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What normally takes years and thousands of dollars to learn, can now be achieved in a few months, at a fraction of the cost, from the comfort of your own home (or on the go) and on your own schedule.

In addition to the Master Course, each of the 8 modules can now be taken individually as Mini Courses!

Not sure yet or have any questions? Consider taking a 15 minute, face-to-face meeting with me on Volley.

 

Master Course:

For Choir members & Directors looking for a serious study of the Chant, the Master Course offers an in depth, systematic study of the chant at a level which is practically non-existent outside of the Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music in Rome. While no course - in person or online - can replace the invaluable necessity of personal experience and practice, nevertheless, a patient study and implementation of the information contained in this Master Course will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to sing or direct with depth of understanding, with prayerful, artistic beauty, and save you years of struggle and hundreds - if not thousands - of dollars from traveling to workshops, seminars, etc. This master course contains a total of approximately 40 hrs of lessons, as well as handouts, various exercises throughout and two live chant rehearsals. As of Jan 1, 2023, the first 5 modules (History - Psalmody) have been completed and the 3 final modules (Modality, Directing & Voice) are currently under development (you can take the course as I make it!).

Mini Courses (coming Jan, 2023):

For those who would like to learn about 1 or 2 particular aspects of the chant, the Mini Courses offer a great solution and at a much more affordable price! The History & Square Notes Mini Course is perfect for the average parishioner in the pews, while the Solesmes Method, Semiology or Psalmody Mini Courses might be a great choice for choir members simply looking to increase their knowledge and skills in that particular area.

For a detailed breakdown of each of the modules: 

All lessons take place within a free, a-synchronous app - for desktop & mobile - called "Volley."

In a way, it's like a blend of YouTube, email and text messaging: I post a video lesson, you watch it whenever, where ever! No more need to worry about the cost and difficulties of travel, lodging, etc.

Learn more about the app and download it here: https://www.volleyapp.com

Details

Take all modules as the Master Course
or
Choose one module as a Mini Course

"Mid-term": live chant rehearsal via Zoom
(Master Course only)

Semiology
23 Lessons - 7 hrs

  • What is Semiology? + Basic Intro - 16:00 min

  • Virga, Tractulus, Punctum - 20:30

  • Clivis & Podatus - 19:30 min

  • Porrectus - 7:30 min

  • Torculus - 18:00 min

  • Climacus - 14:00 min

  • Scandicus - 15:30 min

  • Salicus pt 1 - 28:30 min

  • Salicus pt 2 - 27:30 min

  • Neumatic Break - 26:30 min

  • Exercises: 3:30

  • A Proper Understanding of Semiology: Quotes from Cardine, Agustoni & Goschl pt 1: 18:30 min

  • A Proper Understanding of Semiology pt 2: 16:30 min

  • Strophicus - 16:00 min

  • Trigon - 11:00 min

  • Pressus - 27:00 min

  • Virga Strata - 17:00 min

  •  Pes Quassus - 30:30 min

  • Isolated Oriscus - 12:00 min

  • Quilisma - 26:30 min

  • Liquescence - 29:30 min

  • Romanian Letters - 18:00 min

  • Exercises - 10:00 min

Psalmody
33 Lessons - 5.25 hrs

  • Basic Overview of 8 Church modes - 15:30 min

  • Intonations, Flex, Mediants and Cadences - 19:00

  • Cadences pt 1: 14:00

  • Cadences pt 2: 10:30

  • Tone 1: Divine Office - 11:30

  • Tone 1: Mass - 8:00

  • Tone 1: Solemn Canticles - 3:00

  • Tone 2: Divine Office - 9:00

  • Tone 2: Mass + Solemn - 5:00

  • Tone 3: D.O. - 10:00

  • Tone 3: Mass + Solemn - 5:00

  • Tone 4: D.O. - 9:00

  • Gregorian Transposition - 15:00

  • Transposed Tone 4 - 10:00

  • Tone 4: Mass + Solemn - 8:30

  • Tones 5 & 6: D.O. - 9:00

  • Tones 5 & 6: Mass - 13:00

  • Tones 5 & 6: Solemn - 5:00

  • Tone 7: D.O. - 7:00

  • Tone 7: Mass + Solemn - 6:00

  • Tone 8: D.O. - 4:30

  • Tone 8: Mass + Solemn - 6:00

  • Additional Tones - 12:00

  • Rhythm of Psalmody pt 1 - 4:00

  • Rhythm of Psalmody pt 2 - 9:00

  • Rhythm of Psalmody pt 3 - 19:00

  • History of Hymnody - 6:00

  • Hymns: Iambic & Trochaic forms - 10:30

  • Hymns: Sapphic & Asclepiadic forms - 4:30

  • Examples: Syllabic hymns - 5:30

  • Examples: Neumatic hymns - 12:30

  • Hymns w/ hypermetric syllables - 14;30

Modality
Under Development

  • Introduction - 8:00

  • Historic & Aesthetic Poles - 13:30

  • What is a Mode?

  • Anatomy of a Mode​ 

  • Archaic Modes 

  • Modal Evolution

  • Pentatonic Scale

  • "Bipolar" Modes

  • 8 Gregorian Modes (octoechos)

  • Modal centonization

  • Modal modulation

Directing
Under Development

  • Basic concepts

  • Basic gestures

  • Melodic influences

  • Textual influences

  • Melodic/ Textual influences

  • Difficult cases

  • Cues in the Liturgy

  • Improving your schola

Vocal training for Chant
Under Development

  • Posture and Breathing

  • Relaxation and Warm-ups

  • Finding your natural voice

  • Exercises 

"Final": live chant rehearsal via Zoom
(Master Course only)

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