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Upcoming Classes and Education Webinars

"Let the wise hear and increase in learning."  Proverbs 1:5 

In the church

Music Typesetting for the Orthodox Choral Musician

January 16-February 10

This self-paced online course gives you everything you need to get up and running with the latest version of Sibelius music notation software.  This course not only covers the latest notation standards used by publishers, composers, and arrangers, but also provides valuable techniques specific to the needs of the Orthodox choral musician. 

Don't waste valuable time searching for YouTube tutorial videos or struggling through complicated training manuals which won't even give you what you really need. This course is specifically designed for the Orthodox church musician and covers the specific needs of this musical tradition.    

The instructor for this course is Dr. Kurt Sander, a professional Orthodox composer and college music professor who has over 30 years of experience working and teaching multiple music notation programs to a variety of students. He will show you time saving strategies and step by step techniques widely used by professionals in the field to produce beautiful scores quickly and effortlessly.  The course features ten self-paced and professionally produced video classes with step-by-step instructions on how to create choral scores for your choir.  The course includes the following topics:  

  1. Getting Started with Sibelius Notation Software

  2. Note Entry Techniques and Tips, Using Layers in Reduced Choral Formats

  3. Dynamics, Crescendos, Slurs, and Text Expressions

  4. Adding Lyrics in English or Church Slavonic 

  5. Layouts, Formatting, and Note Spacing Secrets

  6. Best Practices for Working in Unmetered Chant

  7. Overcoming Unusual Typesetting Challenges

  8. Playback, MIDI and Virtual Instrument Technology

  9. Exporting, Saving and Sharing: .aif files, .mid files, .xml files, and .pdfs.

  10. A Brief Look at Other Music Notation Programs.

Plus... when you register, you will receive:

  • Easy instructions on downloading and installing a free 30-day trial of a fully functional version of Avid's Sibelius Ultimate notation software, suited for either PC or Mac computers.

  • Personalized feedback from the instructor on submitted mini score settings assigned as part of the course lessons. 

  • Fast individual assistance from the instructor to answer questions you have or to help you through any challenges that may arise.

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