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Chamber Singers
Course: MUP182

First Term: 1995 Fall
Lec + Lab   1 Credit(s)   3 Period(s)   2.4 Load  
Subject Type: Academic
Load Formula: S

Description: Practical and performance experience in various styles of vocal music. Open to all students on the basis of auditions.

MCCCD Official Course Competencies
1. Use proper breathing techniques to sustain a choral line. (I, IV)
2. Differentiate various performance styles of choral music. (II, III, IV)
3. Display ability to sing in several foreign languages. (II)
4. Use proper vocal technique, as applied to choral literature. (II)
5. Identify vocal technique in both professional and non- professional choirs. (II)
6. Use sight-reading skills. (III)
7. Display good musicianship through performance. (IV)
8. Communicate to an audience. (IV)
9. Apply appropriate articulation and diction to various choral styles. (IV)
10. Use ensemble vocal techniques at an advanced level. (I, II, III, IV)
11. Study a varied repertoire of chamber music. (V)
MCCCD Official Course Competencies must be coordinated with the content outline so that each major point in the outline serves one or more competencies. MCCCD faculty retains authority in determining the pedagogical approach, methodology, content sequencing, and assessment metrics for student work. Please see individual course syllabi for additional information, including specific course requirements.
MCCCD Official Course Outline
I. Breathing technique
   A. Increasing breath capacity and support
      1. Breathing exercises
      2. Applying to choral literature
   B. Staggered breathing
II. Vocal technique
   A. Vocal exercises
      1. Vowel placement
      2. Vowel coloration
      3. Blend
      4. Style
   B. Diction/articulation
      1. Open/closed vowels
      2. Diphthongs
      3. Voiced/unvoiced consonants
      4. Foreign languages
III. Sight reading
   A. Components
      1. Meter
      2. Key
      3. Intervals
      4. Rhythms
   B. Repertoire of different periods
IV. Self-discipline in performance
   A. Choral
      1. Blend
      2. Rhythmic precision
      3. Concentration/focus
      4. Style
      5. Musicianship
      6. Balance
      7. Communication
      8. Stage discipline
      9. Attention to conductor
   B. Vocal
      1. Tone placement and beauty
      2. Diction/articulation
      3. Breathing
      4. Phrasing
V. Repertoire
   A. Emphasis on early music and other music appropriate for chamber choirs
MCCCD Governing Board Approval Date:  3/28/1995

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