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Vocal Methods Syllabus

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Western University
Music 1801A/B
Jennifer Moir

VOCAL METHODS – MUS 1801 (Section 001/002) Course Instructor: Prof. Jennifer Moir E-mail: [email protected] Phone: x84325 Office: MB 322 Office Hours: By appointment C LASSSCHEDULE 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.” LEARNING OUTCOMES 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) Binder/Notebook Manuscript Paper A personal recording device, camera, computer etc., to record solo and ensemble performances OWL: The syllabus and other important course documents will be available for download on the OWL site by logging on to 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. E VALUATION 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 The following websites may be useful to you in obtaining support during your studies: Office of the Registrar: This site provides you with information on things like course enrollment, student finances, and student records, as well as the latest updates from Student Central. The Student development centre: The Student Development Centre is home to a variety of services specially designed to meet the needs of undergraduate and graduate students on campus Student Services: Within this portal you will find services, application, personal information, along with connections to other services offered to help you during your time here at Western. Written Work: 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 medical documentation. 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
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