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Music Theatre: Broadway Solos
Course: MUP217

First Term: 2009 Summer I
Lec + Lab   2 Credit(s)   3 Period(s)   2.7 Load  
Subject Type: Academic
Load Formula: S

Description: Study and in-class performance of scenes and solos from Broadway musical literature

MCCCD Official Course Competencies
1. Demonstrate the vocal techniques utilized in musical theatre singing. (I)
2. Practice a healthy vocal production differentiating between registers. (II)
3. Determine when and where vocal characterizations will be most effective in enhancing the musical idea. (III)
4. Dramatize the meaning of text visually and vocally. (IV)
5. Audition with confidence having prepared and polished various musical theater pieces. (V)
6. Evaluate personal talents in reference to musical theater materials. (VI)
7. Differentiate between musical composers styles both musically and dramatically. (VII)
8. Appraise and select pieces from the vast musical theater repertoire suitable for performance. (VIII)
9. Select and utilize theatrical techniques to enhance any given performance. (IX)
10. Express and relate concepts and emotions both verbally and nonverbally with others. (X)
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. Musical Theatre Vocal Styles
   A. Belting tone quality
   B. Recitative
   C. Lyricism
   D. Rhythmic variations
   E. Melodic variations
   F. Vibrato/Straight tone
   G. Phrasing
II. Vocal Production
   A. Head voice
   B. Middle voice
   C. Chest voice
   D. Breathing
   E. Tone focus/placement
III. Qualities for Characterization
   A. Belting
   B. Nasality
   C. Pure
   D. Throaty
   E. Harsh
IV. Communication Through Singing
   A. Expressing emotions of text
      1. Eye focus
         a. nternal/implosion
         b. External
   B. Improvisations with text
   C. Staging of musical numbers
   D. Diction/enunciation
V. Audition Techniques
   A. Choice of materials
      1. Ballad
      2. Up-tempo
   B. Stage presence
      1. Appearance
      2. Blocking
   C. Coping with audition anxieties
      1. Exercises for relaxation
   D. Reparation of resume/photo
VI. Guidelines for Selection of Suitable Solo Material
   A. Vocal range
   B. Age range
   C. Body type
   D. Voice quality
VII. Survey of Musical Theatre Composers and Styles
   A. Rodgers & Hammerstein
   B. Lerner & Loewe
   C. Rodgers & Hart
   D. Kander & Ebb
   E. Sondheim
   F. Styne
VIII. Survey of Broadway Repertoire
   A. Original scores
   B. Vocal selections
   C. Composer collections
   D. Best of Broadway collections
      1. Comparison of vocal ranges
      2. Comparison of piano/vocal arrangements
IX. Enhancement of Performance
   A. Props
   B. Costumes
   C. Make-up
   D. Set
   E. Lighting
X. Communication With Other Performers
   A. Mirror exercises
   B. Improvisation exercises
      1. Non-verbal
      2. Verbal
   C. Improvisations using text
MCCCD Governing Board Approval Date:  12/9/2008

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