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Introductory Vocal Methods
INTRO VOC METH
CLASS CODE: MUSIC 155 CREDITS:  2 FEE:  $164
DIVISION: PERFORMING AND VISUAL ARTS
DEPARTMENT: MUSIC
GENERAL EDUCATION: This course does not fulfill a General Education requirement.

DESCRIPTION: The first semester of applied vocal instruction for vocal music majors. Required as a prerequisite for music major private voice lessons. Includes a weekly classroom seminar, 12 weekly 50-minute semi-private lessons, and a weekly master class.
TAUGHT: Fall, Winter, Summer
CONTENT AND TOPICS: Achieving beautiful singing, balanced resonance, through proper breathing and posture. Includes studies in vocal anatomy, vocal acoustics, resonance, register change, care of the voice, practice strategies, dramatic considerations, etc.
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES: 1. Achieve a clear basic understanding of vocal mechanics.
2. Establish a basis for vocal self-discovery by acquiring a common basis of knowledge, including vocal anatomy and its function and interaction with posture and breathing.
3. Learn principles of efficient practice, voice care necessities, career demands, etc., in order to progress rapidly and intelligently in vocal development and decision-making.
4. Learn vocal principles more quickly and securely by seeing the application of vocal knowledge not only in self but also in semi-private lesson partners.
5. Apply knowledge in helping vocal colleagues in lessons ans master classes.
REQUIREMENTS: Learn and memorize several pieces. Sing selected pieces for vocal jury at the end of the semester; practice at least one hour daily, six days per week, outside of class; do written audio and video assignments and readings on vocal topics with related quizzes; attend and perform in master class and semi-private lessons. Master class and final jury performances will demonstrate the application of knowledge gained. During this semester students should master Level I requirements, including breathing and posture and their relation to singing resonance.
PREREQUISITES: Prospective music major status, indicated by enrollment in the appropriate theory class; and approval of voice faculty, through pre-enrollment vocal/choir audition.
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EFFECTIVE DATE: January 2002