Classes

An opportunity to study various aspects of music for personal growth and for preparation to serve others.

Music Fundamentals

 

Congregational Worship and Leadership

 

Choral Conducting

 

Music Education

 

Composition

 

Music Fundamentals

Rudiments

A series of four classes for understanding the elements of written music.

Level 1:    Notation – a study of the elements of basic notation, simple time signatures, note and rest values, and accidentals.
Level 2:    Scales & Keys – a study of major scales, major key signatures, and compound time signatures.
Level 3:    Intervals – a study of intervals and minor scales.
Level 4:    Chords – a study of triads, triad inversions, and dominant seventh chords.
A placement test is required to determine the appropriate level of study.  A class coordinator will assist students in their class placements. Returning students may progress to the next level without retesting.

Note: Rudiments V has been replaced by Functional Harmony, Voice Leading, and Chromatic Harmony

TextbookAlfred’s Essentials of Music Theory, Surmani & Manus, ISBN: 978-0882848976

OH 2019 – Level 1: Sarah Sommers, Level 2: Nolan Martin, Level 3: Cameron Streicher, Level 4: Jeff Swanson
ON 2019 – Level 1: Randall Martin, Level 2: Franklin Miller, Level 3: Rosemary Eberly Lebold Level 4: Cameron Streicher
VA 2019 – Level 1: John D. Martin, Level 2: Jonathan Miller, Level 3: Lee Weaver, Level 4: Jeff Swanson

Sight Singing

A series of four classes for learning to read pitches and rhythms. Skills will be taught through demonstration and practice in class, individually, and in ensemble. An online skills test will help to place you in the appropriate level so that you are neither bored nor overwhelmed.

Levels 1-4 will follow a sequential approach to:

  • develop ability to recognize intervals (e.g. 2nds, 3rds)  and major v. minor tonality
  • recognize note values and read rhythms in various time signatures
  • sing round notes on solfege with accuracy in either unison or several harmony parts

TextbooksSing at First Sight, Book 1, Andy Beck, et al, ISBN: 978-0739031520
                      Sing at First Sight, Book 2, Andy Beck, et al, ISBN: 978-0739049242

OH 2019 – Levels 1-4: Jeff Swanson, Dwilyn Beiler, Cameron Streicher, Nolan Martin
ON 2019 – Levels 1-4: Dwilyn Beiler, Wendell Glick, Cameron Streicher, Lloyd Kauffman
VA 2019 – Levels 1-4: Jeff Swanson, Jonathan Miller, Wendell Glick, Lee Weaver

Class Voice

An introduction to the concepts and practices of healthy tension-free singing. Areas of study will include developing controlled breathing, phonation that is neither pressed nor breathy, focused resonance, and crisp articulation. Students will sing for, analyze, and critique each other.

Textbook: Vocal Technique, Julie Davids/Stephen La Tour, ISBN: 978-1577667827

OH 2019 – Nolan Martin, Cynthia Mast, Jeff Swanson
ON 2019 – Rosemary Eberly Lebold
VA 2019 – Lyle Stutzman, Jeff Swanson, Lee Weaver

Congregational Music

Hymnology

Our hymnals offer a rich treasury of devotional literature, penetrating biblical insight, and anecdotal history. This course focuses on literary analysis, elements of interpretation, and the history of hymns. It aims to help Christians possess the spiritual wealth in the songs they sing. Both men and women are welcome.

Textbook: The Gospel in Hymns, Albert Edward Bailey, ISBN: 978-9110007123
Recommended Resources: 101 Hymn Stories, Kenneth W. Osbeck, ISBN: 978-0825442827
                                                   101 More Hymn Stories, Kenneth W. Osbeck, ISBN: 978-0825442834

VA 2019 – John D. Martin

Leading Congregational Worship

This class examines essential components of leading congregational worship with a two-part focus: 1) practices of song leading and congregational conducting and 2) understanding and leading worship.  Discussions may also include planning, clear communication of musical ideas, deportment, and use of the hymnal.  A portion of the class will include hands-on practice where participants conduct in class for instructor and peer review.  As this class specifically trains congregational leaders, it is open only to men.

