Voice Department

Courses

Jacobs School Bulletin

2019-20
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Courses offered by the Voice Department are listed below. Please check the Schedule of Classes for course offerings each semester and consult individual course entries in this schedule for information on course prerequisites and corequisites.

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

MUS  E494 - Vocal Pedagogy

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

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

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

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

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  F342 - Movement for Singers

This course will consist of an introduction to techniques and methods of movement specifically designed for singers, incorporating basic yoga postures, mindfulness, basic ballet positions, and improvisatory organic movement.

MUS  F542 - Movement for Singers

This course will consist of an introduction to techniques and methods of movement specifically designed for singers, incorporating basic yoga postures, mindfulness, basic ballet positions, and improvisatory organic movement.

MUS  M431 - Song Literature I

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

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  R391 - Acting Technique for Opera Singers I

Basic techniques for the singing actor. Movement, use of body language, use of props, techniques of interpretation, and analysis of text and music.

MUS  R392 - Acting Technique for Opera Singers II

This course will focus on mastering the implementation of the acting and stage deportment skills taught in R391 with a specific focus on applying those skills to opera. Role preparation and rehearsal etiquette and techniques will be taught and applied in the process-oriented final recitative rehearsals and presentation.

MUS  R474 - Opera Workshop

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

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

MUS  R572 - Opera Workshop

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

MUS  R591 - Acting Technique for Opera Singers I

Basic techniques for the singing actor. Movement, use of body language, use of props, techniques of interpretation, and analysis of text and music.

MUS  R592 - Acting Technique for Opera Singers II

This course will focus on mastering the implementation of the acting and stage deportment skills taught in R591 with a specific focus on applying those skills to opera. Role preparation and rehearsal etiquette and techniques will be taught and applied in the process-oriented final recitative rehearsals and presentation.

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

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

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

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

For undergraduate voice majors.

MUS  V580 - Practicum in German for Musicians

This course is intended to give students the opportunity to exercise and develop skills acquired in the study of German grammar and structure in activities targeted to the context of musical performance.

MUS  V910 - Vocal Coaching

For graduate voice majors.