The Voice: a Prism of Musical Expression (MVO2305.01)

Thann Scoggin

In this seminar, we will explore a large and diverse spectrum of repertoire focusing on the voice outside of the Western Classical tradition. Instead, we will look to popular and folk musics from around the world for inspiration in the myriad forms in which vocal expression has developed.

Vocal techniques and styles to be studied in this course include but are not limited to various traditions of overtone singing, belting, yodeling, unpitched techniques in extreme metal and elsewhere, and the employment of pressed phonation and “grit” in pitched singing. We will examine these techniques through extensive listening, in-class demonstration and experimentation, and through analysis of the physiological function of the voice.

Prior musical experience or fluency in Western musical notation is not required to take this course. Notated examples will occasionally be utilized, which will help to familiarize students with some music fundamentals.

Learning Outcomes:
Broaden our concepts of how the voice can be used in a variety of musical contexts
Develop a vocabulary pertaining to vocal techniques, both pitched and unpitched
Hone overall listening and analytical skills by focusing on granular sonic qualities of vocal production
Expand knowledge of different cultures through exploration of popular and folk musics
For those students interested in expanding their own vocal skills, finding inspiration for experimentation, with a focus on healthy singing practices and awareness of physiology

Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Course Level: 2000-level
Credits: 2
M 1:40PM - 3:30PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 16
Course Frequency: One time only

Categories: 2000 , All courses , Fully In-Person , Two Credit , Voice
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