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Classes

Summer 2020 at St. Joseph’s Seminary, Yonkers campus

Poster available here.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, we are migrating all our summer 2020 courses to an online format. One course has an asynchronous element (complete on your own time), but all of the courses involve at least some synchronous (live, in real-time) learning. Details are given below.

Principles of Sacred Music (June 1–July 28 – ONLINE, ASYNCHRONOUS + LIVE) 

stained-glass50Through a survey of the history of sacred music and reading of Church and papal legislation on sacred music, students gain an understanding of the principles which shape Western sacred music and the musical structure of the Roman rite. Special focus is placed on current documents which govern music in the Church. The course also features in-depth discussion of practical issues including the formation and management of sacred music programs in parishes, active participation, progressive solemnity, the use of instruments in the sacred liturgy, resources available for music directors and choristers, and other relevant topics. 3 credits or audit. 8 weeks online (asynchronous) + 2 days online-live (synchronous) via Zoom, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on July 27 and 28. To register or for more information, please visit www.dunwoodie.edu and click on “Dunwoodie Music.” Taught by Dr. Jennifer Donelson-Nowicka.

 

Principles of Chant (July 13-17, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., LIVE ONLINE)

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Serving as an introduction to Gregorian chant, this course will cover neumatic notation, Gregorian modes, ear training and sight reading, vocal technique appropriate for singing chant, and Latin pronunciation. Special focus will be placed on rhythmic interpretation of the chant according to the classical Solesmes (Mocquereau) method. By the end of the class, students will have confidence singing from the Graduale Romanum, solfège, and psalm tones, and some experience in conducting (chironomy). Additional topics introduced in the class include the history of Gregorian chant, rehearsal techniques for teaching chant to children and adult choirs, and an introduction to chant resources in English and Spanish. 3 credits or audit. To register or for more information, please visit www.dunwoodie.edu and click on “Dunwoodie Music.” Taught by Dr. Jennifer Donelson-Nowicka.

 

Teaching Gregorian Chant to Children (July 20-24, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., LIVE ONLINE)

IMG_9526This 5-day intensive course will present pedagogical techniques for teaching Gregorian chant to children and is ideal for Catholic schoolteachers, directors and teachers of religious education, directors of children’s choirs, and parents. Special emphasis will be placed on the Ward Method, a comprehensive music education method designed to teach sacred music to children. Other topics addressed will include resources for teachers, other teaching approaches, and the logistics of developing a sacred music program for children. 3 credits or audit. To register or for more information, please visit www.dunwoodie.edu and click on “Dunwoodie Music.” Taught by Dr. Jennifer Donelson-Nowicka.

 

Conducting and Group Vocal Pedagogy for the Parish Music Director (July 29-31, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., LIVE ONLINE)


Strategies and practice in conducting and teaching healthy vocal production to amateur singers. Taught by Dr. Timothy McDonnell, 2 credits or audit. To register or for more information, please visit www.dunwoodie.edu and click on “Dunwoodie Music.”

 

 

 

Introduction to the Organ for Pianists (August 3–7, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., LIVE ONLINE)

Essential knowledge and practice with registration, good technique, pedaling, hymn- and service-playing, and appropriate repertoire. Taught by Dr. Crista Miller, 2 credits or audit. To register or for more information, please visit www.dunwoodie.edu and click on “Dunwoodie Music.”