NEC Prep offers a variety of classroom and group courses aimed at helping young singers develop their unique voice!
Diction for Singers Online Course
Deborah Williams, Instructor
Open to students age 12-18
These online 6-week courses provide singers with an introduction to the lyric diction skills necessary for polishing their performance in German, Italian, and French. It will include a study of the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) as well as practical application of the language skills acquired for singing performance. Three separate language sessions will be offered this year. Fall 2021- German, and Spring 2022- Italian and French.
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 ensemble receives coachings by a member of the voice faculty and the class concludes with a final performance.
Piano Class for Singers
Aimee Tsuchiya, Instructor
This class develops skills, knowledge, and technique at the keyboard to boost overall musicianship and provide useful tools for 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.
Still have questions?
Please contact the Prep Office via email or at (617) 585-1160.