Education and Teaching
Singing is one of the most liberating and evocative methods of communication a person can experiment with. It transports the spirit to an altered space. It is a form of meditation creating calm in the body. It is the ultimate joy.
"Teaching music gives me the opportunity to share in that joy."
Ms. Christi has conducted international residencies and master classes throughout Italy, Switzerland, Germany, France, Senegal, and Brazil. She has also taught master classes at University Music Departments, Performance Centers, and Art Institutes in the United States.
The master classes consist of studies ranging from traditional bel canto techniques, vocal improvisation, sight singing, harmony, rhythm studies, vocal phrasing (scatting) over chord changes and modal structures to developing repertoire, interpreting jazz standards, arranging and personalizing songs, the study of songwriting (lyrics/poetry), and developing stage presence.
Technical and business aspects of performing and recording are studied, including performance technique, vocal recording technique, digital music production, music software using Cubase and Logic, creating a press kit, and understanding social media as a publicity tool.
Private lessons are also available at Ms. Christi's studio or remotely with Skype.
Ellen Christi is currently the director of Eclectic Arts and founder of Network Records. She has received grants and commissions from New York State Council on the Arts, Meet the Composer, and Mary Flager. She has taught master classes at New York University, Tufts, the New School, International Music Congress in Hamburg, Art Institute of Chicago, and ULEF Teaching Institute in Basel, Switzerland.
Photo: Gil Corre