Course Objective: The main objective is to learn how to sing, demonstrating a reasonable command of vocal technique, language and stylistic accuracy, acceptable vocal quality and overall musical intelligence.
The following information will explain the requirements for this course – individual voice instruction. The objective is simple: to learn how to use your voice in the freest, most expressive manner possible. Voice training is a long, arduous process fraught with difficulties. However, amazing progress can be made if we work together to understand the natural physical laws which govern vocalization.
It is imperative vocal majors have a piano accompanist. We are very fortunate of have several very fine pianists who are willing to work inside and outside of lessons to help you become the best singer you can be. Try to get along without an accompanist. You will quickly find you will be severely hampered as a performer. Who will play for recitals, juries, and be available for lessons? The cost for this service is very reasonable. If you needed the services of a pianist in Dallas or New York, it would easily cost you $1000 a semester. Out accompanists charge less than any school I know of. When you figure out what our accompanists make, it is SLAVE LABOR. They do what they do because they love creating music, but they need to eat just like you do. The fee will be $200 per semester. The Junior recital will be an additional $50 and the Senior recital will be an additional $100.
Unfortunately, state regulations do not allow us to roll the accompanist fee into your tuition. So the only way we can do this is to have the pianist paid directly by the student. It is your responsibility to pay the accompanist at the beginning of the semester or work out a pay schedule and stick to it.
We are well aware that some of you have real financial difficulties, but the accompanist fee is a very small percentage of all of your financial obligations.
Two things will happen if you don’t take care of this responsibility. 1. YOUR VOICE TEACHER WILL INSTRUCT THE ACCOMPANIST TO QUIT COMING TO YOUR LESSONS. 2. A HOLD WILL BE PUT ON YOUR GRADES SO THAT YOU CANOT ENROLL FOR THE NEXT SEMESTER.
Grading Policy: On the week listed below, you will be graded on a new song; if it is MEMORIZED and well sung, you get an A. If not, your grade will be anywhere from B to F, depending on my assessment of where you are on the piece. It should be obvious if you get even one F, you cannot possibly get an A for the semester.
Week of Sept 15- 1st song
Week of Sept. 29- 2nd song
Week of Oct. 13- 3rd song
Week of Nov. 3 4th song
Week of Nov 17- 5 song
ATTENDANCE: Students are expected to be present for all lessons. In the event of illness or unavoidable delay, please call my office(4242) before your scheduled lesson. Two unexcused absences will lower the final grade by one letter—four unexcused absences, two letter grades, etc. A student with excessive absences may be dropped from the course by the instructor.
ACADEMIC DISHONESTY: Cheating, collusion, and plagiarism (the act of using source material of other persons, either published or unpublished, without following the accepted techniques of crediting, or the submission for credit of work not the individual’s to whom credit is given). Additional guidelines on procedures in these matters may be found in the Dean of Students’ Office.
DISRUPTION OF TEACHING: Disruption or obstruction of teaching, research, administration, disciplinary proceedings, or other university activities authorized to be held or conducted on the premises of Midwestern State University. Such activity includes classroom behavior that interferes with either the instructor’s ability to conduct the class or the ability of other students to profit from the instructional program.
INSTRUCTOR DROP: An instructor may drop a student any time during the semester for excessive absences, for consistently failing to meet class assignments, for an indifferent attitude, or for disruptive conduct.
OFFICE HOURS: If for any reason you need to talk to me out of class, please refer to the available office hours posted on my door.
SOCIAL JUSTICE: Social justice is one of Midwestern State University’s stated core values and the professor considers the classroom to be a place where students will be treated with respect as human beings, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Moreover, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided the students can agree to disagree. It is the professor’s expectation that ALL students be able to consider the classroom a safe environment.
If you need course adaptations or accommodations because of a disability, if you have emergency medical information that needs sharing, or if you need special accommodations in case the building must be evacuated, please make an appointment with me as soon as possible.
Federal privacy law prohibits me from releasing information about students to certain parties outside of the university without the signed consent of the student. Thus, in almost all cases I will not discuss your academic progress or other matters with your parents. Please do not have them call me. Regardless of these important legal considerations, it is my general policy to communicate with the students, not their parents even when a student has signed a consent form. College students are adults and are expected to behave accordingly.