Residency – Music from Many Cultures
Music is the unifying factor that can shed the light of understanding between all cultures. In this residency Scott Kritzer explores the culture of the countries represented by the woods that comprise Mr. Kritzer’s instrument. Just as master luthier Jeffrey Elliott brought together materials for a homogenous sound, Mr. Kritzer will weave through the invisible landscape of music while drawing similarities, not differences, between the countries of Brazil, Africa, Germany, Spain and the United States. Length: 50 minutes Ages: K-12
Workshop – Performance Anxiety Rehab
One of my class participants described performing “…as a burning staircase that I must ascend.” Nearly every performer, amateur to professional, suffers from some level of performance anxiety. The anxiety that accompanies our performance robs us of our potential. It affects how we play and ultimately how we are perceived as performers. While performance anxiety is a natural condition of human nature with the right coaching its affects can be minimized or entirely overcome.
After almost four decades of performing and teaching experience I can say that these tools have quieted the negative inner voices for me and all but eliminated the effects of performance anxiety from my performances. Many of my past participants claim the same. The result is what I call Performance Anxiety Rehab (PAR).
The PAR participant will be taught a series of skills that will develop a resistance to the affects of performance anxiety. In addition participants will be introduced to PAR PODS; ongoing regular gatherings consisting performances and discussion around the materials introduced. The PAR Workshops is open to a limited number of performers and an unlimited number of auditors. Length: 1-3 hours Ages: All Instruments: All
Workshop – Right Hand Technique
Every classical guitarist should be focused on proper right hand technique. The lack of a clear understanding of how joints, ligaments, and muscles function in the right hand can limit your potential and lead to frustration, declining ability, or even career-ending injuries.
Contrary to popular belief, everyone’s hands are not substantially different. While there are differences found in hand width or finger length, certain fundamentals of leverage and movement can be applied to all right hands.
- proper positioning of the finger’s joints and muscles for maximum leverage
- proper range of motion leading to the most efficient and relaxed finger movement for the right hand
You’ll also be shown how the application of these principles to scales and arpeggios will provide you with a strong foundation for all movement forms found in the classical guitar repertoire. The class is open to a limited number of performers and an unlimited number of auditors. Length: 3 hours Ages: High School-Adult
Lecture – Economic Impact of the Arts
Now more than ever its important to understand that support for the arts not only adds vibrancy and livability to a community but it makes good business sense. In an engaging and friendly style Mr. Kritzer delivers the hard facts that the sometimes invisible financial benefit of a culturally active community is a resource worth developing. In addition Mr. Kritzer will perform a short work prior to his ‘pitch’. Length: 3 hours Audience: Service Clubs