Courses

e.g. AR or AR-211
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PST-351

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Carl Riley
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: None
Department Code: PERF

A lecture/demonstration course designed to provide knowledge and skills necessary for effective performance presentation: movement, microphone technique, stage dress, in-depth examination of causes and controls of stage fright, rhythm development and internalization, and professional attitude and development. Recommended for instrumentalists and vocalists interested in developing on-stage performance presentation skills.

PST-385

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Anne Peckham
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: None
Department Code: VOICE

This course provides a general study of dramatic styles and a history of theater styles. Students learn the major elements of theater production, particularly staging and directing musical productions; acquisition of materials; budgeting; and organization of production staff. Students also learn how to audition PK-12 students for parts. In addition, students analyze the responsibilities of production departments, as well as conducting rehearsals and performances.

 

PST-451

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Carl Riley
Semesters Offered: Fall Only
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: CW-221 or SW-231
Department Code: PERF

This course will cover all aspects of being a musical director of a live concert presentation involving vocal music. Each student will be assigned to a specific faculty-directed concert (Jazz-Rock Ensemble, Singers Showcase, Recording Ensemble, etc.) as a production assistant to the concert and will write and conduct some of the music. May be of special interest to pianists and guitarists who have arranging skills.

PST-471

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Ron Savage
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 3
Department Code: ENS

A performance class for vocalists and instrumentalists interested in developing skills involved in live performance. In-class performances will be videotaped and critiqued for effectiveness in movement and presentation. All performances will be in a rock/pop band format; topics to be discussed include microphone and rehearsal techniques, lead sheet preparation, stage presence, and other activities necessary for effective live performance. Classes will present an end-of-semester final performance.

PST-472

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Ron Savage
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: PST-471
Department Code: ENS

Continuation of PST-471. In-class performances will be videotaped and critiqued for effectiveness in movement and presentation. Topics to be discussed will include stage dress, MC techniques, stage setups, music and show programming, and other activities necessary for effective live performance. Classes will present an end-of-semester final performance.

PST-P352

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Carl Riley
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: PST-351
Department Code: PERF

A continuation of PST-351, this course further develops performance skills and is specifically directed at the self-accompanying singer/songwriter and small instrumental combinations (duets, trios, and quartets). Most of the course will be on stage and on mic. Course concentrations will include the writing and finding of artist-appropriate, high-quality songs and music, as well as extensive repertoire examination, participatory dance and choreography instruction, and discussion of expected professional bearing. All these skills will be combined to maximize marketing possibilities for the music we love to make.

PSVC-110

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Anne Peckham
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: Voice principals
Electable by: Voice principals
Prerequisites: None
Department Code: VOICE

Introductory fundamentals lab designed to address the basic elements of singing (e.g., breath management, intonation, tone quality, phrasing). Song materials will be selected in consultation with the private instructor. Students will participate in periodic self-assessment and videotaped in-class performance.

PSVC-131

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Anne Peckham
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: None
Department Code: VOICE

Improvement of English language pronunciation and articulation through the application of English language phonetics in pop, rock, and jazz vocal styles. Song delivery and stylistic interpretation; weekly listening examples; specific assignments in diction and lyrical interpretation; weekly class performance.

PSVC-161

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Anne Peckham
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: Voice principals
Prerequisites: None
Department Code: VOICE

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.

PSVC-231

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Anne Peckham
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: None
Department Code: VOICE

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.

PSVC-232

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Anne Peckham
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All except voice principals
Prerequisites: PSVC-231
Department Code: VOICE

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.

PSVC-321

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Anne Peckham
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: Voice principals or MUED majors
Prerequisites: PSVC-110 and written approval of instructor and course chair
Department Code: VOICE

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.

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