MUSC 4700 – Vocal Pedagogy
Course Syllabus – Fall 2015

| Course description | Outcomes | Term | Instructor information | Class meetings | Text | |Evaluation | Grading | Mid-term progress report | Course schedule | Course policies | Important dates |

Individuals with disabilities who need to request accommodations should contact 
the Disability Services Coordinator, Student Center 255, (678) 466-5445,


Course Description:

Number and Title:

MUSC 4700 (CRN 80365)
Vocal Pedagogy

Credit Hours:

3.0 semester credit hours (3-0-3)

Catalog Description:

A study of the human voice, its registers, classification of voices, method of practicing, analysis, style, and selection of literature. Work in vocal pedagogy lab. Major program outcomes: students acquire the technical skills requisite for artistic self-expression, and develop techniques for teaching those skills; students have the opportunity to become familiar with the capabilities of technology as they relate to teaching. University-wide outcomes: oral and written communication.



Course Prerequisites and Co-requisites:

·        Prerequisite: MUSC 1012, Music Theory II

Computer Requirement:

Each CSU student is required to have ready access throughout the semester to a notebook computer that meets faculty-approved hardware and software requirements for the student's academic program. Students will sign a statement attesting to such access.  For further information on CSU's Official Notebook Computer Policy, please go to http://www.clayton.edu/hub/itpchoice/notebookcomputerpolicy.

Software Requirement:

To properly access the course content you may need to download the following free software:

·        Adobe Reader (needed to access files in PDF format): http://get.adobe.com/reader/

·        Adobe Flash (needed to access video content): http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/

Computer Skill Prerequisites:

  • Able to use the WindowsTM operating system
  • Able to use Microsoft WordTM word processing
  • Able to send and receive e-mail using OutlookTM or Outlook ExpressTM
  • Able to attach and retrieve attached files via email
  • Able to use a Web browser.

In-class Use of Student Notebook Computers:

Student notebook computers will not be used in the classroom in this course. Computers will be required to access course materials and to communicate with your instructor. 

GeorgiaVIEW Desire2Learn  (Online Classroom):

On-line activity will ay take place in Desire2Learn, the virtual classroom for the course.

You can gain access to Desire2Learn, by signing on to the SWAN portal and selecting :”GaVIEW” on the top right side.  If you experience any difficulties in Desire2Learn, please email or call The HUB at TheHub@mail.clayton.edu or (678) 466-HELP. You will need to provide the date and time of the problem, your SWAN username, the name of the course that you are attempting to access, and your instructor's name.

Program Learning Outcomes:

Bachelor of Music outcomes:

MUSC 4700 supports the following outcomes::

  • Think, speak and write clearly and effectively about music.
  • Develop teaching skills in the performance medium.

Bachelor of Arts outcomes:

      • Think, speak and write clearly and effectively about music.


Course Learning Outcomes:

Course Goals and Objectives

      1. Know the anatomy and physiology of the body as a singing instrument and the application thereof to working with singers.
      2. Utilize correct terminology in discussing the body and singing techniques.
      3. Demonstrate knowledge of acoustics as applied to the signing instrument and hearing.
      4. Develop a working knowledge of and informed opinion about differing breath management philosophies
      5. Demonstrate knowledge of accepted resonance balancing in western classical singing
      6. Demonstrate the ability to classify register, and unify the male and female singing voices
      7. Be familiar with the health and care of the singing voice.
      8. Demonstrate ability to teach vocal technique in a lesson.
      9. Develop knowledge of diagnosable vocal conditions and their corrections.
      10. Develop a philosophy of healthy and successful ensemble and solo singing
      11. Present on a topic of special interest to the student.



Fall Semester 2015

Instructor Information:


Dr. Christina Howell
phone: (678) 466-4755


Music Education Building, Room 226

Office hours:

To be determined after lesson schedule is set. No later than the end of add/drop.

Other times by appointment

Class Meetings:


Music Education Building, Room 221

Class times:

9:00 a.m. -9:50 a.m., Monday, Wednesday & Friday





Textbook Information:

Text 1:

McCoy, Scott. Your Voice: An Inside View, 2nd Edition. Delaware: Inside View Press, 2012. Print.

