2020 Online Course Descriptions

Registration is Closed for Summer 2020

Courses will meet approximately two hours synchronously on the days and times stated below. Each faculty will provide asynchronous material each week consisting of lectures, listening, reading, etc. to round out the class hours for each course. There will be a bonus class on Friday at 7pm each week with Matt Edwards and the CCM faculty, for all participants where we will have panel discussions and presentations on topics of interest.

The Vocal Athletes Guide to Vocal Wellness and Fitness

Taught by Marci Rosenberg, CCC-SLP
Starts July 15 Wednesday at 7pm Eastern Standard Time
Meets at the same day & time once a week for 3 weeks-
Additionally ALL classes will congregate on Friday at 7pm each week for a Masterclass with Matt & CCM Faculty

This course will provide a comprehensive guide for any singer and singing teacher wanting to maximize vocal fitness and prevent vocal injury. At the end of this course, participants will have a solid understanding of general vocal health, risk factors for vocal injury and how to stay vocally healthy. Additionally, participants will have a general framework for understanding how exercise physiology principles can be applied to vocal conditioning and strengthening. Participants will be provided numerous  strategies and exercises to optimize vocal training and performance. This course will include asynchronous lecture, in addition to a significant amount of real-time virtual workshops, discussion, and Q&A.

 

Included within this course are:

  • A comprehensive overview of vocal health including risk factors for injury, vocal myths and truths, and how to manage illness when singing

  • Introduction of key exercise physiology principles and how these apply to voice training

  • A comprehensive introduction to semi occluded vocal tract exercises (SOVT) and how to use when training voice.. 

  • Common issues with voice fatigue will be discussed including how to identify, manage and prevent 

  • Live interactive workshops will allow participants to learn numerous variations of exercise physiology concepts and SOVT exercises including when and how to use them in a studio setting.  

 

The Vocal Athlete, 2nd Ed (or 1st Ed) is strongly recommended. 

This course will dovetail perfectly into Dr. Wendy LeBorgne’s Voice Disorders course. 

Training Original Artists

Team taught by Jessica Baldwin and Julie Dean
Starts July 17 Friday at 10 am Eastern Standard Time
(Meets at the same day & time once a week for 3 weeks)
Additionally ALL classes will congregate on Friday at 7pm each week for a Masterclass with Matt & CCM Faculty

Working with artists who create their own music requires a mindset and skill set that is different from working with singers who sing standard repertoire. In this class, you’ll learn how to adapt your teaching to popular music learning styles. You’ll also learn how to build their toolbox with skills such as songwriting, technology, entrepreneurship, ear training, and singing harmony. 

 

In a combination of lecture, discussion, and workshopping, we will:

 

  • Learn the different needs of a professional artist and a budding amateur artist that needs more direction. 

  • Expand your ear training skills to include the learning methods of popular musicians. We’ll cover imitation, learning without sheet music, and teaching harmony by ear.  

  • Learn basic songwriting skills to help you guide your budding artists, as well as more advanced skills to explore songwriting for your more advanced clients, and also for your own artistry. 

  • Learn the skills of a self-promoting artist, including branding and marketing, finding venues, booking gigs, using technology and gear, communicating with sound engineers for both live and recorded performances, and making home audio and video recordings. 

  • Learn how to help an artist choose cover songs, and how to use cover songs as a tool for artistic development.

Inside Out - an Artist’s journey to Authenticity

Taught by Marcelle Gauvin
Starts July 12 Sunday at 7pm Eastern Standard Time
Meets at the same day & time once a week for 3 weeks-
Additionally ALL classes will congregate on Friday at 7pm each week for a Masterclass with Matt & CCM Faculty

In today's world where social media is the beacon of popular opinion, many artists are lost in a sea of comparison, self-doubt, and negative judgment. Measuring creative work through the vantage point of others stifles the process and leaves an artist in an endless quest for approval from outside sources. Voice teachers who are able to help their performers navigate these waters are rare and the world needs more of them. The good news is anyone can learn how to access and express their authentic self. Once you have discovered it for yourself, you can then be a guide for others.

