MUS133: Class Instruction in Voice I (formerly MU-321)

Course Information

Course, prefix, number, & title: MUS133 Class Instruction in Voice I (formerly MU-321)

Hours (Class, recitation, Laboratory, studio): 2 studio hours

Credits: 1

Course Description in college catalog:

Group instruction in voice for both the music major and the community. These courses may not be applied to the liberal arts and sciences core for the A.A. or A.S. degree.

Academic programs for which this course serves as a requirement or an elective:

General Education Outcomes: Below is a listing of General Education Outcome(s) that this course supports.

  1. Communicate effectively in various forms

  2. Use analytical reasoning to identify issues or problems and evaluate evidence in order to make informed decisions

Course-specific student learning outcomes:

1. Through performing vocal exercises, reading, and discussing reading, increase your understanding and ability in areas of singing technique: body alignment and flexibility, breath management, breath energy and core body strength, resonance space and flexibility, register blend and flexibility, vowel formation and clarity, clear tonal onset, and ease in singing through velocity.

2. Advance in vocal expression through song performance and vocal exercise.

3. Demonstrate communication skills through clear giving and receiving of messages.

4. Gain confidence and understanding of community involvement through exercise, in-class performance, and community performance.

Program-specific outcomes

Prepare students who wish to transfer to a four-year institution of higher learning to pursue a career in music by providing a solid foundation in the areas of musicianship and performance.

Provide the general college students with the opportunities to study music in a variety of classes that promotes intellectual inquiry, global awareness and lifelong active learning.

Other program outcomes (if applicable).

  1. Integrate knowledge and skills in the program of study

  2. Make ethical judgments while recognizing multiple perspectives, as appropriate in the program of study

  3. Work collaboratively to accomplish learning objectives

Methods by which student learning will be assessed and evaluated; describe the types of methods to be employed; note whether certain methods are required for all sections:

Grading breakdown

Four evaluations* —10% each

#1 Sing two phrases of song from memory

#2 Sing entire song from memory

#3 Sing another song from memory

#4 Sing both songs from memory

Attendance – 30%

Arrive early, to start on time. Stay until end. Leave classroom only in emergency. Keep phones put away.

Overall class participation – 15%

Participate fully in class activities. Know class exercises. Each week exercises will be assigned from “Course Concepts and Exercises” handout. Post on Discussion Board on Blackboard what assigned exercises are for and how to do them, to earn participation points. Also, do any discussion board assignments or assigned homework.

Assigned reading — 10%

Read assigned chapters (posted under “class readings”on blackboard) and take short quiz about each chapter on blackboard. Your scores on quizzes earns your reading grade. Class is divided into 4 units. Each unit has assigned reading. Each unit ends on date of evaluation. Quizzes for each unit are due on respective evaluation date.

Concert — 5% (A C or higher grade is possible only by singing in this concert, arriving on time)

Sing with class in concert on Saturday, December 1st (4:40 PM call, 7:00 PM start) QPAC (Humanities Building Theatre) You earn this grade by being on time, and singing GROUP songs from memory.

Academic Integrity policy (department or College):
Academic honesty is expected of all students. Any violation of academic integrity is taken extremely seriously. All assignments and projects must be the original work of the student or teammates. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Any questions regarding academic integrity should be brought to the attention of the instructor. The following is the Queensborough Community College Policy on Academic Integrity: "It is the official policy of the College that all acts or attempted acts that are violations of Academic Integrity be reported to the Office of Student Affairs. At the faculty member's discretion and with the concurrence of the student or students involved, some cases though reported to the Office of Student Affairs may be resolved within the confines of the course and department. The instructor has the authority to adjust the offender's grade as deemed appropriate, including assigning an F to the assignment or exercise or, in more serious cases, an F to the student for the entire course." Read the University's policy on Academic Integrity opens in a new window(PDF).

Any student who feels that he or she may need an accommodation based upon the impact of a disability should contact the office of Services for Students with Disabilities in Science Building, Room S-132, 718-631-6257, to coordinate reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities. You can visit the Services for Students with Disabilities website.

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