MUS 124
The Singing Voice: Mechanics, History and Meaning
Last Offered Spring 2009
Division I
This course is not offered in the current catalog or this is a previous listing for a current course.

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Why does an opera singer sound different from a rock singer? Why can’t one convincingly sing in the style of the other? And why is the former granted a higher status and the latter a wider audience? This course examines the physiological and acoustical properties of singing and explores the varieties of singing style and function including Western classical, jazz, pop and gospel as well as less familiar approaches such as overtone singing, yodeling and belting. The historical development of singing styles will be considered as will the meaning making of specific vocal qualities. Students will learn the basics of several singing styles.
The Class: Format: lecture/discussion and one 50-minute vocal lab
Limit: 19
Expected: 19
Class#: 3384
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on two tests, two papers, and a final project
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: Music majors and ensemble participants
Distributions: Division I

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