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Vocal Ensemble (MUSC 1320)

Credits: 1
Lecture Credits: 1.00

Description: This choir performs music from the Western Classical repertoire and choral music from cultures beyond the United States, with occasional infusions of jazz and pop music. Some choral singing experience and familiarity with music notation are expected. The choir performs at least one major concert per semester. It rehearses a minimum of three times per week or a minimum of 150 minutes per week.

Topical Outline:

1. Vocal technique, including vocal warm-up, posture and breathing
2. Study and performance of music drawn from a wide variety of cultures, historical settings and aesthetic viewpoints
3. Community service, especially in the form of public performance
4. Musical skills and techniques, especially those specific to choral performance including intonation, balance and blend, diction, expression, phrasing, rhythmic accuracy, tone production and stylistic considerations
5. Performance practice in relation to aesthetics, historical background and other contextual issues


Learning Outcomes:
1. Demonstrate awareness of the scope and variety of the art form of collective singing
2. Demonstrate understanding of choral music as expressions of individual and human values within a historical and social context
3. Respond critically to choral music
4. Engage in the creative process by collaborating in choral ensembles and performing choral music with stylistic integrity
5. Articulate an informed personal reaction to choral music
 

MnTC: Goal 6