Do you struggle to sing in tune? Do you need to build your musicianship skills? Are you looking to deepen your understanding of music theory? Are you looking for new material to help your students grow? What if I told you that Solfege is the ticket to exponential musical growth?
Crash Course in Solfege: The Bundle is a new course created by master educator Brenda Earle Stokes, the owner and creator of Piano and Voice with Brenda. With 25 years of experience as an educator, Solfege has been one of Brenda’s secret weapons to assist students in growing their knowledge and intuition as musicians.
Brenda has bundled together two of her most popular courses: Crash Course Solfege: Major Edition and Minor Edition and has created a ton of BONUS material.
Crash Course in Solfege: Major Edition consists of 8 lessons that consist of exercises designed to make you fluent in Moveable Do Solfege. All of the material is carefully explained and all of the exercises are broken down and sung by both female and male voices. This course comes with a downloadable course book, MP3s of Do Drones and a custom Kodaly hand signs poster that you can hang in your practice space or classroom.
Crash Course in Solfege: Minor Edition covers Natural, Harmonic and Melodic Minor 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 course book and downloadable posts of the Kodaly hand signs.
The BONUS material includes a lecture on how the voice works, plus two 25-minute vocal training sessions - one by female voice and one by a male voice, as well as a downloadable 7-minute vocal warmup session designed to get you ready to sing through the exercises. There is an entire section on the Chromatic Scale, complete with exercises and advice.
AND - there is an additional section that shows creative ways of applying Solfege into your musical life. Learn how to use Solfege to play by ear, to transpose and to improve your sight singing.
You don't need to have a theory background to do this course and you definitely don't have to be able to read music. This course also serves as an excellent preparatory step to get ready to learn how to sight sing. This is the perfect course for you to use alone or with a teacher, and is a phenomenal resource for choir directors, private music teachers and more.
Brenda Earle Stokes is a pianist, vocalist, composer and educator based in New York City. An in-demand performer, Stokes is also the owner and creator of Piano Skills for Singers – a series of online piano courses with over 200 students worldwide. A classically trained pianist, Stokes completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in jazz piano at York University in Toronto and her Master’s degree in jazz piano at Manhattan School of Music. She has performed with as a side person with John Riley, Dick Oatts, Joel Frahm, Roxy Coss, Wycliffe Gordon, Maurice Hines and the DIVA Jazz Orchestra.
Stokes has held residences at the Kennedy Center and Banff Center for Fine Arts, was a finalist of the Mary Lou Williams Jazz Piano Competition and was a winner of the IAJE Sister’s in Jazz competition, identifying her as one of the top emerging jazz artists of her generation. As a bandleader she has toured clubs and festivals across the US, Canada, New Zealand and Australia and has released 6 albums own her own label. Her most recent album Solo Sessions Volume 1, is her first solo offering “shimmers with energetic scatting and cheery piano shimmers with energetic scatting and cheery piano.” (Downbeat Magazine).
As a private instructor, Brenda is in high demand teaching piano and voice, and working as a performance and songwriting coach. Brenda serves on the faculty of Fordham University, teaching voice, piano and musicianship. In 2018, Brenda presented a four-day teacher training seminar at the University of Southern Queensland in Toowoomba Australia, teaching an immersive course in jazz, pop and rock singing to professional singers and voice teachers from all over the continent. She has co-taught master teacher Jeanie LoVetri’s course Somatic Voicework - The LoVetri Method in the US and Australia and has taught workshops at high schools and colleges across the US, Canada and New Zealand.
Brenda serves as Vocal Jazz Coordinator of the National Jazz Festival, gave the keynote speech in Vocal Jazz at the New Jersey Association of Jazz Festivals and has adjudicated at instrumental, choral and vocal music festivals in both the US and Canada. Her online piano courses Piano Skills for Singers have more than 200 students worldwide and she has written articles for Canadian Musician magazine, as well as her popular blog atwww.pianoskillsforsingers.com.
StartIntroduction and Getting Started (6:47)
StartLesson #1: Singing Up and Down the Scale (7:45)
StartLesson #2: The Kodaly Hand Signs (11:51)
StartLesson #3: The Tonic Triad (7:50)
StartLesson #4: Tendencies of the Notes (6:46)
StartLesson #5: "The Pattern" Ascending (9:23)
StartLesson #6: "The Pattern" Descending (5:22)
StartLesson #7: "The Pattern" Ascending and Descending (5:26)
StartLesson #8: The Whole Wazoo (5:35)