Course Content and Outcome Guide for MUS 131
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- Curriculum Office
- Course Number:
- MUS 131
- Course Title:
- Group Vocal
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Course DescriptionBasic technique and theory of vocal proficiency necessary to develop individual ability in solo or ensemble settings. Students will learn to apply topics covered (including breath support, projection, phrasing, musical styles) to their own voices in solo repertoire. Audit available.
Intended Outcomes for the course
Material will be presented through lectures and discussions, as well as practical application of technical aspects of singing. Students will receive individual attention in solo repertoire, but instruction will primarily be directed at the group as a whole.
- Students will be able to sing solo repertoire in front of an audience.
- Students will be able to select repertoire appropriate to their own vocal range.
- Students will know standard principles of performance etiquette
- Students will know how to safely and effectively execute warm-up exercises and practice sessions.
- Students will understand the physiological processes of vocalization and breath support
- Students will know the process involved in successfully learning a song.
- Students will know basic principles of vocal health.
Outcome Assessment Strategies
Assessment will be based on students' application and understanding of technical concepts, class participation, assignments, comprehension tests, musical presentations and attendance.
Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)
- breathing mechanism
- resonators (placement)
- articulators (teeth, lips, tongue)
- vocal health
- warm-up regimen
- practice techniques
- range and flexibility
- tone quality
- projection and power
- registers and breaks
- dramatic interpretation
- musicality, phrasing and dynamics
- performance etiquette and standard practice
- solo performance opportunities
- clarity of diction
- introduction to International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA)
- introduction to Italian pronunciation
- basic voice classification (Soprano, Mezzo, Alto, Tenor, Baritone, Bass)
- introduction to basic music reading and ear training
- musical styles
COMPETENCIES AND SKILLS:
- Prepare and successfully perform solo vocal works.
- Identify appropriate repertoire according to technical level and vocal range.
- Successfully identify and execute proper performance etiquette.
- Properly execute exercises to prepare voice for signing.
- Develop and maintain a healthy voice.