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Syllabus for Vocal Literature Vocal Literature I, II, and III (MUS 261.1 and 361.1-2) Suzanne Kompass • • • Artist lecturer in Voice Vocal Pedagogy Vocal Literature CELL: 484-350-2989 [email protected] [email protected] www.suzannekompass.com Music Office (Rose Panik): 610-861-1650 Hello and welcome to the world of vocal literature where you will be exposed to great singers and interpreters of songs throughout the ages. How it all began and where we are now. The course description outlines the focus of this class. Repertoire for the voice seems endless. If we were to spend every waking minute of the rest of our lives reading through scores, we would never complete the task. A sense of curiosity throughout our time together is important and we will explore all styles with an open mind. This curiosity will serve you well throughout your musical life and lifelong learning. Course Description – Vocal Literature: • Examination of solo vocal literature, from genres including opera, Lieder, oratorio, mass (and other large choral-orchestral works), cantata, art song, orchestral song, and chamber music. • Literature is divided chronologically from the Middle Ages to the present and we will study representative works of each era. The time spent examining eras will be weighted accordingly to the prolific nature of each representative composer. • Detailed analysis of representative works, including text-music relationships and comparison of styles. • Weekly assignments to develop interpretive understanding of each genre through discussion, analysis, and listening. • A working knowledge of appropriate vocal repertoire for students and various voice types will be explored. • Learning materials will be provided through the music library or from my personal collection on reserve. Areas of Evaluation • Attendance 10% • Preparation/Discourse/Reading 30% • Contrast and Comparison of Periods/Styles 20% • Assignments 20% • Listening Journal 10% • Weekly assessment 10% Schedule of Lessons All lessons are scheduled by arrangement. If for some reason I am not available for a scheduled lesson time, the lesson will be made up at the mutual convenience of the student and myself. If a student cancels a lesson due to illness, every effort will be made to make up the lesson time. If in doubt, please call me by 9am and we can discuss the nature of your absence. Academic Honesty at Moravian College Academic integrity is the foundation on which learning at Moravian College, Moravian Theological Seminary, and the Comenius Centre is built. Students are expected to perform their academic work honestly and fairly. More information can be found here: http://www.moravian.edu/studentlife/handbook/academic/academic2.html Moravian College is here to help : If you find yourself falling irreparably behind in a course, please tell me and I will help in order to try and fix the problem. If not, please be in contact with the Department Chair, who in turn will put you in touch with the Learning Centre. Students who wish to request accommodations in this class for a disability should contact Elaine Mara, assistant director of learning services for academic and disability support at 1307 Main Street, or by calling 610-861-1510. Accommodations cannot be provided until authorisation is received from the Academic Support Centre.