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9th - 12th grade


Thu, Jan 27, 2022 - Mar 31, 2022

9 classes remaining

5:00pm - 6:30pm EST


Pat M.


30 students

Class Experience

AURAL SKILLS FOR SINGERSGrade: 9th - 12th (or Company Members)

Aural Skills for Singers has been fully revamped by theory teacher Patrick McGill for its second year only offered at Crystal Theatre. Seen as the natural next step from Advanced Music Theory for Singers this class focuses only on practically applicable aural skills such as Solfeggio, Ear Training, Sight Reading, Dictation, Play and Sing assignments, Conducting, Hearing Harmonic Changes, and Rhythm Drills. Each class will begin with a sight reading section, where students will be given a melody to sight read and sing, then sing again while conducting in the correct pattern. Each sight reading selection will be sung in both Fixed and Moveable “do” modeled by teacher Patrick McGill from his time teaching theory at Yale University and matching the expectations of the countrys’ leading music conservatories/universities. Moving forward as a group we will drill complex rhythms taken from multiple text books and sourced from the most famous Broadway composers such as Sondheim, Jason Robert Brown, Gershwin, Porter, and more. Following this students will have a listening section focused on teaching singers how to use their ears to analyze music and draw conclusions. We continue with play and sing assignments which will help students build foundational piano skills while also strengthening their ability to read multiple musical clefs at the same time. We will finish each class with a dictation that includes melody, bass line, and a quick harmonic analysis reinforcing the subjects learned in Advanced Music Theory for Singers.

Meets: 1/27, 2/3, 2/10, 2/17, 2/24, 3/3, 3/10, 3/17, 3/24, 3/31 — 5:00-6:30pm


Time of 90 minute class to be arranged between teacher and students. Contact Patrick McGill at

Covid-19 Precautions

Crystal Theatre is following the CT Covid-19 guidelines for all classes and shows. Particpants are required to wear masks, temperatures are taken upon entry, hand sanitizing, social distancing.

How To Participate

You will receive an email 30 minutes before class starts with a link to the class and access instructions.

Reviews for Crystal Theatre

5.0 out of 5

Based on 22 provider ratings

Boatwright D.

Nov 14, 2021


I have never seen my girls so excited. They really enjoyed going to Crystal theater.


Due to me being a busy mom and having three children I wish the teachers would tell the kids to tell their parents to check emails would help the parents be on track with what is going on. Or maybe give the kids a slip as a reminder. I guess the communication.

"Mother Goose Retires" the musical
Location: Crystal Theatre | Instructor: Cheryl Kemeny, Jessica Rae Foulds, Shay Lynn LaRusso

Ruth E.

Nov 9, 2021


Granddaughter is thoroughly enjoying the program and the other members of the troupe

"Land of the Midnight Sun"
Location: Crystal Theatre | Instructor: Cheryl Kemeny, Shay Lynn LaRusso

Olga Z.

Nov 8, 2021


Scheduling and practice times can be posted on Sawyer.

"Cleopatra, A Life Unparalleled" the rock musical
Location: Crystal Theatre | Instructor: Cheryl Kemeny, Joe Santaniello, Thomas Purvis

Vera U.

Aug 17, 2021


Lovely performance. Each kid had an opportunity to showcase their skills.


Communications about outfits for performance.

Location: Crystal Theatre | Instructor: Felicia Varvaras, Shay Lynn LaRusso, Zachary Anderson

Brittany E.

Aug 4, 2021


The class got kids interacting and building confidence. Christina was kind and welcome to suggestions. This was our first experience with Crystal Theatre and we loved it! A small, but much appreciated thing was that they brought the students outside at the end of each class so parents didn't have to get out of the car with other little ones.


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About Crystal Theatre

Crystal Theatre is a performing arts educational institution which seeks to promote original works of art while striving to develop the individual strengths and talents of our students through our class/shows and pre-professional Rising Stars training program.