Cantare alla Mente: Renaissance Practice to Modern Pedagogy

Tuesday, May 14, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
University of Oregon, Berwick Hall

With Christopher G. McGinley

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From sixteenth-century extemporized counterpoint to puzzle and stretto canons, the repertoire and practices presented in this workshop engage our students’ critical thinking skills through real-time application of theory and aural skills. By requiring that they make decisions about pitch, rhythm, entrances, embellishment, cadences, and even form, this repertoire empowers students to be active music makers, inviting them to share in the joy of the creative process.

The goal of this session is demonstrate how and why we might incorporate extemporaneous vocal polyphony into ensemble and desktop courses across a variety of levels. This is a hands-on workshop – singing will be our primary tool for experimentation and learning, with targeted activities for analysis and composition to reinforce and extend the concepts presented. Attendees will leave equipped with lesson plans, scores, and resources for application in the concert hall as well as the classroom.

Christopher G. McGinley is a first-year DMA student in conducting at the University of Minnesota. His research interests center around critical thinking and creative decision-making in choral music, with special emphasis on the intersections of notation and cognition. His work is informed by his master’s studies at the University of Oregon under Dr. Sharon J. Paul with research guided by Dr. Marc Vanscheeuwijck.


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