SRJC Course Outlines

6/25/2024 7:48:14 AMTHAR 11.4 Course Outline as of Spring 2019

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  THAR 11.4Title:  PERFORM MUSICAL-VOCAL  
Full Title:  Performance: Musical-Vocal
Last Reviewed:4/22/2024

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum2.00Lecture Scheduled017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled0
Minimum1.00Lab Scheduled08 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR6.00 Contact DHR105.00
 Contact Total6.00 Contact Total105.00
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  0.00Total Student Learning Hours: 105.00 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade Only
Repeatability:  34 - 4 Enrollments Total
Also Listed As: 

Catalog Description:
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Preparation and presentation of the vocal components of a role in a musical theatre production for public performance.  Focus of the course is on learning the show's songs while incorporating character and theatrical voice techniques.

Concurrent Enrollment in THAR 11.2

Recommended Preparation:

Limits on Enrollment:
By audition only

Schedule of Classes Information
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Preparation and presentation of the vocal components of a role in a musical theatre production for public performance.  Focus of the course is on learning the show's songs while incorporating character and theatrical voice techniques.
(Grade Only)

Prerequisites:Concurrent Enrollment in THAR 11.2
Limits on Enrollment:By audition only
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:34 - 4 Enrollments Total


Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 2005Inactive:
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 2005Inactive:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Certificate Applicable Course


Student Learning Outcomes:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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1. Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to fulfill the responsibilities of an
singer in the preparation, rehearsal, and performance of a vocal role in a musical theatre
production for a public audience.

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At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
1.   Demonstrate the professional responsibilities of a singing actor while
      participating in the preparation and performance process of a musical.
2.   Independently analyze a musical score, both technically and from a
       character's point of view.
3.   Work cooperatively within a high- stress environment to produce a
      collaborative work of art.
4.   Create and sustain the physical, vocal, and behavioral components of a
      character within each song, while retaining the style of the musical.
5.   Integrate the elements of singing, dancing and acting, even when
      learned separately.
6.   Memorize all musical material (solo, small group, and ensemble numbers)
       quickly and accurately, retaining lyrics, music, and technical notes.
7.   Revise, experiment with, and enhance vocal choices as instructed by
      the vocal director and production director during the rehearsal
8.   Maintain good vocal health through a rehearsal and performance process.
9.   Adapt to the stimulation and input of live audiences while maintaining
      focus and concentration.
10. Reproduce a successful vocal characterization in multiple performances
      presented over a period of time.
A student repeating this course will be preparing and performing an
entirely new vocal role from a different musical.  Repeating students will:
  - Work with different directorial styles and production processes.
  - Analyze different libretti and scores, improve analytical skills
    and develop versatility in singing characterization.
  - Gain greater confidence as a performer and fine-tuning singing
    skills by performing for diverse audiences.

Topics and Scope
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Depending on the nature and production style of the particular musical to
be performed, the following topics will be studied:
I.   Historical and dramatic context of the music and lyrics
II.  Vocal rehearsal and performance procedures
    A. Scheduling and process
    B. Working with an accompanist
    C. Etiquette
    D. Making rehearsal tapes
    E. Memorizing lyrics and music
    F. Standards of professionalism
    G. Techniques for reading music
III. Vocal health and safe practices
IV. Vocal Techniques
    A. Articulation
    B. Projection
    C. Characterization
    D. Breath support
    E. Pronunciation
    F. Stylization
V. Physical techniques
    A. Characterization, as it relates to singing
    B. Movement, as it relates to singing
VI. Incorporation of other musical theatre elements
    A. Choreography
    B. Acting and staging
    C. Movement to music (non-dance)
    D. Working with multiple directors (vocal, musical, choreographer, etc.)
    E. Sustaining dramatic throughline
VII. Technical/design elements that may impact singing
    A. Orchestra/band and conductor
    B. Sound
         1. Working with microphones-body, hand, stage
         2. Timing with sound effects
         3. Costumes and props (corsets, etc.)
         4. Makeup (prosthetics, facial hair, etc.)
         5. Special effects (fog, smoke, etc.)
VIII. Sitzprobe and Wandelprobe procedures
IX.   Technical rehearsal procedures
X.    Dress rehearsal procedures
XI.   Performance techniques
    A. Maintaining consistency and focus
    B. Handling nerves and working calmly under stress
    C. Handling audience responses
    D. Handling the unexpected
    E. Personal and group warm-ups
Repeating students will:
1. Develop higher proficiency in each of the techniques listed above.
2. Apply techniques to different roles, scores, and directorial processes.

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1. Prepare vocal material in a timely manner as required by the
      production schedule:
    a. Independently complete score analysis and research work, revising
         as needed during the rehearsal process.
    b. Accurately memorize vocal music and cues by the schedule deadline.
    c. Incorporate, memorize, and review other elements of the musical
          that are integrated with the songs (dancing, acting, etc.)
    d. Regularly review notes and keep score markings up to date.
2. Attend all scheduled vocal rehearsals for which the singer is called.
    Communicate potential schedule conflicts prior to final casting.
    Conflicts communicated after casting may be refused by the production
    director or may result in removal from the production.
3. Adhere to the standards of professionalism:
    a. Arrive promptly and prepared for all vocal rehearsals, warm-ups,
         and performances.
    b. Maintain an amiable and supportive attitude when interacting with
          other members of the production company - fellow singers, vocal
          director, stage manager, accompanist, orchestra members,
          designers, etc.
    c. Respectfully follow the vocal director's instructions in the
          preparation of the role and maintain that direction in
    d. Perform assigned role in a conscientious and dedicated manner.
    e. Strive to maintain good vocal health and safety practices
          throughout the rehearsal and performance process.
Repeating students will demonstrate increased depth and breadth in completion of assignments.

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
0 - 0%
This is a degree applicable course but assessment tools based on writing are not included because skill demonstrations are more appropriate for this course.
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
0 - 0%
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
75 - 80%
Class performances, Production performances
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
20 - 25%

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Score of selected musical
Instructor prepared materials

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