A workshop setting for vocalists that focuses on preparing for an audition and creating a portfolio of audition pieces useful in the present music industry. This course will help empower students with their choice of song materials, as well as develop each singer's individually centered self-image. Students will learn how to use the audition process to showcase individual artistry and gain a better understanding of the dynamics involved in the audition/interview process.
Instruction and practice in vocal production for the nonvoice principal. Designed to acquaint instrumentalists with the basics of singing and to improve their arranging/composition skills when writing for voice. Class participation with emphasis on fundamentals of breathing, resonance, and vowel sounds. If enrollment permits, the class will be sectioned as to background and ability.
A continuation of PSVC-231. Within the class, students will be encouraged to work on individual vocal styles, which may include performing original material and self-accompanied song materials while incorporating learned vocal techniques as assigned by the instructor. There will be periodic directed study for students to work on individualized vocal work. Final performance at the end of each semester.
This course is an introductory class designed to guide advanced upper-semester voice students interested in learning effective teaching skills as a private voice teacher. Students will be directed in vocal technique and how to structure a lesson. As part of the class, students will work individually with a private student under the direction of the course instructor. Basic keyboard skills are recommended.
Syllabic pitch and rhythmic exercises for the voice and application to a variety of styles. Analysis of various recording artists, including Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Al Jarreau, Mark Murphy, and others. Assigned student projects.
An introductory survey course that will offer students a historic overview of the architects and pioneers of soul singing. Students will study performance and vocal techniques, as well as be assigned listening examples required to successfully sing and perform rhythmic phrasing and nuances indicative of soul, blues, R&B, gospel, and hip-hop. In addition, students will perform some music of great artists, such as Ray Charles, Minnie Ripperton, Fats Domino, Jean Carne, Sam Cooke, Jackie Wilson, LaVern Baker, Peabo Bryson, Wilson Pickett, Mavis Staples, Donny Hathaway, Gladys Knight, Sylvester, Glen Jones, Shirley Caesar, Mahalia Jackson, the Clarke Sisters, Diana Ross and the Supremes, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, Tata Vega, Jeffrey Osborne, George Benson, Natalie Cole, Karen Wheeler, Lauryn Hill, Luther Vandross, Patti LaBelle, and a host of others.
A performance class for voice principals concentrating on vocal jazz performance with rhythm section. In-class performances are videotaped and evaluated for stage presence, microphone technique, music arrangements (including song introductions and endings), song selection and appropriate style, and vocal delivery and interpretation. Emphasis will focus on live club and concert performance, and interaction between the vocalist and rhythm section, the vocalist and audience, and the song program.
An advanced-level course for vocalists designed to improve improvisation skills through application of ear training and harmonic concepts including intervals, scales, and chord patterns. Students will study standard vocabulary of prescribed melodic patterns and rhythmic grooves played by instrumentalists, transcribe a variety of solos, and write original solo assignments. Note: Two sections are offered. Section 001 is primarily for jazz vocalists; section 002 is primarily for pop, rock, and R&B vocalists.
A systematic integration of vocal/body awareness and presentation skills applied to vocal performance. Through relaxation, breathing techniques, and body alignment students will learn to identify and balance vocal registers and improve vocal resonance and flexibility. Instruction includes a session on Alexander Technique and weekly performances with a rhythm section with an emphasis on lyrical interpretation.
An exploration of the classical art song with a different emphasis each semester (German lieder, French chanson, Italian art song and songs of the British Isles and America). Designed to introduce students to the rich and varied classical art song repertoire as well as increase proficiency in singing in other languages, to introduce the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA), its rules and applications, and to strengthen the performance of art songs.
For songwriters who wish to better perform their own original material. Must self-accompany. Singers will work to develop their vocal skills while utilizing creative songwriting techniques that will help them personally connect with their original material. This process will spark a narrative for personal songwriting and vocal development. There will be weekly assignments including daily vocal workouts and daily journaling. As song styles are discussed and demonstrated in class, students will be assigned various musical song-forms over which to compose their personal narrative. There is an expectation of basic song-form knowledge, vocal skills, self-accompaniment and harmonic knowledge. Students will perform short assignments and their final full songs in class for support and critique.
This course is a natural progression of PSVC-P440, Vocal Perspectives on Songwriting 1. An important underlying theme of this course is the knowledge that the singer can be the center and generator of the song. Students will be encouraged to develop catalogues comprised of personal, autobiographical songs created throughout the course. Journaling, active listening, field trips, and highly specific exercises will be employed to generate songwriting and song ideas. Songs will be performed in class. Students must self-accompany in this class, and the semester will culminate in a class performance.