Spring 2011 - Undergraduate Course Description
Evans, Kathryn
Discipline and Number
MUSI 3382 Section 501
R Time 7:00 PM - 9:45 PM
Course Title
Selling a Song

Description of Course:

No matter what the genre, singing a song is about "selling" it, communicating its emotional content to your audience. This course will teach students to do so in several genres of music, including classical, popular and jazz styles. All students will perform on "A Tribute to Frank Sinatra" in March and the Spring Arts Festival in May.

Students must audition and be accepted to take this course. Students with no prior experience in voice should take MUSI 2325, Group Voice. Please contact the instructor for an audition appointment by emailing [email protected]

This course will focus on basic singing techniques and interpretive skills, and is recommended for students who have had previous vocal training or experience in performance. Instruction will concentrate on fundamentals of correct breathing, tone production, and diction in English. More advanced students will receive instruction in foreign languages, style, and interpretation.

Course attendance: The course will meet together during the class time as a group. Additional one-to-one sessions with the instructor and the accompanist will also be arranged during the semester during or in lieu of class meetings. The course will require regular attendance; unexcused absences will affect the course grade. We will be working together on several pieces of music chosen by the student with the consent of the instructor. Students will be required to perform in other concerts at the discretion of the instructor.

Required Texts:

Copland, What to Listen for in Music (first semester students) or Holst, The ABC of Music (second semester students). Third semester students will receive an assignment in music theory analysis.

Concone, 30 Daily Exercises (in high or low voice).
This book is not carried by the bookstore as you should purchase according to your voice type. Please purchase at an outside vendor (the book is available on the internet and at local music stores).

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Concert Attendance: Students will also be required to attend 4 concerts during the semester, either at UTD or in the Dallas metroplex area. In addition to free concerts here at UTD, we also will have free or low-cost tickets to Dallas Opera, Dallas Symphony, etc. available through the Student Center. You must write a two-page review of the concert to get credit for attendance. All concerts must be approved in advance by the instructor.

Papers: Each student will also be required to prepare in writing a brief historical summary, a biographical sketch of the composer, and translations (if necessary) of their three pieces. Minimum requirement is three pages per piece of music (9 pages total). You should include a bibliography of at least three sources. Due dates for each paper will be announced in advance and are generally on the same dates as Master Classes.

Text: Each student will be required to read What to Listen for in Music by Aaron Copland (first semester students) or The ABCs of Music by Imogen Holst (second semester students) during the term. Third semester students will be given a special assignment in harmony.

Theory worksheet: Each student will be required to complete a basic music theory worksheet to insure a minimum proficiency of knowledge.

This course may be repeated for credit (9 hours maximum).

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