Meet Female Composer Shannon

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by Angie Mack Reilly

The video below says it all.  Shannon and I go way back from when she was in grade school at a small private school in Saukville, WI.

Shannon wanted to learn how to play the piano.  “Young Shannon” seemed extremely eager to play……more than most of the other students  I have met.  Taking her lead and capturing that moment of her intrigue with the piano, I started teaching her piano theory and before we knew it, she was improvising and playing.  She caught on very quickly and practiced often on her own initiative.

Shannon and I parted ways, as most teachers and students do.  However, we were able to connect again when she got older (as a lot of my former students and I do).

She began sharing some of her original compositions with me.  I was struck by how raw they were.  She played piano with such a fierceness that I hadn’t seen in any other female other than myself.  All that I can say is authentic passion. WOW!

I love empowering young people to express themselves!  It’s a skill that ends up sticking with them for the rest of their lives!

One of my favorite things to teach is songwriting and composing.  Why just PLAY a song when you can CREATE the song?

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One lesson. One song. One event at a time. Ozaukee Talent is a training and networking facility for people of all ages wanting to advance in the arts. Ozaukee Talent was founded by longtime arts leader Angie Mack in 2016. Ozaukee Talent provides private music and acting lessons, contracted event marketing, contracted arts project management, consulting, arts public speaking and performing, hosts musical events, workshops and classes in the arts. Contact: Ozaukee Talent 1701 11th Ave. Grafton WI 53024 angie@ozaukeetalent.com 262.309.4112 Follow @ozaukeetalent on Instagram and Facebook. Tax deductible donations for Ozaukee Talent through Create Wisconsin, Inc. Venmo: @ozaukeetalent PayPal: angie@ozaukeetalent.com
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Unpacking Her Adjectives!

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by Angie Mack Reilly

I was Tina’s music teacher waaaaay back when she was a comical, animated, loud, active and highly intelligent grade school girl with big fluffy hair.

At the time, I was the music teacher at Ozaukee Christian School.

Tina and I began private voice lessons when she was in, maybe, fourth grade. We worked on the same musical theatre singing book that I work on with elementary students to this day!!  I seem to recall that her favorite song to sing was “Part of Your World” from The Little Mermaid because of all of the acting that can be done in that song.  Yes, she LOVED being dramatic.  That’s for sure!

I could clearly see that Tina loved the arts and that she was a natural leader.  A passion of mine is to develop leaders.

I chose “young Tina” to be a leader in several of the productions and chapel sessions that I led.  Later, I would ask Tina to become Assistant Director in the Schoolhouse Rock show that I was directing at the North Shore Academy of the Arts.  I believe I also asked her to lead out and teach choreography in some other productions.  I was the audition judge and music director for Aladdin when she was cast as the comical bird Iago.  Tina was a very funny child (and pre-teen, and teen).  I always loved her sense of humor.

Yes, Tina and I go way back.

Last I heard, I believe she is now student teaching at an arts high school.  And last year, she was the leading lady Mary Poppins!

Tina, if you are reading this now, I give you three adjectives:  SUCCESSFUL, INFLUENTIAL and COMICAL.    Now go and unpack those adjectives!

 

 

 

 

 

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One lesson. One song. One event at a time. Ozaukee Talent is a training and networking facility for people of all ages wanting to advance in the arts. Ozaukee Talent was founded by longtime arts leader Angie Mack in 2016. Ozaukee Talent provides private music and acting lessons, contracted event marketing, contracted arts project management, consulting, arts public speaking and performing, hosts musical events, workshops and classes in the arts. Contact: Ozaukee Talent 1701 11th Ave. Grafton WI 53024 angie@ozaukeetalent.com 262.309.4112 Follow @ozaukeetalent on Instagram and Facebook. Tax deductible donations for Ozaukee Talent through Create Wisconsin, Inc. Venmo: @ozaukeetalent PayPal: angie@ozaukeetalent.com
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#ltym milwaukee

Audition Already!

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by Angie Mack Reilly

Last week, I gave myself a dose of my own medicine and COACHED MYSELF through the process of auditioning for a nationally acclaimed show called Listen to Your Mother.

It has been awhile.  I think that the last gig  I auditioned for was Fiddler on the Roof in 2014.  So, it’s been two years.  I was the Jewish mother, Golde.

As a long-time vocal and drama coach, I am constantly encouraging my students to “believe in themselves” and audition for “this and that”.  I pump my students up with positivity and praise.  I attempt to bring so many of them, all ages, into the realm of faith and out of the realm of fear.  It’s what I do.  I help transform kittens into lions.  I help put crowns on people who feel deformed.  I mine for precious gems in deep and dark caves.  I turn performing ducklings into performing swans.

Most recently, I had a mother sign up her teenage daughter for vocal lessons with me.  The hope was that it would help her daughter’s fear of being in front of crowds (which is the number one fear among adults, by the way).  I think it was during her daughter’s first week with me that I asked her if she would be an emcee for an upcoming event.  She agreed.  Did it.  And was AMAZING!  Yesssss!  She conquered her fear!!!

You might question my method.

In my 18 years of coaching others, I have found that anticipated dread is actually worse than the actual act of getting up in front of others and auditioning.  When I “throw people up on stage”, so to speak, I eliminate the anticipated dread and do them a FAVOR!  Really!

When I heard about the Listen to Your Mother auditions, my initial response was, “I really want to do this!”  My next response was, “Oh.  You don’t have time to chase such fantasies”.  (You see, self-doubting, overanalyzing and overthinking can be our own worst enemies).

After giving myself a million excuses on why I SHOULDN’T audition, I finally coached myself with the following pep talk, “You say  that you want to be a writer.  Either you ARE or you AREN’T.  If you ARE, then you need to move into that position with faith.  AUDITION ALREADY!”

And so after that little “pep talk” I decided to audition.  It took me four solid, intense, passionate and emotional days of writing and editing to come up with something that I felt good about presenting.  Then I got lost and frustrated trying to get to my audition on time.  There were a few other setbacks.  But, you see, once you make the choice it is easy to plow over all of the obstacles.

And guess what?.  I made the cut.

Sometimes in auditions (and in life), we need to quit the negative self-talk and assumptions on everything that will go wrong.  And we just need to GO.  DO.  JUMP. BELIEVE.  QUIT MAKING EXCUSES.  BE THE VERB.  AUDITION.

 

 

 

 

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One lesson. One song. One event at a time. Ozaukee Talent is a training and networking facility for people of all ages wanting to advance in the arts. Ozaukee Talent was founded by longtime arts leader Angie Mack in 2016. Ozaukee Talent provides private music and acting lessons, contracted event marketing, contracted arts project management, consulting, arts public speaking and performing, hosts musical events, workshops and classes in the arts. Contact: Ozaukee Talent 1701 11th Ave. Grafton WI 53024 angie@ozaukeetalent.com 262.309.4112 Follow @ozaukeetalent on Instagram and Facebook. Tax deductible donations for Ozaukee Talent through Create Wisconsin, Inc. Venmo: @ozaukeetalent PayPal: angie@ozaukeetalent.com
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