Voice Major Syllabus for 2021-2022
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MUAP-2283-001 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

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Your assigned repertoire serves as the main text for this course. You should purchase an original copy of your music to satisfy copyright law. 


  • 1) a 3-ring binder for voice notebook with working copies of your assigned repertoire
    2) an extra copy of your music for the accompanist
    3) a pencil
    4) a recording device to record lessons

If we should have to work on lessons in a remote modality, you will need to have a computer, laptop, or other device that is Zoom capable. A quality microphone can make all the difference in your lesson (recommended Blue Yeti microphone).

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.

Course Goals: 1) Refine the principal of posture, breath management, and healthy tone production for the singing voice. 2) Learn elements of good musicianship. 3) Learn techniques for preparing a song for performance, with attention on correct diction, background and style, poise, and interpretation. 4) Learn about the function and care of the voice and about your own vocal potential.

Course objectives: You will implement the course goals in preparation and delivery (performance) of your assigned repertoire.

Performances in studio class and in jury are considered much like a test. You are expected to dress appropriately for performance with your music memorized and researched prior to the performance. You will be working with a collaborative pianist to prepare and perform your songs. Learning your music is your responsibility before your meet with your pianist. They are not required to teach notes. Rehearsals with your collaborative pianist are arranged on a case-by-case basis.  

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 five to 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.

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Expected Student Behavior

Be prepared for every lesson! Your homework is completed in your practice time. There is no other substitute for practice.

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

Attend studio class weekly.

Additional work on language skills using recommended recorded modalities (youtube, Rosetta Stone, websites)

Cultivate and nourish a teachable spirit so you are open to change and experimentation. Working on your voice is highly personal and can at times feel invasive. Be ready to hear honest assessment of where you are and ways to improve. 

Grading Criteria

Grading criteria is as follows:

  • Lessons and final jury: 85%                                                                                                                                                       
  • Voice notebook and written assignments: 10%                                                                                                                         
  • Studio attendance: 5%

Final grade will be based on the following scale:
F=Below 60%

Each weekly lesson will receive a grade. Each lesson grade reflects attendance, preparation, improvement, attitude, mastery, and memorization of repertoire. The final exam is a jury performance in front of the entire music faculty and will count as an additional lesson grade.  All literature must be presented and memorized. The student is allowed one selection of their choice and the faculty will choose from among the remaining selections. 

Three missed lessons (excused or unexcused)  lowers grade by 1 letter.


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. 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. Three unexcused absences in a semester will result in a failing grade for the semester. Make-up lessons will be scheduled at the discretion of the instructor.


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.

13th week of school:  All music for the jury examination must be memorized.

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 302.

You are highly encouraged to attend voice recitals, choir concerts, masterclasses, and other events related to voice. 

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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