Joy of Singing Musicals

Course Code: JSM101

This class is for those that love music, singing, and diving into “all things” musicals. We will spend much of the time singing musicals that are known worldwide and have exciting stories within. We will choose a different musical each semester. We will explore the meaning of and how the original musical was created. We will dive into little tidbits about the composers, directors, and more. But, mostly, we will have an excellent time singing! We will have a chance to bring the music to life with our own voices. We will produce an informal concert at the end of each term for a family and friends.

1. Discover how fun and easy it is to explore the exciting songs used in theaters around the world.
2. Have a fantastic vocal workout which is not only fun but also stress relieving, strengthening the voice even in speaking and giving you a chance to energize through music.
3. Learn to perform musical theatre songs as a group for an informal concert. (Performing solo is an optional) – Solo trainings provided for those requested.
No required textbook
Kensuke Hakoda
Dr. Hakoda is currently an instructor at Aoba Japan international school. Prior to Aoba, he was a professional conductor of symphony orchestras and musicals, and Professor/teacher for over 20 years in the United States. Dr. Hakoda has directed Musical Theatres and Operas for professional companies as well as community based theater / schools throughout his career. He has over 40 shows in his credits. In addition, Dr.Hakoda is also known for his talent as a composer, with over 20 works to his credit. He has won a number of awards and honors as a composer, including the 1998 Claude T. Smith Phi Beta Mu Composition Contest, the 1996 MMEA Collegiate Composition Contest and a Departmental Distinction at St. Olaf College. Hakoda also received the 2003 Outstanding Young Band Director Award from Kansas Bandmasters Association and was named as the 2014 Kansas Federated Music Club “Composer/ Conductor of the Year.” Recently he produced a CD “This is me!”, for a professional singer, Deris Takagi. The CD includes musical covers and his original songs.
Dr. Hakoda holds a Doctor of Education degree from Columbia University, a Master of Music Degree from Wichita State university, and a Bachelor of Music degree from St. Olaf College.