NEC Prep offers a variety of classroom and group courses aimed at helping young singers develop their unique voice!
Voice Classes at Prep
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
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 and Instrumentalists
Clara Sandler, Instructor
In this course, singers and instrumentalists will learn how the Alexander Technique can offer freedom from excess tension and help with performance anxiety. Our body is our main instrument; the Alexander Technique offers tools that help us develop our awareness of how we use our body while playing or singing. It helps us recognize what unnecessary tensions or habits we may have developed, and how to change them. Students of the Alexander Technique report a feeling of lightness, of ease in their performing, feeling centered and freer in their movements. This experiential class will include learning the basics of the Alexander Technique, hands-on work, exercises and improvisatory games and performance.
Saturday, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Spring Semester Only
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.
Saturday, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM, Fall Semester Only
Still have questions?
Please contact Cassandra McBride, Program Manager for Voice or call the Prep Office at (617) 585-1160.