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The Certificate in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy

Application Requirements:

1. A minimum of two years at a music department, school of music, or conservatory with a music major/voice emphasis, and a minimum GPA of 2.5;

2. A taped audition;

3. Application letter and resume;

4. A minimum of three letters of reference from voice/music faculty or private instructors;

5. Basic piano skills (minimum of three years of study);

6. Internet or direct phone interview with CSU, Chico voice faculty;

7.International students must have a minimum TOEFL score of 400.

Course Requirements for the Certificate: 23 units

The following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, are required of all candidates for this certificate.

6 courses required:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
A survey of seminal compositions and composers from western art music history. Musical traditions, compositional techniques, performance mediums, and the compositional background of individual works and composers, and the effects of political, social and philosophical issues upon the compositions and composers studies are explored. 3 hours discussion. This is an approved General Education course. (006183)
Prerequisites: Faculty permission.
Concentrated study of a specific historical period or genre specific to the vocal pattern. 3 hours seminar. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 12.0 units. (006277)
3 hours discussion. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (006145)
Prerequisites: One or more semesters of studio instruction or faculty permission.
MUSC 373 - MUSC 374: The study of lyric diction and performance of literature for singers in English, Italian (A), German and French (B). Although emphasis is placed on correct pronunciation through the use of the International Phonetic Alphabet, students also acquire basic ability to translate songs in foreign languages. Each semester may be repeated once for credit. 3 hours discussion. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (006146)
Designed to allow students of singing to investigate the science of vocal sound production in connection with the teaching of singing. Emphasis on acoustics, physiology of human voice, history of vocal pedagogy, current medical research regarding the use and abuse of the voice, and practical applications of teaching techniques. 3 hours discussion. (006255)
Prerequisites: Faculty permission.
Preparation and public performance of a full-length recital to be evaluated by a faculty committee. Required of students who have been accepted in the performance options. Not available for graduate students. 6 hours supervision. (006235)

2 units selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
See above. 3 hours supervision. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 12.0 units. (006096)

This course may be taken more than once for credit.

2 units selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
3 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (015563)
3 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (015572)
Pep Band is intended to give any student who plays a musical instrument (wind, brass, or percussion) an opportunity to perform in a fun, energetic, and exciting band. The Pep Band plays for University events. This course does not fulfill the large ensemble requirement for music majors. 2 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (015573)
3 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (015592)
3 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (015575)
3 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (015576)
Group performance of jazz ensemble literature for interpretive and creative experiences. Major performance each semester, with emphasis on current musical trends. 3 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (015598)
Group performance of jazz ensemble literature for interpretive and creative experience. 2 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (015599)
Music Performance Group Selected small choir to sing madrigal and other chamber literature. 2 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (015612)
Open to all students interested in active participation in opera. 3 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (015610)

These courses may be repeated more than once for credit.

2 units selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisites: MUSC 101, MUSC 102, MUSC 103, MUSC 104, MUSC 201.
Fundamental skills and techniques essential to conducting instrumental and vocal ensembles. 2 hours discussion. (006148)
See above. 3 hours supervision. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 12.0 units. (006096)
Prerequisites: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in MUSC 202, MUSC 220, MUSC 221, and MUSC 222.
Study and application of concepts, program materials, and techniques of teaching general and choral music in middle school and junior high school setting. Special consideration is given to music for the changing-voice choir. Includes peer teaching, practical experience, oral critiques, continued portfolio development, and directed observation. 4 hours activity. (006173)
Prerequisites: Faculty permission.
Study of vocal literature (art songs and arias) through weekly master classes. For singer-pianist duos (pre-formed duos preferred, but not required). Literature studied each semester will vary. 1 hour lecture. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (006252)
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