Joy of Singing Musicals

Course Code: JSM101
End Date: 2022/7/30 Day: Sat Time: 15:30-17:20 Hours: 20 Sessions: 10 Semester: Summer Medium of Instruction: English Location: Tokyo

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Course Description

This class is for those who love music, and especially singing. We will spend much of our time singing MUSICALS, a different one every semester. It is designed to have fun. But we will also look at the meaning of each story being told, and how it came to life as well as the people involved in this creation. Term by term we will select various types of musicals - old and new - like Les Miserables, West Side Story, Miss Saigon, Oklahoma!, My Fair Lady, Hair, Cats ------- The course is designed to be an opportunity for anybody to learn all songs of musicals and to sing openly and freely. No experience or special talent is necessary, just a desire to do it.

Learning Objectives

After taking this course you will have:
1. learned in depth a great musical.
2. had a thorough voice workout.
3. a greater appreciation of the importance of musicals.


No required textbook


Fred Myers

Instructor Biography

Fred Myers has been surrounded by and involved with music all his life. His interest in musicals began when in high school he lived 200 meters from large public amphitheater where musicals were staged every summer. He also belonged to various choral groups throughout high school and university days, while often participating in performances, including Smetana's The Bartered Bride, Brukner's Te Deum with the Pittsburgh Philharmonic, and Carl Orff's Carmina Burana while in Katmandu, Nepal. Later, he taught courses on the singing of musicals at Sophia University as well as Temple University, Japan Campus. A wide variety of musicals were studied in depth and sung, including: Aspects of Love, Cats, Fiddler on the Roof, Grease, Hair, Jesus Christ Superstar, Les Miserables, Metropolis, Miss Saigon, My Fair Lady, Phantom of the Opera, Porgy and Bess, Tommy, Sound of Music, The King and I, and West Side Story. He also worked as a professional super/extra for major operas and ballets that had tours in Japan, including American Ballet Theater, Deutsche Berlin Opera, Leningrad Opera, Metropolitan Opera, New York City Ballet, Paris Opera, Paris Opera Ballet, Royal Ballet, Royal Opera and Venice Opera.