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SUMMER PROGRAMS

STUDY, EXPERIENCE, LIVE

Accademia Europea di Firenze is the premier Liberal and Performing Arts school in Florence. The AEF Summer Programs are structured to benefit all students of different backgrounds with a combination of courses for credit, international business experiences, and a variety of activities which reflect local traditions in an authentic manner.
AEF's Summer Programs push students closer to their degrees, provide professional experience for their resumes, and introduce students to the local and international communities of Florence.

THE AEF SUMMER PROGRAMS OFFERING

- LIBERAL AND PERFORMING ARTS PROGRAM (4 weeks)

- JAZZIT FEST PARTICIPATION (3 days/4 nights)

- INTERNSHIPS :

1. Performing Arts Business Internship & Jazz Tour (2 weeks)

2. Performing Arts Business Internship & Dance Festival (2 weeks)

3. Italian Teaching Internship (4 weeks)

A 4 week Summer Program with classes beginning on June 5th 2017 (Check in and transfer on June 3rd) and ending on June 30th 2017 (Check out and transfer on July 1st). 

Students can choose up to 2 courses from both our Liberal and Performing Arts Offering (see our Course Options), for up to 6 U.S. Credits. 

The Liberal Arts Course Options are focused on Italian Art, Culture and Language. The Performing Arts Course Options include Music and Dance classes, and are targeted towards Performance Majors and Minors. Ensembles are by audition only.

Students will also attend the Curricular Faculty-Led Activities, which are an integration of the classes and of the contact hours needed for credit transfer, as well as an outstanding opportunity for cultural immersion.

All Courses will be offered with a minimum of 5 students. Students are responsible for making sure that their course choices fit in their graduation plan.

1. Art History - 4.5 ECTS, 3 US credits

IN-CLASS CONTACT HOURS: 30 / CURRICULAR FACULTY-LED ACTIVITIES CONTACT HOURS: 21 / TOTAL CONTACT HOURS: 51

This course explores artwork produced in Italy from the 14th century until 17th century. It will focus on the relationship of the works of art to their cultural and historical importance in the time period of when they were produced. Emphasis will be placed on the function of the artwork as well as its relationship to the artworks patron, artist and/or location. In particular, this course will focus on four different spaces and audiences of patronage: the public piazza, the family chapel, the guilds and the domestic space. Our objective is to understand the goal (and thus ultimately its meaning) for each different patron (the city, a group, a religious leader, a family or a female) in relation to its space and its audience. Finally, because we are in Florence, when possible, the works of art will be studied through on-site observation and lectures.

2. Italian Language - 9 ECTS, 6 US credits 

IN-CLASS CONTACT HOURS: 60 / CURRICULAR FACULTY-LED ACTIVITIES CONTACT HOURS: 21 / TOTAL CONTACT HOURS: 81

The course will teach the main grammar topics of Italian language and will be put into practice either in classrooms (conversations, role plays, games, songs) or in selected locations. The program will also include excursions and academic activities in markets and supermarkets, restaurant and cafeterias, exhibitions and museums, historical buildings and locations of cultural interest. By the end of the course the students will communicate using proper grammar in the written and spoken language: ask questions, ask for information, do descriptions, talk about their life and family, order in a restaurant, talk about present, past and future events. They are also able to understand easy Italian. They will reach level A1 according to the rules of Quadro Comune Europeo (European Framework).

3. Italian through Culture -4.5 ECTS, 3 US credits

IN-CLASS CONTACT HOURS: 30 / CURRICULAR FACULTY-LED ACTIVITIES CONTACT HOURS: 21;TOTAL CONTACT HOURS: 51

Language is the environment in which a culture comes together. Students will increase their knowledge of distinctive aspects of Italian Life, Culture and Society as well as developing entry level Italian Language skills. Each class will concentrate on Italian culture using the rudiments of Italian Language (pronunciation, basic grammar and communicative functions), thus to provide the students with some basic language abilities to be able to navigate Florence and live in an Italian environment.

