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Join NEC Continuing Education for vocal offerings from A to Z. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced student, we have instructors and performance opportunities for you ranging from private lessons to chamber music to skills-building classes to opera studio and coachings. Be sure to scroll all the way through this page to see all that we have to offer!

Mark Lee, chair

Private Lessons

Whether intermediate or advanced, individuals wishing to broaden their musical training can do so through private instruction. Private classical and jazz instruction is offered by highly qualified and experienced faculty. Please visit the Private Lessons page to see the pricing structure. Lessons are open to everyone and you can enroll at any time. Placement is made by the department chairs. Please contact the Continuing Education Office at 617-585-1701 or ContinuingEducation@necmusic.edu for more info and a placement interview.

Vocal Pedagogy

Voice Pedagogy for the 21st Century

Mark Lee, Instructor
Sat 9:00am-11:00am

Designed for Voice Teachers, Choral Directors, Voice Coaches, and any professional who trains singers in varied styles of musical performance, this course seeks to provide modern practitioners of the vocal arts with new and innovative teaching strategies. The content is based both upon successful traditional methods as well as new and emerging voice science paired with an understanding of body mechanics.
Singers are increasingly called upon to perform an ever wider range of repertoire in order to maintain a performance career.  And this trend, while challenging for the performers themselves, is also a considerable challenge for the professionals who help them keep their voices healthy and strong. In addition to the wider variety of vocal effects being requested by directors, singers also need skills that allow them to perform effectively in both solo and choral contexts. To achieve these goals, singers must have access to timely and effective advice without the need to re-structure their entire technical foundation.

Voice Pedagogy for the 21st Century is designed to address the evolving needs of the active singer.  Through extensive observation and discussion, coursework, and drawing upon resources in the areas of body mechanics, exercise physiology, phonology and acoustics, teachers explore innovative models for addressing new challenges—solutions that allow for targeted, specific interventions that do not require singers to “start from scratch” to accommodate a new genre or style. 

Interview required prior to registration.

Skills Classes

Strong vocal skills are the foundation of all artistic singing, and include both a clear understanding of how the voice works and how to sing accurate rhythms and pitches. These Vocal Skills courses are designed to build specific skills and remove challenges that improve performance.

Sight-Singing for Singers

 

Mark Lee, Instructor
Thu 6:15 - 7:15 pm
1 Credit: $650
Non-credit: $435
FALL SEMESTER ONLY

Singers who understand staff notation and can easily sing basic rhythms and find pitches on the keyboard are systematically taught to develop their sight-singing skills. Students are given regular drills in recognizing and singing all intervals. They also become fluent with all key signatures, learning to sight-sing accurately in all major and minor keys. Students are expected to attend class regularly and spend two to three hours a week with out of class preparation.

Vocal Repertoire: Coaching and Performance

Daniel Wyneken, Instructor
SAT: 1:00PM-2:30PM
1.5 credits: $975
Non-credit: $655

Singers and pianists perform selected pieces from the vocal repertoire each week in a supportive and noncompetitive class setting. The instructor coaches the performers on aspects of the literature that pertain to both vocalists and pianists: diction, musical style, interpretation, presentation, relationship of the piano accompaniment to the vocal setting, and historical context of the repertoire. The class ends with a concert.  Contact Daniel Wyneken at 617-298-0269 for more information and an audition time.

Vocal Chamber Music

NEC Voices: A New Choral Experience

To learn more, or to enroll for this course, please visit the Chorus page.

Vocal Chamber Music

Barbara Winchester, Instructor
Saturdays 3:00 - 4:30 pm
1.5 credits $975
Non-credit $655
FALL SEMESTER ONLY

An introduction to three centuries of literature for solo vocal ensemble (music for two or more solo voices and piano or instruments). Tailored to the interests and abilities of the participants, the course includes ensemble singing, ear training, diction, and stage presence, and concludes with a concert. Literature is drawn from the works of Brahms, Haydn, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Fauré, Donizetti, Rossini, Dvorák, Britten, Purcell, Foster, and others. At the discretion of the instructor, students who are not currently studying voice may be encouraged to take some shared voice lessons in the department.

Auditions: Auditions TBD. Please prepare two contrasting pieces and be prepared to sightread. Call 617-585-1701 for more information and to schedule an audition time.

