Are you looking for a way to learn to chant the traditional way, but in English ? Have you had trouble finding a teacher in your area or one that can teach you in a way that you understand? Take one of our online courses!
BYzB 100 online Courses Overview
The online courses are made up of 8 units that span over 16 weeks. They are run using the flipped classroom model. Students listen to the ear training recordings, repertoire recordings (male and female models), view the instructional videos, play the games and practice on their own. Students meet with the whole class for an hour long Google Hangouts session each unit. Students in the General Session+ also meet privately with their teacher for a 20 minutes each unit. The Hangouts session gives students a community in which they can practice and ask questions, while private lessons allows the teacher to assess the students progress and provide them with more tailored recommendations. The content covered in each class is equivalent to a 4 credit college class and students should expect to spend about 45 minutes studying each day.
- Speaking Parallage ear training & modal theory recordings
- Repertoire Recordings by male and female chanters
- Instructional videos
- Course book with guides to recordings and videos, and theory references
General Session $225
Receive access to the course materials listed above and go through the class with the support of a teacher. The teacher runs the course through Google Classroom and offers an hour session each unit so that students can practice skills/content and ask questions. Students receive feedback on assignments handed into the teacher. This is best for people for which structure, deadlines, and group learning are helpful.
General session+ $325
Receive everything listed in the General Course, plus meet with the teacher for a 20 minute private session 8 times (one per unit). This allows the teacher to better assess progress and tailor the course to fit individual needs. This is best for people who want more support or really want to ace the class.
Receive access to the course materials listed above and study independently without the supervision of a teacher or the structure and deadlines of the General Session course. This works for those that enjoy working independently and need more flexibility. If you try auditing and realize it's not working, you are welcome to take the General Session or General Session+ course the next semester and your Audit payment will be deducted from the course tuition.
Additional Private Help
Students at any level of participation in the courses may get extra help and sign up for extra private sessions with a teacher. The rate is $40 per hour of instruction.
Heirmologic Vesperal Hymns in the 1st and 2nd Modes
While this is an intro class, students are able to dive deeply into the 1st and 2nd modes. Students study the vesperal hymns in the 1st and 2nd mode at the same time as their tetrachordal nature helps with ear training. They learn to read all aspects of Byzantine notation---interval symbols, rhythmic symbols, quantitative symbols, martyries, and fthores. The symbols are taught incrementally using the BYZB interactive games and materials in conjunction with the course repertoire---All Lauded Martyrs, the brief Lord I Have Cried, the seven vesperal stichera, and the four vesperal aposticha.
ByzB 101 begins in jan & Sept each year
1st and 2nd Modes Sticheraric, 4th Mode Legetos & Plagal 2nd Heirmologic
Now that students can read at a basic level, they begin adding new modes and going deeper into previous modes. In their study of the couse's 1st and 2nd mode repertoire, they learn to read sticheraric rhythms, analyze hymns by theseis to determine the mode of each phrase, work on fine tuning their pitches, and begin to learn different interpretative choices. In their study of the 4th & plagal 2nd heirmologic music they learn to hear and execute phrases that move in triads.
BYZB 102 is in development
If you are interested in taking classes please subscribe to registration updates below so that we have a general idea how many sections we will need to run each semester. Space in the classes is limited. To be guaranteed a spot in a class you must turn in your registration form and pay the tuition. Tuition is non-refundable.