Apr 23, 2024  

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MUS 138 - Music Voice Class

Credits: 2
Emphasizes the vocal instrument and how it functions in singing. Practices techniques to improve the voice, rehearsing in both ensemble and solo settings, culminating in class performance at the end of the semester. Teaches vocal terminologies and explores a variety of musical styles.

Prerequisite(s): None
Corequisite(s): None
Lecture Hours: 30 Lab Hours: 0
Meets MTA Requirement: None
Pass/NoCredit: Yes

Outcomes and Objectives
  1. Know the parts of the vocal instrument, how sound is produced, how to use it properly, and how to maintain good vocal health.
    1. Know the 4 parts of the voice and their functions in vocal production.
    2. Coordinate physical balance through physical exercises with relaxed natural whole body breathing.
    3. Practice vocal warm-ups to expand range, tonal accuracy and good articulation for diction.
    4. Work with differences in placement for vowels and consonants and their application to sustaining tone.
    5. Develop good vocal health habits, including what to do in case of a sore throat or laryngitis, and how to choose a good otolaryngologist.
  2. Learn how to apply vocal techniques.
    1. Know the proper sequence of steps to learning a song.
    2. Participate in both solo and ensemble performances.
    3. Sing songs in different styles and languages.
  3. Apply vocal skills in a performance.
    1. Sing music in different styles in performance.
    2. Rehearse to develop strength in vocal interpretation, artistry and presence.
    3. Exhibit the proper costume attire and stage presentation differences between classical and musical theater or popular.
    4. Practice good rehearsal performance techniques for both classical and popular vocal music.
  4. Learn practical musical terms, symbols, and concepts and how to apply them.
    1. Recognize basic music symbols and how to follow the vocal line in a musical score.
    2. Listen to a live vocal performance and learn how to critique vocal artistry, interpretation, presentation and style.
    3. Study differences in vocal performances between classical, musical theater and popular.
    4. Learn basic theater terms, costuming, choreography and use of props and staging.

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