Fall 2015 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Evans, Kathryn
Discipline and Number
MUSI 3384 Section 501
R Time 7:00 PM - 9:45 PM
Course Title
Best of Broadway

Description of Course:

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] Students in this course take the role of soloists in our Annual Best of Broadway production.

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. Students will learn the basics of staging and deportment.

MUSI 3384 may be repeated for credit (9 hours maximum).

Required Texts:

Music will be supplied by the instructor.Students will be given a link to print out theirs cores.

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Course attendance: The course will meet together during the class time as a group. The course will require regular attendance; unexcused absences will affect the course grade. We will be working together on scenes from musical theatre; and several pieces of music chosen by the student with the consent of the instructor. All students in this course will participate in the following concerts (mandatory):

Musical Theatre concert: Best of Broadway VIII in November and

Fall Arts Festival at the end of the semester in December.

Concert Attendance: Students will also be required to attend 2 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 one-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 pieces. Written work may include character and scene analysis and staging directions. Minimum requirement is three pages per piece of music. You should include a bibliography of at least three sources. Due dates for each paper will be announced in advance.

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