IMMERSIVE VOCAL BASIC


Program 5

COURSE DURATION: 4 WEEKS
LEARNING HOURS: 160
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH WITH SIMULTANEOUS TRANSLATION INTO YOUR NATIVE LANGUAGE
OPTION: MASTER CLASSES CONDUCTED BY HOLLYWOOD STARS ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAM
PRICE: $4995 APPLY FOR A COURSE

EXCLUSIVENESS OF THE PROGRAM

The Vocal Basic Program is unique in its kind. Its exclusivity lies in the fact that in a relatively short time the student receives not the general knowledge only, but the practical skills of a modern, versatile vocalist, based on the theory of singing, backed by practice. Unlike traditional educational programs, our program covers almost all known styles and genres of pop vocal: rock, pop, jazz, blues, Country, Gospel. For foreing vocalists, our methods of teaching are very unusual. For example, the program practices the Gospel singing technique, which underlies of many modern musical styles. In Europe and Asia the choral and solo singing of Gospel is practically unknown.

Gospel (from Gospel music) is a genre of spiritual Christian music that appeared in the late 19th century and developed in the first third of the 20th century in the USA and continued the traditions of spirituals.

Another most important aspect of our program is reading the English song lyrics.

Also, one of the strong and effective aspects of our program are the classes of Live Performance Workshop (LPW) and Vocal Performance of concert performance and vocal performance. This certified MI program for vocalists presupposes the individual lessons of the teacher with each student separately. Our students have the opportunity to work with a "live" music group, consisting of professional, active musicians.

This program is composed under the guidance of the famous American teacher; head of the vocal department of MI and the permanent vocal coach of the popular TV show American Idol Voice DEBRA BYRD

ACQUIRED SKILLS

This program covers the skills a contemporary vocalist requires to succeed:

  • Sense of rhythm, musical memory, improvement of musical ear;
  • Vocal technique (the ability to understand and control sound production);
  • Understand harmony, as the interrelationship of various specific musical and artistic elements and combinations specific to vocal;
  • Analyze musical forms;
  • Understand the basics of stage movement and acting;
  • Sing in a musical ensemble;
  • Singing in English;
  • Navigate and perform in various musical genres (rock, pop, blues, jazz, etc.);
  • Master the studio technologies;

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The MI-HIMC Immersive Vocal Program is designed to give students an intensive dive into the art and craft of contemporary vocal performance. The program achieves its learning objectives through a blend of theoretical and practical applications of core vocal techniques, styles, approaches, and environments (stage and studio, group classes and one-on-one private lessons) taught by experienced vocalists and faculty with the assistance of a live band in the heart of the Los Angeles music scene. The program is ideal for beginners, but also those wishing to further develop their vocal technique and performance skills in the cultural setting of Hollywood, California.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

VOCAL TECHNIQUE FUNDAMENTALS (2 HOURS PER WEEK, 8 HOURS PROGRAM TOTAL)

This course is an introduction to vocal anatomy. Focus is placed on diaphragmatic breathing, breath management, effective practice habits, registers, and efficient phonation techniques. Additional discussion is held on the importance of vocal health and the common pitfalls that lead to vocal abuse.

READING ENGLISH (ONE HOUR PER WEEK, 4 HOURS PROGRAM TOTAL)

Focusing on formation and placement of vowels and consonants, as well as diphthongs and triphthongs, with exercises and resources designed to improve diction for the vocalist.

STYLES SURVEY (ONE HOUR PER WEEK, 4 HOURS PROGRAM TOTAL)

An overview of the stylistic elements in songs, as well as an analysis of songs from an instrumental and structural perspective using popular songs in a range of genres (Country, Pop, electronic, etc.).

GOSPEL CHOIR (2 HOURS PER WEEK, 8 HOURS PROGRAM TOTAL)

Focusing on gospel stylization by performing gospel songs as an ensemble, including vocal soloing.

SONG PREPARATION - PICKING SONGS AND KEYS (2 HOURS PER WEEK, 8 HOURS PROGRAM TOTAL)

Using songs from MI’s established Live Performance Workshop (LPW) and Vocal Performance curriculum, students choose a song and appropriate key with the aid of the instructor. Once chosen, students use personal time to practice, in order to be ready to work on the chosen song during their 30-minute one-on-one private lesson with their assigned vocal instructor.

