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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - MUN6XXX

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Current Status: SCNS Liaison Notified of Graduate Council Approval - 2009-05-18
Submission Type: New
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  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    2147 2009-02-03
    Department College Budget Account Number
    School of Music FA 240200
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Lynne Gackle 8134163032

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    MUN 6XXX Bel Canto Women's Choir

    Is the course title variable? N
    Is a permit required for registration? Y
    Are the credit hours variable? N
    Is this course repeatable?
    If repeatable, how many times? 0

    Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option
    1 O - Other R - Regular
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    BC Womens Choir
    Course Online? Percentage Online


    Approval of Instructor



    Course Description

    Open to all university students with the necessary proficiency in their performing media (singing); study and performance of treble-voice music and treble-voice music in combination with, string, woodwind, brass, or percussion instruments.

  3. Justification

    A. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course.

    This choir performs an interesting variety of choral selections reflecting various style periods and genres from the vast repertoire of treble music currently available. Bel Canto is open to female students throughout the university and strengthens the Gr

    B. 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?

    There is a need within the student body for an ensemble for women's voices. Historically, women outnumber men in participation in choral music. Therefore, with mixed ensembles, there exists a necessary limitation to the participation of female singers in order to ‘balance’ male voices. Unfortunately, this eliminates the opportunity for many female students to perform in a collegiate ensemble. This course is designed specifically for treble voices and their development, focusing on the wealth of literature which exists for the treble/women’s vocal ensemble. This literature cannot be explored in a "mixed choral setting." This course is not a required sequence in a graduate major, but is can be integral part of the educational experience for both the graduate choral conducting program as well as the music education program (choral concentration). Additionally, it's availability to students across all disciplines would offer experience in the fine arts for literally any course program and could extend the arts experience for any graduate female student.

    C. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times?

    No. However, it has been offered for the past 5 years as an off-shoot (separate section) of University Singers (a mixed ensemble). The group has grown from 26 singers to almost 50 singers in the Spring of 2009. The need for such a course is obvious, and t

    D. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.)

    Successful past choral teaching experience at the collegiate and/or high school level is a necessary qualification for the instructor. A complete understanding of vocal development, treble literature and teaching strategies for efficient rehearsal planning and implementation is also a necessity.

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    1. Students will study and perform choral literature representing various genres and style periods specifically composed for treble/women’s voices.

    2. Students will demonstrate good vocal technique through emphasis on vocal skill development.

    3. Students will demonstrate improved skills in sight-reading as well as score preparation.

    4. Through the experience of artistic music-making, students will demonstrate an understanding of how music and the arts impact the quality of each of our lives through both study and performance of great choral literature.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    Students will:

    1. Demonstrate the ability to sing properly with a basic understanding of vocal production (Proper Posture, Breathing, Vibrant Tonal Production, Unified and Pure Vowels, Active and Rhythmic Consonants);

    2. Develop sight-reading skills;

    3. Develop performance and rehearsal skills for the performance of Treble Chorus Literature;

    4. Develop analytical skills for basic music theory and music history proficiency.

    C. Major Topics

    Development of Vocal Skills

    Development of Sight-reading Skills

    Development of Ensemble Skills

    Development of Performance Skills

    Study and Performance of Treble-voice Choral Literature representing various genres and style periods (past through present).

    D. Textbooks

    Selected choral literature (actual octavos/compositions) for treble voices representing various genres and style periods (past and present).

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    H. Attendance Policy

    I. Policy on Make-up Work

    J. Program This Course Supports

  5. Course Concurrence Information

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