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VOCAL STUDIES PROGRAM

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

VOCAL STUDIES – SEMESTER I

This course is designed as the Collective's entry-level course of study, and focuses on developing the rudimentary technical and musicianship skills required for further study, as well as an introduction to the ensemble performance and the study of Classic Rock repertoire.

This program includes the following courses: 

 

1.         MUSICIANSHIP 1

This course coordinates with Keyboard 1 and introduces the basic theoretical concepts and skill sets required for every well-trained musician, and applies them in a direct and immediate way to the keyboard. Course work covers rhythm and pitch notation, scales, and key signatures.

2.         KEYBOARD 1

This course coordinates with Musicianship 1 and begins the study of keyboard technique with an emphasis on developing basic chromatic and major scale and chord performance skills.

3.         STYLES PREP: CLASSIC ROCK / FUNK/R&B

Students work with their teacher on repertoire and stylistic considerations of the style being studied and to be performed in the rhythm section class.

4.         STYLES RHYTHM SECTION: CLASSIC ROCK / FUNK/R&B

Students perform the style being studied with a professional rhythm section. 

5.         REAL-DEAL REHEARSAL VOCAL 1 

Students work together in a rhythm section format, under the supervision of a faculty member, to rehearse in a series of practical real-life situations, the mastery of which is essential to every musician/vocalist. The focus of RDR 1 is performing common with a trio.

6.         COMMERCIAL VOCAL MUSIC 1

This course gives students the opportunity to perform in a wide variety of styles and settings, while developing the skill sets required to work on the highest levels of recorded commercial and live performance vocal music. Each subsequent semester deals with different aspects of this challenging lucrative field.

7.         WEEKLY VOCAL TECHNIQUE PRIVATE LESSONS 

Students are assigned a private teacher who acts as their vocal technique instructor as well as their principle teacher and advisor. Students meet with this teacher on a weekly basis, usually starting in week 2 of the semester.  

8.         DAILY INDIVIDUAL PRACTICE TIME

Students are assigned 2 hours a day during the week, open hours on the weekend, and additional hours available at off peak times throughout the week. 

9.         SEMESTER-END RECITAL

All students in the vocal performance program participate in the semester-end vocal recital. Students are able to select and rehearse pieces to be performed at this event.


VOCAL STUDIES - SEMESTER II

 

This program continues the work done in semester I. This program includes the following courses: 

1.         MUSICIANSHIP 2

This course coordinates with Keyboard 2 and continues the music theory and ear training sequence, focusing on major scale and triadic chord progressions.

2.         KEYBOARD 2

This course coordinates with Musicianship 2 and continues the study of keyboard technique with an emphasis on mastering all the major scales and simple triadic chord progression skills.

3.         STYLES PREP: POP/ROCK 

Students work with their teacher on repertoire and stylistic considerations of the style being studied and to be performed in the rhythm section class.

4.         STYLES RHYTHM SECTION: POP/ROCK

Students perform the style being studied with a professional rhythm section. 

5.         REAL-DEAL REHEARSAL VOCAL 2

Students work together in a rhythm section format, under the supervision of a faculty member, to rehearse in a series of practical real-life situations, the mastery of which is essential to every musician/vocalist. This course focuses on up-tempo and ballads.

6.         COMMERCIAL VOCAL MUSIC 2

This course gives students the opportunity to perform in a wide variety of styles and settings, while developing the skill sets required to to work on the highest levels of recorded commercial and live performance vocal music. Each subsequent semester deals with different aspects of this challenging lucrative field.

7.         WEEKLY VOCAL TECHNIQUE PRIVATE LESSONS 

Students are assigned a private teacher who acts as their vocal technique instructor as well as their principle teacher and advisor. Students meet with this teacher on a weekly basis, usually starting in week 2 of the semester.  

8.         DAILY INDIVIDUAL PRACTICE TIME

Students are assigned 2 hours a day during the week, open hours on the weekend, and additional hours available at off peak times throughout the week. 

