Fall 2023 Course Syllabus
Course: MUSP-1202 (Section: 01, CRN: 92891)
Introductory Group Voice
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Instructor Information
Instructor Dr. Blas Canedo Gonzalez
Email canedoba@lamarpa.edu
Phone (409) 984-6547
Office Sam and Linda Monroe Performing Arts Center - Room: 126
Office Hours Office 126, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 9 AM to 11 AM; Thursday, 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM5
Additional Contact Information
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.
Required 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. This book is recommended, not mandatory.
Additional Materials/Resources None.
Corequisites/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 basic harmony singing applicable to commercial background singing. (PSLO 1, 2, 4,5)
Program Student Learning Outcomes
Lecture Topics Outline Week 1: Intro, syllabus, and vocal group exercises. Week 2: Listening actively, warming up the voice 1 Week 3: Listening actively, warm-ups 2 Week 4: Repertoire assignments, best practices in artistic performance Week 5: Best practices in the performance music industry. Practice music deeply Week 6: Classification of the voice Week 7: Classification of the voice Week 8: Classification of the voice Week 9: Private class performance presentation 1, feedback and reflection Week 10: Rehearsal Week 11: Rehearsal Week 12: Rehearsal Week 13: Private class performance presentation 2, feedback and reflection. Week 14: Rehearsal Week 15: Rehearsal Week 17: Final Exam, performance presentation 3, feedback, and reflection If your need to discuss grades with me please send me an email to make an appointment.
Major Assignments Schedule The midterm exam may be a combination of written, oral presentation, and/or performance. The Final exam will be a performance of the warm-ups, vocalizations, and songs assigned by the teacher. At least one song should be performed memorized.
Final Exam Date May 8, 2023 - 10:0 AM   Through  May 8, 2023 - 11:0 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 55% Mid-Term: Performance and Written Exam 20% Final Exam: performance and project 25%
Course Policies
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HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSCPA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.
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Department Information
Commercial Music, Visual and Performing Arts
Chair:Richard Vandewalker
Phone:(409) 984-6520