Text Coverage:

All Chapters

Text 2:

Rosenberg, Marci; Leborgne, Wendy. The Vocal Athlete: Application and Technique for the Hybrid Singer. San Diego: Plural Publishing, 2014.


*Turned in via Dropbox on D2L
**The final examination will be comprehensive.




90 - 100%


80 - 89%


70 - 79%


60 - 69%


below 60%

Mid-term Progress Report:

The mid-term grade in this course, which will be issued on October 5, 2015 reflects approximately 30% of the entire course grade.  Based on this grade, students may choose to withdraw from the course and receive a grade of "W."  Students pursuing this option must fill out an official withdrawal form, available in the Office of the Registrar, or withdraw on-line using the SWAN by mid-term, which occurs on October 9.  Instructions for withdrawing are provided at this link.

The last day to withdraw without academic accountability is Friday, October 9, 2015.

Course Policies:

General Policy
Students must abide by policies in the Clayton State University Student Handbook, and the Basic Undergraduate Student Responsibilities.

University Attendance Policy

Students are expected to attend and participate in every class meeting. Instructors establish specific policies relating to absences in their courses and communicate these policies to the students through the course syllabi. Individual instructors, based upon the nature of the course, determine what effect excused and unexcused absences have in determining grades and upon students’ ability to remain enrolled in their courses. The university reserves the right to determine that excessive absences, whether justified or not, are sufficient cause for institutional withdrawals or failing grades.

Course Attendance Policy
Attendance is expected for all class periods.  Because information in each class is foundational for the following class, attendance is vital to success in the class. Attendance is required for quiz and examination periods.  Any absence must be accompanied by a written excuse from a doctor or other competent authority. 

Missed Work
Without a valid excuse, a grade of zero points will be assigned for the missed work.  If a valid excuse is provided:

  • Make-up examinations will be given only if they are taken before graded examinations are returned to students (next class period).  In the event that a make-up examination cannot be taken before exams are returned to other students, the missed examination will not count in calculating the course grade.  This means that other graded work will be responsible for a greater weight in determining the course final grade.
  • The final examination must be taken. Students missing the final examination should contact their instructor concerning the applicability of an Incomplete grade.

Academic Dishonesty

Any type of activity that is considered dishonest by reasonable standards may constitute academic misconduct. The most common forms of academic misconduct are cheating and plagiarism All instances of academic dishonesty will result in a grade of zero for the work involved.  All instances of academic dishonesty will be reported to the Office of Student Life/Judicial Affairs.   Judicial procedures are described beginning on page 14 of the
Student Handbook (Procedures for Adjudicating Alleged Academic Conduct Infractions 

Disruption of the Learning Environment

Behavior which disrupts the teaching–learning process during class activities will not be tolerated.  While a variety of behaviors can be disruptive in a classroom setting, more serious examples include belligerent, abusive, profane, and/or threatening behavior.  A student who fails to respond to reasonable faculty direction regarding classroom behavior and/or behavior while participating in classroom activities may be dismissed from class.  A student who is dismissed is entitled to due process and will be afforded such rights as soon as possible following dismissal.  If found in violation, a student may be administratively withdrawn and may receive a grade of WF.

A more detailed description of examples of disruptive behavior and appeal procedures is provided at: 



Writing Assistance
The Writers’ Studio 224 is located in the A&S building, room 224.  There you can talk with trained writing consultants about your writing projects.  They are available to work with you at any stage of your paper, from generating ideas to organizing your paper to understanding how to format it correctly.  The service is free; you may drop in and wait for a consultant or sign up for a regular appointment.  But remember: you, not your consultant, are ultimately responsible for the quality and content of the papers you submit.


Aside from meeting with consultants one-with-one, you can also participate in consultant-led writing workshops. In these workshops, consultants will guide you in discussions and activities important to academic writing topics. Consultants and student-writers will collaborate on ways to apply writing concepts and strategies to specific writing situations. You will be identify, analyze, integrate, and synthesize writing principles through a series of writing exercises. Remember that we are here to collaborate with you as you develop your own experiences as a student-writer.




Operation Study
At Clayton State University, we expect and support high motivation and academic achievement. Look for Operation Study activities and programs this semester that are designed to enhance your academic success such as study sessions, study breaks, workshops, and opportunities to earn Study Bucks (for use in the University Bookstore) and other items


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