Rochester Scholars B: Jul 28-Aug 1

AM: High School Electronic Music (ESM)

This one-week course will provide insight into the diverse world of electronic music with an emphasis on basic audio technology and software. Students will learn to record, edit, and produce CDs of their own performances, which can be used for auditions, scholarship applications, and general promotions. Students will learn about recording technology, editing, sequencing, and mixing audio as well as how to set up a sound system. Students will use audio software including Audacity, Logic Pro, and various plugins and effects, and they will become familiar with a range of audio hardware including MIDI controllers, mixers, microphones, interfaces, and pre-amps. The course will be an introduction to a wide variety of applications in computer music, which will equip students with resources for the successful implementation of music technology in their own careers. No prior knowledge of recording or programming is needed to be successful in this course, though basic computer skills are encouraged. Limited enrollment.

AM: Eastman Rock Guitar Workshop (ESM)

This is a workshop for rock guitarists eager to develop their skill and knowledge of the guitar. Students will work on developing better playing and practice techniques, improving reading and transcription skills, exploring a variety of approaches to improvisation, and gaining a greater familiarity with effects, amps, and other technical aspects of rock guitar gear. Students will focus on the work of classic rock guitarists such as George Harrison, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Ritchie Blackmore, Steve Howe, and others. There will also be introductory sessions on jazz, classical, finger-style, and other styles of playing. Students should be at the intermediate level, which means being able to play several songs or excerpts learned from a teacher, YouTube, or tabs. No music reading skills or background in music theory is required. Demonstration/Informal concert for friends and family: Friday, August 1 at 11 a.m. in A707.

AM: Young Performers Chamber Music Program (ESM)

For intermediate and advanced violin, viola, cello, and bass players grades 5-12 (NYSSMA Level V-VI). Daily chamber music coachings for trios, quartets, and quintets as well as daily string orchestra rehearsal. This week will help students develop chamber music skills and deepen knowledge of chamber and string orchestra literature in a nurturing environment, where players can strive for excellence in performing with appropriate support from faculty. Also open to limited collaborations with winds and piano for pre-formed groups. For more information, contact the director at or (585) 314-8716. Concert: Friday, August 1 at 7:30 p.m. in Hatch Recital Hall.

AM: The Language of Cinema

For more than one hundred years, movies have shocked audiences, moved them to tears of joy, sorrow, and anger, and transfixed them in philosophical contemplation or simple awe. But why do the movies affect audiences so powerfully? How do they achieve their effects? In this course, we will explore the forms, functions, and history of cinematic grammar. We will watch and discuss several movies, including selections from Rear Window, Rashomon, Citizen Kane, and The Shining. In the process, we will learn why filmmakers use cinematic grammar and we will gain a deeper understanding of and richer appreciation for movies.

AM: Strangeness in Quantum Physics

This course is comprised of a series of mini-lectures and demonstrations about the basic phenomena of quantum physics. The mini-lectures will require only a math background in algebra. Basic quantum mechanics covered will include quantum tunneling, quantum superposition, and two-particle quantum entanglement. The demonstrations will include a series of optics experiments such as the quantum eraser, optical interferometry, generation of the Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen (EPR) paradox (aka "spooky action at a distance"), and Bell's inequality.

AM: The Infinite Wonders of Space

Do you ever look up at the sky and wonder what makes up all of space and time? This introductory level interactive astronomy class will take you on a journey through space. Students will learn of the major components that make up our universe, such as stars, galaxies, and black holes. You will also participate in fun activities to enhance your understanding of these topics.

AM: Pathogens, Protection, and Pandemics

Every day, there are articles in the news about emerging diseases, potential pandemics, or isolated but dangerous outbreaks. How will these events affect us? How will they impact the world? This course will give a basic overview of infectious diseases from the point of view of the pathogen as well as a look at how the body responds. We will then take that knowledge and try to answer these questions within the context of current topics in infectious diseases, immunity, treatments, and vaccines. This class may be most appropriate for those who have taken biology in high school.

