VOCAL METHODS – MUS 1801 (Section 001/002)
Course Instructor: Prof. Jennifer Moir
E-mail: [email protected]
Office: MB 322
Office Hours: By appointment
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10:30am-11:30pm, TC 101 (001)
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 11:30am-12:30pm, TC 101 (002)
C OURSE DESCRIPTION
Vocal Methods (MUS 1801) is a foundations course designed to provide an opportunity for students to
develop their unique expressive skills. Students will explore the fundamentals of singing, including (but
not limited to) voice function, breath control, tone production, diction (basics of the International Phonetic
Alphabet), vocal health, solo and ensemble singing. The format of the class shall consist of a balance of
lecture and performance. This course is a pre-requisite for Choral Conducting (MUS 233).
Note: “Unless you have either the requisites for this course or written special permission from your Dean to enroll in it, you may
be removed from this course and it will be deleted from your record. This decision may not be appealed. You will receive no
adjustment to your fees in the event that you are dropped from a course for failing to have the necessary prerequisites.”
B Y THE END OF THIS COURSE STUDENTS WILL BE A:LE TO
• DEMONSTRATE A KNOWLEDGE OF THE FUNDAMENTALS OF SINGING THROUGH APPROPRIATE USE OF VOCAL
TECHNIQUE IN SOLO AND ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCES
• SYNTHESISE THEORETICAL AND PRACTICAL KNOWLEDGE IN REFLECTIVE WRITTEN ASSIGNMENTS
ADDRESSING ISSUES OF VOICE AND SINGING
R EQUIREDM ATERIALS
Textbook: The Singing Book by M. Bunch and C. Vaughn (Norton & Co., 2004)
A personal recording device, camera, computer etc., to record solo and ensemble performances
The syllabus and other important course documents will be available for download on the OWL
site by logging on to https://owl.uwo.ca/portal and following the appropriate links to the MUS
1801A (Section 001/002) area. Any important announcements will also be posted on this site, so
please check regularly for postings.
Practical Performance (60%)(please note which group you are assigned to for corresponding
performance dates listed on your syllabus. Ensemble group/repertoire must be chosen by the
Due Date listed in the syllabus.
Solo performance #1 – 15%
Solo performance #2 – 15%
Ensemble performance – 15%
Final solo performance – 15% Student Support Service
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student finances, and student records, as well as the latest updates from Student Central.
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Written Assignments (15%)
Three assignments, each worth 5% (see syllabus for due dates)
Written Test and Quiz (15%)
Covers material from lectures, all in-class discussions, handouts, and textbook
Participation and Attendance (10%)
Because feedback from colleagues is a crucial part of this course and because each singer learns
from observing and analyzing the performances of their colleagues, attendance is mandatory.
Your colleagues depend on your full participation as much as you depend on them for a rewarding
learning experience. One full mark will be deducted for each unexplained or invalid absence. In
addition to reflecting attendance, the participation mark will also be based on the completion of
journals (3), a final progress report (written and verbal), and completion of rehearsal journals and
self evaluation forms for each performance.
V OCAL PERFORMANCES
Specific requirements for each solo performance
Vocal Solo 1: Folksong in English, (does not have to be memorized)
Vocal Solo 2: Art song, folksong or musical theatre in English – (memorized)
Ensemble: In English – (does not have to be memorized)
Final Solo: Art song, folksong or musical theatre in English (This performance will begin
with a brief oral report of your progress throughout
the term – see final progress report, under assignments) – (memorized)
All songs must be accompanied by piano.
Missed solos will receive a mark of zero. Please note that in the case of illness or emergency,
please call and e-mail your instructor as soon as possible. You may be asked to present proper
Evaluation for performances:
Each solo and ensemble performance will be self-evaluated following review of your recording.
Students shall complete the evaluation form provided by the instructor (found under Resources on
OWL) and submit it electronically by the class that follows their solo performance. The final mark for
each solo will be determined after an individual, collaborative evaluation consultation with the
instructor. Because each student will differ in his or her own background in vocal music study,
evaluation will be based upon individual progress.
A SSIGNMENTS All assignments are due at the beginning of the class on