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2024
Online Course Offerings

These are the course we offered in 2024. 

 

Courses will meet 2-3 hours synchronously on the days and times stated below (information coming soon). Each faculty will provide asynchronous material each week consisting of  a varied menu of lectures, listening, reading, etc. to round out the class hours for each course. There are no prerequisites for online or in-person courses. 

Online Course

Teaching the Tools of

Black American Music

(MUCC-597-ONS Black American Music)

Mondays July 15, 22, 29 at 1:00-3:00 PM EST

Taught by Alison Crockett

This class takes you on a journey that explores significant 20th-century contemporary commercial music artists in the jazz, blues, gospel, and R&B styles. By analyzing singers within each of these genres, participants will develop an understanding of the technical, rhythmic, and melodic considerations that define each of these idioms. Participants will leave this course with concrete tools to utilize in their own singing, increasing their interpretive skills and confidence in approaching these genres. You will learn:

  • How rhythm and groove affects your art form

  • Vocal registration in Black music styles and how to use each register authentically

  • Phrasing and lyrical development, how different genres make different choices

  • How to utilize past and present singers’ strategies to create your own unique sound

 

 

Online Course

Training Young Voices

(MUCC-540-ONS Training Young Voices)

Tuesdays July 23, 30 & Aug 6  at 7:00-9:00 PM EST

Taught by Ed Reisert

The course will help any voice teacher who works with young voices. At the end of the course, you will expand your tool kit for working with students in private studios, choirs, and small ensembles. Functional, developmentally appropriate voice training strategies will be the foundation of this course. Training the Young Singer will include asynchronous lectures, discussion groups, and Q&A sessions.   

Online Course

Teaching Pop/Rock Styles

Wednesdays July 3, 10, 17 at 11:00am-1:00pm EST                                            PM 

(MUCC-597-ONS Pop Rock Style)

Taught by Melissa Foster

Find your authentic way into singing Pop/Rock Styles through technical tools and appreciation for cultural roots.  

 

The birth of Pop/Rock music is deeply rooted in historical events and cultural issues. Whether you are recording in a studio, gigging, or auditioning for Pop/Rock musicals, understanding the implications of these cultural moments is imperative to bringing your work to life. Combine this with an understanding of how changes at the vocal fold level and in the vocal tract affect voice production, and you will be able to produce authentic performances time and again without vocal strain. By the end of this course, participants will know how to research the historical and cultural elements of their favorite songs, how to teach and execute common stylistic traits, and how to bring genres including Doo-Wop, Rock, Motown, Pop/Rock, R&B, and Hip-Hop/Rap styles to life. 

Online Course

The Injured Singing Voice:

Tools for Every Singing Teacher

(MUCC-536-ONS The Injured Singer)
Wednesdays July 3, 10, 17 at 5:00-7:00 PM EST
Taught by Dr. Wendy LeBorgne

​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.

 

Online Course

Training Baby Belters and Beyond

(MUCC-537-ONS )
Mondays July 1, 8, 22 at 4:30-6:30 PM EST
Taught by Marci Rosenberg

This course will provide a comprehensive overview for any singer or singing teacher wanting to develop or deepen the science-informed knowledge base and skills needed to train younger or beginner belters efficiently and safely. Course content will be delivered through asynchronous lectures, real-time virtual discussion/ Q&A, and real-time interactive workshop format focused on applying all covered concepts in a studio setting. Included in this course is a comprehensive introduction to semi-occluded vocal tract exercises (SOVT) and how these can be used to facilitate safe, sustainable belting.

 

The workshops will also discuss numerous variations of strengthening and conditioning exercises, including selected exercises from The Vocal Athlete: Application and Technique for the Hybrid Singer (workbook), 3rd Ed. with discussion on how to use these tools when teaching belt and mix. Strategies to minimize vocal fatigue and the risk of phonotrauma will also be targeted, including tools and strategies to screen for potential emerging problems.

 

At the end of this course, participants will have a general, science-informed framework and understanding of how to implement the concepts and exercises covered to train and develop a safe, sustainable belting quality for beginners, intermediate, and more advanced belters. This course pairs well with Dr. Wendy LeBorgne's Voice Disorders Course.

 The 3rd Edition of The Vocal Athlete and The Vocal Athlete: Application and Technique for the Hybrid Singer (workbook) is arriving in late Spring or early summer and will be used for this course. The text will be The Vocal Athlete: Application and Technique for the Hybrid Singer (workbook), 3rd Ed. The 3rd edition has 30 new invited authors. Please note the 2nd edition can also be a great resource if you have recently purchased it.

 
 
 
 
Online Course

Musical Theatre Styles

(MUCC-534-ONS Musical Theatre Styles)

Mondays July 8, 15, 22 at 12:00-2:00 PM EST

Taught by Edrie Means-Weekly

Singing a musical theatre song is more than singing the notes and lyrics in the written score; expression and style cannot be left out of the voice.  Authenticity includes the style, expression, emotion and storytelling.  This is expressed vocally through the choice of style such as country, jazz, pop, rap, R&B and rock with variations in vocal quality and vocal effects.  This comprehensive virtual version of the Face to Face course will explore the vocal ingredients for the commercial styles found in musical theatre while maintaining healthy vocal function.  

 

Course includes: 

  • Vocal exercises and singing activities

  • Asynchronous and Synchronous Lectures on commercial styles found in Musical Theatre

  • Discussion Boards, Videos, Listening

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

  • Masterclasses working on individual song styles

 

Online Course

Voice Science Bootcamp

(MUCC-538-ONS Voice Science Bootcamp)
Sundays July 14, 21, 28 at 7:00-9:00 PM EST
Taught by Dr. David Meyer

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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