9.         SEMESTER-END RECITAL

All students in the vocal performance program participate in the semester-end vocal recital. Students are able to select and rehearse pieces to be performed at this event.

 

VOCAL STUDIES - SEMESTER III

 This program continues with the work done in the semester 2.

 This program includes the following courses: 

 

1.         MUSICIANSHIP 3

This course coordinates with keyboard 3 and continues the music theory and ear training sequence, focusing on mastering the major scales, and diatonic chord progressions in all the major keys. 7th chord structures are introduced in this course.

2.         KEYBOARD III

This course coordinates with Musicianship 3 and continues the study of keyboard technique with an emphasis on mastering all the major scales and simple triadic chord progression skills, as well as introducing 7th chord structures. 

3.         STYLES PREP: JAZZ / STANDARDS

Students work with their teacher on repertoire and stylistic considerations of the style being studied and to be performed in the rhythm section class.

4.         STYLES RHYTHM SECTION: JAZZ / STANDARDS

Students perform the style being studied with a professional rhythm section. 

5.         REAL-DEAL REHEARSAL VOCAL 3 

Students work together in a rhythm section format, under the supervision of a faculty member, to rehearse in a series of practical real-life situations, the mastery of which is essential to every musician/vocalist. This course focuses on Latin repertoire with added percussion.

6.         COMMERCIAL VOCAL MUSIC 3

This course gives students the opportunity to perform in a wide variety of styles and settings, while developing the skill sets required to work on the highest levels of recorded commercial and live performance vocal music. Each subsequent semester deals with different aspects of this challenging lucrative field.

7.         WEEKLY VOCAL TECHNIQUE PRIVATE LESSONS 

Students are assigned a private teacher who acts as their vocal technique instructor as well as their principle teacher and advisor. Students meet with this teacher on a weekly basis, usually starting in week 2 of the semester.  

8.         DAILY INDIVIDUAL PRACTICE TIME 

Students are assigned 2 hours a day during the week, open hours on the weekend, and additional hours available at off peak times throughout the week.

9.         SEMESTER-END RECITAL

All students in the vocal performance program participate in the semester-end vocal recital. Students are able to select and rehearse pieces to be performed at this event.


VOCAL STUDIES - SEMESTER IV

 

This program continues with the work begun in the semester 3. 

This program includes the following courses: 

 1.         MUSICIANSHIP 4

This course coordinates with Keyboard 4 and completes the 4-course musicianship sequence, focusing on 7th chord construction, and blues progressions.

 2.         KEYBOARD

This course completes the 4-course keyboard sequence. The focus of this course is on 7th chord progressions including the blues progressions. 

3.         STYLES RHYTHM PREP: BLUES / LATIN 

Students work with their teacher on repertoire and stylistic considerations of the style being studied and to be performed in the rhythm section.

4.         STYLES RHYTHM SECTION: BLUES / ALTERNATIVE STYLES

Students perform the style being studied with a professional rhythm section. 

5.         REAL-DEAL REHEARSAL VOCAL 4

Students work together in a rhythm section format, under the supervision of a faculty member, to rehearse in a series of practical real-life situations, the mastery of which is essential to every musician/vocalist. Students bring in material of their own choosing and work on rehearsing the band.

6.         COMMERCIAL VOCAL MUSIC 4

This course gives students the opportunity to perform in a wide variety of styles and settings, while developing the skill sets required to to work on the highest levels of recorded commercial and live performance vocal music. Each subsequent semester deals with different aspects of this challenging lucrative field.

7.         WEEKLY VOCAL TECHNIQUE PRIVATE LESSONS 

Students are assigned a private teacher who acts as their vocal technique instructor as well as their principle teacher and advisor. Students meet with this teacher on a weekly basis, usually starting in week 2 of the semester.  

8.         DAILY INDIVIDUAL PRACTICE TIME 

Students are assigned 2 hours a day during the week, open hours on the weekend, and additional hours available at off peak times throughout the week.

9.         SEMESTER-END RECITAL

All students in the vocal performance program participate in the semester-end vocal recital. Students are able to select and rehearse pieces to be performed at this event.

