Choral Arranging *

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February 8May 9, 2021

This course explores the essential concepts and techniques for arranging choral music at the elementary and secondary school levels, including voice types and ranges; notation; harmonic principles; the importance of text in regards to mood and melodic shape; keyboard accompaniment; homophonic and contrapuntal textures; two-, three- and four-part densities; and adapting an existing arrangement to a different setting. Lectures, discussion, analysis of musical examples, quizzes and arranging exercises are all components of this course.

Outcomes:
  • Become acquainted with voice categories, scoring rules and notation
  • Know melodic and harmonic principles, especially those for setting a text
  • Understand the challenge and purpose of keyboard accompaniments in regard to mood, intro, endings and transitions
  • Know the various textures (homophonic and contrapuntal) and planning the arrangement
  • Technically be able to arrange a basic 2, 3 and 4 part setting with accompaniment
  • Be able to adapt an existing arrangement and score for a different density
* Choral Arranging is offered at two course levels. Students enrolled in the MMEd program at VanderCook are eligible to enroll at the 500 level. Students not enrolled in the MMEd program who wish to earn graduate credit as a MECA Continuing Education student should register at the 7000 level. The difference in credits earned and tuition cost is attributed to the difference in tuition rates for the MMEd and MECA Continuing Education programs. If you are unsure which level is best for you, please contact us directly at meca@vandercook.edu.
 

Instructor: Thomas Jesse

Jesse,_Tom_headshot_2015Thomas Jesse (MMEd '13) studied music at Michigan State University and earned his music education at Northern Illinois University and his master’s from VanderCook. In his teaching career, Jesse has taught K-6 general music, 6-12 chorus, musical theatre, music technology, guitar, acting and theatre technology. He studied jazz arranging with Jennifer Barnes and choral arranging with longtime VanderCook professor Mary Ann Krupa. He has written arrangements for professional a cappella groups as well as numerous arrangements for women’s chorus and middle school chorus. He currently sings for FAMEntertainment and teaches 6-8th grade chorus and 6th grade general music at Kennedy Junior High in Lisle, IL.
 

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