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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - MVV6652
Tracking Number - 1508

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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2010-05-10
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: GC approved 9/18; to SCNS liaison 10/12/09; prefix corrected to MVV and number changed from 6654 to 6652. Approved effective 8/1/2010. posted in banner

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2009-09-04
  2. Department: Music
  3. College: FA
  4. Budget Account Number: 2402-00
  5. Contact Person: Brad Diamond
  6. Phone: 9744803
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: MVV
  9. Number: 6652
  10. Full Title: Voice Pedagogy
  11. Credit Hours: 2
  12. Section Type: C - Class Lecture (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: Y
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?:
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): Voice Pedagogy
  19. Course Online?: C - Face-to-face (0% online)
  20. Percentage Online: 0
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: None
  23. Corequisites: None
  24. Course Description: Voice Pedagogy covers the fundamentals of the teaching of singing. Open to all M.M. voice majors; other students may petition to enroll with instructor approval. This course is not repeatable for credit.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: Needed as part of planned program/concentration/certificate change
  26. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service? Voice pedagogy is a critical and essential part of the proper training and education of any young vocalist; it must also be included in order to prepare our students to become teachers themselves.
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? No
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) Successful past teaching experience at the collegiate level of similar course material is a necessary qualification for the instructor. A terminal degree in vocal performance or a closely related field is preferred.
  29. Objectives: Students will study the science and theory of the teaching of classical vocal technique.
  30. Learning Outcomes: Students will be able to:

    Attain a thorough knowledge of the anatomy of the singing instrument.

    Use proper terminology as regards vocal pedagogy.

    Obtain familiarity with the science of acoustics.

    Develop a basic teaching technique for classical voice that is based on sound practices and widely accepted theories.

    Apply class principles through practice teaching.

  31. Major Topics: I. History of Vocal Pedagogy.

    II. Current Philosophies of Vocal Pedagogy:

    a. The Singing Sound.

    b. Vocal Anatomy.

    c. Breathing Philosophies.

    d. Phonation.

    e. Vocal Health.

    III. Teaching Observation.

  32. Textbooks: Proposed class text: Scott McCoy, DMA. Your Voice: An Inside View.

    Alternate class texts may be used as well.

  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases: A
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: Evaluation:

    Midterm Exam 35%

    Final Exam 35%

    Lesson observations 20%

    Attendance/class participation 10%

  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: Week

    1. Listening to Singers

    2. The Nature of Sound/Acoustics

    3. Vocal Resonance

    4. Formants and Source/Filter Theory of Voice Production

    5. Voice Analysis

    6. Voice Registers

    7. Introduction to Vocal Anatomy

    Midterm Exam


    8. Breathing for Singing



    11.The Ear and Hearing

    12.Vocal Health

    13.Lesson observations

    14.Continue lesson observations


    Final Exam

  36. Attendance Policy: USF Policy on Religious Observances: “ Students who anticipate the necessity of being absent from class due to the observation of a major religious observance must provide notice of the date(s) to the instructor, in writing, by the second class meeting.”
  37. Policy on Make-up Work: "Plagiarism is defined as “literary theft” and consists of the unattributed quotation of the exact

    words of a published text, or the unattributed borrowing of original ideas by paraphrase from a

    published text. On written papers for which the student employs information gathered from books, articles, or oral sources, each direct quotation, as well as ideas and facts that are not generally known to the public at large, or the form, structure, or style of a secondary source must be attributed to its author by means of the appropriate citation procedure. Only widely known facts and first-hand thoughts and observations original to the student do not require citations. Citations may be made in footnotes or within the body of the text. Plagiarism, also, consists of passing off as one’s own, segments or the total of another person’s work."

  38. Program This Course Supports: Music
  39. Course Concurrence Information: USF currently offers no courses in the crucial area of voice pedagogy. Voice pedagogy must be made available to our graduate students if we intend to compete or even maintain standards with other schools of music. Other music students that are not vocalists would also benefit from the information taught in this class.

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