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- Vocal Coaching Sessions with Kim Chandler

- Theory Studying
- Daily Practice

Vocal Performance Audition

Areas of Assesment

1. Vocal Performance &


Funky n Fun Method

John Fluker Method
Accent Method
Berklee Method

Instrumental Skill
Rhythmic Interpretation

2. Jazz Piano


- Synthesize and integrate knowledge of


contemporary and traditional styles into musical

Synthesize and integrate knowledge of posture,
breathing, and instrumental technique into their daily
practice routines.
Demonstrate technical proficiency on their principal
Demonstrate the ability to sight read music in a
variety of styles.
Play music in a variety of contemporary and
traditional styles.
Play in ensembles of varying size, instrumentation,
and stylistic orientation.
Apply knowledge of musical styles and harmonic
practices in improvisation.


Flexibility and Agility
R&B Riffing
Breathing Management & Efficiency
Pitch Accuracy
Blending & Transitioning
Articulation & Diction
Accent Method
Vocal Anatomy & Physiology

Chord Dictation
Bass Parts
Harmonizing the Melody
Tension Substitutions
Open Voicings
Upper Structure Triads
Approach-Note Harmonization
Pentatonic Scales and Chords
Modal Melody and Harmony
Additional Harmonizations


- Berklee Jazz Piano

- Mark Levines Jazz Piano


- Vocal Coaching Sessions with Miguel

- Practice Exercises
- Comping with Lead Sheets

3. Contemporary Harmony

- Develop literacy in the fundamentals of

contemporary music theory (note identification,
intervals, chord spelling to the 13th, scale
construction including (diatonic scales, modes, nondiatonic scales).

- Recognize the basic chord progressions of

contemporary popular music (major diatonic with

chromatic embellishments, minor diatonic with
chromatic embellishments, modal with chromatic
embellishments) in written form.
Analyze the chord progressions of popular songs in
a variety of styles by employing Roman numeral and
graphical analysis.
Express harmonic functions as chord scales and
notate them correctly.
Reduce a written musical arrangement to a lead
sheet using standard chord symbols.
Realize harmony represented by standard chord
symbols in written form through a variety of voice
leading techniques (i.e. 4-way close, guide tone
lines, spread voicings, hybrids, etc.).
Analyze the harmonic implications of a given melody.
Harmonize a given melody in a variety of popular
Compose an original melody and accompanying
chord progressions in a variety of popular styles.


Available Tensions for Diatonic Chords

Available Tensions for Secondary Dominants
Available Tensions in Natural Minor
Harmonic Minor Chords
Available Tensions in Harmonic Minor
Melodic Minor
Available Tensions in Melodic Minor
Secondary and Extended Dominants in Minor Keys
Modal Interchange
Dual Function Chords
Blues Harmony
Available Tensions for Blues Chords
Dominant Chord Substitution
Related II-7 Chords
Available Tensions for Substitute Dominants
Extended Substitute Dominants
Avoid Notes
Deceptive Resolutions
Altered Greek Modes
Diminished Chord Patterns
Available Tensions for Diminished Seventh Chords
Scales for Diminished Seventh Chords
Chord Scales for other Major Key Chords
Chord Scales for Minor Key Chords
Chord Scales for Blues
Special Function Dominant Seventh Chord
Modal Harmony (as opposed to Tonal Harmony)
Uses of Minor and Major 6th Chords
Uses of Minor and Augmented Major 7th Chords
Uses of Augmented 7th and Dominant 7th (sus4)
Blues Harmony and Improvisation
Diminished 7th Chords (Ascending, Descending and
Line Clichs
Modal Reharmonization


- Berklee 1-4 Harmony

- Mark Levines book (Theory)
- Felix Book

ArmoniJazz (buy)
Workbook 1-2
Reharmonization Techniques
Workbook 3-4 - Barbara London (buy)
Nicols & Miguel Coaching
YouTube Videos


- Read theoretical concepts & explanations

- Do workbook exercises (following Berklees

- Ask questions to Miguel & Nicols

- Harmonize given/original melodic lines in different
styles and levels of complexity

- Reharmonize lead sheets (melody & chord


- Create melodic lines based on given chord


- Analyze lead sheets and scores


Reharmonization Techniques
Vocal Writing
Groove Writing
Hip-Hop Writing & Production
Jingle Writing
Harmonic Ear Training

4. Arranging & Notation


- Analyze scores.
- Develop high-level harmonic and voicing skills to
produce arrangements.