4. Italian Opera - 4.5 ECTS, 3 US credits

IN-CLASS CONTACT HOURS: 30 / CURRICULAR FACULTY-LED ACTIVITIES CONTACT HOURS: 21 / TOTAL CONTACT HOURS: 51

Since ancient times and throughout non-Western traditions, music and drama have enjoyed a complex relationship. This course aims to trace the inter-marriage between the two art forms, with particular focus on Italy but drawing on diverse sources, styles and cultures. We trace the gradual shift in emphasis from the “heightened speech” of ancient Greek tragedy and of early Italian operas to the art of bel canto and virtuoso singing, when drama became subservient to music. We look at the role of the librettist and lyricist; at musical settings of major playwrights and at the ever-changing interplay between speech and music. From the Risorgimento to Fascism, Italy’s complex political scene is often reflected in its operas, as we discover through the politically-motivated works of Verdi and Dallapiccola. There will also be forays into lighter forms of music as we trace the influence of the timeless commedia dell’arte on various areas of music theatre. We see, too, how Italian opera shaped the new art form of cinema in the silent movies of the early 20th century. Finally, we’ll take a look back-stage at costumes, sets, special effects and staging techniques, from the dazzling spectacles of Renaissance Italy, via Baroque opera and ballet to contemporary musicals inspired by great Italian operas.

5. Photography - 4.5 ECTS, 3 US credits

IN-CLASS CONTACT HOURS: 30/ CURRICULAR FACULTY-LED ACTIVITIES CONTACT HOURS: 21 / TOTAL CONTACT HOURS: 51

This class is an introduction to photographic technique and photo management through the visual experience of some of the main aspects of Italian culture displayed in Florence, one of the most important Italian cities. Weeks 1, 2 and 3 will begin with a technical and theoretical lesson introducing the weekly program; followed by field trips and photo management in class. Three field trips will be organized concerning Italian culture, covering 3 topics: architecture, people, still-life. Week 4 will be dedicated to organizing the best images in a short presentation which will be displayed at school at the end of the course.

6. Painting Techniques - 4.5 ECTS, 3 US credits

IN-CLASS CONTACT HOURS 30/ CURRICULAR FACULTY-LED ACTIVITIES CONTACT HOURS: 21TOTAL CONTACT HOURS: 51

This course teaches the fundamentals of painting through the study of the great masters of the past: student will analyse and reproduce masterpieces of the past and learn how to paint while understanding different methods from the Classical Renaissance to the period of the Italian Risorgimento, with a special focus on the Macchiaioli movement.

7. Contemporary Dance - 4.5 ECTS, 3 US credits

IN-CLASS CONTACT HOURS: 30 / MUSIC AND DANCE ENSEMBLES CONTACT HOURS: 15 / CURRICULAR FACULTY-LED ACTIVITIES CONTACT HOURS: 10 / TOT. CONTACT HOURS: 55

This course can be considered a true full immersion into the various expressive languages of contemporary dance. The method adopted is mainly the Limon-Cunningham technique; however the European influence is also taken into account in developing this fascinating discipline. The course is held by three different teacher-choreographers and it consists of the study of fundamental movements, intensification of the basic techniques, and acquisition of the language of contemporary dance through a personalized choreographic approach.

8. Choreography - 4.5 ECTS, 3 US credits

IN-CLASS CONTACT HOURS: 30 / MUSIC AND DANCE ENSEMBLES CONTACT HOURS: 15 /CURRICULAR FACULTY-LED ACTIVITIES CONTACT HOURS: 10 / TOT. CONTACT HOURS: 55

The choreographer has the power and the freedom to represent, through movement, form and music, the ideas that can then become works of art. But what does it take to become a choreographer? First and foremost, students who want to walk down this path must develop a solid technical base and expand their knowledge of the various dance styles. After this, they must acquire and perfect their own basic abilities in various creative fields. When applied to dance, this process also includes an analysis of gestures, an emotional assessment of the states of mind, the development of the capacity for abstraction, and a search for beauty in its most subtle forms. At the same time, the choreographer must also learn how to recognize the dynamic principles of space, time and energy, and the way in which the body interrelates with these concepts. The course is divided into three parts: 1. Dance Studies 2. Choreography Projects: Music Impulse! (a short choreography inspired by a piece of music); Made in Florence! (a more elaborate choreography, inspired by a place or a monument in Florence) 3. The Ballet Project! (The final result of the workshop, the fruit of the studies of movement, work in the classroom, individual work, and the ability to improvise). Textbook: The Art of Making Dances, Doris Humphrey - A Primer for Choreographers, Lois Elfeldt.