AM: Dystopian: Literature and Film

Dystopian literature portrays strange, negative possibilities of a world that could be. This course will explore segments of dystopian novels, including We, 1984, Brave New World, and V for Vendetta, and look at examples from films, such as V for Vendetta. How are governments structured in dystopian societies? How are religions treated? How is censorship enforced or depicted? What caused these societies to evolve in this manner? Beyond our discussion of fiction, we will look at parallels between these works and discuss any similarities in societies of past and present, including the Soviet Union, the United States, and others.

AM: High School Wind Ensemble Workshop (ESM)

This five-day intensive Wind Ensemble Workshop is for students currently in grades 8-12. In addition, college students who reside in the Rochester area and are music majors or minors may enroll in the class without cost to assist and perform with the students. (College students do not need to be there every day of the camp.) The class is offered to Level 5 and 6 NYSSMA soloists on all wind, brass, and percussion instruments. A concert on Friday evening will represent the culmination of the week's exploration of some contemporary and traditional works for wind ensemble or symphonic band. Instrumentation may be limited in certain sections, so early enrollment is encouraged. Concert: Friday, August 1 at 7 p.m. in Kilbourn Hall

AM: IB Extended Essay Workshop

In this Extended Essay Workshop students will explore the criteria for the IB Extended Essay Assignment. Students will develop a focused research question that meets the requirements of IB; a collection of relevant, scholarly articles; and a working structured argument. The research and writing of the extended essay is approximately a 40-hour process; this workshop is the exploratory stage of that process.

AM: Harp Workshop (ESM)

This workshop for beginning and intermediate level harpists (high school to adult) provides individual and ensemble instruction, music theory, and orchestral repertory classes for pedal and lever harpists. Students must bring their own harps. Highlights include concerts and other performance opportunities with Eastman School faculty and guest artists. Concert: Friday, August 1 at noon in Hatch Recital Hall.

AM: 3D Modeling and Animation

This class will offer a hands-on introduction to 3D modeling computer graphics and animation, teaching students to construct still images, animations, and 3D printed objects. The coursework follows a sequence of exercises that introduces basic modeling, composition, animation, and 3D printing techniques through demonstration, experimentation, and analysis. Through a series of projects, students will have the opportunity to develop technical graphics skills while enhancing their conceptual understanding of virtual 3D space. Evaluation will primarily be based on the quantity and quality of studio production as well as the effort to thoughtfully contribute to critiques and discussions.

AM: Teaching is Universal!

What do Albert Einstein, J.K. Rowling, and President Obama have in common? Teaching! Whether you are considering a career in education or in another field, you will end up teaching others at some point in life. This course is designed both for students considering careers in K-12 or higher education and those seeking practical teaching skills for informal use in the humanities or sciences. Through a variety of hands-on activities, we will explore how people learn, what motivates their learning, and ways to design and deliver engaging, inspirational lessons. The course culminates in a hands-on teaching experience with children in a low-stakes, judgment-free environment.

PM: Making Movie Magic

In this course, students will learn how to use either iMovie or Movie Maker to create personalized movies. These movies can be tied into a digital portfolio to promote the student in a positive and creative light for academic work, college admission, and/or professional advancement.

PM: Astrogeology: Journey Through the Solar System

Have you ever looked at a planet in the night sky and wondered what it might be like to live on it? What would it feel like? Are there mountains, lakes, or riverbeds? Are there places that life could potentially exist? All these questions have answers that will lead to even more questions. This class will take you on a journey through the solar system while covering basic physical and geological principals. Students will leave this class with an understanding of how the Earth and planets form, what each planet is like in terms of composition and surface conditions, and if life has the potential to exist in the solar system.

