The University of Tennessee at Martin offers vocal instructions for all vocal majors. Other music majors and non-music majors can take private lessons if they can demonstrate certain vocal skills and meet the requirements of the vocal faculty. Any students at UTM who are interested in singing can enroll in the Voice Class (MUAP 103). The class usually offers in the Fall semester if the number of enrollment reaches a certain level.
Vocal students at UTM are exposed to classical vocal literature that includes music of all ages. The purpose of studio vocal instruction is to help students to build the voice and to develop good vocal technique, as well as the appreciation and the understanding for all styles of vocal music.
All vocal students are required to take Diction for Singers I (MUS 161: Italian and English diction) and Diction for Singers II (MUS 162: German and French diction). These courses are designed to guide students to develop the ability to write and read International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) transcriptions of words in different languages, so that to aid him/her in achieving excellent diction when singing. In addition, vocal students have the opportunities to perform in studio class and recital hour, vocal studio recitals, lyric opera theatre, and the two choral ensembles (The University Singers and The New Pacer Singers). These experiences help them to establish self-confidence in front of large audiences.
Other than the courses mentioned above, the Department of Music also offers Vocal Ensemble Techniques (MUS 319, Fall), Vocal Literature (MUS 335, Fall-even), Vocal Literature (MUS 336, Spring-odd), Choral Literature and Styles (MUS 339 & MUS 731, as needed), Voice Science and Pedagogy (MUS 365, Fall-odd), and Choral Conducting (MUS 451, Spring).
The Department of Music offers Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education and Performance/Pedagogy as well as Bachelor of Arts in Music degree for vocal majors. To learn more about the audition dates for academic year 2007-2008, please check the Scholarships & Auditions. Students who are interested in specializing vocal studies and would like to learn more about our vocal/choral program, please contact Dr. Amy Yeung.
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