Textbook: None
Recommended Reading: The Singing Thing Too, John Bell. ISBN: 978-1579996901
                                               Melodious Accord: Good Singing in Church, Alice Parker. ISBN: 978-1579999971

OH 2019 – Wendell Nisly
ON 2019 – Lloyd Kauffman
VA 2019 – Lloyd Kauffman

Philosophy of Congregational Music

Why is singing such an indispensable part of Christian worship? Does the Bible direct us to a particular type of music? This course analyzes the music of great hymns and explores ways that we can worship in both spirit and truth (reality). Both men and women are welcome.

Textbook: Discipling Music Ministry, Calvin M. Johansson, ISBN: 978-0943575520

Not offered in 2019

Choral Music

Choral Gesture

The conducting gesture is the primary means of communication with and through the choir. A brief review includes conducting patterns for complex and irregular meter, free rhythms and subdivided beats. The primary focus includes developing additional technical and interpretive aspects of conducting, and exploring the role of a conductor in evoking both sound and meaning from the choir. Prerequisite: a basic working knowledge of conducting including common beat patterns, simple and compound meter, and basic gesture-related communication (tempo, dynamics, etc.).

Textbook: Material provided by instructor
Recommended Resource: Evoking Sound, James Jordan, ISBN: 978-1579997267

VA 2019 – Wendell Nisly
ON 2019 – Franklin Miller (class size minimum = 4 students)

Choral Rehearsal Techniques

What audiences see and hear when they attend a choir program is a small spring arising from subterranean waters. Those subterranean waters are the choral rehearsal; it is in the rehearsal that the musical and spiritual aspects of the program are formed. Rehearsal Techniques will explore how to reach spiritual and musical goals. Students will work with both text study and conducting an effective music rehearsal, and will be given opportunity to hone their skills in class. Prerequisite: a working knowledge of basic conducting patterns. Students should be current or former choir directors.

Textbook: Material provided by instructor

OH 2019 – Wendell Nisly 

Education

Early Childhood Music

The songs of young children at play are beautiful to hear.  Explore how to grow their capacity for creative music-making at home while also considering how Scripture, traditions, love, and academic subjects relate to song.

This class is open to part-time and family package adult students, whether or not they have any young children in their home.  All students are encouraged to participate in one or more of the accompanying children’s sections. See the Early Childhood Education page for more details.

Textbook: Material provided by the instructor

ON 2019 – Joe and Fern Ebersole

Elementary Music Education I

How can learning music be fun?  Age appropriate activities, folks songs, and games taught with the Kodaly method make class engaging.  Adult students will role-play as grade-school students, participate in discussions, and receive tips for lesson planning. You are encouraged to observe Children’s Skills classes.  See each camp’s page for schedule details.

Grades 1-3, Rhythmic Concepts: Beat vs. Rhythm, Quarter note/rest, Eighth note pairs, Tie and slur, Half note, Duple & triple meter, barlines, Conducting patterns of 2 & 3. Melodic Concepts: pentatonic scale, solfege, Curwen hand signs, aural and visual pitch identification, Progression: Mi/So, La, Do, Re, high Do’.

Textbook: The Kodaly Method I, Lois Choksy, ISBN: 978-0139491658

OH 2019 – Regina Brubaker
Projected for ON 2020
VA 2019 – Regina Brubaker

Elementary Music Education II

How can learning music be fun?  Age appropriate activities, folks songs, and games taught with the Kodaly method make class engaging.  Adult students will role-play as grade-school students, participate in discussions, and receive tips for lesson planning. You are encouraged to observe Children’s Skills classes.  See each camp’s page for schedule details.

Grades 4-6, Rhythmic Concepts: Level 1 concepts, plus sixteenth notes, dotted half and whole note, eighth/quarter/eighth sequence, dotted quarter/eighth pairs, conducting pattern of 4, prep beat, simple & compound meter, fraction names of notes. Melodic Concepts: Level 1 concepts, plus low La, low So, Fa, Ti, major & minor scales, absolute pitches on treble clef.

