Voice Class students will learn to sing using healthy vocal technique for the young adult voice. This is a performance class and students will be expected to sing with others and alone for the instructor and the class. There will be many classes taught in a master class fashion, where the student receives instruction while the class listens and observes. The vocal literature studied will be comprised of traditional folk songs, musical theater songs, jazz standards, operetta excerpts, and classical art songs. Video excerpts from musical theater or opera may be studied. Music notation, diction, choral technique and sight-singing will be studied and practiced.
Open to all students, grades 9-12. No prerequisite.
Throughout the semester, the student will:
1. Sing with the class, in small ensembles and alone.
2. Demonstrate proper singing posture.
3. Perform vocal exercises with proper vowels and intonation.
4. Identify note names and rhythmic values.
5. Sing and decipher melodies with solfege syllables.
6. Practice sufficiently to improve diction and breathing.
7. Perform solo songs and in small ensembles.
8. Sing melodies and rhythms accurately.
9. Sight-read melodies that are at least four measures in length.
10. Sing songs and vocal exercises from memory.
11. Experiment with vocal ornamentation in ensemble and solo singing.
12. Sing a major scale on solfege with good intonation.
13. Independently vocalize to prepare for a performance.
14. Perform collaboratively in an ensemble setting.
15. Respond to aural examples of vocal solos and vocal ensembles verbally and orally.
16. Identify various vocal styles.
17. Perform a song with expression to convey the meaning of the lyrics.
18. Include vocal ornamentation as a means of personal vocal expression.
19. Respond verbally and in print to live and recorded music.
20. Evaluate performances of colleagues and self.
21. Demonstrate proper protocol as a performer and listener.
22. Perform in developmentally appropriate individual and ensemble experiences.
23. Demonstrate the integration of technical, rhythmic, listening, and analytical skills through performance.