The OCA Liturgical Music Department is once again offering two of its popular introductory online courses for church singers and conductors.
- “Basic Conducting Techniques” (12 weeks) and
- “Basic Sight Singing and Ear Training” (10 weeks)
The Conducting Techniques course starts on Monday, January 16th and ends on April 7th. The Sight-Singing class starts on Monday, January 23rd and ends on March 31st.
Here are the registration links and costs:
Sight Singing and Ear Training $350
Basic Conducting Techniques $475
Classes fill up quickly, and when all available spaces are filled, students are placed on a waiting list to fill vacancies.
In order to successfully complete the course, prospective students should consider that they are expected to devote at least 3-4 hours per week to the required coursework and practice. Information about each course can be found at the end of this announcement.
Each class consists of pre-recorded lessons that students can watch asynchronously on their own schedule once a week. Every lesson has homework assignments, after which each student will meet with the course instructor for her 20-30 minutes online to ask questions, ask the instructor to monitor each student’s progress, and if necessary You are expected to provide support and give opportunities.
These courses meet the needs of parish church singers and choir directors. The positive feedback we have received includes comments such as:
“I can now see the tone, raise the pitch and sing the melody. The tools I learned in class will help me continue to develop my singing skills.”
“I [conducting] video again and again. I especially appreciate the Zoom interactive session. Thank you! “
“Learn the structure of Troparia, Stichera and Canon [melodies] Very helpful. ”
” [conducting] The course content was perfect. Always challenging yet fun! That’s what made it so perfect!
“[The sight-singing course] It provided a very good foundation for site singing. I can pick up a song in any key I learn and I know how to sing it. Great! ”
“[The conducting course] I actually achieved goals I didn’t even know I should have, like score analysis. ”
“From the perspective of someone who had had little previous musical training, I found the coursework to date to be amazingly helpful…soon. Soon I started to improve…on page Based on what is written, you can now “know” which note you need to reach.
“Each semester, we strive to accommodate the largest number of students, while providing each student with the greatest possible individual attention,” says Dr. Vladimir Morosan, who developed these classes for the OCA Music Department. . “We invited Deacon Anthony Stokes (St. Maximus Orthodox Church, Denton, TX), Tracey Edson (St. Nicholas Church, Portland, or), Protinica Michelle Jannakos (St. Luke Orthodox Church, Palos Hills, IL), Tabitha Lewis (St. Tikhon’s Seminary, PA), Zachariah Mandell (St. Mary’s Cathedral, Minneapolis, MN), Andrew Ritchey (St. Symeon Orthodox Church, Birmingham, Alabama). (Tikhon Convent, Pennsylvania) and Anne Shep (St. Lawrence Orthodox Church, Felton, CA) assist the conducting class Jacob Mandel (St. Nativity) assists with both sight singing and conducting classes.
Basic visual singing and ear training class
This class is specifically designed for the needs of Orthodox choir singers. This course focuses on mastering the basic tones, scales and rhythms found in liturgical hymns. To be successful in this course, you must love to sing and be able to “carry the tune”, but no prior knowledge of music theory is required.
This course is taught using the online Google Classroom platform, with weekly face-to-face meetings on Zoom. From Gregorian and Znameny chants to colonial American hymns, the well-established “movable tonic” (“SOL-FA”) system has been used to teach church chants and hymns for the past 1000 years. I was. Topics include intervals and scales, rhythmic notation, key signatures, and time signatures, using examples from liturgical hymns whenever possible. Students are given numerous opportunities to practice auditory perception, learn to recognize and reproduce different intervals, and record them for the instructor’s assessment and feedback.
If you are considering taking this class, consider if you can set aside 3-4 hours a week (45-50 minutes on most weekdays) to devote to this class. The new hearing and vocal skills you will learn require 10 weeks of consistent and extensive practice.
One student recently wrote:
Basic conducting technique class
This class is for beginning conductors, or those who are currently conducting a choir but have not completed a formal conducting course. Topics covered include visual communication with basic postures and gestures. Give pitch; prepare, start and stop sounds. rudimentary beat patterns; relationship of beat patterns to word patterns. Start score analysis.
Familiarity with sheet music and basic music theory (key signature, time signature, intervals) is a prerequisite. All prospective students are required to take the Fundamental Music Theory Assessment Quiz to ensure they have the theoretical skills to successfully complete the various assignments in this course.
If you are considering taking this class, consider if you can set aside 3-4 hours a week (45-50 minutes on most weekdays) to devote to this class. Learning new physical (kinesthetic) skills requires 12 weeks of consistent and extensive practice.
We also have homework assignments each week, including sheet music research and analysis. This is an essential skill for a choir conductor. One learner reported: I definitely needed time to study and practice. The course was not easy. ”