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Classes | Saint Joseph's Seminary Schola Cantorum
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Information about sacred music classes in the St. Cecilia Academy for Pastoral Musicians is available here.

Spring 2019 at St. Joseph’s Seminary, Yonkers campus

Introduction to Music Reading, Music Theory, and Ear Training for Parish Musicians
Saturdays, 9:30-11:30, beginning Saturday, January 19th, 2019

Are you a church musician who would like to gain independence in reading and singing or playing music in your parish’s music program? Would you like to gain confidence in your ability to read music so that you can learn new music, and learn it more quickly? Are you looking for a program to help you perform with accuracy and musicality in your work in music ministry?


This spring, St. Joseph’s Seminary is offering the course you’ve been looking for!


Starting from an introduction to reading both modern and neumatic (square note) music notation, this course will introduce participants to music theory concepts that will aid them in reading, singing, and playing music in their parish music programs. Concepts covered will include major and minor scales, Gregorian modes, key signatures, intervals, rhythms and time signatures, triads, and seventh chords. Special emphasis will be given to ear training and musicianship exercises which embed theoretical concepts in practical musical examples. The only prerequisite to the course is the ability to match pitch when singing.


The course meets on Saturdays from 9:30 to 11:30—beginning January 19th and ending May 4th—at the Yonkers campus of St. Joseph’s Seminary and is taught by Dr. Jennifer Donelson, the director of sacred music at St. Joseph’s. Course prices are affordable for church musicians, featuring discounts for those who obtain a letter of support from their pastor.


To register, contact Associate Dean Dr. Donna Eschenauer at Donna.Eschenauer@archny.org or click here.