Creative Practices in Choral Pedagogy: Building Vocal Technique and Aural Skills into Your Choir
June 30 - August 22, 2014
Faculty: James Jordan, Director
A perennial favorite of the Westminster summer session, this online course introduces participants to James Jordan’s unique and original approach to group vocal technique which reinforces good singing practices through an efficiently planned warm-up. Students explore ways they can incorporate vocal pedagogy into choral rehearsals through exercises, gesture, and emotional connection between the music, the conductor, and the ensemble. Drawing on the work of Frauke Haasemann, program topics include the choral warm-up, techniques for teaching relaxation, alignment, inhalation and exhalation, opening the vocal tract, creating singing resonances, support and on-the-breath singing, leaps, crescendo/decrescendo, range extension, martellato, closed and open vowels, fundamentals of diction and conducting technique that supports the singing process. In addition to vocal technique, aspects of building choral sound that relates to developing listening skills are dealt with during the sessions. Dr. Jordan also shares philosophical approaches that advance the performance level of ensembles at any level. The course is designed in such a way to give participants detailed information on both pedgagogy and teaching techniques.
Cost: $600 (non-credit option) or $1800 (3 graduate credits)
For more information, please contact the Westminster Office of Continuing Education at 609-924-7416 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.