A follow-up to the wildly successful Crash Course in Solfege: Major Edition, Brenda has created an online course designed to have you hearing and singing in minor easily and effectively. We take a deep dive into Natural Minor, Harmonic Minor and Melodic Minor, using La-based Moveable Do Solfege and learning to master the Kodaly hand signs at the same time. Each video lesson explains all of the relevant theory information and Brenda walks you through each note of the scale. There is an accompanying video of a male voice singing all of the exercises as well.
The course includes a 25 page downloadable PDF with all of the exercises, plus practice tips and theory wisdom. And as a SUPER BONUS, the course includes downloadable posters of all of the Kodaly hand signs.
This is the perfect course for you to use to learn how to really sing and hear in the minor keys, and is a wonderful resource to use with your voice or instrumental students or your choristers!
I am a pianist and vocalist skilled in the fields of classical, jazz, pop, rock, r&b and musical theater. Not only have I trained, I have performed at the professional level in each of these styles, and each holds a special place in my heart!
As a performer, I have worked as both pianist and vocalist as a leader and sideperson across the US and Internationally. I have performed at the Kennedy Center, Avery Fischer Hall, The Toronto Jazz Festival, The Christchurch Arts Festival in New Zealand and at Carnegie Hall, with artists such as trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, stage legend Maurice Hines, the Desoff Symphonic Chorus and many others. I even opened for Duran Duran once! As a conductor, I spent 8 years directing the New York Summer Music Festival’s Jazz Choir and was the Artistic Director of the Rutger’s University Queen’s Chorale. I was an Episcopal Music Director and organist for several years as well! In any given week, you might find me singing with a classical choir, playing piano in a jazz club, playing keyboard and singing backup in a top 40 band or accompanying a Broadway singer. I love the challenge of wearing many hats and getting to express myself in different musical ways!
Because of my diverse musical skills and interests, I attract students with a wide range of interests and goals, from professional and pre-professional to children and teens to adults wanting to learn for fun and personal development. My students have sung on Broadway, in national commercials, have recorded solo albums and have been accepted to performing arts high schools and top conservatories in the US and Canada. I am skilled at creating a course of study that serves each of my students unique needs and interests.
I have served on the faculties of City College, the New York Summer Music Festival, the Grammy-winning Brooklyn Youth Chorus and the Diller-Quaile School of Music. I currently serve on the faculty at Fordham University, where I teach piano, voice and direct a jazz ensemble.
I have been active in music outreach and am proud to have served at NYC inner city schools through the Midori and Friends Foundation and the New York Pops Educational outreach. I am entering my 9th year in a music residency at the Ronald McDonald House, where I make music with seriously ill children and their wonderful families!
StartEx #1: The Natural Minor Scale (6:49)
StartEx #2: Natural Minor Scale with hand signs (9:58)
StartEx #3: The Tonic Triad (1:54)
StartEx #4: Moving Notes to Resting Notes (5:26)
StartEx #5: "The Pattern" Ascending (8:28)
StartEx #6: "The Pattern" Descending (7:47)
StartEx #7: "The Pattern" Ascending and Descending (4:18)
StartEx #8: The Whole Wazoo (4:56)