Online Course Offerings
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.
The Roots of Black American Music
(MUCC-597-ONL Trends & Practices: Blk Music)
Taught by Alison Crockett
Class Dates: Tuesday, July 18, July 25, Aug 1
Class Times: 1:00 - 3:00 PM Eastern Standard
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
Training Young Voices
(MUCC-540-ONL Training Young Voices)
Taught by Ed Reisert
Class Dates: Thursday July 20, July 27, August 3
Class Times: 7:00 - 9:00 PM Eastern Standard Time
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.
In addition, we will cover topics such as:
Managing the changing voice
Selecting age-appropriate repertoire
Collaborating with the stakeholders in a developing singer’s musical life
Preparing a student for a lifetime of music-making
At the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to:
describe and implement strategies for training young singers in solo, small ensemble and large-group settings.
brainstorm strategies for eliminating barriers that arise when training young singers, including a focus on the changing adolescent voice.
describe vocal health strategies for young singers.
integrate functional voice training strategies in beginning singers.
find, plan, and teach age-appropriate repertoire in a variety of styles and genres.
implement strategies for creating networks of voice professionals who are involved in training young voices.
Teaching Pop/Rock Styles
(MUCC-597-ONL2 Trends & Practices)
Taught by Melissa Foster
Class Dates: Wednesday July 5, July 12, July 19
Class Times: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm EST
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.
In this course, you will learn:
Historical, cultural, and stylistic elements of genres that exist in Pop/Rock musicals
How to find your own unique way into the style with authenticity and appreciation for the art form
How to analyze various forms of popular music and identify specific stylistic elements necessary to approach these forms in musical theatre
The vocal elements necessary for singing different genres such as Doo-Wop, Motown, Pop/Rock, Disco-pop, R&B, and Rap
Diction, flow, onset, and offset techniques necessary to create stylistic sounds
Exercises for teaching vocal effects (i.e. creak, riff, breathiness, slide, cry, slurs) while maintaining healthy vocal function
The Injured Singing Voice:
Tools for Every Singing Teacher
(MUCC-536-ONL The Injured Singer)
Taught by Dr. Wendy LeBorgne
Class Dates: Monday July 3, July 10, July 17
Class Times: 5:00-7:00PM Eastern Standard Time
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.
The Vocal Athlete’s Guide to Vocal Fitness
(MUCC-537-ONL The Vocal Athlete)
Taught by Marci Rosenberg
Class Dates: Tuesday July 18, July 25, August 8
Class Times: 5-7 pm Eastern Standard Time
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.
Musical Theatre Styles
(MUCC-534-ONL Musical Theatre Styles)
Taught by Edrie Means-Weekly
Class Dates: Monday July 3, July 10, July 17
Class Times: 12pm - 2pm Eastern Standard Time
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.
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
Voice Science Bootcamp
(MUCC-538-ONL Voice Science Bootcamp)
Taught by Dr. David Meyer
Class Dates: Saturday July 15, 22, and 29
Class Times: 1pm -3pm Eastern Standard Time
"I would highly recommend Dr. Meyer’s course to anyone interested in furthering their knowledge about voice science. He made, what can be a daunting area for many voice teachers, really accessible, applicable and enjoyable!"
Amber Mogg Cathey
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