Contemporary Vocal Techniques

Contemporary Vocal Techniques
Contemporary vocal styles and techniques, including pop/belt, stage, and studio singing.
 Hours2.0 Credit, 2.0 Lecture, 1.0 Lab
 PrerequisitesMusic 161 or instructor's consent.
 ProgramsContaining MUSIC 261
Course Outcomes


Students will work on, memorize and perform five song excerpts (Two "classical/legit", [one pre 1966 and one, post 1966] pieces from Musical Theatre literature, two mix/belt pieces from Musical Theatre literature and one Mozart aria. Focus will be on technique, musicianship and interpretation.

Audition Preparation

Students will use musical skill to create coherent 16 bar audition cuts for each of the assigned Musical Theatre pieces

Vocal Technique

Students will enlarge and demonstrate knowledge of vocal anatomy and proper singing technique through a series of quizzes based on information in text

Musical Theatre Literature

Students will enlarge knowledge of Musical Theatre literature by creating a literature list to include, but not limited to, all of the music performed in class.

Self Evaluation

Students will evaluate their own, in class performances by observing video recordings and writing evaluations.

Self Discovery

Through class discussion and personal reflection (journal writing,) students will create a vision for their place in the professional Musical Theatre industry and how best to incorporate the aims of a BYU education into that vision.

Peer Evaluation

Students will evaluate in class performances of peers attending to technique, musicality and communication.


Students will develop the ability to analyze and explain concepts and principles of voice production through working one on one with peers in teacher/ student assignments.

Values Development

Students will keep a journal designed to focus on the importance of maintaining strong moral, ethical and spiritual values while functioning within the professional world.