When Do I Clap? An Insider's Guide to Symphony Concerts

Learn everything you need to know about orchestra and classical music concerts to feel smart and sexy at the symphony!
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  • Length 2 hours
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  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 11/2014 English

Course Description

When do I clap? That’s the one question about attending symphony concerts that almost everyone is too afraid to ask. Everybody has an opinion, but few people really know the answer.

Imagine the following scenario:

The music has ended and a few people are nervously clapping while others are giving them some serious stink-eye. You think, “Should I clap, or shouldn’t I?” It seems like everybody has the rule book except for you. You begin to panic.

Relax — “When Do I Clap?” is here to help!

Let GRAMMY® nominated classical musician Tom Peters help guide you though the ins and outs of attending a symphony concert. Tom brings nearly 30 years of experience playing in professional orchestras to give you an insider’s look at how symphony concerts work.

This course teaches you all you need to know to be an insider in attending symphony concerts. We’ll talk about simple things, like knowing when to clap, when to arrive, and getting the best seats. We’ll discuss the instruments of the orchestra, what to listen for, and what all those hand gestures the conductor makes really mean.

If your date wants to go to the symphony, your boss has given you the firm’s season tickets to impress a client, or maybe you’ve been listening to the local classical radio station and want to see the symphony live, then this course is for you!

“When Do I Clap?” gives you the insider knowledge you need. In about 2 hours’ time, you’ll have everything you need to just sit back and enjoy the ride!

What are the requirements?

  • You should have a desire to explore a really exciting form of music.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Enjoy attending symphony orchestra concerts with the confidence of an insider
  • Learn about classical music from a Grammy® nominated classical musician
  • Feel smart and sexy at the symphony

What is the target audience?

  • This course is meant for people who enjoy classical music and want to attend a symphony concert, but who have little or no experience in navigating the complex etiquette that can make the experience feel intimidating.
  • This course is also for people who what want a deeper understanding of what is happening both onstage and backstage.
  • This course may not be for you if you if you have extensive experience in attending symphony concerts, but you would likely still learn something new.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

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Lifetime access.

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Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction
Welcome!
Preview
02:42
Section 2: OMG the Concert's Tonight! A Quick and Dirty Primer
Overview: OMG the Concert's Tonight!
Preview
01:01
When Do I Clap?
02:41
What Will the Concert Be Like?
Preview
01:55
What Should I Wear and When Should I Arrive?
01:54
Can I Talk During the Concert?
01:24
POPS and Summer Concerts versus Regular Season concerts
01:12
Section 3: What Should I Know About an Orchestra?
Overview: What Should I Know About an Orchestra?
Preview
00:40
Why are they all in Tuxedos?
02:45
How is an Orchestra Put Together?
02:37
What is a Concert Master and What are Principal Players?
02:04
Who Decides where the Players sit?
02:29
Why is everybody playing stuff before the concert starts?
03:07
Section 4: The Instruments of the Orchestra
Overview: The Instruments of the Orchestra
Preview
00:40
What you Need to Know
01:17
Strings
05:28
Winds
04:36
Brass
02:53
Percussion
02:04
Section 5: What does the Conductor do?
Overview: What does the Conductor do?
Preview
00:41
What Exactly is the Conductor doing up there?
02:40
What is the Role of a Conductor?
03:03
Who is the Conductor?
02:35
How much Power does a Conductor have?
01:22
Section 6: What do I watch for on stage?
Overview: What do I watch for on stage?
Preview
00:40
Why do all the bows go in the same direction?
01:54
What's really going on between the musicians and the conductor?
01:53
What's it like onstage?
03:51
Do things go wrong?
03:25
Section 7: Learning the Language
Overview: Learning the Language
Preview
00:55
Orchestra
02:33
Symphony
04:26
Overture
01:37
Concerto
02:17
Suites, Tone Poems and Oratorios
03:40
Section 8: Tips on How to Listen
Overview: Tips on How to Listen
Preview
00:48
Why all the old stuff? Is anyone writing this today?
02:20
The Listening Experience
01:37
What if I don't like it?
02:37
Section 9: How to Plan a Night Out at the Symphony
Overview: How to Plan a Night Out at the Symphony
Preview
00:46
Choosing an Orchestra
03:24
Choosing a Concert
01:46
The Best Way to Buy Tickets
02:05
Where you should sit for the best experience
02:43
Section 10: Behind-the-Scenes in the Life of an Orchestra Musician
Overview: Behind-the-Scenes in the LIfe of an Orchestra Musician
00:44
What is the Job Description of an Orchestra Musician?
02:31
How do Auditions Work?
01:51
What Happens Before the Concert?
02:14
Recordings
01:46
Section 11: Further Explorations
Overview: Further Explorations
00:45
Opera
02:16
Chamber Music
03:04
Solo Concerts
01:26
New Music Concerts
02:02
Section 12: Conclusion
Bravo!
01:24

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Instructor Biography

Tom Peters, GRAMMY® Nominated Classical Musician

Tom Peters is a composer and GRAMMY® nominated performer, performing with the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra since 1993 and Southwest Chamber Music since 1998. He has performed as a soloist with Ensemble Oh-Ton, People Inside Electronics, MicroFest, and the Schindler House and many others, and has been featured on Nordwest Radio in Hamburg, Germany.

Tom specializes in creating music for silent films, performing original scores through interactive electronics and synchronized electronic soundscapes. In April 2013, he premiered his original score to the 1927 silent classic The Passion of Joan of Arc—his ninth film—at the Toronto Silent Film Festival with Joelle Morton on tenor viol. The score was featured in a radio broadcast over the CBC. His latest score to John Ford’s classic western The Iron Horse (1924) will be premiered at The Autry National Center in Los Angeles in March 2015.

Tom’s 2014 GRAMMY® nominated recording of John Cage’s The 10,000 Things on the MicroFest label with acclaimed pianists Aron Kallay and Vicki Ray, legendary percussionist William Winant, and a recently discovered recording of John Cage himself performing 45’ for a Speaker was the first American recording of this seminal work.

Tom is also a prolific writer and is the Aspie of The Aspie and the NT. This blog, written together with his wife Linda, documents his life on the autism spectrum as someone diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome and its effect on their relationship.

Tom is on the faculty of the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at the California State University, Long Beach.

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