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Course Syllabus

Course: MUSC 1080

Division: Fine Arts, Comm, and New Media
Department: Music
Title: Class Voice

Semester Approved: Spring 2016
Five-Year Review Semester: Spring 2021
End Semester: Spring 2022

Catalog Description: This course is an introduction to the study and performance of vocal music. It is designed for the beginning to intermediate singer, who desires to learn more about vocal music, including technique, diction and performance practices.

Semesters Offered: TBA
Credit/Time Requirement: Credit: 1; Lecture: 2; Lab: 0

Justification: This course allows the beginning to intermediate voice student (including non-vocal music majors) to learn the fundamentals of vocal music. Courses of this type are taught in all music departments at four-year schools in Utah.; This course will transfer to these schools as elective music credit.

Student Learning Outcomes:
At the conclusion of this course, students will: 

understand basic vocal production technique, including posture and body position, the use of the muscles of inhalation and exhalation and proper breath support and control; 

understand the basics of vocal timbre, including the use of the muscles of the throat to create proper vocal focus; 

understand the basics of vocal diction, including the use of the lips, tongue and teeth to create clarity and tonal focus; 

understand the difference between head voice and chest voice, and the proper usage of both; 

have the opportunity to memorize and perform vocal music in a recital setting. 

The Student Learning Outcomes listed above will be assessed through weekly performance evaluations and at the class recital at the end of the semester.  

• posture and head position
• breath support and control
• sound production and focus
• head voice, chest voice and mix voice
• diction and correct pronunciation practice
• performance practice
• memorization techniques
• recital practices

Key Performance Indicators:
Students will be graded on the following (percentages approximate):

attendance (10-20%); 

weekly performance tests (20-30%); 

memorization quizzes (20-30%); 

recital performance (10-20%). 







Representative Text and/or Supplies:
Stanton, Royal. Steps to Singing for Voice Classes. Waveland Press, current edition.

Pedagogy Statement:

Maximum Class Size: 24
Optimum Class Size: 20