Fall 2011 -
Undergraduate Course Description
Discipline and Number
11:30 AM - 12:45 PM
|Vocal Instruction I
Description of Course:
A course in basic singing techniques and interpretive skills, suitable for both beginning singers and for students with singing experience but little formal training. Students will
1. Work on the basic skills of singing, including vocal technique (in speech and singing) and solo vocal performance.
2. Work on self-improvement by fostering and developing greater self-awareness, confidence, and expression.
3. Develop more appreciation for the vocal art, as a cultural force in a civilized world.
Adventures In Singing by Clifton Ware (McGraw-Hill, third edition, 2004). This textbook has an excellent website with additional songs, scores, program notes and video clips of the exercises at
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
1. Regular, prompt attendance and preparation. This will affect your grade.
2. Enthusiastic participation in class discussion and activities.
3. Performance of three solo songs during the term, one (the last) as student's choice, and two songs from the AIS song anthology (or songs approved by the instructor), one of which is to be performed on the Fall Arts Festival in December.
4. Maintenance of a notebook or file containing class notes, handouts, performance critiques, personal vocal log/journal (submitted every week) and class-related business.
5. Two written critiques of approved concert events.
6. Midterm and final exam over textbook reading.
7. Final exam: a graded performance of your three pieces.
8. Extra credit may be earned by attending additional performances and writing concert reviews.