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.
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!
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)