Special Topics in Contemporary Music

Course Code: MEL 3075

Academic Year: 2023-2024

This is an introductory course designed to teach the non-vocal major to make the voice sound more powerful, to use vocal technique to expand their range and expression and become more confident in vocal performances. Through guided study using live demonstrations, animated illustrations and recorded examples, the course explores how to sing with more freedom, have better breath management, sing simple harmonies and understand how to take care of one's voice. Topics include weekly warm-ups, practice routines, performances, ways to address performance anxiety, stage presence and use of microphones. Students will gain the skills to sing in various styles with greater facility and awareness.