At the core of vocal studies is individualized lessons with a highly skilled and personable voice teacher. During voice lessons, you meet one-on-one with your assigned teacher to learn and polish the fundamental functions of singing including posture, breathing, well-coordinated sound production, resonation and articulation, as well as the artistry involved in crafting the perfect performance of a song with everything from dynamics to stage presence. Because lessons are individualized, your teacher customizes lessons to your own strengths, weaknesses, and pace to work toward your greatest improvement. Your teacher will generally allot part of your lesson time for vocal exercises to train your singing muscles, and part of your lesson for working on specific assigned repertoire. Because voice lessons are catered to you and constantly changing, most students take lessons for multiple semesters to get the most out of their studies. Majors and minors have specific requirements about how many semesters they must be enrolled in lessons, electives may choose. The following classes offered are all voice lessons:
Students enrolled in MUS 160, MUS 161 or MUS 361 receive 1 hour of credit per semester and meet with their teacher for lessons for one half hour each week. Students enrolled in MUS 162 or MUS 362 receive 2 hours of credit per semester and meet with their teacher for lessons for one hour each week. Studying for voice lessons comes in the form of practicing vocal exercises and repertoire, as well as completing other assignments the teacher may give (listening to recordings, researching a characters, etc). Students enrolled in voice lessons are expected to practice 6 hours per week for each credit hour they are receiving. Minors are expected to practice 6 hours each week and majors are expected to practice 12 hours each week.