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|Description - |
|A continuation at the intermediate level of MUS 13A with increased emphasis on tone production and support, expansion of vocal range, differentiate between the various styles of singing studied: classical, legitimate, mix and belt, develop more complex repertoire in a variety of languages, attention to communication of text and character development, simple choral harmonies, and rehearsal practices with an accompanist.|
|Course Objectives - |
|The student will be able to: |
- Expand their vocal range with increased resonance and breath support.
- Describe vocal registers and their relationship to styles of singing, as well as appropriate technical skills required for mastery.
- Differentiate and apply technique to languages beyond English and basic Italian exercises.
- Master vocal technique and musical skills required for more complex repertoire.
- Develop skills to break-down text and character as well as skills for moment to moment story-telling and text communication and stage presence at an intermediate level.
- Recognize correct technique in other singers through evaluation and discussion of their vocal production.
- Develop the ability to sing simple harmonies in vocal music.
- Recognize and describe the contributions of song literature studied.
- Apply all characteristics of technique, musicianship, and text communication studied at an intermediate level in performance.
|Special Facilities and/or Equipment - |
|Song and pedagogical materials as assigned during class; access to a piano for practice outside of class. |
- Large classroom with piano.
- Quality vocal recording equipment is strongly advised.
- Audio/visual equipment; internet available computer/media equipped classroom.
|Course Content (Body of knowledge) - |
- Technique Skills
- posture and stance
- expansion of breath capacity through longer phrases
- ability to maintain support throughout more challenging musical phrase
- Tone Production:
- maintain relaxed jaw and tongue, lifted soft palate
- ability to produce resonant sound in a wider variety of songs: classical, art song, musical theatre belt
- expansion of vocal range in both high and low registers
- use appropriate intermediate vocal exercises for healthier vocal production.
- develop increased ability to use articulators in a variety of styles.
- explore the use of articulation in text expression
- Intermediate Song Repertoire: Music from early Italian vocal exercises to contemporary song literature, may include classical and musical theater
- Intermediate Music Reading Skills
- ability to learn rhythmic value of repertoire studied by speaking song in rhythm.
- ability to read appropriate vocal line in choral music studied.
- identify and count typical meters in song
- music terminology related to dynamics, tempo and interpretation
- Preparation and performance of Intermediate repertoire
- Fully prepare all assigned material applying principles studied in:
- vocal technique
- communication of text
- develop effective stage presence at the intermediate level
- Perform group and solo repertoire as assigned
- develop ensemble singing skills
- ability to work with an accompanist
- Exposure to a wide variety of performances of vocal artists and repertoire
- Live performances
- Media: video and recorded material
|Methods of Evaluation - |
- Class participation applying techniques covered from warm-ups through songs
- Mastery of Intermediate repertoire assigned: vocal technique, musicality, text
- Performance of songs demonstrating accuracy of rhythm, breath support, resonance, dealing with register shifts, diction, communication and interpretation of text.
- Research and written assignment reports and projects.
- Periodic quizzes on course content.
- The Final Exam will consist of a performance of repertoire developed during the quarter.
|Representative Text(s) - |
|Bunch, Meredith and Vaughn, Cynthia, The Singing Book, W.W. Norton & Company, 2004. |
Hamady, Jennifer, The Art of Singing, Milwaukee: Hal Leonard Corporation, 2009.
Paton, John Glenn, The Foundations in Singing, New York, McGraw-Hill, 2005.
Repertoire for the course will be chosen from a wide range of vocal literature from classical through contemporary at the instructor's discretion so that the student will successfully be able to develop in their vocal skills.
|Disciplines - |
|Method of Instruction - |
|Lecture and demonstration, individual and group singing, discussion, listening examples and attendance of vocal performances. |
|Lab Content - |
- Supervised rehearsal of assignments and projects.
- Ensemble and solo coaching.
- Exercises in expression and connection to text.
- Repertoire building and exploration.
|Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments - |
- Review of handouts and relevant reading materials
- Reading and study of the textbook
- Write self-evaluation journal
- Write text analysis and translation as needed
- Write Concert reports as assigned