 

In this course, we examine the external societal and self-imposed expectations common to many artists and begin to release them by embarking on a creative musical process. The goal is to re-connect the artist with the initial creative spark that fueled their inspiration and free the authentic voice that mirrors who they are.  

This course will consist of weekly class meetings, discussion groups, recorded lectures, and informal self-tapes. Participants will:

  • Examine Asinine Societal and Self-Imposed Expectations

  • Learn to set an intention

  • Learn to select songs or write original material that reflects artistic intent 

  • Use journaling as a means of self-reflection

  • Discuss technical and stylistic considerations that can enhance authentic communication

 

The course will culminate in a recorded or live performance. 

Coaching Students for College Musical Theatre Auditions

Taught by Kevin Covert and Matt Edwards
Starts July 11 Saturday at 1pm Eastern Standard Time
Meets at the same day & time once a week for 3 weeks-
Additionally ALL classes will congregate on Friday at 7pm each week for a Masterclass with Matt & CCM Faculty
College audition coaches are now charging as much as $15,000 to help students get into college musical theatre programs. There is no reason that voice teachers can’t offer some of these very same services to increase their income and student retention.
 
In this course, participants will learn:
  • how to help students identify schools that are a good fit for them
  • select appropriate songs and monologues
  • prepare resumes and headshots
  • how to film a prescreen
  • how to handle in-person auditions
  • and how to make the final decision.
This crash course in audition prep is co-taught by Kevin Covert, a Broadway performer (Spamalot, Memphis, How to Succeed) and head of Shenandoah Conservatory’s musical theatre program, and Matt Edwards, coordinator of musical theatre voice at SU.
 
Course material will be delivered through a combination of recorded lectures, discussion groups, reading materials, and weekly class meetings with the faculty to discuss the topics and answer questions.

Musical Theatre Repertoire Intensive

Taught by Patrick Brady
Starts July 12 Sunday at 1pm Eastern Standard Time
Meets at the same day & time once a week for 3 weeks
Additionally ALL classes will congregate on Friday at 7pm each week for a Masterclass with Matt & CCM Faculty

Great American Songbook, Golden Age, Pop, Comedy, Contemporary Musical Theatre, Gender Bending, 8 bars, 16 bars, 32 bars, with so many options its no wonder voice teachers are overwhelmed when helping their musical theatre students!

 

In this course, Broadway music director and arranger Patrick Brady (The Producers, Young Frankenstein, Fosse, Triumph of Love) will teach participants how to navigate all of these topics and more. Participants will leave with a better understanding of the musical theatre canon and will be able to help their students be more effective in all types of musical theatre audition situations. 

 

Course material will be delivered through a combination of recorded lectures, discussion groups, reading materials, and weekly class meetings with the faculty to discuss the topics and answer questions.

Fundamentals of Functional Training

Taught by Dr. Matt Edwards
Starts July 13 Monday at 1pm Eastern Standard Time
Meets at the same day & time once a week for 3 weeks
Additionally ALL classes will congregate on Friday at 7pm each week for a Masterclass with Matt & CCM Faculty
 
Starts July 13 Monday at 7pm Eastern Standard Time
Meets at the same day & time once a week for 3 weeks
Additionally ALL classes will congregate on Friday at 7pm each week for a Masterclass with Matt & CCM Faculty

Register, vowel, and intensity.

 

Using only these three tools, voice teachers can achieve amazing results for all styles of singing IF the teacher has an accurate body map and understanding of the biomechanics of vocal production.

 

In this course, led by Artistic Director Matt Edwards and assisted by Jessica Baldwin, teachers will learn how to:

  • address each of these elements with evidence-based tools.

  • At the end of this course, participants will be able to balance registration,

  • troubleshoot vowels

  • and vary airflow/pressure throughout the vocal range. 

 

Course material will be delivered through a combination of recorded lectures, discussion groups, reading materials, and weekly class meetings and breakouts with the faculty to discuss the topics and answer questions. 

