Fall 2020 Course Syllabus
Course: MUSP-1202- Section: 01
Introductory Group Voice
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Instructor Information
InstructorDr. Blas Canedo Gonzalez
Phone(409) 984-6547
Location:Sam and Linda Monroe Performing Arts Center - Room: 138
Hours:Office 155, Monday and Wednesday, 11 AM to 3PM; Thursday, 10 AM to 12 PM.
Commercial Music, Visual and Performing Arts
Chair:Richard Vandewalker
Phone:(409) 984-6520

If you have a grievance, complaint, or concern about this course that has not been resolved through discussion with the Instructor, please consult the Department Chair.
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Course Information
Description Introduction to Speech Level Singing philosophy and technique with goals related to commercial voice. Emphasizes sight singing and harmony singing applicable to commercial background singing.
Prerequisites None
Learning Outcomes 1. Students will demonstrate comprehension of the basics of vocal technique reading material. Identifies all main ideas, supporting details, and vocabulary in reading material; demonstrates a full understanding of the reading (PSLO 1)

2. Students will acquire a basic understanding of vocal health and hygiene applicable to many different styles of singing. (PSLO 2)

3. Students will acquire communicative and expressive skills applicable to their own voices. (PSLO 2,4,5)

4. Students will develop a professional, disciplined approach to vocal performance skills (PSLO 2,4,5)

5. Students will acquire harmony singing applicable to commercial background singing. (PSLO 1, 2, 4,5)

Core Objectives Communication skills: Students will demonstrate effective written, oral, and visual communication.

* Critical Thinking Skills: Students will engage in creative and/or innovative thinking, and/or inquiry, analysis, evaluation, synthesis of information, organizing concepts, and constructing solutions.

* Personal Responsibility: Students will demonstrate the ability to connect choices, actions, and consequences to ethical decision-making.
Program Student Learning Outcomes
Textbooks Textbook Purchasing Statement: A student attending Lamar State College Port Arthur is not under any obligation to purchase a textbook from the college-affiliated bookstore. The same textbook may also be available from an independent retailer, including an online retailer.

Recommended textbook: Your Voice: the Basics by Scott McCoy, Inside View Press, 2016

Printed sheet music and karaoke recordings of songs and arias that can be found online, for free or at an affordable price at libraries, and book stores.
Lecture Topics
Week 1: Critical listening, vocal faults, conceptual and corrective measures
Week 2: Critical listening to commercial and classical singers
Week 3: Breathing techniques and posture
Week 4: Basic of anatomy and physiology of the voice, review of breathing exercises
Week 5: Understanding phonation and resonance
Week 6: Vocal Health
Week 7: Vocal Fitness: developing a routine to warm up the voice
Week 8: Vocal fitness through applied repertoire
Week 8: Vowel articulation and vocal technique, concept and practical exercises
Week 9: Vowel articulation and vocal technique, concept and practical exercises
Week 10:Registration, concept and practical exercises
Week 11:Registration exercises. Midterm project.
Week 12:Students' topic presentation1, review of vocal exercises
Week 13: Students topic presentation 2, review of vocal exercises
Week 14: Preparing repertoire 1
Week 15:Preparing repertoire 2
Week 16: Final Exam presentation lecture and or performance with or without Juries.
Major Assignments
The midterm and the final exam may be a combination of written, oral presentation, and/or performance.

Final Exam Date December 3, 2020 - 10:00 AM   Through  December 6, 2020 - 3:00 PM
Grading Scale  90 - 100=A    80 - 89=B    70 - 79=C     60 - 69=D    Below 59 = F
Determination of
Final Grade
Class attendance and participation 45%

Mid-Term Performance and Written Exam 25%

Final Exam performance project 30%
Course Policies
Instructor Policies If your need to discuss grades with me please send me an email to make an appointment.
Attendance Policy Research has shown a cause and effect relationship between attendance and college success.
Classes start on time and being late will count as an absence. More than 5 absences can drastically affect your final grade.
Academic Honesty Academic honesty is expected from all students, and dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the LSC-PA policies (Section IX, subsection A, in the Faculty Handbook) for consequences of academic dishonesty.
Facility Policies
  1. No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

  2. Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom, except by special instructor permission.

  3. Use of electronic devices is prohibited.
Important Information
ADA Considerations The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the the Office for Disability Services Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.
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HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.