Course Catalogue

A cappella History

 

In this course, students will learn the history of contemporary a cappella, from the beginning of notated music to today. Topics include: History of vocal jazz, Summarized history of barbershop, Beginnings of CASA, The origins of ICCA, The A cappella Explosion.

Cost per individual class: 75

Hours: 8 

Structure: 2-hour sessions, once a week for 4 weeks or 1-hour sessions, twice a week for 4 weeks

A cappella Production Techniques

 

In this course, students will learn how to track and edit, and mix a cappella recordings. Students must own a Digital Audio Workstation and a copy of Melodyne to participate. Topics include: Microphone types, Setting up a recording space, Tracking a cappella, Editing a cappella tracks, Using Melodyne, Basic mixing techniques, Advanced mixing techniques.

Cost per individual class: 400

Hours: 10

Structure: 2-hour sessions with instructor feedback, once a week for 5 weeks or 1-hour sessions, twice a week

A cappella Rehearsal Techniques I

 

In this course, students will examine popular rehearsal techniques from accomplished directors and strategies for rehearsing their a cappella group. Topics include: Popular rehearsal techniques, contemporary warm-ups, preparing for competitions.

Cost per individual class: 150

Hours: 8

Structure: 2-hour sessions, once a week for 4 weeks or 1-hour sessions, twice a week

A cappella Rehearsal Techniques II

 

In this course, students will gain additional teaching tools related to a cappella music in the classroom. Topics include: strategies for incorporating a cappella music in the general classroom, live sound design and implementation, establishing and maintaining an a cappella school program. 

Cost per individual class: 150

Hours: 8

Structure: 2-hour sessions, once a week for 4 weeks or 1-hour sessions, twice a week

Arranging I

 

In this course, students will learn how to compose an a cappella arrangement in mixed voicing. Students must have notation software to participate. Topics include: Translation arrangements, writing a bass line, filling in background voices, choosing syllables, arrangement analysis.

Cost per individual class: 150

Hours: 8

Structure: 2-hour sessions with instructor feedback, once a week for 4 weeks or 1-hour sessions twice a week

Arranging II

 

In a continuation from Arranging I, students will learn how to expand their arranging capabilities for specific ensembles. Students must have notation software to participate. Topics include: TTBB voicing, SSAA voicing, Arranging for a small group, arranging in different styles, mash-ups and medleys.

Cost per individual class: 150

Hours: 8

Structure: 2-hour sessions with instructor feedback, once a week for 4 weeks or 1-hour sessions twice a week

Arranging III

 

In a continuation from Arranging II, students will learn how to expand their arranging capabilities for specific ensembles. Students must have notation software to participate. Topics include: Characteristics of specific ensembles, unique compositional methods, basic re-harmonization.

Cost per individual class: 150

Hours: 8

Structure: 2-hour sessions with instructor feedback, once a week for 4 weeks or 1-hour sessions twice a week

Arranging Seminar

 

In this course, students will get one-on-one coaching for their arrangements and their arranging style. Students must have notation software to participate. Priority for this course goes to students enrolled in the arranging program.

Cost per individual class: 125

Hours: 2 per student

Structure: 30-min sessions, once a week for 4 weeks

Aural Skills I

 

In this course, students will learn to improve their sight-singing and ear-training skills. This course is an elective and does not belong to any major or minor.

Cost per individual class: 100

Hours: 8.5

Structure: 50-min sessions, twice a week for 5 weeks

Aural Skills II

 

In this continuation of Aural Skills I, students will learn to improve their sight-singing and ear-training skills. It is highly recommended that students complete Aural Skills I before enrolling in this class. This course is an elective and does not belong to any major or minor.

Cost per individual class: 100

Hours: 8.5

Structure: 50-min sessions, twice a week for 5 weeks

Aural Skills III

 

In this continuation of Aural Skills II, students will learn to improve their sight-singing and ear-training skills. It is highly recommended that students complete Aural Skills II before enrolling in this class. This course is an elective and does not belong to any major or minor.

Cost per individual class: 100

Hours: 8.5

Structure: 50-min sessions, twice a week for 5 weeks

Choral Literature and Composition

 

In this course, students will gain an understanding of the evolution of choral music as well as techniques for composing classical choral music. Students must have notation software to participate. Topics include: Characteristics of choral music in different eras of music, analysis of works by famous choral composers, writing original choral compositions, publishing and selling choral compositions.

Cost per individual class: 150

Hours: 10

Structure: 2-hour sessions, once a week for 5 weeks or 1-hour sessions twice a week

Commercial Voice Lessons I and II

 

In these courses, students will get one-on-one vocal coaching in commercial styles of singing.

Cost per individual class: 125

Hours: 2 per student

Structure: 30-min sessions, once a week for 4 weeks

Competition 101 for Groups

 

In this course, students will learn how to build a competition set for a cappella competitions. Topics include: theme development, adding choreography, analyzing winning sets. This course is designed for group registration and does not support individual registration.

Cost per individual class: 150

Hours: 4

Structure: 1-hour sessions, once a week for 4 weeks

Competition 101 for Individuals

 

In this course, students will learn how to build a competition set for a cappella competitions. Topics include: theme development, adding choreography, analyzing winning sets. This course is an elective only and does not belong to any major or minor. This course is designed for individual registration and does not support group registration.

