Classes

A variety of studies for personal growth and preparation to serve others.

Music Fundamentals

 

Congregational Worship and Leadership

Choral Conducting

Music Education

Composition

Music History

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.
*Note: Rudiments V has been replaced by Functional Harmony, Voice Leading, and Chromatic Harmony
A placement test is required to determine the appropriate level of study.  A class coordinator will assist students in their class placements.

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

OH 2022 – Level 1: Ivan Godoy | Level 2: Dwilyn Beiler | Level 3: Lee Weaver | Level 4: Jeff Swanson
ON 2022 – Level 1: Randall Martin | Level 2: Yolanda Lichty | Level 3: Cameron Streicher
VA 2022 – Level 1: Ryan Kimberlin | Level 2: Dwilyn Beiler | Level 3: Jonathan Miller | 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 vs. 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

Textbooks:
Sing 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
Sight Reading Factory

OH 2022 – Level 1: Jeff Swanson | Level 2: Ivan Godoy | Level 3: Cameron Streicher | Level 4: Nolan Martin
ON 2022 –
Level 1: Wendell Glick, Yolanda Lichty | Level 2: Wendell Nisly | Level 3: Cameron Streicher
VA 2022 –
Level 1: Wendell Glick, Jonathan Miller | Level 2: Ryan Kimberlin | Level 3: Jeff Swanson

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.

ON Textbook: Vocal Technique, 1st Edition, Julie Davids/Stephen La Tour. ISBN: 978-1577667827
VA/OH Textbook: Vocal Technique, 2nd Edition, Julie Davids/Stephen La Tour. ISBN: 978-1478640226
NOTE: We recommend renting the textbook unless you have interest in studying voice more extensively. Some instructors do not use the textbook (see below).

OH 2022 – Nolan Martin (no textbook needed) | Jeff Swanson (no textbook needed) | Lee Weaver (no textbook needed)
ON 2022
Rosemary Lebold (rent or purchase a textbook – 1st Edition)
VA 2022
Brandon Mullet (rent or purchase a textbook – 2nd Edition) | Lyle Stutzman (no textbook needed) | Jeff Swanson (no textbook needed)

Leading Group Singing

This course is an introduction to basic elements of leading group singing. It provides a foundation and skills development applicable to both congregational song leading and choral conducting, while highlighting some uniqueness of both. Students will learn to lead with clarity, interpretive sensitivity, and appropriate command. Participants will conduct hymnbook-level music in class for instructor and peer review. Both men and women are welcome.

Textbook: Material provide by instructor (local hymnal available will be used as well)

OH 2022 – Lloyd Kauffman
ON 2022 – Wendell Glick
VA 2022 – Lloyd Kauffman

Congregational Worship and Leadership

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

Not Offered in 2022

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
Required Reading:
Beyond Beating Time, Samuel Heatwole. ISBN: 978-0878133215
Recommended Reading: Melodious Accord: Good Singing in Church, Alice Parker. ISBN: 978-1579999971

OH 2022 – Lloyd Kauffman
VA 2022 – Lloyd Kauffman

Choral Conducting

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

Not Offered in 2022

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

ON 2022 Wendell Nisly
VA 2022 – Brandon Mullet

Music Education

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 2022 – Gwendolyn Good
ON 2022
Gwendolyn Good
VA 2022 – 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 2022 – 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 2022 – 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

ON 2022 – Wendell Glick
VA 2022 – Wendell Glick

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

Not Offered in 2022

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

Not Offered in 2022

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

Not Offered in 2022

Music History

Music History & Appreciation

CONTEMPORARY ERA
A survey of a cappella 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 2022

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 list and YouTube playlist provided by instructor

OH 2022 – Cameron Streicher
VA 2022 – Wendell Glick

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