9. Jazz Improvisation - 4.5 ECTS, 3 US credits

 IN-CLASS CONTACT HOURS: 30 / MUSIC AND DANCE ENSEMBLES CONTACT HOURS: 15 /&CURRICULAR FACULTY-LED ACTIVITIES CONTACT HOURS: 10 / TOT. CONTACT HOURS: 55

AEF summer Jazz Improvisation is a seminar that combines traditional lecture with Master classes held by AEF faculty and visiting faculty on the art of the improvisation. International musicians guest speakers will talk about Jazz Improvisation, share their vision and the peculiar perspective according to their instrument. The class is an introduction to improvisation techniques for jazz instrumentalists. It includes use of modes (major & melodic minor), symmetrical scales, and arpeggios in improvisation. Emphasis on the development of an idiomatic jazz style through the transcription and analysis of recorded solos by jazz masters. The course also explores several advanced techniques in jazz improvisation. Topics include harmonic superimposition, playing “out”, and polyrhythm and cross-rhythms. Emphasis on the development of an idiomatic jazz style through the transcription and analysis of recorded solos by jazz masters.

10. Musicianship - 4.5 ECTS, 3 US credits

IN-CLASS CONTACT HOURS: 30 / MUSIC AND DANCE ENSEMBLES CONTACT HOURS: 15 / CURRICULAR FACULTY-LED ACTIVITIES CONTACT HOURS: 10 / TOT. CONTACT HOURS: 55

In this course, students develop listening skills needed for the understanding of formal concepts and musical gesture, while they simultaneously increase their abilities of doing real- time analyses. Specific exercises, including dictation and transcription, expand students’ methodological abilities to consider musical structures and meanings in a variety of diverse styles. This aural studies class provides for the development of professional skills involved in understanding and accounting for the harmonic, melodic, and rhythmic aspects of complex music. Techniques of melodic form and harmonization are synthesized through further exploration of the local structures of narrative music, considering guide tones, gesture, motive, sentence, phrase and period. Throughout the course, students critically investigate issues of subjectivity and situated musical meanings emergent in hierarchical and discursive aspects of music-making.

11. Music Business in Europe  - 4.5 ECTS, 3 US credits

IN-CLASS CONTACT HOURS: 30 / MUSIC AND DANCE ENSEMBLES CONTACT HOURS: 15 /CURRICULAR FACULTY-LED ACTIVITIES CONTACT HOURS: 10 / TOT. CONTACT HOURS: 55

Europe and Italy have always been one of the most affluent and challenging markets for jazz performers: renowned record labels, music publishers, festivals, clubs and magazines give life to a wide network of opportunities for jazz artists from all the world.

The course introduces music students to fundamental concepts of Music Business theory such as copyright, publishing, record contracts combined with intensive immersion on this rich environment. Students will keep a collaborative program diary with notes and evaluations of performances they will attend and help organize.

12. Music Form and Analysis - 4.5 ECTS, 3 US credits

IN-CLASS CONTACT HOURS: 30 / MUSIC AND DANCE ENSEMBLES CONTACT HOURS: 15 / CURRICULAR FACULTY-LED ACTIVITIES CONTACT HOURS: 10 / TOT. CONTACT HOURS: 55

Exclusive course for EKU and WKU students, course descriptions available through their programs

13. Music Theory III - 4.5 ECTS, 3 US credits

IN-CLASS CONTACT HOURS: 30 / MUSIC AND DANCE ENSEMBLES CONTACT HOURS: 15/ CURRICULAR FACULTY-LED ACTIVITIES CONTACT HOURS: 10 / TOT. CONTACT HOURS: 55

The Course offers a systematic exposition of the theory and analysys of tonal and post-tonal music. Students develop analytical and compositional skills through exercises in guided writing and the study of pieces from the literature. Level III focuses on tonal practice. Among the topics included: modulation to closely related keys, chromatic modulation, variation and rondo, sonata and related forms.

14. Renaissance of the Arts - 4.5 ECTS, 3 US credits

IN-CLASS CONTACT HOURS: 30 / MUSIC AND DANCE ENSEMBLES CONTACT HOURS: 15 /

Exclusive course for EKU and WKU students, course descriptions available through their programs

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LIBERAL AND PERFORMING ARTS PROGRAM SCHEDULE

TIMETABLE

MON

TUE

WED

THURS

FRI

9 - 10:30am

Italian Language; Italian Culture Through Language; Italian Opera; Music Business in Europe; Renaissance of the Arts

11:00 - 12:30pm

Italian Language; Jazz Improvisation; Choreography; Form & Analysis

1:30-3:00pm

Photography; Painting Techniques; Musicianship; Contemporary Dance; Music Theory III; Art History

4:30-6:00pm

Curricular Faculty-Led Activities/Ensembles; Chamber Ensemble I, II; Jazz Ensemble I,II; Choir / Vocal Ensemble

Curricular Faculty-Led Activities

 

Liberal and Performing Arts Program includes daily attendance-mandatory Curricular Faculty-led activities.

