"WHAT IS THIS CLASS COLLECTIVE OF WHICH I HEAR PEOPLE SPEAK?"
Class Collective is my response to the ever-increasing "pay-to-play" nature of developing one's craft in the City.
"BUT HOW DOES IT WORK?" you ask, suspiciously.
Every week of Class Collective, 4 people get the chance to work for 25 minutes on the material of their choice. The "experts" in the room are all of you, the other weekly attendees. I act as moderator, filtering feedback and helping guide the person working. I also volunteer my skills as a pianist, and I cover the cost of the room.
"IF YOU'RE COVERING ALL THOSE COSTS, HOW MUCH DO I PAY?"
Zilch. Zero. Nada. Squat.
And that's the whole point.
"WHAT'S THE CATCH?" you ask with a collective furrowed brow.
The closest thing to a catch is that you "pay" for the opportunity to work by giving your time as an expert in the room on days when you aren't up working. There will also be a little boxthat gets left out if you feel compelled to contribute, but this truly is meant to be a no-cost opportunity for you to DO THE WORK.
Furthermore, you are under no obligation to be present at every class. I will send out an email with a sign up sheet the week before every class. Times to work are given out based on a first-come-first-served basis (unbiased) and then filtered to make sure that people who have earned the opportunity to work by attending get time on their feet (completely biased). I always assign two alternates, and, ideally, we have 6-8 additional people in attendance to offer feedback.
My goal is to engender an environment where you get to control your own growth while simultaneously contributing to the growth of others. It's a class. It's collective. It's Class Collective.
"WHEN IS THIS MIRACULOUS FREE OPPORTUNITY TO GROW AS AN ARTIST?" I hear you chant in unison!
For the 2017 Fall session, we are meeting:
150 W. 46th St — 6th Floor — Room 2