CCOG for MUC 144C Spring 2024

Course Number:
MUC 144C
Course Title:
Contemporary Singing III
Credit Hours:
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Course Description

Covers skills for development of vocal artistry. Includes building a set list/repertoire, marketing oneself as a vocalist, and communicating and collaborating with other instrumentalists and vocalists. Incorporates current artists and industry styles. Includes rehearsals, performances, and a portfolio presentation. Recommended: MUC 144 and MUC 144B. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of the course students should be able to:

  • Use their voice as an instrument to produce natural vocal sounds.
  • Demonstrate correct vocal production techniques.
  • Sing in an ensemble using two- and three-part harmony
  • Prepare and present a portfolio of set list/repertoire, artist statement, and strategy for marketing oneself as a vocal artist.
  • Prepare and present to an audience 2-4 solo songs in contrasting musical styles.
  • Explain artistic and aesthetic choices with regard to cultural and historical assumptions, associations, traditions, and conventions and to one's own voice, style and/or identity.

  • Demonstrate understanding of performance etiquette and appropriate stage presence.

Course Activities and Design

Content for the course will be presented in a lecture format along side in class lab work:

  • Vocal warm-up exercises

  • Weekly documentation of development and understanding of technical progress and artistic progress

  • Weekly discussion and analyzation of technical and artist development challenges

  • Group singing using two- and three-part harmony songs

  • Collaboration with other vocalists, instrumentalists, and accompanists.

  • Performance of contrasting solo songs and group song

  • Practice using live sound equipment

  • Discussion of performances: what worked, what needs improvement, how did it feel?

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  • Class participation    

  • Assignments/Journals    

  • Song performances (solo and group)

  • Portfolio presentation

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  • Vocal production techniques (natural breath support, correct phonation, relaxation, and concentration)
  • Warm-up exercises to maintain strength and improve confidence
  • Maintenance of a healthy voice
  • Musicianship: rhythm, intonation, ear-training, phrasing
  • Artist realization/personal style in development of portfolio
  • Utilization of sound equipment in performance
  • Stage presence and performance techniques
  • Marketing oneself as a vocal artist