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 4 units that span over 8 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. The class meets in an online classroom once a week (via Zoom), with the teacher leading one class every other week and the students meeting on their own every other week. Class size is limited to 5 or 6 students so that students can get lots of interaction during class. Students should expect to spend about 45 minutes studying each day.
- Byzantine Beginnings Cards used in the class
- Playing with Parallage ear training & modal theory recordings
- Repertoire Recordings by male and female chanters
- Instructional videos
- Course book with guides to recordings and videos, exercises, and theory references
Each 8 week class $195
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.
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 and students may sign up for half hour slots.
Intro to Byzantine Notation
1st and 2nd Mode Vesperal Hymns
Students 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 103 is in development
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.
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.