Voice Major Syllabus for 2021-2022
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MUAP-2284-001 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


Your assigned repertoire serves as the main text for this course. To satisfy copyright law, you need to own an original score of each of your songs, unless you have a song that falls under the “public domain” which would allow you to work from a photocopied score. Music is available through numerous sources including: 

JW Pepper: https://www.jwpepper.com/

Classical Vocal Reprints: http://www.classicalvocalrep.com/

AMC Music: 713-802-2900  www.amcmusic.net

Opus 1 Music:  1-800-376-7871 or www.opus1music.com

Sheet Music Plus: www.sheetmusicplus.com

Please avoid printing music off of websites unless it is an extremely clear resolution.  Scans from a phone application can often print with a wave in the staff.  This is unacceptable.


  • a 3-ring binder, dedicated to your voice class. It will have sections for your music, your translations for foreign language songs, your lesson journals, and repertoire study sheets
  • Sheet music of assigned repertoire for you and for your accompanist
  • Pencil, keep this in your folder
  • Recording device (such as your mobile phone)
  • A place to practice (AC has practice rooms available)
  • Performance attire  

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 second semester of study in the second year as a voice major.

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 in Recital Hour and in Jury: four to six songs or arias from memory using genre-appropriate stylistic characteristics, correct diction, and piano accompaniment.
  2. Turn in a vocal notebook at the end of the semester with completed repertoire study sheets that show understanding of the translation of the song and knowledge of the composer and the student’s own interpretation.
  3. Attendance in mandatory studio class once a week.

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Log in using the AC Connect Portal

In order to receive your AC Connect Email, you must log in through AC Connect at https://acconnect.actx.edu .

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 with assignments completed and your voice notebook! Your homework is completed in your practice time. There is no other substitute for practice.

Minimum of 1.5 hours per day of practice, or 10-12 hours per week.

Attend studio class weekly.

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

Perform on at least 2 Recital Hour Concerts

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:

Voice lessons 70%                                                                                                                                               

Notebook/journals/research 10%                                                                                                                                                             

Studio class 5%                                                                                                                                                                               

Coachings 5%                                                                                                                                                                                          

Jury 10%                                                                                                                                                                                          

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 final grade by 1 letter. Late assignments are not accepted.


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 in the Choir Room. Attendance is mandatory.  An unexcused absence 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 coachings 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.

Voice juries take place on the Monday of Final Exam Week. You will sign up for your jury time during the 14th week of school in the Music Department Office, Room 304. More directions regarding juries will be given in Studio Class. 

Additional conferences and outside performances that impact you may occur during the semester. These will be discussed in Studio Class. 

 You are highly encouraged to attend voice recitals, choir concerts, masterclasses, and other events related to voice, both on campus and in other venues. 

Additional Information

Practice rooms are available for individual practice, located in Concert Hall South Hallway. There is a $10 fee to obtain a key to the practice rooms. If you need a key, contact the Music Department Office, Room 304. 

Information on Protecting your Hearing Health can be found at: https://nasm.arts-accredit.org/publications/brochures-advisories/nasm-pama-hearing-health/

Syllabus Created on:

01/13/22 3:56 PM

Last Edited on:

01/19/22 12:50 PM