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Voice Classes at Prep

NEC Prep offers a variety of classroom and group courses aimed at helping young singers develop their unique voice!

Preparatory Voice Class for Young Singers

Evangelia Leontis, Instructor

This class offers beginning level group instruction in singing for students aged 7-13 as preparation for private lessons. Singers learn the basics of vocal training through age-appropriate vocal exercises and song preparation, building healthy vocal habits within a supportive and fun group setting. Singers learn how to prepare and present solo songs through coaching and performance in class. This class will culminate in an end of semester recital. This class is offered in two sections by level. Students interested in joining the class must first take a placement with the instructor to determine which level is appropriate for them.

Beginner: Saturday, 12:00 - 1:00 PM
Intermediate: Saturday, 1:00 - 2:00 PM

Vocal Chamber Music

The NEC Prep School offers vocal chamber Music to students aged 13 and up. Vocal chamber groups are determined by age and ability and are coached by a voice faculty member for the full academic year. Each group receives 28 coaching sessions and will conclude with a final performance.

Piano Class for Singers

Aimee Tsuchiya, Instructor

This class will develop skills, knowledge, and technique at the keyboard to boost overall musicianship and provide useful tools for burgeoning young singers. No prior piano experience required. We will cover basic elements including the ability to read music, understand rhythms and time signatures, key signatures, chords and transposition. Students will gain the ability to play scales, short two-hand solo pieces, and sight-read simple vocal melodies accurately, as well as analyze and play chord progressions, and learn how to accompany themselves on vocal repertoire. Students will be encouraged to sing at the keyboard much of the time, teaching themselves to hear intervals and learn melodies at the keyboard, as well as sing harmonies in choral settings and with chordal accompaniments. Materials will include technical and theoretical exercises, short vocal excerpts, and the student’s own repertoire in various styles!

Eligibility: Appropriate for students 11 years old and up, or with instructor approval. Class size is limited to 6 students each semester. Students with some piano background may place out of the Fall Semester session, by placement audition with instructor.

Meets for the Full Academic Year, Saturday, 2:00 - 3:00 PM

Diction and Language for Singers

Evangelia Leontis, Instructor

This course provides singers with an introduction to the Lyric Diction skills necessary for polishing their performance in the four main singing languages (Italian, English, French, and German). It will include a study of the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) as well as practical application of the language skills acquired in the form of a final performance. The Fall Semester will cover Italian and English diction and the Spring Semester will French and German diction.

Saturday, 2:00 - 3:00 PM, Full Academic Year

Your Body the Instrument: Alexander Technique for Singers

Clara Sandler, Instructor

In this course, singers are provided an introductory look into Alexander Technique and will discover how utilizing Alexander Technique can offer freedom from excess tension and help with performance anxiety. Students will learn how to apply Alexander Technique in order to find a more centered, less tense way of using their body and thus freer vocalizing, expressiveness, and storytelling through song. The class will include Alexander Technique exercises, singing, exploration of text, and improvisatory games.

Saturday, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Fall Semester Only

Audition and Performance Preparation for Singers

Thomas Oesterling, Instructor

This course, structured as a performance seminar, is an ideal laboratory for both intermediate singers needing performance opportunities in a safe space and for advanced singers preparing for auditions and recitals. Singers must begin the semester with a repertoire of four memorized songs and be prepared to sing in class every week. Topics covered include working with a pianist, overcoming performance anxiety, how to memorize effectively, and audition and recital attire.

(Not offered 2017-2018 academic year)

The Modern Musician: Entrepreneurship and Business

In this class, open to singers in grades 11-12, students will gain an insight into what it takes to have a career as a successful vocalist in today’s industry. Singers will learn about the business of classical music, correlating career options to complement their musical endeavors, as well as useful tools such as using marketing materials and budgeting to finance artistic opportunities. Class discussions will also cover mapping out and alternative paths to “success”, honing in on skills students wish to develop within the field that will help enhance their future careers artistically and financially, and will be given an overview of young artist programs and vocal competitions.

(Not offered 2017-2018 academic year)

Still have questions?

Please contact Cassandra McBride, Program Manager for Voice or call the Prep Office at (617) 585-1160.