We are committed to offer our large ensemble with college credit for those who need it as a Music and Music Education Transfer students. We are also are creating an experience that is inviting to non-music major college students and community members wanting to make music and grow their talent.
This experience will involve three primary areas.
- Score Study and Conducting.
- Personalized Warm-up Routine
- Virtual Collage Choir Performances
Score study involves learning a piece of music and how all parts interact. We will guide you through how to look at a score from the standpoint of a conductor or ensemble leader. As a conductor this is a must! We will put our music theory knowledge to practical use, and you will get a chance to organize and present a score of your own choosing. This is particularly useful for our future music educators, as well as our performance majors that will undoubtedly lead ensembles at some point. Community members who want a deeper understanding of the construction of music will also be interested in this topic. For those wanting to take this study a bit further, we will offer Zoom lessons in basic conducting gesture alongside the score study projects.
Personalized Warm-up Routine
The development of a personalized warm-up routine is the key element to good vocal health, corporate tuning, and preparing your vocal instrument for singing. A warm-up that hits all fundamental areas is really practice that balances your skills and creates steady improvement for the short and long term. You will leave this semester with a warm-up routine useable beyond the confines of the class. For those taking private lessons, this will be done in conjunction with what you are learning in lessons.
Virtual Choral Performances
Finally, we are going to prepare two collaborative virtual choral performances. You have probably seen several of these online. While not the same as singing in a large group together in person, there is lot we can learn from this experience, and possibly some of you may lead groups through this in the future. You may want to create your own solo or small group projects. We will provide you with the click track and recording instructions. You will record yourself with a phone, video camera, or whatever is at your disposal, and we will edit those together for a great final project. Individual Zoom check-ins will be scheduled to see how your practice is coming and give you some feedback regarding phrasing and obtaining a good recording.
We have our regular class rehearsal time of Monday/Wednesday at 11:00 AM set in the schedule, but you can still participate if you are unable to make that live time. When it is deemed safe, we MAY move to in person classes. At this time no formal concerts at any local venues have been scheduled for this semester. This could possibly change with the determination of local officials.
We are going to take advantage of these unique times, and we will grow as musicians and people through College Choir this semester. Interestingly, our locations are not limiting factors, so we encourage you to spread the word to get as many people as possible to join us from around the state and even around the country. We look forward to seeing you soon at the start of the semester on August 17. In the meantime, please stay safe, and get ready for some great music-making.
SPC College Choir course is MUN 1310-1 Obtain an SPC student ID by clicking “apply now” at spcollege.edu. This is the only choir open for this first semester for 2020. . Please contact the music office if you have questions regarding registration 727-341-4360
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