CURRICULAR FACULTY-LED ACTIVITIES/

PERFORMING ARTS MUSIC ENSEMBLES

WHAT

WHEN

TOT.

CONTACT HOURS

FOR

ALL STUDENTS

2 museum visits, 2 one-day Field Trips to Siena and Baratti/Populonia*, and 1 evening cooking class

MON-THURS, SAT*

20

FOR

 LIBERAL ARTS STUDENTS

 

2 museum visits, 4 city walking tours every week, 6 Italian culture activities and another evening cooking class

MON-FRI

21

FOR

PERFORMING ARTS STUDENTS

Music Ensembles

(3 performances each):

Jazz Ensemble, Chamber Ensemble and Collaborative Performance, Vocal Ensemble/ Choir (All ensembles are by audition) 

Choreography Lab

1.5h a day

MON-THURS

30

per ensemble

SERVICES INCLUDED IN PROGRAM FEES

-All Course Syllabus fees, Curricular Faculty-Led Activities expenses including transportation
-Apartment Housing in double/triple rooms within walking distance from AEF, including wi-fi, linen changing every 2 weeks
-Welcome dinner on June 3rd & Farewell Dinner on June 28th
-Arrival & Departure transfers to/from Florence
-Transcripts

Participation in Jazzit Festival (departure from Florence June 22nd and return to Florence on June 26th), including transportation, double/triple room accommodations including breakfast and Half Board for 4 nights. Rehearsal & Performance expenses included. (Individual instrument rentals, if needed, are not included)

1. PERFORMING ARTS BUSINESS INTERNSHIP & JAZZ TOUR (2 weeks)
A 2 week Internship starting on July 3rd 2017 (Check in on July 1st) and ending on July 15th 2017 (Check out on July 16th).

 SCHEDULE

First week

July 3rd – July 9th

JAZZ TOUR*
*Schedule will be confirmed on March 15th 2017. AEF is not responsible for performances cancelled in case of inclement weather
.
(tot. 42 hours)

Second Week

July 10th – July 15th

INTERNSHIP AND LECTURES

(tot. 43.5 hours)

MON-FRI

4:30-6:30pm: rehearsals and sound check

2-4:30pm: rehearsals OR

9-11:30pm: performances 

MON-FRI

9-10:30am; 11-12:30pm: lectures

1:30-6pm or 5:30-10pm (when performances occur): workshops and internship

SAT

4:30-6:30pm: rehearsals and sound check

8-11:30pm: performance

SAT

4:30-6pm; 9-11pm: internship (final event)

SUN

Return to Florence

 

2. PERFORMING ARTS BUSINESS INTERNSHIP & DANCE FESTIVAL (2 weeks)
A 2 week Internship starting on July 3rd 2017 (Check in on July 1st) and ending on July 15th 2017 (Check out on July 16th).

SCHEDULE

First week

July 3rd – July 8th

(tot. 43.5 hours)

Second Week

July 10th – July 15th

(tot. 41.5 hours)

MON-FRI

9-10:30am; 11-12:30am: lectures

1:30-6pm or 5:30-10pm (when performances occur): internship

MON-FRI

9-10:30am; 11-12:30am: lectures

1:30-6pm or 5:30-10pm (when performances occur): workshops and internship

SAT

3:30-6pm; 8-11:30pm: internship (final event)

SAT

4:30-6pm; 9-11:30pm: internship (final event)



3. ITALIAN LANGUAGE TEACHING INTERNSHIP (4 weeks)
A 4 week internship starting on July 3rd 2017 (Check in on July 1st) and ending on July 28th 2017 (Check out on July 29th)

SCHEDULE

Every week from July 3rd to July 28th (tot. 96 Contact Hours)

MON-FRI

9-10:30am; 11-12:30pm: Tutorship in Italian Classes with AEF Faculty

2-3:30pm: In-class work review with AEF Faculty

July 28th (last Friday of classes): 11-12:30pm: Presentation and final review before AEF Faculty



SERVICES INCLUDED IN PROGRAM FEES:

-All Course Syllabus & Internship Administrative fees
-All performance fees
-Apartment Housing in double/triple rooms within walking distance from AEF, including wi-fi, linen changing every 2 weeks
-Transcripts
-Transportation, Room & Half Board during Jazz Tour, if relevant

NOT INCLUDED:
Individual instrument rentals, based on need


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