Private coaching for new and experienced singers of chant. You will learn to read, sing, and conduct Gregorian chant with confidence, life, and artistry.
Private chant lessons are taught live by Angela Marie Rocchio, and delivered in studio or via Zoom.
One hour lessons offered Tuesday - Friday, US Central Time Zone.
"It was my first experience of private lessons with a foreign tutor and online. Angela was available to accommodate for the 7 hour time difference from my country to hers. She is very welcoming, and well prepared for lessons. I did not expect this type of chant lessons. It was much BETTER than I thought!!! I learnt a lot and it was perfect timing since I found myself building on the solid ground she taught me. She facilitates the learning experience, gives lots of encouragement, sends notes after each lesson and helpful links. I definitely recommend her. Angela is a wonderful person to work with."
~ Cheryl V., graduate student in Malta
New students, regardless of musical background, begin with the fundamentals of chant notation:
sight reading on the four line staff
centering the ancient tonality of the eight modes into the ear and brain.
Singers new to chant, or students who do not read music, will develop fundamental skills through cumulative practice exercises. Experienced singers of chant will hone their existing skills, and learn pedagogical techniques to teach these fundamentals of chant to their own ensembles.
Having mastered the fundamentals of notation and sight reading, you will learn the artistry of singing chant. The marriage of melody and text will be explored, with reverence for chant’s unique musical role as the “handmaiden of the word”. You will learn:
pronunciation and diction
delivery of the text
the role of silence
the art of “una voce” (singing with “one voice” as a group)
You will be exposed to semiological principles as found in ancient manuscripts, written prior to the invention of the four line staff.
You will apply these skills through specific chant repertoire, e.g. the Gregorian propers, Marian antiphons, or special chants such as the Exsultet and the Christmas Proclamation.
Students directing an ensemble will explore:
the most appropriate chant resources for your situation
ways to introduce chant within a new environment
rehearsal techniques and other considerations
Students who sight read chant easily, and interpret it with artistry, may enter into the study of “chironomy”, or conducting. The principles and rules of the Solesmes Method are treated (i.e. the idea of the “ictus”, and the phrasing of arsis and thesis). These techniques are modified to more closely reflect the musicality of the chant.
You will be challenged to seek the unique musical idea within each chant, to impart this musical idea to your ensemble members, and to teach them to listen to each other as they learn to sing chant as one voice.
Requirements for private lessons
Ability to sing on pitch, and commitment to practice exercises between lessons (15-30 minutes per day).
You will receive online access to all educational materials via an exclusive resources page. You may choose to order a hard copy of the Parish Book of Chant, 2nd edition, published by the Church Music Association of America, and the Gregorian Chant Practicum, published by the Catholic University of America.
A desktop computer, laptop, or tablet (the larger the screen the better) equipped with a videocamera (no cell phones, please). Computer microphones are notoriously poor at reliably transmitting singing. Excellent external microphones are readily available and reasonably priced. Ask for recommendations. Reliable access to high-speed internet is a must. Students are responsible for having working technology.
60-minute lessons are $75 USD each. Minimum of five lessons.
Register for two sets of private lessons at once, and receive a complimentary lesson.
Tuition for each set of lessons must be paid in full prior to first lesson. Lesson times are reserved on educator's calendar once payment has been made. Tuition is non-refundable.
Ask your parish whether funding is available for continuing education.
Tuition may also be tax deductible for professional (compensated) musicians.