 

ADVANCED VOCAL STUDIES - SEMESTER V

 

The Certificate Program is an intensive period of study, which focuses on musicianship skills, style performance competencies, and professional performance experiences. This is the first of this two-part program.

This program includes the following courses: 

1.         ADVANCED MUSICIANSHIP 1

Students taking this course, work on refining their aural skills. Course work includes advanced sight-singing, transcription and transposition work.

2.         KEYBOARD / GUITAR ACCOMPANIMENT 1

This course is the first of two courses focusing on the basics of practical keyboard and or guitar self-accompaniment for vocalists.FOUR-CLASS RECORDING SEQUENCE  1

 

3A.       RECORDING PREP

Students work with the faculty coordinator to select material and look over arrangements for the upcoming rehearsal and recording cycle. This teacher also acts as the student's principle teacher and advisor. 

 

3B.       RECORDING PREP - REHEARSAL

Students rehearse material to be used in their final demo package.

 

3C.       RECORDING 

Students record with a live rhythm section the material they have selected, and rehearsed.

 

3D.       OVERDUBBING AND MIXING SESSION

Students continue to work with the project engineer to overdub and mix down the material recorded in the previous recording session.

 

4.         COMMERCIAL VOCAL MUSIC 

Students in the advanced program who have completed the 4-semester sequence of this course, may opt to take an elective class in its place.

 

5.         WEEKLY VOCAL TECHNIQUE PRIVATE LESSONS 

Students are assigned a private teacher who acts as their vocal technique instructor. Advanced students have the option of taking an elective class in place of these lessons.   

 

6.         DAILY INDIVIDUAL PRACTICE TIME 

Students are assigned 2 hours a day during the week, open hours on the weekend, and additional hours available at off peak times throughout the week. 

 

7.         FINAL RECORDING PROJECT AND RECITAL

The semester ends with each student finalizing his/her projects for the semester. 4 hours of additional recording and mix-down time is allocated to each student for this purpose. Each student also rehearses and performs some of their previously recorded work. 

 

ADVANCED VOCAL STUDIES - SEMESTER VI

 

The Certificate Program is an intensive period of study, which focuses on musicianship skills, style performance competencies, and professional performance experiences. This is the first of this two-part program.

This program includes the following courses: 

 

1.         ADVANCED MUSICIANSHIP 2

Students taking this course, work on refining their aural skills. Course work includes advanced sight-singing, transcription and transposition work.

 

2.         KEYBOARD / GUITAR ACCOMPANIMENT 2

This course is the first of two courses focusing on the basics of practical keyboard and or guitar self-accompaniment for vocalists.

FOUR-CLASS RECORDING SEQUENCE 2

 

3A.       RECORDING PREP

Students work with the faculty coordinator to select material and look over arrangements for the upcoming rehearsal and recording cycle. This teacher also acts as the student's principle teacher and advisor. 

 

3B.       RECORDING PREP - REHEARSAL

Students rehearse material to be used in their final demo package.

 

3C.       RECORDING 

Students record with a live rhythm section the material they have selected, and rehearsed.

 

3D.       OVERDUBBING AND MIXING SESSION

Students continue to work with the project engineer to overdub and mix down the material recorded in the previous recording session.

 

4.         COMMERCIAL VOCAL MUSIC 

Students in the advanced program, who have completed the 4-semester sequence of this course, may opt to take an elective class in its place.

 

5.         WEEKLY VOCAL TECHNIQUE PRIVATE LESSONS 

Students are assigned a private teacher who acts as their vocal technique instructor. Advanced students have the option of taking an elective class in place of these lessons.   

 

6.         DAILY INDIVIDUAL PRACTICE TIME 

Students are assigned 2 hours a day during the week, open hours on the weekend, and additional hours available at off peak times throughout the week. 

 

7.         FINAL RECORDING PROJECT AND RECITAL

The semester ends with each student finalizing his/her projects for the semester. 4 hours of additional recording and mix-down time is allocated to each student for this purpose. Each student also rehearses and performs some of their previously recorded work. 

 

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