Register for Spring 2019 Voice Class
Instructor: Christopher Sierra
Day and Time: Saturdays, 3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Course Dates: February 9-April 27, 2019
Meeting Dates: 2/9, 2/23, 3/2, 3/9, 3/16, 3/23, 3/30, 4/6, 4/13, 4/27
Skip dates: 2/16, 4/20
Click here to register for the Spring 2019 semester!
Voice class is designed to provide singers of varying abilities a greater understanding of healthy sound production. Students will be introduced to the processes of healthy singing, which encompass mental awareness, posture and alignment, balanced breathing and support, free phonation, optimal resonation, and efficient use of the articulators. The course will examine research on the anatomy and physiology of the vocal mechanism so students can gain practical skills that may enhance their approach to vocal technique and repertoire. Great emphasis will also be placed on performance and students will learn to become efficient in their preparation of a piece via performance practice strategies.
Course Goals and Objectives
- Gain a genuine understanding of efficient and healthy sound production
- Explore the phonatory structures of the voice
- Learn repertoire that is appropriate to one’s vocal development
- Perform comfortably and expressively in front of others
- Explore creativity with singing and programming
- Secure knowledge of musical aesthetics, style, and accurate diction.
- Address vocal health and maintenance
- Learn warm-ups that enhance one’s vocal coordination and body awareness
- Be a critical listener who can identify technical issues as well as good vocal habits
- Translate foreign texts into colloquial English
- Comprehend IPA and the rules of lyric diction.
- Strengthen one’s musicianship skills
- Enjoy the act of singing, while inspiring others to do the same.
Every semester, the course is themed. Special topics may include:
- Crossing Genres: Classical to Contemporary Commercial Music
- Vocal & Theatrical Improvisation
- Chamber Music & Ensemble Collaboration
- Developing Musical Monologues & Creative Programming
- Aesthetics of Live Performances vs Studio Recordings
- Antiquating Commercial Music & Modernizing Classical Music
- Developing Music Videos
Repertoire Assignments & Master Classes: Students will sing in at least two
pre-scheduled master classes. For each solo working session, students will prepare a
piece assigned by the instructor. During these master classes, students will perform and
receive constructive feedback from both the instructor and colleagues.
Final Performance: Students will have the opportunity to demonstrate their
improvements and the knowledge acquired throughout the course in a final concert.
**This schedule is subject to change**
Week 1: Introduction & Mental Awareness
Week 2: Posture & Alignment
Week 3: Breath Support & Management
Week 4: Free Sound Production
Week 5: Resonation
Week 6: Articulation & Lyric Diction
Week 7: Learning Music Efficiently; Translations
Week 8: Warm-ups & Masterclass Group #1 with Accompanist
Week 9: Warm-ups & Masterclass Group #2 with Accompanist
Week 10: Warm-ups & Masterclass Group #3 with Accompanist
Week 11: TBD
Week 12: Reflections & Dress Rehearsal with Accompanist
Week 13: Final Performance