Textbook: The Kodaly Method I, Lois Choksy, ISBN: 978-0139491658

OH 2019 – Regina Brubaker
Projected for ON 2020
VA 2019 – Gwendolyn Good

Secondary Music Education

Explore a variety of teaching tools that can be used in general music classes and choirs for middle and high school students. Topics will include effective use of classroom materials (e.g. whiteboard, flashcards), instructional methods for ear and voice training (e.g. solfege, warm-ups), rehearsal techniques, and curriculum selection. Hands-on activities will demonstrate the tools presented.

Textbook: Material provided by instructor

VA 2019 – Lyle Stutzman

Composition

Voice Leading

 A study of part-writing stylistic practices found in music of the common-practice period (ca. 1650-1900) as an introduction to composing SATB hymns.  This course also includes a brief survey of basic non-harmonic tones and authentic cadences. Students will add voices to supplied voice parts to create four-part textures in the common practice style. Prerequisite: A working understanding of the material from Rudiments I-IV (as determined by the rudiments placement test) is required.

Textbook: Material provided by instructor

Projected for VA 2020

Functional Harmony

An introduction to the standard phrase model, including more cadences, chord progressions and the three primary functions (tonic, dominant and predominant). Students will analyze phrases at two different levels: a first-level description of vertical sonorities and a second-level interpretation of harmonic functions in context. Students will also add original harmonies to supplied melodies. Prerequisites: A working understanding of the material from Rudiments I-IV (as determined by the rudiments placement test) is required.  An understanding of the material from Voice Leading is recommended.

Textbook: Material provided by instructor

ON 2019 – Wendell Glick
VA 2019
 – Wendell Glick (class size minimum = 4 students)

Chromatic Harmony

 An introduction to functional chromaticism, including applied/secondary chords, tonicizations and modulations.  It also briefly explores expressive chromaticism, including modal mixture, the Neapolitan chord and the augmented sixth chord. Student work includes both analysis and composition of short excerpts. Prerequisites: A working understanding of the material from Rudiments I-IV (as determined by the rudiments placement test) is required.  An understanding of the material from Voice Leading and Functional Harmony is recommended.

Textbook: Material provided by instructor

Projected for VA 2020

Introduction to Choral Arranging

A study in variation technique for voices, the process of taking pre-existing musical material and modifying it to add variety, musical interest, and textual enhancement. It includes a practical look at basic variations for melody, harmony, rhythm, and texture. Prerequisite: A working understanding of the material from Rudiments I-IV (as determined by the rudiments placement test) is required.  Experience with the material from Voice Leading and Functional Harmony is recommended. 

Textbook: Material provided by instructor

VA 2019 – Lyle Stutzman (Note: For this year, this class will include some instruction in voice leading.)

General

Building A Singing Culture

How can a community be motivated to value worship in song? What characteristics should be considered in the choice of a suitable hymnal for serious worship? How can a non-singing community become a singing community? What will sustain a singing culture from generation to generation? These questions will be explored and discussed in this course.

Textbook: None

VA 2019 – John D. Martin

Music History & Appreciation

CONTEMPORARY ERA

A survey of acappella choral works from the last 50 years by six composers: Knut Nystedt (1915-2014), Veljo Tormis (b. 1930), Henryck Górecki (1933-2010), Arvo Pärt (b. 1935), John Tavener (1944-2013) and James MacMillan (b. 1959).  Students enrolled in this class are asked to listen to selected recordings before and during camp.

Textbook: Listening library resource provided by instructor

Not offered in 2019

Music History & Appreciation

HISTORICAL ERAS
An overview of Western art music from the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical and Romantic periods. Attention is given to the basic history, vocabulary, forms, and genres from each of these periods. Priority will be given to unaccompanied choral music.

Textbook: Listening library resource provided by instructor

Not offered in 2019 

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