Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
MUC 144B
Course Title:
Contemporary Singing II
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Course Description

Covers intermediate technical and artistic skills necessary for solo and ensemble singing performance.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion, Students will be able to:

  • Utilize proper technique to encourage vocal health (e.g., correct breath support and vocal production).
  • Maintain a repertoire of intermediate warm-up exercises.
  • Sing in an ensemble with two and three-part harmony.
  • Perform songs solo.
  • Use knowledge of the characteristics of a variety of musical genres to adapt singing for future performances.

Course Activities and Design

  • Breath control exercises
  • Vocal warm-up exercises
  • Introduce, practice and review two and three-part harmony songs
  • Practice and review solo songs
  • Address vocal performance issues
  • Individual practice time in lab

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Assessment will be based on in-class solo and ensemble performance assignments and attendance.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Technical (continued personalized development of):

  • Connection to and usage of breath support
  • Correct function of oscillators (vocal folds)
  • Proper placement of sound in the resonating chamber.
  • Overall muscle relaxation
  • Voice clarification (soprano, alto, tenor, baritone, bass)


  • Intonation
  • Rhythm and phrasing
  • Ear training (intervals and chords)
  • Introduction to reading music


  • Performance etiquette
  • Interpretation of two songs
  • Development of individual style

Competencies and Skills

  • Develop and maintain a healthy voice
  • Prepare and present two solo songs
  • Prepare and present two group songs (in duos or trios) with two- and three-part harmony
  • Explore possible career opportunities