Cost per individual class: 100

Hours: 8

Structure: 2-hour sessions with instructor feedback, once a week for 4 weeks or 1-hour sessions twice a week

Group Rehearsal Techniques

 

In this course, group members will learn strategies for improving their rehearsals, both in-person and virtually. Topics include: Group dynamics, time management, rehearsal structure, note-learning strategies, virtual rehearsal strategies. This course is designed for group registration and does not support individual registration.

Cost per individual class: 150

Hours: 4

Structure: 1-hour sessions, once a week for 4 weeks

History of Rock

 

In these course, students will learn the history of rock and roll, from its early beginnings, jazz influences, and genres of rock up into the 21st century. This course is an elective only and does not belong to any major or minor.

Cost per individual class: 75

Hours: 8 

Structure: 2-hour sessions, once a week for 4 weeks or 1-hour sessions twice a week

Improvisation

 

In this course, students will explore different methods of vocal improvisation, both in a group and as a solo singer. Topics include: Circlesong construction, exercises for developing scat singing, scat transpositions, group improvisation exercises.

Cost per individual class: 75

Hours: 8 

Structure: 2-hour sessions, once a week for 4 weeks or 1-hour sessions twice a week

Jazz Theory

 

In this course, students will learn the basics of jazz theory and how they can be applied to composition. Topics include: Harmonic progressions of jazz, chord scales, chord extensions, analysis of jazz lead sheets.

Cost per individual class: 75

Hours: 10

Structure: 2-hour sessions, once a week for 5 weeks or 1-hour sessions twice a week

Lyrical Interpretation: Authenticity and Inclusion

 

In this course, students and group members will learn techniques for performing different genres of music while understanding the social, cultural, political, and historical context of the compositions. Topics include: Choosing authentic literature, understanding lyrical composition, maximizing inclusion in the rehearsal space, authentically performing music out of the comfort zone, engaging the audience.

Cost per individual class: 150

Hours: 8

Structure: 2-hour sessions, once a week for 4 weeks or 1-hour sessions twice a week

Music Education Technology

 

In this course, students will learn about technological innovations that will help improve their educational initiatives and online learning. Students do not need to buy any software in advance. Topics include: Online classroom software, notation software, making online videos, virtual choir building, building a website. 

Cost per individual class: 75

Hours: 8

Structure: 2-hour sessions, once a week for 4 weeks or 1-hour sessions twice a week

The Music of Disney

 

In this course, students will learn about the history of music used in classic Disney films and cartoons. This course is an elective only and does not belong to any major or minor.

Cost per individual class: 75

Hours: 8

Structure: 2-hour sessions, once a week for 4 weeks or 1-hour sessions twice a week

The Music of Pentatonix

In this course, students will dissect and analyze the arrangements, recordings, and performance style of the most popular a cappella group today, Pentatonix. This class is an elective only and does not belong to any major or minor.

 

Cost per individual class: 75

Hours: 8

Structure: 2-hour sessions, once a week for 4 weeks or 1-hour sessions twice a week

 

Music Theory and Notation

Cost per individual class: 100

Hours: 10

Structure: 2-hour sessions, once a week for 5 weeks or 1-hour sessions twice a week

Organic Arranging

In this course, group members will learn how to compose arrangements aurally using improvisation techniques and a basic understanding of harmony. This course is designed for group participation and does not support individual registration.

 

Cost per individual class: 75

Hours: 6

Structure: 2-hour sessions, once a week for 3 weeks or 1-hour sessions twice a week

Sibelius 101

 

In this course, students will learn how to use the notation software Sibelius to compose and create scores. Students must own a copy of Sibelius to participate. This course is an elective and does not belong to any major or minor.

Cost per individual class: 100

Hours: 8

Structure: 2-hour sessions, once a week for 4 weeks or 1-hour sessions twice a week

Solo Interpretation

 

In this course, students will learn how to sing in different styles within a class setting. Topics include: Musical theatre singing, Pop vocal technique, Jazz vocal technique, Vocal health.

Cost per individual class: 150

Hours: 8

Structure: 2-hour sessions, once a week for 4 weeks or 1-hour sessions twice a week

Video Production 101

 

In this course, students will learn how to film and edit music videos. Topics include: Virtual choir videos, video editing, lip syncing techniques, using basic effects. Students must have a video editing program to participate in this course. 

Cost per individual class: TBA

Hours: 8

Structure: 2-hour sessions, once a week for 4 weeks or 1-hour sessions twice a week

Vocal Jazz Arranging

 

In a continuation from Jazz Theory, students will learn about composing jazz arrangements and the basics of re-harmonization. It is highly recommended that students understand jazz theory first. Students must have notation software to participate. Topics include: Three types of vocal jazz charts, re-harmonization techniques, modern jazz voicings. 

Cost per individual class: 75

Hours: 8

Structure: 2-hour sessions with instructor feedback, once a week for 4 weeks or 1-hour sessions twice a week

Vocal Percussion

 

In this course, students will learn how to create sounds to imitate specific types of percussion instruments and style-appropriate grooves. Topics include: Examination of drum sounds, Basic kit sounds, Microphone technique, Rock grooves, Hip-hop grooves, Jazz grooves.

Cost per individual class: 150

Hours: 8

Structure: 2-hour sessions with instructor feedback, once a week for 4 weeks or 1-hour sessions twice a week

Weird Al Yankovic and the Art of the Parody

 

In this course, students will analyze famous parodies by Weird Al Yankovic, and learn how to construct parody songs. This class is an elective only and does not belong to any major or minor.

Cost per individual class: 75

Hours: 8

Structure: 2-hour sessions once a week for 4 weeks or 1-hour sessions twice a week