STUDIO VOCAL TECHNIQUE FUNDAMENTALS (2 HOURS PER WEEK, 8 HOURS PROGRAM TOTAL)

Students gain a familiarity of the fundamentals of the studio experience via the theoretical and practical application of headphone and microphone technique, vocal comp’ing, vocal-related plugins (such as Melodyne), and the core uses of EQ to augment performance.

BLUES (2 HOURS PER WEEK, 8 HOURS PROGRAM TOTAL)

An exploration of Blues and its various sub-genres through time, including: Folk-, Country-, Classic-, Chicago-, Electric-, and City-Blues. Discussion is held on the Blues song form, including: “AAB”, 12-bar blues progression, and call-and-response, as well as the accompanying pentatonic and blues scales, and improvisational melismatic and syllabic phrasing appropriate to the Blues genre.

JAZZ VOCALS (2 HOURS PER WEEK, 8 HOURS PROGRAM TOTAL)

Students compare the published version of a song to performances by various iconic Jazz vocalists. Discussion is held on vocal improvisation, melodic variation and phrasing. Concepts of syncopation are explored, as well as a contrasting reviews of Swing and traditional European rhythms.

ROCK VOCALS (2 HOURS PER WEEK, 8 HOURS PROGRAM TOTAL)

A review of the development of Rock music from the 1950’s to the present, including: The British Invasion, Psychedelic, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Glitter, Punk, and Alternative.

PERFORMANCE OF SONGS (4 HOURS PER WEEK, 16 HOURS PROGRAM TOTAL)

Students perform their chosen song from the Song Preparation course with a live guitarist while receiving critique from an instructor. Student vocal performances and the instrumental guitar performance are recorded to facilitate personal practicing for each student.

PRIVATE LESSONS (1 HOUR PER WEEK, 4 HOURS PROGRAM TOTAL)

Under the one-on-one guidance of an instructor in a private room, students perform their chosen song during the private lesson using the recording made during the Performance of Songs course. Over the course of the four private lessons, students implement the requisite changes presented by the instructor, as discussed during the Performance of Songs course.

Performance of Songs (8 hours per week, 32 hours program total)

Students perform their chosen song each week in two sessions. Session 1 is with a guitarist and instructor, and Session 2 is with a pianist and live band. Live critique is given by the instructor is Session 1 and MI’s Vocal Program Chair in Session 2. In both sessions, the performance is recorded to facilitate private practice.

PRACTICE SONGS (4 HOURS PER WEEK, 16 HOURS PROGRAM TOTAL)

A review of the student’s performance of their chosen song designed to facilitate the implantation of any needed changes for Performance of Songs course.

FINAL PERFORMANCE OF SONGS (4 HOURS PER WEEK, 16 HOURS PROGRAM TOTAL)

Students give their final performance of their chosen song for the week accompanied by a pianist and live band. Performances are recorded and graded.

INDEPENDENT STUDY (7 HOURS PER WEEK, 28 HOURS PROGRAM TOTAL)

Under the guidance of approved teacher’s assistants, students have the opportunity to independently utilize MI’s custom-built vocal labs to reflect, practice, and work on all aspects of their vocal performance and technique.

Program 5

Draft Weekly Program Schedule (Repeats Weekly for 4 weeks: 40hrs Per Week/160hrs Total)

DAY 1 MORNING
  • Vocal Technique Fundamentals (2hrs)
  • Reading English (1hr)
  • Styles Survey (1hr)
AFTERNOON
  • Gospel Choir (2hrs)
  • Song Preparation - Picking Songs and Keys (2hrs)
DAY 2 MORNING
  • Studio Vocal Technique Fundamentals (2hrs)
  • Blues Vocals (2hrs)
AFTERNOON
  • Jazz Vocals (2hrs)
  • Rock Vocals (2hrs)
DAY 3 MORNING
  • Performance of Songs – Session 1(4hrs)
AFTERNOON
  • Private Lesson/Personal Practice (.5 hrs)
  • Independent Study (3.5hrs)
DAY 4 MORNING
  • Performance of Songs – Session 2 (4hrs)
AFTERNOON
  • Private Lesson/Personal Practice (.5 hrs /3.5 hrs)
  • Independent Study (3.5hrs)
DAY 5 MORNING
  • Practice Songs (4hrs)
AFTERNOON
  • Final Performance of Songs (4hrs)

ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAM

As an option students are offered an extensive entertainment program for the week-ends: tours of LA, visiting the legendary concert hall ‘Hollywood Bowl’, concerts, exhibitions, museums, film premiers, etc.

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