MUS 131-132 Syllabus


Division: Arts and Sciences Date: February 2014


Curricula in Which Course is Taught: Liberal Arts


Course Number and Title: MUS 131-132, Class Voice I II


Credit Hours: 3 Hours/Wk Lecture: 3 Hours/Wk Lab: 1 Lec/Lab Comb: 2



I.              Catalog Description: Introduces the many aspects of singing from the physical act through the aesthetic experience. The course is designed for the beginning singer who desires vocal improvement, and for the voice major as an addition to and extension of skills and knowledge necessary for artistic development.  Introduces appropriate repertoire.  


II.            Relationship of the course to curricula objectives in which it is taught:

Liberal Arts: Discover, develop and be able to demonstrate vocal (singing) technique that enables the singer to prepare and perform all styles of vocal music.

Education: Understanding the physical and mental aspects of the singing process will lead to establishing the right vocal principles which makes it possible to create beautiful tones.


III.           Required background: None


IV.          Course Content:

A.           The development of the basic process of singing; phonation, tonal support, resonation, and extension of range.

B.           Develop the ability of interpreting a song; stylistic requirements of the musical score, rhythmic exactness, phrasing, dynamics, and pronunciation

C.           Learning to create a beautiful tone that is not breathy, focusing the tone to the center of the pitch, producing with a degree of intensity and is easily sustained.

D.           Development of solo quality tone production

E.           Development of a vowel concept that leads to the production of beautiful tones

F.            Develop the singers understanding of the technical process of voice production.

G.           Use of vocal exercises designed to develop the production of vocal flexibility

H.           Study of vocal tonal element of the singing voice; phonation (attack and release), support and breath control, resonance, pronunciation of vowels and articulation of consonants, extension of range, color, timbre, texture of vocal tone, amplitutude vibrato rate, and prominence.

I.              Preparing a song: choosing the right songs for the developing voice and range. Learning the music and words. Developing the poetic phrasing, marking breath marks and observing dynamic markings.

J.            Establish a vocabulary for music with a glossary of music terms especially related to singing.


V. Learner Outcomes


The student will:


VI. Evaluation

A.   Develop an understanding of the physical and technical process of voice production.

B.   Study vocal music that will be relative to vocal growth

C.   Be guided in the development of performance skills to be demonstrated in class and a public recital.

Daily classroom participation in vocal exercises designed for the development of effective signing technique.


Daily classroom preparation of selected songs for individual performance in class.


The preparation of selected songs to be performed in public recitals.


VII.         This course supports the following objectives:


DCC Educational Objectives:


Critical Thinking