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MUSC8131 - Vocal Pedagogy 1

Title:Vocal Pedagogy 1
Long Title:Vocal Pedagogy 1
Module Code:MUSC8131
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Advanced
Field of Study: Music & Performing Arts
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2022/23 ( September 2022 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: Deirdre Collins
Module Author: Trish Rooney
Module Description: This module explores the development of vocal pedagogy over the past twenty years focusing on Contemporary Commercial Music (CCM) teaching methodologies and approaches, stylistic awareness and basic voice science.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Investigate the roles expected of contemporary singers
LO2 Recognise key laryngeal structures and demonstrate an understanding of basic voice science
LO3 Examine Contemporary Commerical Music (CCM) vocal techniques and style
LO4 Design and implement lesson plans suitable for both an individual and a group of CCM singers
LO5 Demonstrate effective vocal pedagogy strategies
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named MTU module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).

Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
No incompatible modules listed
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.

No requirements listed

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Knowledge & context
An exploration of vocal anatomy and voice science; vocal health; common issues faced by singers; stylistic awareness and strategies for vocal development
Practical skill development
Combining current theoretical research & pedagogical strategies with practice based application for CCM singers; evaluation and reflection on lesson plans
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Presentation Present a 20 minute CCM vocal lesson 1,2,3,4,5 50.0 Week 10
Other Continuous assessment of class participation, weekly assignments and class tests 1,2,3,4 50.0 Every Week
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Coursework Only
This module is reassessed solely on the basis of re-submitted coursework. There is no repeat written examination.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture CCM Pedagogy 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Tutorial Discussion of weekly assignments 0.5 Every Week 0.50
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Associated reading and research 4.5 Every Week 4.50
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 2.50
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Williams, Jenevora 2018, Teaching Singing to Children and Young Adults, 2nd Ed., Compton Publishing [ISBN: 1909082007]
  • Chandler, K. in Harrison, S. D & O’ Bryan J 2014, Teaching Singing in the 21st Century, Teaching Popular Music Styles, Springer.
  • Meribeth Dayme 2022, The Essentials of CoreSinging: A Joyful Approach to Singing and Voice Pedagogy., Rowman & Littlefield
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Ken Bozeman 2014, 'Practical Vocal Acoustics Pedagogic Applications for Teachers and Singers. [ISBN: ISBN:15764724]
  • Soto-Morretini 2006, 'Popular Singing: A Practical Guide to: Pop, Jazz, Blues, Rock, Country and Gospel, A & C Black Publishers
  • Matthew Hoch 2018, So You Want to Sing CCM (Contemporary Commercial Music): A Guide for Performers, Rowman & Littlefield [ISBN: B079ZN4FFS]
  • Janice Chapman 2011, 'Singing and Teaching Singing A Holistic Approach to Classical Voice', [ISBN: ISBN:15975642]
Recommended Article/Paper Resources
  • Lynn Helding 2015, Motor Learning and Voice Training: Locus of Attention, Journal of Singing, 72, 87
  • Irene Bartlett, Marissa Lee Naismith 2020, An Investigation of Contemporary Commercial Music (CCM) Voice Pedagogy: A Class of its Own?, Journal of Singing, 76, 273
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_GPOPM_8 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Popular Music 5 Elective

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