Voice Elective Syllabus for 2021-2022
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MUAP-2282-001 Voice Elective


Course Description

One 60-minute lesson per week, minimum six hours of outside practice per week required. Emphasis on basic technique and musicianship, with appropriate literature tailored to the needs/desires of the individual student.

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(2 sem hr; 1 hr lesson, 6 hrs 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 and your lesson journals.
  • 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) 

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

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.  

Students Rights and Responsibilities

Student Rights and Responsibilities

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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! Your homework is completed in your practice time. There is no other substitute for practice.

Minimum of 1 hour of practice per day, broken up into several segments to keep the voice fresh. 

Additional work on foreign 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: 80%
  • Midterm: 5%                                                                                                                                                       
  • Voice notebook and written assignments: 10%                                                                                                                         
  • final performance: 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 midterm and final performance will be either a live performance in your lesson or a recorded video. 

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. 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. 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 fifty-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 creative-professional environment and should be treated as such.


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. 

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 9:16 PM

Last Edited on:

01/13/22 9:18 PM