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Jazz Singers I

Course NumberMUS 194
Lab Hours0
Lecture Hours30
Course DescriptionPrerequisites: Audition and instructor permission. Specializes in performing literature of various musical styles related to Jazz, Pop, Blues, Rock, and other popular genres. Develops a knowledge base of choral literature and performance practices as related to Jazz and Pop choral styles. Credit may be earned in MUS 194 or MUS 156, but not both. (30-0)

Outcomes and Objectives

Demonstrates development of vocal technique as it relates specifically to vocal jazz/pop choral singing.
  1. Develop listening skills as they relate to harmonization within a small jazz vocal group.
  2. Enhance vocal performance through quick response to musical signs and symbols as they relate to jazz/pop/rock/blues ensemble singing.
  3. Increase awareness of different singing styles and interpretations across the pop music spectrum.

Demonstrates development of vocal range and flexibility through study and performance of jazz/pop choral literature.
  1. Improve ability to sustain notes through breath control and jazz vocal technique.
  2. Strengthen the voice with increased range and tonal flexibility in jazz and related genre.
  3. Improve sight reading abilities within specific clefs relating to voice type in jazz and related genre.
  4. Improve performance through use of posture and breathing techniques.
  5. Employ choreography in jazz/pop choral performance.
  6. Employ healthy singing habits to performance and practice as it relates to jazz/pop styles.

Demonstrates development of and improvement of learned vocal skills through increasingly varied and advanced performance practices of jazz and popular literature.
  1. Employ appropriate vocal technique by understanding the concept of jazz/pop ensemble singing.
  2. Demonstrate both rehearsal and concert etiquette as it relates to jazz/pop choral singing.
  3. Attend assigned rehearsals (including dress rehearsal) culminating in one or more performances of the jazz/pop choral works learned.
  4. Perform increasingly diverse styles of jazz/pop music from contemporary composers.

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