Magical Music of the Theremin
Students experience the science, history, and sound of the theremin, still marveled as the only instrument that is played without being touched. Presented alongside a multi-media slideshow.
Pennsylvania Curriculum Standards
(A=Assembly; W=Workshop; R=Residency)
3.2.B Physical Sciences: Physics A, R
9.1 Production, Performance and Exhibition of Dance, Music, Theatre and Visual Arts A, R
9.2 Historical and Cultural Contexts A, R
15.4 Learning Through Experience A, R
25.3 Pro-Social Relationships with Adults R
25.4 Pro-Social Relationships with Peers R
Art Form(s): Music, Media
Assembly, Workshop, and Residency Offerings
Featuring: Kip Rosser
Back in 1996, after a twenty-one-year hiatus from serious musical study, Kip Rosser crossed paths with the grandfather of all electronic instruments; he purchased a kit and built his first Theremin. Since that time, his performances, staged productions, award-winning compositions and industry recognition have earned him a reputation as one of the most accomplished Thereminists in the world.
In 2009, he joined the roster of teaching artists for Musicopia. The programs and residencies he presents are always age/grade appropriate and the presentation specific to the class subject, if desired (history, physics, music, the science of sound, etc). In addition, his ongoing passion for education and music resulted in his development of courseware for using the Theremin in therapeutic settings as well as The Complete Theremin, the most comprehensive Theremin lessons currently available – all offered free online.
March of 2010 saw the release of his CD, Euphonic Verses, a program of classical music featuring his Theremin and pianist, Jef Anderson. He is featured in the Noise Beneath the Apple, author Heather Jacks’s compendium of Manhattan’s subway musicians. Film credits include the original score for director, Sabina Ptasnik’s Gravity; he contributed Theremin tracks by composer, Dane Walker, for the film score of award-winning director, Toddy Burton’s film, Scientists in the Woods. In January of 2016, Rosser completed his original Theremin score for Michael Jason Allen’s film, An Idle Mind is the Devil’s Playground. He also released his new CD of original ambient compositions for Theremin, Lessons from Vinegar Mother.
Joined Musicopia: 2009