Vocal Courses


MUSI 116 - Applied Music: Strings, Winds, Brass, Percussion, Piano, Voice Course Outline
Individualized study of the appropriate techniques and repertoire for the specific instrument or voice. The emphasis is on the progressive development of skills needed for solo performance. Achievement is evaluated through a juried performance.

MUSI 120A – Musicianship I
This course applies and develops the rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic materials of Music Theory I through ear training, sight singing, analysis and dictation.

MUSI 120B – Musicianship II
This course applies and develops the rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic materials of Music Theory II through ear training, sight singing, analysis and dictation.

MUSI 120C – Musicianship III
This course applies and develops the rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic materials of Music Theory III through ear training, sight singing, analysis and dictation.

MUSI 120D – Musicianship IV
This course applies and develops the rhythmic, melodic and harmonic materials of Music Theory IV through ear training, sight singing, analysis and dictation.

MUSI 128 – Audition Techniques
The basic selection of material to perform. Stage presence, poise, handling the staff at an audition, and creating a good first impression. Focus, concentration, energy level, control of anxiety and nervousness. For singers or any musical or theatrical performer.

MUSI 130 – Voice I
This course teaches the basic techniques of singing including musicianship, body alignment, breath management and freedom of phonation in vocal performance while introducing a variety of musical and cultural repertoire and styles. Intended for students wishing to improve their vocal skills while expanding their knowledge of repertoire and performance styles of singing.

MUSI 132 – Voice II
This course applies the techniques from Voice I with a focus on improving solo vocal performance through the development of resonance, articulation, and communication. Students develop practice techniques and collaboratively rehearse and perform with a pianist. The class is presented in a lecture/seminar environment.  Recommended preparation:  Music 130

MUSI 133 – Musical Theater Voice I
Musical Theater Voice I teaches the basics of musical theater vocal technique, musicianship, repertoire and style of presentation. It focuses on individual development in a group learning environment.

MUSI 134 – Lyric Diction for Singers
The study of diction for singing which uses the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) to develop skills in traditional and dialectic diction. Appropriate for students interested in improving their language skill for singing and especially useful for vocal music majors and minors.

MUSI 143 – Musical Theater Voice II
This course applies the techniques from Music Theater Voice I and focuses on expanding the resonating capabilities of the voice and expanding the vocal range. Music Theater songs concentrate on solo repertoire from productions up to 1950. The course is presented in a lecture/seminar environment. Recommended Preparation: MUSI 133

MUSI 160 – College Chorale
A choral group, composed of male and female voices, studies, rehearses, and performs music from the traditional choral repertoire dating from medieval through contemporary musical periods. The course emphasis is on the development of skills needed to perform within an ensemble, with different repertoire to be studied each semester. The course is repeatable for credit three times.

MUSI 161 – Vocal Ensemble
A small vocal ensemble, called Prima voce, that rehearses and performs musical works from the traditional choral literature dating from medieval through contemporary periods. Concerts are performed regularly throughout the area as well as on occasional outside trips.

MUSI 162 – Gospel Choir
A choral group that rehearses and performs traditional music in the African American gospel style. Concerts are performed regularly throughout the area as well as on occasional outside trips.

MUSI 164 – Ensemble Movement
Ensemble Movement is designed to add essential synchronized movement and dance to choral performances.

MUSI 166 – Women’s Chorale
A choral group that studies, rehearses and performs music from the traditional women's choral repertoire dating from medieval to contemporary musical periods. Concerts are performed on campus and throughout the area, as well as on occasional outside trips.

MUSI 169 – Men’s Chorale 
A choral group that studies, rehearses, and performs music from the men's choral repertoire dating from medieval through contemporary musical periods and styles. Concerts are performed on campus, as well as on occasional off-campus venues.

MUSI 170 – Musical Theater Performance
Musical Theater Performance is designed for the performance of musicals, to be presented before the campus and community with full production and dance support. The course is appropriate for all music, musical theater and theater majors.

MUSI 172 – Musical Revue Workshop
Musical Revue Performance is designed for the production of musical revues to be presented before the campus and community with full production and dance support.

MUSI 173 – Musical Theater Performance: Young Audiences
Musical Theater Performance: Young Audiences is designed for the rehearsal and performance of musicals for young audiences to be presented before the campus and community with full production support.

MUSI 183 – Musical Theater Performance: Contemporary
The objective of this course is to focus on musical theater productions from the contemporary genre (1950-present day.)

MUSI 221 – Music Theory III
This course incorporates the concepts from Music Theory II. In addition, through writing and analysis, the course will include: introduction to chromatic harmony; secondary/applied chords; modulation; borrowed chords; introduction to Neapolitan and augmented-sixth chords.

MUSI 222 – Music Theory IV
This course incorporates the concepts from Music Theory III. In addition, through writing and analysis, the course will include: Post-Romantic techniques such as borrowed chords/modal mixture; chromatic mediants; Neapolitan and augmented-sixth chords; ninths, elevenths and thirteenth chords; altered chords and dominants; and 20th century techniques such as Impressionistic harmony, tone rows, set theory, pandiatonicism and polytonalism, meter and rhythm.

MUSI 223 – Musical Theater Voice III
This course applies the vocal skills from Music Theater Voice II, expanding the repertoire to include the contemporary era and duets. The focus is on the continued development of resonance, projection and intelligible articulation of the text. Class is presented in a lecture/seminar environment. Recommended Preparation: MUSI 143

MUSI 230 – Voice III
This course applies the techniques from Voice II, with continued emphasis on solo performance, range expansion and resonance balance throughout the range. It also continues to develop collaborative rehearsal and performance strategies with the pianist, while using a variety of repertoire and languages. The class is presented in a lecture/seminar environment. Recital performance is suggested for all students. Recommended Preparation: Music 132

MUSI 232 – Voice IV
This course applies the techniques from Voice III, focusing on solo vocal performance with emphasis on expanding the range, developing resonance, flexibility and text communication. Repertoire increases in difficulty including use of art song, opera and/or oratorio. Rehearsal/performance collaboration with pianist strengthens with increased independence of the singer. The class is presented in a lecture/seminar environment. Recital performance is required for all students. Recommended Preparation: MUSI 230

MUSI 243 – Musical Theater Voice IV
Musical Theater Voice IV applies the combined skills from Musical Theater Voice I-III. The course focuses on strengthening vocal technique, resonance, intelligibility of text, and intense character development and communication using solo, duet, and ensemble repertoire from Musical Theater productions. The class is presented in a lecture/seminar environment. Recommended Preparation: MUSI 223

MUSI 260 – Vocal Performance Seminar
This choral/vocal group rehearses and performs music from the traditional and contemporary repertoire. The student will study and perform music of increased difficulty in flexible performance situations and locations on-campus and off-campus North Bay locations.  Recommended Preparation:  Music 160

MUSI 266 – Women’s Ensemble
A small vocal women's ensemble that rehearses and performs musical works from the serious choral literature dating from medieval through contemporary periods, including contemporary popular arrangements, focusing on "a cappella" performance. Concerts are performed regularly throughout the area as well as on occasional outside trips. Recommended Preparation:  Music 166

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