 

Handel for Singers and Instrumentalists 

Elizabeth Anker, Instructor
Wednesdays 7:30 - 9:00 pm
1.5 credits $975
Non-credit $655
SPRING SEMESTER ONLY

Explore the works of Georg Friedrich Handel through performance and study. Open to singers, keyboard players, all strings, and winds (flute, recorder, oboe, and bassoon) Arias from operas, oratorios and 9 Deutchen Arien will be the basis of the repertoire. There will be presentations by instructor, guests and students, listening, reading and writing assignments. In a master class format, students will learn issues of Baroque style, ornamentations, language and performance practice, with an emphasis on developing ensemble skills. There will be a performance at the end of the semester.

Prerequisite for singers: Familiarity with singing German.

Opera & Musical Theatre

Opera Ensemble Skills

Janice Giampa and Daniel Wyneken, Instructors
Wed: 7:00PM - 9:00PM
1 credit or non-credit: $650 per semester
OFFERED FALL AND SPRING SEMESTERS
Begins 9/3 for fall semester

SPRING 2014 AUDITIONS: TBA

Audition requirements: Two arias. Please call Daniel Wyneken at 617-298-0269 to schedule an audition.


Singers will receive intensive training in the component skills required for successful  performance as an ensemble  singer-actor in opera and musical theater, including role and musical preparation, musical and dramatic analyses, proscenium stage  and acting techniques, dialogue and recitative reading.  All instruction will take place through hands-on preparation and performance of ensemble scenes from opera and musical theater.  This course’s ensemble acting focus complements the individual focus of the Dramatic Coaching of Songs and Arias course.  Courses may be taken separately or together.

Dramatic Coaching of Songs and Arias

REGISTER FOR CREDIT
REGISTER NON-CREDIT

Janice Giampa and Daniel Wyneken, Instructors
7 SESSIONS
SAT: 1:00PM-3:00PM
1 credit or non-credit: $650 per semester
OFFERED FALL AND SPRING SEMESTERS
Fall Audition: 10/18; Fall Start: 10/25
Spring Audition:
3/28; Spring Start: 4/4

Enhance your vocal performing power with dramatic coaching. This class is designed to prepare singers for performances in recitals, opera, and auditions. Using techniques of subtexting, inner monologue, semi-staging, musical and dramatic analysis, singers will develop their ability to create unique interpretations with energy, concentration, and dramatic impact. The class size is limited to eight.

Audition requirements: Two arias. Please call Daniel Wyneken at 617-298-0269 to schedule an audition. 

 

 

Bach Arias for Singers & Instrumentalists

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REGISTER NON-CREDIT

Elizabeth Anker, Instructor
Wednesdays 7:30 - 9:00 pm
1.5 credits $975
Non-credit $655

This course explores the works of Johann Sebastian Bach through performance and study. Through coaching, rehearsals, presentations by the instructor, guests and students, listening, reading and writing assignments students will gain confidence in performance practice. In a master class format, students will learn issues of Baroque style, ornamentation, language and performance practice, with an emphasis on developing ensemble skills. There will be a performance at the end of the semester.  Open to all singers, all strings and wind players (oboe, flute, recorder, bassoon, trumpet) and keyboard players who have an interest in organ and/or harpsichord.

Prerequisite for singers: Familiarity with singing German.

Summer Session Continuing Education Opera Studio

Daniel Wyneken, Chair & Music Director
Janice Giampa, Stage Director
OFFERED SUMMER SESSION ONLY

Participants: The School of Continuing Education Opera Studio offers an exciting opportunity for serious singers to receive operatic and stage training in the standard operatic repertoire. This three-week intensive program offers musical coaching and scene preparation, acting and movement, aria staging, and audition techniques, culminating in two public performances of opera scenes at New England Conservatory. Auditions: Will be held in May or by appointment. Two memorized arias are required. Contact Daniel Wyneken at 617-298-0269 for more information and an audition time. Please go to the Summer Session Opera Studio page for more details.

Certificate Programs

A Certificate of Merit and a Professional Studies Certificate are available in voice. A Jazz certificate is also available. Check out our Certificates page for more information.

Masterclasses & Recitals

Students enrolled in private lessons at NEC are eligible to participate in voice workshops, masterclasses and numerous recitals.

Past events have featured a wide variety of performers, coaches and voice scientists.  These trainings enrich the student experience, and encourage a fuller discourse with our own faculty about all aspects of the artistic experience.

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