MUS 174 Spring 2013 The Singing Voice: Mechanics, History and Meaning

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.
Class Format: lecture/discussion and one 50-minute vocal lab
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on two tests, two papers, and a final project
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Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: seniority
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Divisional Attributes: Division I
Other Attributes: MUS Group A Electives
Enrollment Limit: 19
Expected Enrollment: 15
Class Number: 3480
MUS174-01(S) LEC The Singing Voice Division 1: Languages and the Arts Brad Wells
MR 2:35 PM-3:50 PM Bernhard 30 3480
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