Sacred Music Courses,Topics, Skills, and Mentoring

The First Note

The Sacred Music Institute of America caters to the individual needs of the student.

Students have the opportunity to:

~take organ lessons only

~take voice lessons only

~take individual courses 

~complete directed study in sacred music topics

Courses  

~Music Theory 1

~Music Theory 2

~History of Sacred Music

~Choral Conducting and Vocal Pedagogy

Sacred Music Topics, Skills and Mentoring

~Philosophy of Church Music and Sacred Music Documents 

~Liturgical Music Resources and Planning

~Understanding Denominations

~Accessible Choral and Organ Music

~Children's Choir

~Accompanying 

~Conducting from the Organ Console

~Score Reading

~Adaptation of a Piano Accompaniment

~Hymnology 

~Gregorian and English Chant (Roman Catholic or other interested students)

~Handbells (Protestant or other interested students)

~Interpersonal Skills

Organ and Voice Lessons

~25-minute lessons 

~50-minute lessons

Due to the number of skills needing to be mastered, all adult students must take 50-minute organ lessons.

*Winter Registration Begins Monday, January 13, 2020

Music Theory 1

Online Presenter: Emily Lapisardi

*This 10-week course provides an overview of the foundational components of music including notation, intervals, key signatures, harmonic analysis and realization, and figured bass. Students will have access to 10 weekly lectures on the course material. They will also receive individual feedback from the instructor on tests and quizzes and may contact the instructor as needed by email, phone, or Skype.

Start date: February 24, 2020; Holy Week break April 5-12

Cost: $750

Music Theory 2

Online Presenter: Emily Lapisardi

*This 10-week course builds upon the fundamental skills and concepts explored in Theory 1. Topics include: harmonic analysis, seventh chords, harmonization of melodies, transposition, modulation to closely related keys, non-harmonic tones, modes and neumes, basics of counterpoint and musical forms. Students will have access to 10 weekly video lectures on the course material. They will also receive individual feedback from the instructor on tests and quizzes and may contact the instructor as needed by email, phone, or Skype.

 

Start date: February 24, 2020; Holy Week break April 5-12

Cost: $750

Applied Lessons

~Organ 

~Voice

~Conducting

~Cantoring

Sacred Music Topics, Skills, and Mentoring

For more specific information, please see our Professional Certifications page or Sacred Skills and Mentoring page. 

*Since our programs are tailored to meet the individual needs of our students, we have found that strategic student-to-teacher pairing is paramount to student success.  As as a necessary part of the registration process, please schedule a phone consultation if you are enrolling in lessons, mentoring, and/or certifications. To better facilitate this process, please provide your phone number on the registration form (or email) and indicate the best times to call.  

For more information and to register for any of these winter offerings, send an email to asacredmusic@gmail.com or fill out the contact form which can be found by clicking on the last page of the website. 

Registration deadline Monday, February 17, 2020 at 5:00 pm

***NOW ACCEPTING CREDIT and DEBIT CARD PAYMENTS

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Faculty and Staff

 

Dr. Jason J. Keefer, Program Director

Organ/Sacred Music Topics                                

Dr. Rebecca Abbott

Organ/Hymnology

Jeremy Bankson

Arranging/Composition

Dr. David Baskeyfield

Organ/Organ Improvisation

Mari Kay Dono

Admissions Director/Cantor Program Liaison

Dr. Richard K. Fitzgerald

Organ/Organ Improvisation

Dr. Jason Hiester

Voice/Conducting

Emily Lapisardi

Music Theory/History of Sacred Music

Steven Nanni

Voice

Rachel Parfenchuk

Voice

Nicholas John Steltzer

Organ

Dr. Jennifer Whitehead

Voice

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