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MUSI349 Contemporary Vocal Pedagogy: How to Teach Contemporary Voice

This paper equips singers with scientific knowledge on the voice and demonstrates how to teach safely and effectively. The paper encompasses vocal anatomy and physiology, practical techniques and critical listening.

At some stage in their career, a singer will inevitably teach in some capacity. This paper equips singers with scientific knowledge on the voice and demonstrates how to teach contemporary singing safely and effectively. The paper encompasses vocal anatomy and physiology, practical techniques and critical listening. Students will have the opportunity to sing in various contemporary styles, learn to formulate lesson plans and vocal exercises, and apply various vocal techniques and concepts within a lesson setting. Differences with classical singing will be covered and students will learn special techniques, such as ‘belting’ in a safe and correct manner.

Paper title Contemporary Vocal Pedagogy: How to Teach Contemporary Voice
Paper code MUSI349
Subject Music
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Summer School
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Prerequisite
36 200-level MUSI or PERF points
Restriction
MUSI 249
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Contact

spa@otago.ac.nz

Teaching staff

Teaching staff: Arlie McCormick

Paper Coordinator: Dr Tessa Romano

Paper Structure

Please contact the School of Performing Arts (spa@otago.ac.nz) office for a copy of the most recent paper profile.

Teaching Arrangements

Weeks 1-4: Three 2-hour lectures and three 2-hour workshops per week.

Weeks 5-6: Tutorials focussed on assessment at times to be arranged.

Textbooks

This course may reference 'Body Mind and Voice' by Thurman and Welsh and/or 'The Voice: An Inside View' by Scott McCoy.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Research.
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Learning Outcomes

Students will gain a greater understanding of Contemporary Vocal Pedagogy and how to teach singing safely and effectively with up-to-date information that is both factual and practice-based. The paper will enhance a student’s ability to:

  1. Communicate advanced information to a student and how to teach singing safely;
  2. Formulate an advanced lesson plan;
  3. Understand advanced technical aspects of voice registration, vocal qualities, vocal effects etc;
  4. Use advanced critical listening skills and be able to apply them to a lesson situation immediately.
  5. Use various advanced exercises, language that a student understands and the application of various vocal techniques and concepts within a lesson setting;
  6. Understand that teaching contemporary voice is different to teaching classical voice, and to demonstrate an advanced understanding of how both styles of singing work.
  7. Teach a student how to ‘belt’ safely and correctly, and be able to demonstrate this with advanced confidence.
  8. Students working at 300-level will be expected to demonstrate more general and in-depth knowledge of the outcomes listed above (with a greater word-count for the written assessments).

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Timetable

Summer School

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Monday 10:00-11:50 2-5
Tuesday 10:00-11:50 2-5
Wednesday 10:00-11:50 2-5

Workshop

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Monday 13:00-14:50 2-5
Tuesday 13:00-14:50 2-5
Wednesday 13:00-14:50 2-5