Advertise on ChoralNet 
ChoralNet logo
The mission of the ACDA is to inspire excellence in choral music through education, performance, composition, and advocacy.

Syllabus for lower-level chorus

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

MUEN150-51, MUEN150-52 (Physical Education Credit)
MUEN250-51, MUEN250-52 (Free Elective Credit)
MUEN260-51, MUEN260-52 - Non-Credit Music Ensemble

Professor: Dr. James D. Feiszli, CB318, Phone 394-5101
Office Hours: TT 9:00-10:00; other times by appointment

Textbook: Fish & Lloyd - Fundamentals of Sightsinging and Ear-training

Meeting Times
Section 51 - MWF 8:00am
Section 52 - MWF 12:00pm
Other Meetings:
Monday, March 20, 4:00-6:00pm - common exam (Music Room)
Monday, April 10, 4:00-6:00pm - common exam (Music Room)
Friday, April 21, all day - performances at local schools
Sunday, April 30, 2:00-4:00pm - dress rehearsal (Civic Center)
Sunday, April 30, 7:30 - Concert, Civic Center Theatre

Course Objectives and Goals
Upon completion of this semester, students will:
1. Understand the basic physiological workings of human vocal production.
2. Be able to identify factors that constitute correct vocal production,
and, conversely, those factors which hinder correct vocal production.
3. Begin to work towards the elimination of factors which hinder correct
vocal production in themselves.
4. Understand the rudiments of music notation, including:
a. pitch and note names
b. clefs and clef signatures
c. keys and key signatures
d. meters, meter signatures and rhythmic values
5. Be able to sing specified assignments of music, demonstrating knowledge
of proper vocal production, within a mixed vocal quartet.
6. Gain, through esthetic encounters with music used as class material, a
greater sensitivity and understanding of themselves and others.

Prerequisite: permission of instructor

The very nature of ensemble music demands a cooperative effort on the
part of all ensemble participants. Vocal ensembles are laboratory courses
in aesthetics -- all members of the ensemble are part of the lab team. The
success or failure of one of us affects all the others in the course.

A good ensemble grading policy, therefore, should ensure the success of
the whole class while allowing for the fact that individuals must be
ultimately responsible for their own achievement. The individual singer
must be encouraged to improve (and thus, improve the whole) through the
evaluation of the end objective...singing the course material

Three factors constitute the final grade for the course:

I. Lab Partners - Communal Responsibility
All members of the class will be placed in a partnership with one or two
others who sing the same voice part. These persons will be your lab
partners. You are responsible to and responsible for your partner(s).
Music Examination grades will be assessed collectively -- the entire
partnership will receive the same grade. Therefore it is to your partner's
detriment if you cannot do the assignment and it is to your detriment if
your partner cannot.

II. Music Examinations
A. All students will be examined at regular intervals to determine
their ability to successfully perform the course music. The criteria for
evaluation will be melodic and rhythmic accuracy, as well as vocal
production and ensemble awareness. In other words, can you sing your part
with what would be considered good vocal tone (for you) while in a group of
singers from other vocal sections? These evaluations will be done during
the regular class periods and are listed on the syllabus.
B. You will have at least one week's notice of the specific music to be
examined, if there has been a deviation from the course syllabus. The
instructor reserves the right to make changes from the printed syllabus,
provided that the one week's notice is observed.
C. Points from 0-4 are assessed for each team's performance.
D. At grade determination, the lowest examination score is dropped. The
rest are totaled and averaged to achieve the Average Test Score.

III. Attendance
A. Student is allowed 2 missed classes with no penalty
1. Absences, for whatever reasons, are absences. The only excused
absences are those that involve official school activities (activities in
which you represent the institution). Exceptions may be made for chronic
illness or family emergencies .. BUT it is the responsibility of the
student to communicate problems of a personal nature to the instructor at
the earliest possible opportunity in order to avoid misunderstandings.
2. If a student misses more than four classes, they will be dropped
from the class unless there have been extenuating circumstances.
B. Student is allowed 3 tardy appearances with no penalty.
(tardy is defined as not being ready to sing when class begins).
C. The outside class rehearsals and performances that are scheduled on
this syllabus are extremely important. The rehearsals because they are the
only times that the two sections will rehearse together prior to
performances and the performances because they showcase what we have
studied throughout the semester. You are given these dates now so that
conflicts may be resolved immediately. If you have a conflict with any of
these dates, you are expected to notify the instructor prior to January 25.
Failure to be in attendance at any of these will be counted as two absences
and could result in expulsion from the course.

Grade Determination
A. The Average Test Score (see IID, above) is the basis
for the final class grade
B. For every class missed after the second
missed class, 0.6 is deducted.
C. For every tardy appearance after the 3rd
tardy, 0.6 is deducted.
D. If no classes have been missed, 0.6 is added.
E. If one has never been tardy, 0.6 is added.

Grading Scale
A = 3.6 - 4.0
B = 2.6 - 3.5
C = 1.6 - 2.5
D = 0.6 - 1.5

Schedule and Topics

January 13
Administrative matters - class rosters, correct credit enrollment,
scheduling of voice lessons
Review - music notation
Materials - syllabus, solfege, notation handouts, Star-Spangled Banner

January 18, 20 (16th - MLK holiday)
Administrative matters - syllabus explanation, music folder assignments,
grading policy, ensemble responsibilities, semester performance
expectations, MUEN330 assignments
Introductions, Roster familiarity
Five T's of Good Choral Tone
Notation: - clefs, pitches, rhythmic values, meters, solfege

January 23, 25, 27
Voice Matching
Partner Assignments
Notation: pitch names, clefs; subdivision of beats, counting using eighth
notes in 4/4
Sectionals on Steffe, Thompson

January 30, February 1, 3
Voice: breath control, vowel production
Notation: pitch name drills, key signatures,
Rhythm: subdivision in other meters
New Materials: Casals
Quiz - pitch names, clefs, meters, rhythms
Test - Battle Hymn

February 6, 8, 10
Voice: breath control, vowel production
Harmony: intervals (unis., 8ve, m2, M2),
concept of triads, moveable "DO"
Rhythm: counting drills using music
New Materials: Distler
Quiz - pitches, rhythms, key signatures
Test: Thompson

February 13, 15, 17
Voice: balance of muscle use and non-use
diaphragmatic articulation
Intervals: P5, P4, M3, m3
Rhythm: counting drills using music
New Materials: Arpad
Quiz - intervals, key signatures

February 22, 24 (20th - President