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COURSE SYLLABUS OUTLINE FOR VOCAL PEDAGOGY Program: Salzburg Summer 2008 Instructor: Dr. Heather Hunnicutt Course Number: MUS 320-70/541-70 Credit Hours: 3 I. Title: Vocal Pedagogy II. Catalog Description: This will be a lecture course devoted to the study of vocal pedagogy including the anatomy and physiology of the singing mechanism. There will be field trips to the various Mozart memorial sites, musical events in the Salzburg Festival and other Salzburg locations, and day or weekend excursions to the opera house and Beethoven’s House in Vienna. Taught by Dr. Heather Hunnicutt. III. Purpose: This course is designed to help you understand the physiology behind singing, both your own and other artists.’ IV. Course Objectives: It is my goal that by the end of the course, you will: Have a basic knowledge of the vocal anatomy involved in respiration, phonation and resonation of the human voice Have a starting knowledge of the functionality of the vocal physiology and how to manipulate those muscles to produce vocal change Be able to listen critically to singing and analyze vocal function from sound and sight Start to be able to prescribe corrective measures for vocal faults Understand and implement good habits of proper vocal health V. Content Outline: Go over syllabus, complete & turn in Background Assessment Form; Introductions & icebreaker; Discussion: Why Is Vocal Pedagogy Important? Respiration Anatomy & Function (Read Doscher Chap 1) Respiration Listening Assignment handed out (include in Pedagogy Journal before next collection); Discuss Pedagogy Journal, Voice Lesson Observations, Self Voice Lesson Evaluations, Mocks; Discussion of Breath Management in Singing (Read Miller Chap 2) Respiration Continued; Discussion; Unanswered questions Diagnosing and Correcting Respiration Faults; Discussion of Breathing Exercises for singing; Devising a breathing plan for students (Read McKinney Chap 1, 4) Phonation Anatomy & Function (Read Doscher Chap 2 & 3) Phonation Listening Assignment handed out (include in Pedagogy Journal before next collection); Discussion of coordinated onset and release (Read Miller Chap 1) Phonation Continued; Discussion; Unanswered questions Hand out Respiration & Phonation essay(s); Diagnosing and Correcting Phonation Faults; Discussion of varied Phonation Exercises for singing; Devising a phonation plan for students (Read McKinney Chap 5) RESPIRATION & PHONATION EXAM (Pedagogy Journal Collection #1 - includes Listening Assignment #1; Voice Lesson Observation #1; all “questions remaining at the end of the reading assignment”s thus far) Resonation Anatomy & Function; Acoustics (Read Doscher Chap 5 & 6) (Final Paper Proposal Due) Journals returned; Discussion of Journal Study Questions; Resonation & Registration Listening Assignment handed out (include in Pedagogy Journal before next collection); Resonation Continued; (Read Miller Chapter 4, 9 & 10) Hand back paper proposals; Hand out Resonation & Registration essay(s); Diagnosing and Correcting Resonation and Register Faults; Discussion of Resonation and Registration Exercises for singing; Devising a resonation/registration plan for students (Read McKinney 6 & 8) RESONATION & REGISTRATION EXAM (Pedagogy Journal Collection #2 - includes Listening Assignment #1 & 2; Voice Lesson Observation #1 & 2; all “questions remaining at the end of the reading assignment”s thus far) Overview of Vocal Health and Hygiene; Common Medical Diagnosis and Treatment of Professional Voice Users (Read Sataloff Chap 9) Other factors in vocal pedagogy: posture, articulation, etc Effects of Age on the Voice and Hearing Loss (Read Sataloff Chap 10 & 11) Synthesis: creating comprehensive technical goals and strategies for student and self Voice Misuse and Abuse (Read Sataloff Chap 21 & 24) Synthesis continued: creating comprehensive technical goals and strategies for student and self Musical Performance Anxiety Hand out Vocal Health & Hygiene essay(s); Review for Exam Mock Voice Lessons VOCAL HEALTH & HYGIENE EXAM Mock Voice Lessons FINAL PAPER PRESENTATIONS (Final Paper Due!!; Pedagogy Journal Collection #3 - includes Listening Assignment #1, 2 & 3; Voice Lesson Observation #1, 2 & 3; Two Self Voice Lesson Evaluations; Mock Voice Lesson Responses; all “questions remaining at the end of the reading assignment”s) VI. Instructional Activities: Lecture; Powerpoint & Interactive Multimedia; Anatomy Coloring and Sculpting Exercises; Voice Lesson Observations; Student Teaching of Voice Lessons; VII. Field and Clinical Experiences: There will be field trips to the various Mozart memorial sites, musical events in the Salzburg Festival and other Salzburg locations, and day or weekend excursions to the opera house and Beethoven’s House in Vienna. VIII. Resources: Computer in the classroom with Microsoft Word and Powerpoint, internet access; TV with VHS and DVD players; CD player; piano in the classroom IX. Grading Procedures: Class Participation (Discussions, preparation, activities, small homework assignments): 40% Three Tests: 20% Pedagogy Journal: 20% Final Paper and Presentation: 20% X. Attendance Policy: All students must be present and on time for all class meetings. No unexcused absences are permitted and illness must be communicated to the instructor prior to the start of class. More than two tardies will result in the loss of one percentage point from your average for each additional tardy. XI. Text and References: Required Texts: Doscher, Barbara. The Functional Unity of the Singing Voice, 2nd ed. Lanham, MD: The Scarecrow Press, 1994. Miller, Richard. The Structure of Singing: System and Art in Vocal Technique. New York: Schirmer Books, 1986. McKinney, James C. The Diagnosis and Correction of Vocal Faults. Nashville, TN: Broadman Press, 1982. Reference Texts: Sataloff, Robert Thayer. Vocal Health and Pedagogy. San Diego: Singluar Publishing Group, 1998. McCoy, Scott. Your Voice: An Inside View. Princeton, NJ: Inside View Press, 2004. XII. Prerequisites: None.
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