Voice Department

Courses

Jacobs School Bulletin

2017-2018
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Courses offered by the Voice Department are listed below. Please check the Schedule of Classes for course offerings each semester. The letter "P" identifies prerequisites for the course listed.

For Voice Performance Study courses (lessons, masterclass, and recitals), please click here.

MUS  E494 - Vocal Pedagogy

P: Successful completion of upper-division examination. Principles of voice production. Quality, diction, range, breathing, vocalization, dynamics, agility, and vocal hygiene as bases for an approach to voice teaching.

MUS  E594 - Voice Pedagogy

P: Voice major or consent of instructor. A study of the components of voice production--respiration, phonation, resonance, and articulation--along with practical methods to address voice classification, tonal quality, diction, registration, and other related topics. A major paper on a related subject and supervised teaching through assignment of students to members of the class will be required.

MUS  E694 - Applied Voice Pedagogy

P: E594 Voice Pedagogy or permission of instructor. A course intended to prepare doctoral students for positions in higher education. Class components will include preparation of such items as a curriculum vitae, philosophy of teaching, and personal website, as well as a major research paper and multimedia lecture.

MUS  E695 - Voice Pedagogy: Research Foundations

This class examines current knowledge of the singing voice based on research in anatomy, physiology, and acoustics with a focus on the study of voice science. Through readings as well as discussions and demonstrations in class, students learn theoretical concepts based in current scientific research regarding voice use.

MUS  E696 - Voice Pedagogy: Practice

P: E695 Voice Pedagogy: Research Foundations. This class provides a workshop environment for students to hone their teaching skills. The objective will be to apply the knowledge acquired in E695 Voice Pedagogy: Research Foundations regarding anatomy, physiology, and acoustics. Students will be guided in the development of a more research-based approach to voice training.

MUS  E697 - Voice Pedagogy: Repertoire

P: E695 Voice Pedagogy: Research Foundations. Repertoire is one of the main tools employed in voice training. Well-chosen repertoire aids in the technical development of the singer by helping to solidify concepts addressed in vocal exercises. Understanding principal components to consider when choosing music is paramount to ensuring the most effective and efficient skill acquisition.  

MUS  M431 - Song Literature I

P: Junior standing. Introductory survey of representative non-operatic solo vocal repertoire of the United States, the British Isles, Italy, Germany, Austria, and France. Techniques and application of song study, musicianship, interpretation, performance practice, and program building.

MUS  M432 - Song Literature II

P: Junior standing. Introductory survey of representative non-operatic solo vocal repertoire of the United States, the British Isles, Italy, Germany, Austria, and France. Techniques and application of song study, musicianship, interpretation, performance practice, and program building.

MUS  M531 - Song Literature III

Advanced survey of both standard and non­standard non-operatic solo vocal repertoire of the United States, the British Isles, Italy, Germany, Austria, France, and other nations. Techniques and application of song study, musicianship, interpretation, performance practice, and program building.

MUS  M532 - Song Literature IV

Advanced survey of both standard and non­standard non-operatic solo vocal repertoire of the United States, the British Isles, Italy, Germany, Austria, France, and other nations. Techniques and application of song study, musicianship, interpretation, performance practice, and program building.

MUS  M686 - Solo Vocal Literature Before 1850

Discussion of British songs with keyboard by Purcell and Blow, lieder from Mozart through Schumann, French mélodie before Fauré, songs by Italian bel canto composers, and the early Russian romance. Special attention to identifying repertoire appropriate for teaching undergraduates and professional recitals. Creation of annotated bibliography and repertoire listening logs.  

MUS  M687 - Late Romantic Solo Vocal Literature

Discussion of Lieder from Brahms through Mahler and Strauss, French mélodie from Fauré to Duparc, and Romantic Scandinavian song. Special attention to identifying repertoire appropriate for teaching undergraduates and professional recitals. Creation of annotated bibliography and repertoire listening logs.  

MUS  M688 - Solo Vocal Literature after 1900

Discussion of Lieder after Berg, French mélodie Debussy and after, British song beginning with Vaughan Williams, Spanish language songs of the period, and the development of an American "voice" in song. Special attention to identifying repertoire appropriate for teaching undergraduates and professional recitals. Creation of annotated bibliography and repertoire listening logs.  

MUS  R474 - Opera Workshop

P: Successful completion of upper-division examination. This class will include basic stage movement for opera singers, audition preparation, acting exercises, and work on how to research and build a character. Students will be assigned repertoire (approved by their studio teachers), and prepare operatic scenes and arias for a public performance at the end of the semester.  

MUS  R571 - Opera Workshop

P: Consent of instructor. Staging and interpretive exploration of operatic arias and ensembles. Class work culminates in staged public performance.

MUS  R572 - Opera Workshop

P: Consent of instructor. Advanced work in movement and role characterization for the opera stage. Class work culminates in a public performance of staged arias and scenes.

MUS  V101 - Voice Class

Instruction for beginners in use of the voice, vocal techniques, music reading skills, and artistic presentation.

MUS  V120 - English Diction for Singers

Introduction to International Phonetic Alphabet. Thorough study of standard English Lyric pronunciation. Supervised singing of solo vocal repertoire with clarity and expression.

MUS  V150 - Italian Diction for Singers

P: V120 English Diction for Singers and FRIT M100 Elementary Italian I or equivalent, or permission of the instructor. Fundamentals of Italian phonetics. Explanation of rules governing Lyric Italian pronunciation. Supervised singing of solo vocal repertoire with clarity and expression.

MUS  V250 - German Diction for Singers

P: V120 English Diction for Singers and GER G100 Elementary German I or equivalent, or permission of the instructor. Fundamentals of German phonetics. Explanation of rules governing Lyric German pronunciation. Supervised singing of solo vocal repertoire with clarity and expression.

MUS  V350 - French Diction for Singers

P: V120 English Diction for Singers and FRIT F100 Elementary French I or equivalent, or permission of the instructor. Fundamentals of French phonetics. Explanation of rules governing Lyric French pronunciation. Supervised singing of solo vocal repertoire with clarity and expression.

MUS  V410 - Vocal Coaching (Undergraduate Voice Majors)

MUS  V910 - Vocal Coaching (Graduate Voice Majors)