2000 Level

General Musicianship

  • The student will demonstrate further development in sight-reading skills.
  • Beyond requirements of Level 1000, the student should demonstrate an understanding of the form of each piece studied.

Vocal Technique

  • The student will demonstrate continued development of breath coordination, increased tonal resonance, ability to sing staccato, marcato and legato phrases, and increased flexibility and freedom.
  • The student will exhibit, both in the studio and in performance, the ability to sing with careful attention to good diction as well as correct vocal production.

Repertoire

At the 2000 level of study, all music majors and minors will be assigned pieces in English, Italian and German, and one piece may be from the music theatre repertory. Students are encouraged to work on repertory in other foreign languages, particularly those previously studied.

Interdisciplinary majors and Music Theatre Performance majors will be assigned pieces in English and Italian, and at least 50 percent will continue to be from the standard classical repertory. Once minimum requirements have been satisfied, a student may select repertory from other genres with the permission of the Performance Studies instructor. It is recommended that 75 percent of the selections be memorized.

2000 Level Minimum Repertory Assignments

Degree Semester I Semester II Semester III (& subsequent sems.)
B.A./Music: Voice Perf./
Ped. Other Options
7-8
5-6
8-90
6-7
Same as Sem. II, if required
Same as Sem. II, if required
B.S./Music Ed. 5-6 6-7 Same as Sem. II, if required
B.A./B.S. Interdisc. 5-6 6-7 Same as Sem. II, if required
B.A./Theatre Music Theatre Perf. 6-7 7-8 Same as Sem. II, if required
Music Minor & Voice/
2nd Inst.
4 4-5 4-5
Non-Music Major/or Minor
& Voice/ 2nd Inst.**
4 4-5 4-5**

** Study beyond the 1000 level is optional for these students.

Performance Studies Notebook: Voice (2000 Level)

All students at 2000, 3000 and 4000 levels will maintain a Performance Studies notebook that includes the following:

  • Verbatim (word for word) translations of texts of each foreign language song studied during the semester.
  • Phonetic (IPA) spellings of texts, foreign language and English (this may be combined with the verbatim translation)
  • A paraphrasing, in English, of each text. This is to be done for English texts as well as foreign.
  • A brief historical sketch of your character (in the song or aria), leading up to the time you express yourself in the song or aria being studies. (The purpose of this exercise is: 1) to acquaint students with varied ways of approaching the study and interpretation of vocal literature through a) analysis of text and music, and b) the application of acting techniques; and 2) to explore ways of personalizing material while fulfilling the composer’s intent.)
  • A paragraph giving a brief biographical sketch of the composer of each song or aria, and any significant information about the song or aria studied (Is it from a song cycle? Which opera or oratorio? etc). Indicate also whether or not you have located and listened to a recording of the piece.
  • All materials related to voice Performance Studies (notes on lessons, and photocopies in use, vocalizes and repertory lists, as well as the information above).
  • Other materials as required by individual Performance Studies instructors.
  • This notebook will be graded on its completeness, organization and legibility.

Performance Requirements

Jury Examinations All students will perform a jury for the faculty at the end of each semester of study. Students should be prepared to sing from memory selections that are representative of the repertory studied. All voice students seeking to advance to the 3000 level of study must perform literature in both English and Italian. Majors must offer at least one selection in German, and they will be expected to sing appropriate scales and intervals during the exam. The quantity of repertory which students will offer is dependent on whether they are majors, minors, interdisciplinary, etc., and how many semesters of study they have completed.

Please note: The 2000 level advancement jury is a particularly important one. It is at this point that the appropriateness of the major for each student will be evaluated. A student’s performance in other course work within the major may be factored into the faculty recommendations.

  • If significant vocal progress has not been achieved but future success in the major seems to remain a possibility, then a third semester of study at the 2000 level will be the most likely recommendation.
  • If significant vocal progress has not been achieved and future success in the major appears to be unlikely, then the student will be counseled to consider other academic options.
  • Students must advance to the 3000 level in order to perform a Junior Recital.

2000 Level Minimum Jury Repertory

Degree Semester I Semester II Semester III (& subsequent sems.)
Music: B.A./B.S.**
& Theatre: M.T option**
3 4 (level change) Same as Sem. II, if required
Interdisciplinary 3 4 (level change) Same as Sem. II, if required
Music Minors 2 6 (completion jury)
Non-Music Majors 1 1 1

**All Music/Voice and Theatre/Music Theatre Performance majors seeking to advance to the 3000 level of study will be assigned one selection which must be prepared for jury performance without the aid of the Performance Studies teacher or the accompanist (for note learning). The studio teacher will select the piece and give it to the student three weeks prior to Jury Examinations. This requirement is in addition to those stated in the chart above. Students may have one short (15 min.) rehearsal with their assigned accompanist prior to the jury for the purpose of creating a musical/expressive performance. The accompanist may not assist with the learning of pitches and rhythms, but may coach the singer regarding issues of performance.

Student Recitals

  • 1. B.A. Music, B.S. Music Ed., and B.A. Theatre/Music Theatre Performance majors are required to perform on at least one Student Recital each semester.
  • Music minors and Interdisciplinary majors must perform on at least one Student Recital during the 2000 level of study.
  • Any waiver of these requirements is at the discretion of the Performance Studies teacher.

Additional Performances

As proficiency and self-confidence increase, the student should take advantage of additional performing opportunities, e.g., soloist with major ensembles, church soloist, chamber music with other student musicians. The student must discuss with the instructor any proposed solo performance.