Bridging  Classical to CCM Voice Training

Taught by Dr. Kathryn Green (assisted by Ed Reisert )
2nd section of Class
Starts July 16 Thursday at 1pm Eastern Standard Time
Meets at the same day & time once a week for 3 weeks
Additionally ALL classes will congregate on Friday at 7pm each week for a Masterclass with Matt & CCM Faculty
 
Original Class
Starts July 16 Thursday at 7pm Eastern Standard Time
Meets at the same day & time once a week for 3 weeks
Additionally ALL classes will congregate on Friday at 7pm each week for a Masterclass with Matt & CCM Faculty
Are you swimming in the world of pop, rock, country, R&B etc. with a classically trained skill set?
How does the classical singing teacher translate their training to the tools and skills needed to reach the 21st century CCM singer?
 
In this course, we will be exploring the functional aspects of CCM singing and how historical concepts of vocal production can intersect with the training of the CCM voice in a relevant way.
 
The course will consist of:
  • lectures on breathing, resonance, and registration for the CCM singer
  • class discussion around subjects ranging from: 
    • How does twang relate to ring?
    • Why the tracheal pull is not a belter's best friend
  • breakout sessions to work on specific voice techniques with Ed Reisert assisting
  • asynchronous content that supports our time together

Musical Theatre Styles 

Taught by Edrie Means-Weekly
 
2nd section of Class
Starts July 17 Friday at 1 pm Eastern Standard Time
Meets at the same day & time once a week for 3 weeks
Additionally ALL classes will congregate on Friday at 7pm each week for a Masterclass with Matt & CCM Faculty
Original Class
Starts July 11 Saturday at 10am Eastern Standard Time
Meets at the same day & time once a week for 3 weeks
Additionally ALL classes will congregate on Friday at 7pm each week for a Masterclass with Matt & CCM Faculty
Edrie Means Weekly has decades of professional performance and Musical Theatre teaching experience under her belt. This course highlights her special brand of training the CCM styles. She focuses on genres found in musical theatre and performance practices that are essential for musical theatre singers today.

The course will also have masterclasses working on individual song styles, with Edrie.  Course topics include: 

  • The vocal ingredients for various musical theatre styles, including Pop/Rock, Jazz/Blues, Country/Bluegrass, R&B, Gospel, Belt/Character, Legit.

  • How the larynx, soft palate, tongue, jaw and lips function in these various styles.

  • Treatment of vowels and consonants. 

  • How to apply the use of vocal stylisms (bends, cry, fry, growls, onsets, releases, screams, slides, etc.) while maintaining healthy vocal function in these styles.

  •  Explore through songs various styles.

  • Tools for acting the song borrowed from traditional acting approaches

The Injured Singing Voice: Tools for Every Singing Teacher

Taught by Dr. Wendy LeBorgne, CCC-SLP
Starts July 12 Sunday at 10am Eastern Standard Time
Meets at the same day & time once a week for 3 weeks)
Additionally ALL classes will congregate on Friday at 7pm each week for a Masterclass with Matt & CCM Faculty
 

​Every singing teacher aims to have vocally “healthy” students. This course provides participants with a means to prevent, identify and understand potential vocal injury in singers. Each participant will complete a systematic singing voice evaluation and create an appropriate plan for referral and/or singing training. Participants will also acquire appropriate strategies for studio singing post-vocal injury. This is a workshop-style course with multimedia, including video examples, audio examples and performance/assessment.

Voice Science Bootcamp

Taught by Dr. David Meyer
Starts July 11 Saturday at 7pm Eastern Standard Time
Meets at the same day & time once a week for 3 weeks
Additionally ALL classes will congregate on Friday at 7pm each week for a Masterclass with Matt & CCM Faculty

Are you a budding voice-geek, but you have formant-phobia?

A raw recruit voice teacher terrified of spectrograms?

If that describes you, then DROP DOWN AND GIVE ME TWENTY!!

 

For many teachers, science in singing is just techno-jargon. In this introductory course we will be exploring the basics of voice science that can immediately help your work with singers. The course will consist of lectures on the nature of sound, hearing, aerodynamics, physiology, and functional singing.

 

Class discussion on subjects ranging from:

  • Making invisible things (e.g. air,sound, etc.) visible

  • What is formant tuning?

  • How can psychological research improve our teaching?

  • Using spectrograms and simple, inexpensive technological tools

  • Breakout sessions to play with and reinforce class content

  • Asynchronous content that supports our time together

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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