Winter 2021 Mini Courses

Explore a different musical skill or try something new! This winter, NEC Prep continues to offer a new series of 6-week online Mini Courses, beginning January 19.

See below for the list of course offerings, details, and how to register!

We also have private lessons and music theory courses throughout the spring, accepting students on a rolling basis.

History of Chamber Music

Saturdays, 2 - 3 ET
Start date: January 23
Open to: Ages 13+
Instructor: Laura Blustein
Tuition Fee: $250

Register here! 

From the Bach Brandenburg Concertos and Trio sonatas of the Baroque to the present day, chamber music has played a huge part in the lives of classical musicians and their audiences. 

This class will involve listening and responding to the great chamber masterpieces. We will conclude with several sessions listening to historic recordings of great chamber music groups over the 20th and 21st centuries to enjoy and learn from. Weekly listening assignments will be an essential part of the class along with lively discussion during class time. 
 

Fiddle: Jigs! 

Wednesdays, 6 - 7 ET
Start date: January 20
Open to: Ages 11+
Instructor: Rachel Panitch
Tuition Fee: $250 
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In this special winter fiddling session, we'll be diving into the world of jigs. Students will get to know the structure and feel of these fiddle tunes: learning a variety of Northern jigs (from Quebec, New England, Cape Breton, Ireland, and more), trying out new bowing and rhythm techniques, experimenting with how to accompany in 6/8, and working together to create some original fiddle tunes.

Previous fiddling experience not required. Some great things that show up through fiddling:

Strengthened internal pulse
Increased rhythmic and harmonic literacy
Comfort creating rhythms and improvising with them
Exploration of harmonies and chords -Improved ear skills; the ability to “play along” with new things

Film Scoring

Saturdays, 10 - 11 ET
Start date: January 23
Open to: Grades 9 - 12
Instructor: Lautaro Mantilla
Tuition: $250 
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In the last few years, the film scoring industry has grown exponentially and has opened the possibilities of musical growth for coming generations. By writing soundtracks to accompany selected scenes from films, students will learn the basic fundamentals of film scoring. Orchestration, arrangement, creative writing, and improvisation are only a few of the skills sharpened through this class.

Introduction to Composing with Electronics

Saturdays, 11 - 12 ET
Start date: January 23 
Open to: Ages 11+
Instructor: Aaron Smith 

Tuition: $250
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Digital media is inescapable. We encounter digital media on our phones, TVs, at the movies, at restaurants, concerts and even in our cars. Many of us have had digital audio ingrained in our lives since we were born. Much of this has been because of the increasing speed of computers and therefore the proliferation of audio software and digital audio innovations. There are many ways to manipulate audio digitally, from working in a professional studio with high-quality equipment to using an app on your phone. Thanks to this, it’s easier than ever to be able to create and share your ideas with the world. This class will help students find their footing in this digital media environment so that they can begin their exploration of digital audio and add that as an element in their composing toolbox.

This class will give students an introduction to electronic music. They will learn the basics of working with a DAW (digital audio workstation) so that they can begin creating their own music digitally. The class will also include basic instruction in using recording equipment such as audio interfaces, microphones and speakers. Additionally, students will be introduced to the basic theory and technical components of electronic music, which will help to begin creating a solid foundation for further exploration of software such as Max/MSP and therefore, other audio tools and coding languages.

Introduction to the Music of Jacob van Eyck

Wednesdays, 4 - 5 ET
Start date: January 20
Open to: Ages 12+
Instructor: Aldo Abreu
Tuition: $250
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Van Eyck was a Dutch composer from the first half of the seventeenth century. He wrote a collection of solo pieces called Der Fluyten Lust Hof (The Flute Pleasure Garden), which is the largest collection of pieces for a solo instrument. This repertory was composed for recorder or Renaissance Flute, but can be played on any melodic instrument.

Introduction to Telemann's 12 Solo Fantasias 

Wednesdays, 5 - 6 ET
Start date: January 20
Open to: Ages 12+
Instructor: Aldo Abreu
Tuition: $250
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Georg Phillipp Telemann's 12 Fantasias for Flute is one of the most important collection of solo pieces for this instrument from the 18th century. They cover a wide variety of musical forms (including preludes, fugues and Baroque dances) of the Baroque period. These pieces are suitable to any melodic instrument. In this class we will cover Fantasias 1 through 6. Students have the opportunity to actively participate in a masterclass form or observe the course lectures. 

Unlimited Destinations: A World of Classical Music

Tuesdays, 4 - 5 ET
Start date: January 19
Open to: Ages 13+

Instructor: Fredericka King
Tuition: $250
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The Classical music tradition is rooted in its European origins and development. However, that all began to change dramatically in the 20th century and the 21st century has brought even more wonderful things to the concert halls and Classical canon.

The world is now ‘smaller’ via our digital connections and yet much ‘bigger’ in the multiplicity of music and people we can discover, investigate, and bring into our lives in a respectful and enriching way.

The musical tour for Unlimited Destinations will introduce you to other places, people, and music that may have less visibility, but it is vibrant and important to those who create and perform it. Hope you’ll come along for the trip!

Tourjée Singers 

Saturdays, 1 - 2 ET
Start date: January 23
Open to: Grades 6-9
Instructor: Joseph Nizich
Tuition: $250
Register here!

Tourjée Singers is a course that will focus on various aspects of choral musicianship. In this six-week course, students will participate in choral music-making virtually, developing important skills in vocal coordination, language, artistic interpretation, and more! Through synchronous rehearsal and asynchronous projects, students will receive weekly feedback on a wide array of skills. Students will learn how to identify musical challenges and develop strategies in learning their choral music both as singers and as musical leaders.

Yoga for Musicians: Movement, Mindfulness, and Music

Wednesdays, 4 - 5 ET
Start date: January 20
Open to: Grades 6 - 12
Instructor: Jennifer Caraluzzi
Tuition: $250
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This is a yoga and mindfulness class for all musicians. The one hour, weekly meeting time will introduce simple and useful yoga poses and stretches, breath work and everyday mindfulness practices for music practice and performance. Students will build their own breath and movement practice routines to help them play and sing with more ease and groundedness.

Each week the class will be divided into two parts with the one half an hour exploring what mindfulness means to the musician. This will include breath and visualization exercises for balance, focus, coordination, and self-awareness. Students will be able to build their own self-care routines including a journaling practice. The other half of the class time will be a yoga flow coordinating breath, mindfulness, and asanas (yoga poses). The class structure will provide musicians with tools for being more present and grounded in daily life and how to apply these techniques to their music practice and performance. Homework assignments will include creating self-practice routines and journaling and reflection.