Voice Performance Studies: 3000 Level

General Musicianship

  • The student will demonstrate continued maturation in vocal interpretive skills as evidence by increased attention to stylistic differences, phrasing and dynamic shading.
  • The student should give evidence of increased facility in learning accurately and independently all music assigned.

Vocal Technique

  • The student will display greater consistency in correct vocal production. There should be less regression in technique when under performance pressure.
  • The student will extend the range of voice, and continue to develop good resonance, breath management and an increased range of dynamic shading.

Repertoire

At the 3000 level of study, all music majors will be assigned pieces in English, Italian, German and French. Music minors will be assigned pieces in English, Italian and German. For both music majors and minors, one musical theatre piece may be included in the minimum repertory assignment. Students are encouraged to work on repertory in other foreign languages, particularly those previously studied.

Interdisciplinary majors and Music Theatre Performance majors will be assigned pieces in English and Italian, and at least 50 percent will continue to be from the standard classical repertory. Once minimum requirements have been satisfied, a student may select repertory from other genres with the permission of the Performance Studies instructor.

It is recommended that 75 percent of the selections be memorized.

3000 Level Minimum Repertory Assignments

Degree Semester I Semester II Semester III (& subsequent sems.)
B.A./Music: Voice Perf./Ped.

Other Options

8-9

6-7

8-10

6-8

Same as Sem. II, if required

Same as Sem. II, if required

B.S./Music Ed. 6-7 6-8 Same as Sem. II, if required
B.A./B.S. Interdisc. 6-7 6-7 Same as Sem. II, if required
B.A./Theatre Music Theatre Perf 7-8 8-10 Same as Sem. II, if required
Music Minor & Voice/2ND Instr.** 6-7 6-7 Same as Sem. II, if required

**Study above the 2000 level is optional for these students.

Performance Studies Notebook: Voice (3000 Level)

Requirements are the same as for Level 2000.

Performance Requirements

Jury Examinations

  • All students will perform a jury for the faculty at the end of each semester of study. Students should be prepared to sing from memory selections that are representative of the repertory studied.
  • Advancement to the 4000 level of study will signify that performances now demonstrate a high level of technical mastery, musicality and expression. Students must be advanced to the 4000 level in order to perform the Senior Recital.
  • Advancement to the 4000 level of study is permitted only for students in the B.A. Music/Voice/all options, the B.S. Music Ed./voice, the B.A. Theatre/Music Theatre Performance option and the B.A./B.S. Interdisciplinary major (students who have included voice Performance Studies at the 4000 level in the contract for the major).
  • B.A. Music/Voice Performance & Pedagogy and B.S. Music Ed./voice majors seeking to advance to the 4000 level of study must offer jury literature in English, Italian, German and one other language.
  • B.A. Music/other option majors seeking to advance to the 4000 level of study must offer jury literature in English, Italian and one other language. The remaining literature may reflect the focus of the music option.
  • B.A. Theatre/Music Theatre Performance majors seeking to advance to the 4000 level of study must include in the jury literature two selections from the classical vocal repertory, one in English and one in Italian. The remainder of the jury repertory offered should be from among the various music theatre genres.
  • B.A./B.S. Interdisciplinary students seeking to advance to the 4000 level of study must offer jury literature in English, Italian and German. Other literature may reflect the focus of the Interdisciplinary major contract.

Minimum 3000 Level Jury Repertory

Degree Semester I Semester II Semester III (& subsequent sems.)
Music: B.A./B.S.***
& Theatre: M.T option***
4 5 (level change) Same as Sem. II, if required
Interdisciplinary 4 5 (level change) Same as Sem. II, if required
All Others 2 2

***All Music/Voice and Theatre/Music Theatre Performance majors seeking to advance to the 4000 level of study will be assigned one selection which must be prepared for jury performance without the aid of the Performance Studies teacher or the accompanist (for note learning). The studio teacher will select the piece and give it to the student three weeks prior to Jury Examinations. This requirement is in addition to those stated in the chart above. Students may have one short (15 min.) rehearsal with their assigned accompanist prior to the jury for the sole purpose of creating a musical/expressive performance. The accompanist may not assist with the learning of pitches and rhythms, but may coach the singer regarding the issues of performance.

Student Recitals

  • B.A. Music/all options, B.S. Music Education, B.A. Theatre/Music Theatre Performance, and B.A./B.S. Interdisciplinary majors are required to perform on at least one Student Recital each semester during the 3000 level of study.
  • If Music minors and Music students studying voice as a second instrument continue their study into the 3000 level, then they, too, must perform on at least one Student Recital each semester.

Junior Recitals

Only those students whose degree program requires a Junior Recital may present a departmentally-sponsored junior recital.

  1. B.A. Music/Voice Performance & Pedagogy majors are required to enroll in MU 3010 and to present a Junior Recital in one of the semesters of study at the 3000 level. This generally takes the form of one half a program that is shared with another student performer. All departmental procedures for scheduling a public recital performance must be followed. Students must also perform a pre-recital jury (at least four weeks prior to the date of the public performance), and prepare program copy and program notes as described for the Senior Recital (see 4000 level A.7, 8, 9).
  2. B.A. Music/ Music Technology options majors with voice as the major instrument are required to either present a solo recital or to complete a Music Technology project. These students should consult with both the voice teacher and the head of the Music Technology program to determine whether the solo recital or the music technology project would be more appropriate for them. These students should register for MU 3010 and follow all of the guidelines for recitals in #1 above.

Additional Performances

As proficiency and self-confidence increase, the student should take advantage of additional performing opportunities, e.g., soloist with major ensembles, church soloist, chamber music with other student musicians. The student must discuss with the instructor any proposed solo performance.

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