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Master of Music


MUS 5100: Voice Pedagogy: Anatomy and Function

Carthage offers a Master of Music in Music Theatre Vocal Pedagogy.4 credits
This course examines respiration, phonation, resonance and articulation in speech and song as well as pedagogical strategies for working with voices of various age levels and experiences. Students will explore practical approaches to evaluating voices and remedying inefficiencies in voice production. Students will develop a familiarity with traditional and modern writings in voice pedagogy, and utilize this research in applied voice settings. This course will include the use of technology in pedagogical settings.

MUS 5200: Contemporary Vocal Pedagogy and Styles

4 credits
Students will develop an in-depth understanding of the technical recipes for music theatre vocal styles, including resonance and articulation interaction as well as musical style. This course will focus on efficient vocal technique that is grounded in a secure understanding of musical style elements as well as the integration of these elements with dramatic storytelling.
Prerequisite: MUS 5100.

MUS 5300: The Voice Profession: Readings and Issues

4 credits
Through readings, discussion, and application, course participants will develop an understanding of the issues in music theatre voice training and the role of the voice teacher in the studio setting. Students in this course will develop a personal identity as a voice teaching professional with a focus on developing individual learning plans for students in private and educational settings.
Prerequisite: MUS 5200

MUS 5400: Supervised Voice Teaching Practicum

2 credits, repeatable
Students in this course will apply theoretical knowledge to develop their own unique teaching style. Students will have a practicum cohort for discussion and reflection on teaching practices. Students will be expected to teach 2 – 3 private students throughout the course of the term as assigned by the instructor.
Prerequisite: MUS 5100

MUS 5500: Advanced Applied Voice

1 credit each; repeatable
Advanced study of voice, including technical exercises, repertoire study, and performance

MUS 5600: Movement and Voice Integration

1 credit, repeatable
This course provides opportunities for music theatre students to explore the interrelation of voice and body as tools for creative expressions. Students in this course will develop skills in music theatre movement while developing advanced understandings of the implications for singers through seminar discussion and readings.

MUS 5900: Music Theatre Literature and Coaching

1 credit, repeatable
Students in this course will explore the literature of music theatre from the early operatic tradition through contemporary music theatre style through individual coaching and in bi-weekly group master class format.

MUS 6000: Seminar in Music Theatre Form and Analysis

4 credits
Students in this course will develop a thorough understanding of a performance practices and stylistic characteristics through this variable-content course. This course explores the interdisciplinary art form of music theatre through the integration of musical analysis with traditional performance-based textual analysis.
Prerequisite: consent of instructor

MUS 6100: Music Theatre Collaboration: Music Directing/Rehearsal Techniques

4 credits
This course prepares the music theatre voice specialist to collaborate as part of an integrated team with other music theatre specialists including stage directors, designers, and choreographers. This course focuses on the unique roles of the collaborative team as well as tools for integrating and developing effective practices. This course will also address rehearsal techniques, musical arrangements, licensing, auditions, and rehearsal planning.
Prerequisite: consent of instructor

MUS 6300: Competency Exams

0 credits
Written competency exam to demonstrate broad knowledge as well as specific expertise related to the thesis project or performance.

MUS 6310: Capstone Thesis Project or Performance

4 credits
Successful performance project or thesis project, supervised by a faculty mentor, and evaluated by a faculty panel of at least three.