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A perennial favorite of the Westminster summer session, this popular 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.  Because of this course being held in summer, the instructor is lenient on assignment due dates to accommodate personal summer schedules.  The innovative course is delivered almost entirely online with extensive readings and video, using materials Dr. Jordan has developed over 30 years.  Synchronous meetings for Q and A are held and will be recorded for those who cannot participate in the live broadcast.

June 26 - August 18, 2017

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Faculty: James Jordan

Program Description
This course is designed in such a way to give participants detailed information on both pedagogy and teaching techniques. 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 a building choral sound that relates to developing listening skills are addressed with during the sessions.  Dr. Jordan also shares philosophical approaches that advance the performance level of ensembles at any level.

Cost: $650 for non-credit / $1850 with 3 graduate credits

For more information, please contact the Westminster Office of Continuing Education at 609-924-7416 or email [email protected]

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