Vocal Performance Concentration | Music Major | Concordia University Irvine

Music Major

Vocal Performance Concentration

School of Arts and Sciences

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Curriculum

Concordia is, without a doubt, a rich atmosphere in which to ascend as a performing musician. A dedication to the Vocal Performance Concentration will place the most challenging repertoire in front of students through rigorous one-on-one training with a highly accomplished professional performer as well as numerous ensemble performances that include expectations of musical leadership. Concordia graduates who have moved on to graduate school regularly comment that Concordia's performance atmosphere is richer than large schools for musician development because the strongest young undergraduates have opportunities to rise to principal chairs sooner while being challenged with a heavy, diverse performing schedule that is rare for undergraduates at many of the large music schools with many graduate students. When entering graduate school, they feel like more seasoned performers than their peers who attended brand name music schools.

For those with a heightened degree of dedication and concentration, Concordia can be an ideal training ground for a musical performer. However, it is rare for musicians to make the majority of their income as performers. Concordia will prepare students to perform with professional-level standards in an exceptional academic environment, which could propel students to graduate study, and which likely will propel them to become professors, teachers, and music directors who are best attuned to the highest standards in music. Their achievements in collegiate music performance will provide a level of self-discipline, work ethic, and ability to complete difficult problem-solving tasks that is desperately sought after in any professional environment.

If you would like to have a conversation with a professor about the Vocal Performance Concentration, please contact Dr. Michael Busch.
michael.busch@cui.edu
949-214-3414

  • Vocal Performance Concentration
  • 18 Units
  • Vocal Performance students must select Choral Methods and Repertoire (3) in the Music Major. Applied and ensemble units in this concentration are in addition to the Musicianship Core of the Music Major.
  • MUVO 301 or higher: Private Lessons: Voice
  • 6

These units are in addition to the Musicianship core of the Music Major.

  • MUS 271: Diction for Singers 1: English/Italian
  • 2

Study of basic phonetics in English and Italian as applied to singer's diction with an introduction to International Phonetic Alphabet.

  • MUS 272: Diction for Singers 2: German/French
  • 2

Study of basic phonetics in German and French as applied to singer's diction. Continued study of the International Phonetic Alphabet. Prerequisite: MUS 271.

  • MUS 472: Vocal Pedagogy and Literature
  • 3

A survey of voice anatomy, acoustics, physiology, hygiene and vocal development. The course will explore teaching singers of various ages and selection of age-appropriate repertoire. Prerequisite: MUVO 201, MUVO 301 or MUVO 401.

  • MUVO 398: Junior Recital
  • 1

MUVO 398: Junior Recital

  • Choose 4 units from the following:
  • MUS 176: Opera Workshop I
  • 2

In this course students will learn basic concepts of communication and character development through reading, research, writing, and develop performance skills by singing in the opera chorus.

  • MUS 276: Opera Workshop II
  • 2

In this course students will learn basic concepts of communication and character development through reading, research, and writing as they develop performing skills through singing in the opera chorus and learning small solo roles.

  • MUS 376: Opera Workshop III
  • 2

In this course students will learn concepts of communication and character development through reading, research, and writing as they develop performance skills by participating in the opera chorus and singing solo roles.

  • MUS 476: Opera Workshop IV
  • 2

In this course students will learn concepts of communication and character development through reading, research, and writing as they develop performance skills by participating in the opera chorus and singing solo roles and writing program notes related to their role.

  • MUE 255: Jazz Combo
  • 0.5

This course will provide improvisation, performance, skills, and repertoire. Students will have the opportunity to arrange and compose new works for the ensemble. Membership is by approval of instructor.

  • MUE 282: Worship Band
  • 0.5

In this course band members will rehearse basic contemporary worship repertoire for use in campus chapel and worship services. Worship ensembles meet on a weekly basis and personnel can vary depending on schedule availability. Worship ensembles meet on a weekly basis and personnel can vary depending on schedule availability. There may be an additional charge for required field trips or tours. Membership Placement into a worship ensemble is by audition and/or invitation only.

  • MUE 262: Chamber Music Ensemble
  • 0.5

Chamber Music Ensemble is designed to give singers and instrumentalists an introduction to working in chamber music settings which can include duos, trios, and quartets. It is a hands-on laboratory that will include meetings as a group with the instructor to discuss topics related to the field of chamber music as well as individual and group coaching sessions, and performances. Participants will be assigned musical partners to work with throughout the semester and will be expected to practice assigned music on their own and with their partners outside of class.

  • MUKP 100A: Piano Class I
  • 1

This course will offer students basic keyboard playing skills and concepts including the ability to read and play music by recognizing rhythms, intervals, chords, scales, and other musical patterns. Students will become familiar with the tools and terms of music and begin to read music.

  • MUKP 100B: Piano Class II
  • 1

This course will build upon the skills gained in MUKP 100A as students continue to develop basic keyboard skills. Prerequisite: MUKP 100A or instructor's permission.

  • MUKP 101: Private Lessons: Piano I
  • 1

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Current students, please note: The requirements listed here may not reflect the most current courses for this major and may not be the requirements for the catalog year you are following to complete your major. Please refer to the Academic Catalog for official requirements you must meet to qualify for a degree.


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