Course Duration12 Weeks
BS Voice Performance & Business from Indiana University
Master of Music Education from University of Northern Colorado
The student will learn music theory, aural skills, and practice strategies concurrently throughout the course with gradually-increasing difficulty, in the context of casual one-on-one lessons. The student's mastery of the material will depend upon previous exposure and the quantity and quality of the student's practice between lessons. Topics covered will include (1) Music Theory (Note names, key signatures, rhythmic values, meter); (2) Ear Training (Scale degrees (solfege or numbers), intervals, rhythm strategies); and (3) Practice Strategies.
About Ellie Seligmann: An accomplished classical vocalist, Ellie Seligmann has been teaching singing in her private studio in Colorado for more than 18 years. She has performed opera and concert works throughout the United States as well as across Europe. She has been an invited clinician to many vocal workshops and master classes for the National Association of Teachers of Singing and the Music Teachers National Association. Ellie holds a Bachelor's degree in Vocal Performance and a Master's degree in Music Education and is a certified vocologist by the National Center for Voice and Speech, and a Core Singing certified teacher.
(1) Music theory knowledge; (2) Aural skills; (3) -Practice strategies.
Students enrolling for this course on ipassio can be sure that they receive individual attention from the teacher, as the class strength is limited to 1 or 2 students. It also gives teachers the opportunity, to gauge their students progress in depth and make changes whenever and wherever required, to ensure the student gets the maximum out of this course. Since this course is detailed, students get the advantage of learning intricate details about this art form. The limited strength of the class also ensures that there is a strong bond between the students and their teacher clearing out any inhibitions that the student might have. The sustained guidance available from the teacher ensures that the student does not deviate from set goals or targets. Learning from a revered, experienced exponent of this art form, through the long duration of this course, keeps the student inspired and motivated to achieve more.
Ellie Seligmann has taught singing and piano for 18 years in her private studio in Colorado. An accomplished classical vocalist, Ms. Seligmann spent more than 30 years performing in choirs and opera choruses, where her sight reading skills were the key to success! She holds a Bachelor's degree in Vocal Performance and a Master's degree in Music Education, and she has been an invited clinician for workshops and master classes for the National Association of Teachers of Singing, the Music Teachers National Association, and others. The ability to sight read music gives a singer confidence and opens doors to many performing opportunities, so it gives Ms. Seligmann tremendous joy to watch her students thrive as they acquire this valuable skill.
"Not only has my daughter learned to sing but also to read and understand music. I recommend Ellie to anyone who loves to sing; she is gracious and caring for her pupils while providing an environment that fosters advancement for the very serious student." - R. Batenburg, proud parent
"My daughter, Alexzandria, has always loved to sing but never had the confidence to allow her voice to be heard. Over the last year with Ellie, I have seen Alex's self confidence rise and her voice become stronger and more beautiful. She sings in front of others, loves to perform, and is pursuing a career choice in singing and theatre. Ellie is a wonderful teacher and role model, and we are very lucky to have found her." -Laurie Rust, proud parent
"From the first lesson, my experience with Ellie was absolutely transformative! Freeing up my singing self frees up many other parts of me as well. I am thrilled with the work!" - Joan Piasecki, adult voice student
To be successful in this course, students should be proficient in vocal pitch matching; that is, when the student hears a note (played or sung), the student is able to sing back the same note immediately.
Required Materials: These materials should be acquired by the 2nd class session.
(1) A student subscription to Sight Reading Factory online. Students will purchase a student account from the instructor, which piggy-backs on the instructor's annual subscription to the service and is linked to the instructor's account for assessments. The student cost of this subscription is $26 or less, based on the number of students using the service.
(2) A means of providing pitch. This could include a) a piano or other musical instrument the student knows how to find or play specific notes, OR b) a free "pitch-pipe" app.