- Explore the use and integration of MIDI technology


and sequencing as they relate to rhythm section and

lead-line writing.
Incorporate combinations of acoustic, electronic, and
MIDI instruments into music writing projects.
Synthesize various contemporary musical styles and
the musical concepts that comprise them, including
writing from the "bottom up" (groove-driven) and "top
down" (working with a melody in a lead instrument or
Develop a practical understanding of the concepts
and techniques of writing for rhythm section with and
without a lead-line instrument of voice in a variety of
contemporary musical styles;
Notate music both by hand and with notation


Handwritten Music Notation

Computer Music Notation
Techniques for Rhythmic Writing
Voice Leading / Harmonic Continuity
Chord Progression Writing
Open / Closed Harmony
Concept of Swing
Rhythmic Notation

Melody Harmonization
Principles of Improvisation
Delayed Resolution
Rhythmic Displacement / Anticipation
Melodic Analysis
Available tensions (high-level harmony)
Expression Marks
Background Writing
Jazz Arranging
Five-part Harmony
Brass Section
Substitute Chords
A Cappella Arranging (develop topics)
Modern Chord Progressions
Principles of Harmonic Progressions
Rhythmic Section
Small Band Writing
Low Interval Limit
Planning and Constructing an Arrangement


5. Tonal Harmony & Counterpoint


- Compose short works based on the formal,


Music Notation - Berklee

Arranging 1 - Berklee
Arranging 1 - Workbook (Buy)
Arranging 2 - Workbook
Arranging Concepts
A Cappella Arranging
Essential Grooves: for Writing, Performing, and
Producing Contemporary Music (buy)
Modern Jazz Voicings: Arranging for Small and
Medium Ensembles - Berklee Press (buy)
Arranging for Large Jazz Ensemble - Berklee Press
YouTube Videos


using Finale)

(reading scores)

- Do lots of writing exercises (both handwritten and

- Analyze professional arrangements in different styles
- Evaluate arrangements of key songs by listening

critically and notate how instrumentation achieves

the desired aural goals of the production, fulfilling
stylistic expectations
Read theoretical concepts and explanations
Do workbook exercises
Perform, record & produce all the a cappella
arrangements appearing on Deke Sharons book
Design the skeleton of my future productions based
on arranging techniques that are effective for specific
Read about how arranging concepts can be applied
to different instrumentations:
Strings (for Pop/Soul/R&B productions)
Brass (Big Band/Jazz style)
Piano (based on Berklees Jazz Piano book)
Vocals (based on Deke Sharons book)
Rhythmic Section (based on Essential Grooves
Bass Lines

Vocal Writing
Groove Writing
Hip-Hop Writing & Production
Jingle Writing

harmonic, melodic, rhythmic, contrapuntal, and

textural practices of the baroque, classical, and
romantic eras of European classical music.
Analyze the harmony, melody, formal, and
contrapuntal components of music from the common
practice period.
Understand and articulate connections between
common practice period musical techniques and
those of contemporary popular music and jazz.
Incorporate common practice period musical
techniques into their own creative work.
Contextualize harmonic conventions of the common
practice period by referencing the History of the
European Classical Tradition.
Develop a strong foundation of skills that will
enhance arranging abilities in the context of
contemporary music.
Incorporate the conventions of handwritten &
software music notation.
Gain more tools for melodic analysis and achieving
better voice leading and hamonic continuity.
Incorporate specific vocabulary regarding form, style,
expression, etc.
Be able to analyze scores using figured bass and
roman numerals.
Develop appreciation of the European Classical
Tradition music.
Harmonizing musical phrases of a chorale in the
style of J S Bach.


- Fundamentals of diatonic triads, seventh chords, and

secondary dominant harmonies.

- Principles of voice leading of diatonic triads, seventh


chords, and secondary dominants in root

position and in all inversions.
Conventional uses of second inversion (6/4) triads.
Harmonic progressions in music of the Common
Practice Period.
Application and practice of cadences, phrases,
periods, and sentences.
Knowledge and application of all non-chord tones
(passing tone, neighbor tone, suspension,
retardation, double neighbor tones [neighbor group],
appoggiatura, escape tone, anticipation,
pedal tone).

- Student must be able to:

1. Analyze an example showing chord functions

(Roman numerals), inversions (figured bass), and
non-chord tones.
2.Voice-lead a figured bass example in four parts
with correct voice leading and harmonic analysis.
3.Harmonize a melody in chorale style, or simple
keyboard style, with correct voice leading.
Chromaticism including secondary dominant and
secondary leading tone functions,
modulations by common chords, altered chords,
sequences, pivot (common) tones, and
enharmonic change; mode mixture [borrowed
chords, modal interchange].
Correct voice leading principles applied to the
Neapolitan sixth chord, German, French, and
Italian Augmented Sixth chords; ninth, eleventh, and
thirteenth chords.
Students must be able to:
1. Analyze an example showing chord functions
(Roman numerals), inversions (figured bass), and
non-chord tones. The example may include
2. Voice-lead a figured bass example in four parts
with correct voice leading and harmonic analysis.
The example may include modulations.
3. Harmonize a beginning phrase in one key, and
complete the example by composing a following
phrases or phrases that modulate to a given second


