Welcome to our collection of tutorials, speeches, and classes given specific to our Barbershop style. These videos are all publicly available on YouTube as well.
Harmony's HIVE is also available. The schedule of upcoming classes is below, or Harmony, Inc. members can also watch recorded sessions by clicking the image below.
|Empathy and Leadership||Saturday, July 31||2pm EDT||Instructor: Sara Stone. This course explores the connection between empathy and leadership. We'll explore building trust, leadership best practices, and key resources to build leadership skills. Register here.|
|Barbershop in Our Changing World||Thursday, August 5 (rescheduled)||7pm EDT||Instructor: Chris Rimple. Is your chapter aging and struggling to grow? Is your audience shrinking? Generational and societal changes over the last 50 years have had dramatic impacts on non-profit and fraternal organizations, and barbershop is no exception. We'll examine these changes and their effects on your chapter, then learn specific strategies to use them for your advantage. Register here.|
|So You've Learned the Song, Now What?!||Thursday, Aug. 7||7pm Eastern||Instructor: Brian O'Dell. Somewhere between being off-paper and walking on stage, the “magic” happens with your songs. This course is a mixture of rehearsal techniques and craft as well as paying close attention to the score and the lyrics. The magic is in the creativity that happens during the entire artistic process. Register here.|
|What Makes It Barbershop?||Tuesday, August 10||7pm Eastern||Instructor: Steve Tramack. Is barbershop a time in musical history from the late 1800’s to early 1900’s? Is it a particular chord progression with 33% of dominant seventh chords? Or is it a style of arranging with the melody in the second voice? This class explores what aspects of a song and arrangement define the barbershop style and how that style of arranging can be applied to multiple genres of music. Even if you don't understand music theory, you probably know when something sounds and feels like barbershop when you hear it. We'll listen to examples and hopefully demystify "why" we know a particular song and arrangement feels like barbershop. Register here.|
|Solfege Bootcamp Part 1||Wednesday, August 18||7pm Eastern||Instructor: Sue Greene. Introductory Solfege for Barbershoppers: 3 part series - If you have ever wondered how some singers seem to be able to hear pitches and harmonies easily this is the answer: They organize the notes of the scale with Do-Re-Mi's. This musical language is called Solfege and it will make learning songs easier and improve your sense of pitch and harmony. Sue will start us off at the beginning and we will sing along with simple folk songs as we gain confidence in our ability to recognize the function that notes play in our melodies and harmonies. This will also serve as a comfortable introduction to reading pitches on the staff. Zero experience is required. Register here.|
|Be Your Own Best Vocal Coach||Friday, August 27||7pm Eastern||Instructor: Kathleen Hansen. Master the art of applying simple basic concepts to gently guide yourself into becoming the best singer that you can be! Register here.|
The Music Category with Steve Tramack, David Wright, Kirk Young, and Kevin Keller.
In this master class style presentation, Music Category experts Steve Tramack, Dr. David Wright, Kirk Young, and Kevin Keller provide a deep dive discussion of the Music Category. The Alexandria Harmonizers, under the direction of Joe Cerutti, provide live examples.
The Singing Category with Jay Butterfield, Richard Lewellen, Tony Colosimo, Drew Wheaton, Matt Gifford, and Steve Scott
In this master class style presentation, Singing Category experts Jay Butterfield, Richard Lewellen, Tony Colosimo, Drew Wheaton, Matt Gifford, and Steve Scott provide a deep dive discussion of the Music Category.
COPYRIGHT AND GRANT BASICS
Copyright 101 with Janice Bane (BHS Copyright & Licensing Manager) and Scott Harris (BHS Arranger & Repertoire Manager)
Please note that these instructions are for our American chapters. Canadian chapters and members have different rules when it comes to learning tracks. Please contact CMRRA for more information.
Grant Basics 101 with Ashley Torroll and Ashley Brown
In addition to briefly describing the BHS grant process, this class will aid you in creating more persuasive and descriptive answers to grant proposal questions to help enable exciting engagement with your communities.
FOR DIRECTORS AND COACHES
The Power of Positive Coaching with Cindy Hansen-Ellis and Paul Ellinger
Positive communication in a coaching session can and will impact the singer, the performance, and the audience. Cindy and Paul will model coaching styles with both registered and pick up groups, and will show do’s and don’t that may not be on your radar based on gender, age, experience, or other issues that need to be navigated.
The Science of Riser Placement with Rob Mance and Steve Scott
Watch Rob Mance spend 90 minutes with a live chorus and talk about “stacking” the risers with several goals in mind. Learn how you can influence blend and pitch by where you put individuals and voice parts.
Directors...STOP TALKING! with Dr. Don Campbell and Kirk Young
Watch Dr. Don Campbell direct a group with limited verbal cues, while Kirk Young breaks down what just happened. Directors can communicate so much more by speaking less, and have wonderful, unintended results!
Director's Roundtable with Gary Steinkamp, Rob Mance and Steve Armstrong
Gary Steinkamp, Rob Mance and Steve Armstrong share ideas and strategies and investigate barriers and frustrations. Collectively, watch how participants develop a new network of peers and friends who want to see directors succeed and learn the most important thing of all.. you are not alone!
AIC STORIES: CHAMPION CONVERSATIONS
Vol. 1 with the Association of International Champions
Hang out with the champs as they share a rare behind-the-scenes look at what happens when you dedicate your life to this level of quartet singing. Fred Farrell leads a panel of gold medalists: Jay Hawkins, Hank Brandt, Mark Hale, Royce Ferguson, Mike Lawton, and Drayton Justus.
HISTORY OF BARBERSHOP WITH DR. DAVID WRIGHT
Dr. David Wright takes an in-depth look at the barbershop art form, its history, how it formed, and how it continues to evolve even today. Wright has been a mainstay every year at our Harmony University with his class History of Barbershop. His class combines many years of extensive research with his own experience with singing barbershop to craft a presentation that’s both entertaining and enlightening.