing with mishaps & flexibility: the prepared, and the spontaneous.
5- Music Tech 101- dealing with equipment.
6- Show basics (preparation, your team, stage fashion, your practice routine, show day routine).
7- Interacting with the audience, show flow.
8- Either in person on a stage or by video submission- showcase your work, personalized feedback and discussion.
Sophie Armstrong has worked with EMI and Warner Music Artists including Goldfrapp, The Hoodoo Gurus, Josh Groban and The Veronicas, and has performed for Olivia Newton-John and dignitaries including the Crown Prince of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed at the Emirates Palace in Sao Paolo Brazil, the Bahraini Royal Family and Australian Ambassador of Turkey, and Crown Prince & Princess Mary & Frederik of Denmark. In addition to studying violin since the age of 3, and attaining a Bachelor of Music Performance (Violin Major, Sydney Conservatorium), Sophie has also studied dance, theater and singing for many years (classical ballet, modern dance, jazz ballet to advanced levels). Sophie has experience performing not only as a violinist but also as an actress and singer, taking courses at Australian Theatre for Young People, NIDA and TVPro Television presenting and has performed lead roles in theater productions including Velma in Chicago. Sophie has performed on intimate stages from small dinner parties, to large stages in front of 30,000 and worked with choreographers and coaches to perfect her show for many years before finding success as a performer. Not many musicians receive such a broad training, and we believe that this is essential to success as a performer. Sophie’s course is a strategic step by step program that will leave you with the tools to perfect your own show and take it to the next level!
Time Commitment & Logistics
This 8 week program is at a cost of $550.00 USD and includes 8 x 1 hour weekly lessons with homework required and personalized feedback by email in between. The homework is a time commitment of approximately 1-3 hours per week. Once signed up, you will be forwarded a receipt and a questionnaire to fill out prior to your first class, after you decide on your start date, depending on when a new session is starting. Lessons with take place in Sophie’s Zoom Room- the link will be provided upon registration. Questions? Contact us- click here.
Lessons will take place in group classes and the following time options to accommodate international time zones:
1. Mondays, Tuesdays OR Fridays at 1pm Eastern Standard Time.
2. Wednesdays OR Thursdays 10pm Eastern Standard Time.
3. 9am Fridays Eastern Standard Time.
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