PM: Eastman Classic Rock Workshop

This intensive workshop is designed for motivated high school rock musicians (grades 9-12) and focuses on rock music of the 1955-1990 period, with emphasis on the classic music of artists including the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Yes, and many others. Students will participate in rock combos, building performance and aural skills, as well as in rock-specific music theory, history, and improvisation sessions. This workshop is especially well-suited to students who plan to pursue advanced study in music as well as those aspiring to a career in popular music. Open to guitarists, bassists, drummers, keyboardists, and vocalists at intermediate level or above.

PM: Shakespeare in Performance

Shakespeare is not sacred. His work is meant to be seen, tasted, spoken, and tossed about. In this course, we will look at Shakespeare in performance. Initially, that will mean looking at scenes from a number of different takes on Shakespeare's plays, including direct adaptations such as Kenneth Branagh's Henry V, as well as looser adaptations, such as Ran, She's the Man, and 10 Things I Hate About You. The goal of the class is to stop thinking about "Shakespeare's" characters. We will discuss DiCaprio's Romeo, McKellen's Richard III, and Ethan Hawke's Hamlet. Each performer does something new and unique with every role. By the end of the course, students will be claiming their own Shakespearean characters, and delivering their version of one of that character's speeches.

PM: Unclogging the Heart

This course will give students an overview of the physiology of the heart and will cover the molecular and cellular events that lead to heart failure. The course will specifically focus on one key cell type that is involved in cardiac plaque formation, the platelet. We will investigate how the moleclular properities of platelets are involved in driving cardiac plaque formation.

PM: Would You Press the Button?

In this course we will discuss famous moral dilemmas from contemporary life, politics, philosophy, and movies, and try to solve them. Should President Truman have authorized dropping the bomb on Japan? Should you push an innocent person in front of a train if it would save other lives? Should the passengers on the ferry in the film The Dark Knight have pressed the button, destroying a ship of convicts to save themselves from the Joker? Students will discuss and debate questions like these on teams in a Bowl-style format, make short group presentations, and play card games that illustrate answers to tough questions about justice.

PM: An Introduction to Postmodern Art

In the aftermath of World War II, the international world of art began its gradual shift toward Postmodernism. The idea of "artistic genius" crumbled, as did conventional ideas of "high" and "low" art. From minimalism and conceptual art to performance art and multimedia works, the possibilities have been endless. In this course, we will explore a wide range of postmodern works, and attempt to create some of our own through hands-on exercises, taking inspiration from Gordon Matta-Clark's "Tree Dance," Shelley Jackson's "Skin Project," and many others. Students will come to understand postmodernism's many currents of influence and departure, and achieve the type of visual literacy needed to discuss works of art from any period.

PM: Cochlea: Microphone of the Inner Ear

Numerous groundbreaking inventions are inspired by the close observation of biological systems. We explore an example in bioengineering: the cochlea, our hearing organ. The cochlea is a biological microphone. It encodes acoustic vibrations into neural (electrical) signals. This class will teach the basic concepts of the acoustics, vibrations, the inner ear mechanics and physiology, and the working theory of the microphones. By learning the working principles of the cochlea and the microphone, students will understand the similarity and the difference between the cochlea and the microphone. The course will be comprised of lectures, hands-on experiments, and field trips to bioengineering laboratories. Students will assemble their own microphones and test their performances.

PM: Identity and Popular Culture

Popular culture is becoming increasingly central to global social life. Through music, art, fashion, film, and the World Wide Web, popular culture shapes how we think about and view each other, the world around us, and ourselves. In this class, we will examine how popular culture affects our lives as well as what popular media and culture tell us about who we are, individually and collectively. This course looks at how identity is visualized across six media categories: music, film, graphic novels and comics, fashion, literature, and contemporary visual art. Students will learn how to analyze different forms of popular culture from a visual perspective, 'reading' film scenes, song lyrics, music videos, fashion designs, advertisements, and other forms of popular culture much like a text. Activities include discussion, peer-group work, and art projects.

Taste of College (Fall Semester)

Taste of College Fall Semester

Taste of College Fall Semester

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