Special work in various aspects of performance technique.
This course introduces students to basic singing skills, including freeing the body, accessing breath, free on-set of vibration, resonance, range, ear training, part independence and rudimentary music theory. These skills will be applied to various course projects, including class training songs, an individual solo project and an ensemble song. Song structure and interpretation will be explored, as will introductory performance and audition practicum. The course culminates in a solo performance of a final project song; the performance will be open to the public.
Student learning goals
This course has three main learning goals: developing the authentic and embodied voice of the singer, application of performance practicum, and the demonstration of audition skills.
General method of instruction
Class assignments and grading
This course is run in a workshop format. We will encourage and learn from each other’s progress. Therefore, your punctual, attentive presence is necessary for both your and your classmates’ optimal learning. Talent is not the basis for evaluation, but rather the effort displayed and progress demonstrated by each student.