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Musical Theatre Styles (MUPP-506-F2F CCM Styles I: Musical Theatre)

July 19-21, 2024 

Taught by Edrie Means-Weekly

The demand today is for musical theatre singers to be trained in a variety of music styles. Musical theatre productions may encompass blues, country, jazz, rock and even rap all in one show. Frequently in the 21st century one character is required to sing equally well in multiple styles within the same show. This course will explore principles and techniques for the commercial styles found in musical theatre, identifying the mechanical, physiological differences and the vocal ingredients while maintaining healthy vocal function.  This course will break down the various vocal styles found on Broadway in a way that will be useful for the professional singer and in the studio.  Participants will learn exercises to cross train their vocal production muscles creating laryngeal flexibility to switch back and forth between registers and styles by making different interior shapes or positions to allow changes in the resonance to serve the styles found in musical theatre such as blues, country, jazz, pop, R&B, rock, etc. The course will also include 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. 

  • Vocal exercises (laryngeal flexibility, riffing, etc.)

  • How to sing/teach onsets, releases, and vocal stylisms effects (bends, cry, fry, growls, screams, slides, etc.) while maintaining healthy vocal function.

  • Explore through songs various styles.

  • Tools for acting the song borrowed from traditional acting approaches


Working with Audio Technology (MUPP-595-F2F Sound Tech Singers)

July 16-18, 2024

Taught by Golder O'Neil

Participants will become familiar with the various elements used to create a “professional” sound and how those elements can be utilized when training professional CCM performers. Each participant will have the opportunity to work on both sides of the microphone and the opportunity to explore the possibilities of using various audio equipment.


This course will provide an overview of:

  • microphone techniques

  • basic live sound setup and controls

  • selecting equipment for your student’s live sound reinforcement system

  • understanding and using recording studio equipment including equalization, compression, and reverb

Concurrent In-Person Continuing Education Courses
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