Voice Major Syllabus for 2021-2022
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MUAP-1283-001 Voice Major


Prerequisite: Audition or instructor consent

Course Description

One 60-minute lesson per week, minimum 10 hours of outside practice per week required. For music majors, in their major area of performance. Emphasis on development of technique, musicianship and extensive repertoire from contrasting historical periods.

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(2 sem hr; 1 hr lesson, 10 hr practice)

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On Campus Course

Syllabus Information


Twenty-four Italian Songs and Arias, published by Schirmer.
Vaccai: Practical Method of Italian Singing


  • Folder for notebook
  • Music for the accompanist
  • Textbooks
  • Pencil
  • Recording device 

Student Performance

This course is the third of four semesters of study as a voice major, for students who have completed MUAP 1283, MUAP 1284, and have been passed by the music faculty into sophomore level instruction, based upon jury performances.

After studying the material presented in this course of study, the student will be able to do the following as evaluated by the faculty in the department/program:

  1. Perform six songs or arias using piano accompaniment.
  2. Must use correct diction in all languages.
  3. Must be prepared to sing the major and minor scales and other scale forms depending on literature assigned.
  4. A vocal notebook is to be turned in at the end of the semester with complete understanding of the translation of the song and knowledge of the composer and the student’s own interpretation.
  5. Attendance in studio class is mandatory once a week.

Students Rights and Responsibilities

Student Rights and Responsibilities

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If you are an active staff or faculty member according to Human Resources, use "Exchange". All other students, use "AC Connect (Google) Email".

Expected Student Behavior

Be prepared for every lesson!

Minimum of 2 hours per day of practice, or 12-15 hours per week.

Attend studio class weekly.

Work on Rosetta Stone software for foreign language study.

Grading Criteria

Based on performance in class, notebook, attitude, and jury grade, the student will be graded accordingly. Final grade will be based on the following scale:

F=Below 60%

Three missed lessons lowers grade by 1 letter.

Must call and leave a message if you will not be present at a lesson; make-up lessons are at the discretion of the instructor. 


You must attend your lessons to earn your grade. If you are going to be absent, you must call and leave a message at office: 806-371-5347 or send word at least 2 hours before your lesson time. University sponsored trips or events for which you have prior notice should be reported as soon as possible if they will interfere with your lesson time.  Absences and unexpected events happen. If you are unable to attend a lesson, you MUST contact the instructor (and collaborative pianist if applicable). Because your voice lesson time is reserved specifically for you, it is imperative that you keep your appointment. Failure to make contact regarding your absence will result in an unexcused absence. Every unexcused absence will result in a failing grade for that particular lesson. A student who arrives more than ten minutes late to their scheduled lesson time will forfeit their lesson and be counted absent. Three or more absences of any kind (excused or unexcused) in a semester will result in a failing grade for the semester. Make-up lessons will be scheduled at the discretion of the instructor.

You will receive a grade for 15 50-minute lessons per semester. The first week of class is the introductory lesson which does not receive a grade. Dress appropriately for your lessons; this is a preparatory-professional environment and should be treated as such.

Attendance at studio class:

Studio Class meets every week on Thursday from 3:00-4:00. Attendance is required  An absence of any kind will result in a zero. Three absences of any kind (excused or unexcused) will result in a drop of one letter grade off of your final grade for each set of 3. Studio class is an opportunity to sing in a less formal setting and a chance to give and receive feedback from your peers. It is also a chance to exchange information about performance related topics. You will be scheduled to sing several times throughout the semester and must be prepared each and every time you are scheduled to perform.  You are expected to dress appropriately with your music memorized and researched prior to your performance.  The more you care about your overall presentation, the better your performance will be.  (If you are a new student and have a class conflict with studio time, you need to speak to me ASAP.)  Failure to perform when scheduled will be counted as an unexcused absence. 

***The use of cellphones, computers, or other electronic devices and/or doing homework during Studio Class is strictly prohibited.  Students who are found using electronic gadgets or focusing on non-related activities during Studio Class will be asked to leave and this will count as an unexcused absence. 

Attendance at coaching with your collaborative pianist:

A collaborative pianist will be contracted to play for you each week in your lesson and in studio class. Additionally, you are expected to rehearse with your pianist for at least 30 minutes each week outside of your voice lesson in preparation for your lesson. There is no fee for these services. (Note that other schools require YOU to pay the pianist directly for these services.)  If you plan to enter into competitions or require time with your pianist beyond the times stated above, expect to pay for these services.

Students MUST notify their collaborative pianist of absences to lessons, coachings, and performances in a timely manner. If proper notice is not given, the student will incur a lesson grade deduction the same as if an unexcused absence to your lesson. If a coaching with your collaborative pianist must be cancelled, you must contact your pianist at least 2 hours in advance. To call at the time of or during your lesson time is considered failure to give proper notice and will result in an unexcused absence.  




Lesson times will be assigned during the first week of the semester.  Lessons will begin either during the first week of school, or during the second week of school if not scheduled prior to lesson time during the first week.

First lesson:  Meet with instructor; determine individual goals for semester, choose music, and receive first practice assignment.

Second lesson:  Prepare the given assignment, and bring all required materials to lesson.

Third and subsequent lessons:  Each upcoming week's assignment will be determined by the progress demonstrated during the previous week's lesson.

14th week of school:  All music for the jury examination must be memorized.

Monday of final exams week:  Individual music jury will be performed for the entire music faculty, in the Concert Hall.  Sign-up for time slots of 10 minutes per student will begin during the 14th week of school, in the Music Department Office, Room 304.

Additional Information

Practice rooms are available, located in Concert Hall south hallway; any rooms that are unlocked and contain a piano are available for individual practice.


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Syllabus Created on:

08/19/21 8:14 AM

Last Edited on:

01/27/24 10:00 AM