- Tonal Harmony by Stefan Kostka

- Counterpoint Workbook, Joseph Fuxs, Companion

Tonal Harmony
Sara Coaching
YouTube Videos
CD Instruction Textbook (buy)

- Evaluate their own processes for learning and


- Rhythms in 2/8, 3/8, 6/8, 9/8, and 12/8 meters

- Half-note, quarter-note, eight-note, and sixteenth-

note triplets
Changing meters
Half- and double-time tempos
Swing eight note
Funk 16th note patterns
Study of melodies, intervals, harmony, and solfege in
major keys; natural, melodic and harmonic minor
keys; and Lydian, Mixolydian, Dorian, Phrygian,
Locrian modes. Mixed modality; mixed major
modes, mixed minor modes and mixed major with
minor modes.
Chord quality identification and arpeggiation
(singing). Inversion recognition. Scale recognition.
Chord progression identification: bass line
identification; common chord sequences; basic
reharmonizations (secondary dominants, ii - V, etc);
and modal interchange.
Two-part and three-part dictation.


6. Ear Training & Sight-Singing

practice, and learn to self-diagnose and prescribe

solutions, for a lifetime of increasing skill and
understanding of musicianship.
Become fluent in translating sound into notation and
notation into sound.
Implement new skills into different musical contexts.

Sightsinging - Musicians Institute

Harmony Singing - Musicians Institute
Sightsinging Anthology
EarMaster (Fix)
Rhythmic Ear Training (Instructional & Workbook)
Berklee Ear Training 3 Workbook by Greg Badolato,
Steve Prosser, and Scott MCormick (Buy)
Berklee Ear Training 4 Workbook by Larry Monroe
Conservatory Books: Level 4 (elementary) and
Levels 1 & 2 (professional) - Sight-reading fixed-do
YouTube Videos


- Gain the ability to accurately recognize, imagine,


remember, and notate musical sounds.

Gain the ability to read music notation.
Develop more accurate musical perception, inner
hearing, and performance.
Express their inner hearing through vocal
performance and conducting, and through dictation
(notation of heard music).
Integrate their music reading, inner hearing, vocal
performance, and instrumental performance,
connecting their pitch, rhythm, notation, vocal,
instrumental, and movement skills in real time.
Analyze musical patterns and relationships and
connect them with sounds.
Integrate their aural perception of musical
relationships, their ability to perform (vocally,
rhythmically, and instrumentally), and their
knowledge of music theory.

7. Music Technology & Software


- Use their laptop, the wireless network, and an online


learning management system to manage their

course work.
Configure and troubleshoot the basic MIDI and audio
capabilities in a laptop music system.
Identify and use different types of software electronic
Record and edit audio using their laptop computer.
Produce instrumental, electronic arrangements using
music production software.
Distribute their music productions using standard

- Understand and use basic music technology


Recognize and discuss basic music production

Evaluation of reasoning
Consistency of point of view
Sentence-level errors primarily relating to the
conventions of standard written English


Introduction to Music Technology (develop)

Introduction to Architectural Acoustics
Logic Pro X
Pro Tools (get)
Finale (get)

Ability to Use Source Materials

Use of reference materials

Evaluation of sources
Integration of resource material
Documentation of sources (including, but not limited
to, MLA, APA and Chicago manuals of style)


- YouTube Videos
- Music Technology Notes by Berklee

8. Songwriting Techniques

Writing Better Lyrics

Lyric Form and Structure
Rhyming Guide
Review Course Materials by Berklee

Rhetorical Analysis

Rhetorical effects
Use of language
Evaluation of evidence


- CLEP Preparation Book

- Erik Coaching


- Writing and correcting essays

9. English Proficiency &

Conventions of Standard Written English

- Syntax (parallelism, coordination, subordination)

- Sentence boundaries (comma splice, run-ons,

10.Music History: Pop, Jazz and


sentence fragments)

- Recognition of correct sentences

- Concord/agreement (pronoun reference, case shift,

and number; subject-verb; verb tense)

Active/passive voice
Lack of subject in modifying word group
Logical comparison
Logical agreement

Revision Skills

Evaluation of evidence
Awareness of audience, tone and purpose
Level of detail
Coherence between sentences and paragraphs
Sentence variety and structure
Main idea, thesis statements and topic sentences
Rhetorical effects and emphasis
Use of language
Evaluation of authors authority and appeal

Whats That Sound?

History of Jazz
History of Classical Music
The Pop, Rock, and Soul Reader: Histories and

11. American History

- CLEP Preparation Book (buy)

12. Composition & Production


Swing/Big Band
Contemporary A Cappella