SRJC Course Outlines

5/29/2024 8:04:27 AMMUSCP 17A Course Outline as of Fall 2013

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  MUSCP 17ATitle:  ELEMENTARY VOICE  
Full Title:  Elementary Voice
Last Reviewed:4/8/2019

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum2.00Lecture Scheduled2.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled35.00
Minimum2.00Lab Scheduled1.006 min.Lab Scheduled17.50
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total3.00 Contact Total52.50
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  70.00Total Student Learning Hours: 122.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade Only
Repeatability:  39 - Total 2 Times
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Catalog Description:
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Students will study basic vocal techniques for the performance of standard and popular songs. Topics include tone production, breath control, diction, and interpreting music notation. Open to all students.


Recommended Preparation:
Ability to read music, prior singing experience

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Students will study basic vocal techniques for the performance of standard and popular songs. Topics include tone production, breath control, diction, and interpreting music notation. Open to all students.
(Grade Only)

Recommended:Ability to read music, prior singing experience
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:39 - Total 2 Times


Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 2009Inactive:
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 2009Inactive:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Major Applicable Course


Student Learning Outcomes:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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1. Students will be able to employ appropriate breath and tone management skills in the accurate interpretation of standard beginning-level vocal literature.

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Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Sing standard and popular song literature with correct vocal production.
2. Utilize interpretive and vocal techniques appropriate to the style of the literature.
3. Demonstrate proper vocal warm-up techniques.
4. Execute proper breathing techniques necessary for accurate musical phrasing and intonation.
5. Demonstrate appropriate musicianship in vocal performance.
6. Interpret musical notation and sing from a written score.
7. Demonstrate appropriate stage deportment in vocal performance.
Repeating students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate greater technical achievement in their vocal performance.
2. Articulate musical phrases with greater clarity.
3. Perform with higher standards of intonation.
4. Demonstrate a more sophisticated comprehension of dynamics, phrasing, musical expression, and nuance.
5. Demonstrate greater skill in sight-reading.
6. Perform a more extensive repertoire.

Topics and Scope
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I. Vocal Technique
   A. Posture
   B. Breath management
   C. Tone placement
II. The Vocal Apparatus
   A. Components of the vocal tract
   B. Singing registers
   C. Resonating chambers
   D. Vocal health
III. Musical Notation
   A. Basics of pitch: the musical staff
   B. Basics of rhythm: note values and rests
   C. Sight-reading exercises
IV. Literature
    A. May be selected from the following categories:
       1. Folk music
       2. Art songs
          a. English
          b. Italian
          c. German
          d. French
       3. Musical theater/opera/operetta
       4. Standard jazz and blues
   B. Selection of literature appropriate to the singer's individual voice type
V. Research
   A. Historical context
   B. Linguistic analysis
   C. International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA)
VI. Performance
   A. Interpretation of the text
   B. Character development
   C. Stage deportment
   D. Interaction with the accompanist
VII. Repeating students will perform new literature each semester, building on both
their skill level and knowledge of the repertoire.  

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1. Reading assignments in the text and handouts (2-3 pages/week).
2. Three to five worksheets on basic musicianship skills and vocal anatomy. (Repeating students
   will do additional rhythm drill exercises).
3. In-class performance of 3-4 songs for evaluation.
4. Short research essays (appropriate for program notes) for each song performed.
5. Listening assignments - recordings and online.
6. Maintain a practice diary for submission.
7. Repeating students will be held to higher standards of performance with each course

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
5 - 15%
Program note essays
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
10 - 20%
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
25 - 35%
Class performances of assigned songs
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
0 - 0%
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
30 - 45%
Attendance and participation in class singing exercises. Practice diary.

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Adventures in Singing  (4th ed.).   Ware, Clifton. New York McGraw-Hill:   2006
Basics of Singing (6th ed.).  Schmidt, Jan.  Milwaukee, WI: Thomson/Schirmer:  2008
Instructor prepared materials.

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