Vocal Techniques (A141) ; 2 Credits
General Course Information
Course Title: Fundamental Vocal Techniques (A141) 2 credits
Course Length: One sixteen week semester
Demographic: This course is directed toward high school students and adults. Middle school or younger students must be accompanied by an enrolled high school or adult student. There are no discounts for younger students.
Auditing: There are no tuition discounts for auditing this course. Auditors are expected to do all the practicing, and the final recital. The only thing auditors are exempt from is the final written exam.
This course examines the foundational techniques of phonation, or the producing of sound with the human voice, whether singing or speaking. It is based on the proven premise that EVERY person can sing! Over the span of his career, Shamblin Stone has developed the academic theory that anyone can learn to match pitches, and therefore sing. This theory has been substantiated multiple times. This course is separated into two sections: Singing with intonation, and singing with quality. It introduces the fundamental vocal techniques which every singer should know. The final project of this course is to apply these vocal techniques by singing a solo in a recital. A sound track or karaoke CD will be required for each student for their recital piece.
A Final Written exam will be given out on April 12, 2012 as a take-home, honor-system, and closed-notes test. This test will need to be brought back to class completed on April 19, 2012. It is a post-secondary level written exam.
Every student in this course, including auditors, will be required to sing one song at the culminating Vocal Recital, which will be held on Thursday, April 26, 2012 at 7:00pm. This Recital will be held in the City Church sanctuary, which has the same address of the Academy. It will be a “dress-up” event. Each student is expected to invite their family and friends to attend. There will a suggested donation of $2 per adult and $1 for students to cover the cost of the facility rental for the evening. Each student will sing to an accompaniment CD, or other live musicians. Vocal recital participants will not be permitted to accompany themselves.
Following the recital, we will have a brief graduation ceremony where we will hand out Certificates of Completion to the regular students and Certificates of Participation to the auditing students. There will be a reception to follow these activities.
John Street, the first Valedictorian of the Worship College