Music Study

The professionalism of The American Boychoir is dependent on our boys being truly well-rounded musicians. This means carefully learned vocal technique coupled with a very high level of music literacy. To achieve this, the boys attend Music Theory classes four days a week, encompassing four specific areas of training.

Aural Training - the boys learn games and exercises that develop their abilities to hear musical intervals, expand their tonal memory skills, recognize patterns in music, and sing in tune. Once comfortable with these skills, they learn to use them to read music at a collegiate level.

   

Written Theory - is focused on the interpretation of a musical score. The endless symbols, directions, and structure of printed music are carefully studied, so that boys can intuitively read a piece in its entirety, and not just the notes and rhythms alone. In advanced classes, boys will learn to analyze the structure and form of musical works, and eventually to compose basic pieces on their own.

Vocal Technique - gives the boys a chance to work in small groups on the essentials of singing correctly. They must learn about correct body posture, breathing, relaxation, vowel formation, and placement of the voice. Singing is a complicated and very active art form, and the correct training is essential to maintaining good vocal health and voice production.

Rehearsal Technique - is where boys learn how to be active participants in a choral rehearsal. They are taught how to mark their music, ask appropriate questions, and be successful through the musical learning process. These classes are alternated with time spent in the Technology Lab, where all computers are equipped with a music study program. This allows the boys to improve their skills in areas of rhythm, intervals, tonal memory, and even basic composition.

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