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MUSC 1758O

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Credit Hours   1   
Course Title   Opera Theatre Ensemble   
Prerequisite(s)   Previous applied vocal study and permission of the instructor or music coordinator   
Corequisite(s)   None Specified   
Catalog Description   
Opera Theater Ensemble is a training ground for singers to learn to integrate the fundamental skills of singing, acting, and stage movement. The semester culminates in staged musical scenes and solo works. As the course content varies from term to term, the course may be taken more than once.
Expected Educational Results   
As a result of completing this course the student will be able to:
  1. Perform in music theatre or opera scenes at an acceptable level of proficiency.
  2. Understand professional musical and theatrical protocol and vocabulary, including legal aspects of fair use and copyright law.
  3. Appreciate constructive criticism and develop healthy methods of self-evaluation.
  4. Learn and memorize arias and scenes from select operas and musicals.
  5. Develop an awareness of stylistic aspects of operatic and musical theater styles and traditions.
  6. Recognize performance and production challenges, and devise creative methods of problem solving.
  7. Appreciate the multi-faceted elements of any staged performance.
General Education Outcomes   
1. This course ensures students will be able to “communicate effectively through speaking, listening, reading, and writing” by requiring them to:
  1. Communicate effectively with student colleagues, voice and acting coaches, and production personnel to contribute to production excellence.
  2. Observe to evaluate, and offer constructive critique for ensemble excellence.
  3. Respond to stage direction through effective listening.
  4. Research stylistic and performance aspects related to the selected work through available texted and/or cyber references.
  5. Demonstrate through written evaluation learned and observed performance techniques of self and others.
2. This course ensures students will be able to “demonstrate effective problem solving and critical thinking skills” by requiring them to:
  1. collaborate with technical and artistic partners to solve problems of ensemble unity, effects of blocking, and other applicable technical problems in rehearsal.
  2. critically apply learned theories of stage production to evaluate live performance.
3. This course ensures students will be able to “locate . . . information through the use of a variety of computer applications” by requiring them to:
  1. Use Learning Resource Centers to locate material and generate hard copy.
  2. Use internet access for up-to-date research on select works and/or to locate interpretative and evaluative documents and recorded performances.
4. This course ensures students will be able to “demonstrate an understanding of the importance of the arts, music and literature in the human experience” by requiring them to:
  1. Demonstrate individual recognition of the knowledge of art as a mirror of human experience through performance.
  2. Recognize and participate in societal improvement through the study and portrayal of vital moral, ethical and social issues.
5. This course ensures students will be able to “identify and apply the basic concepts of wellness” by requiring them to:
  1. Consider the effects of life choices as they impact one’s ability to effectively care for the vocal instrument.
  2. Increase personal awareness of the human body as a vehicle for artistic work.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of wellness by generating and applying a personal wellness plan.
6. This course ensures students will be able to “apply the knowledge of personal, societal, and cultural development to living and working in a culturally diverse environment” by requiring them to:
  1. Observe, support and respect the work of others regardless of personal code or belief system.
  2. Approach and portray a broad range of human value and belief through respectable and believable performance.
Course Content   
This course will cover the following major areas:
  1. Vocal technique of operatic and musical theater singing in both solo and ensemble settings.
  2. Factors affecting repertoire selection.
  3. Assessment of characters and how it impacts casting decisions.
  4. Integrating the voice and body in characterization work for the singer.
  5. Musical preparation requirements of operatic and musical theater roles, including foreign language texts.
  6. Physical preparation requirements of selected repertoire.
  7. Historical and stylistic aspects of opera and musical theater in the culture of the time.
  8. The importance of collaborative factors in the production of staged works.
  9. Constructive approaches to evaluation.
Assessment of Outcome Objectives   

Students will be graded on their class attendance, promptness at all rehearsals, demonstration of sufficient practice, scholarly character studies and performances or presentations.

The final project or production will be recorded for assessment purposes. Each production participant will have the opportunity to self-evaluate. The performance will be used by the Fine Arts committee and Department chair for faculty evaluation. Recordings of copyright restricted material may not be made nor used for assessment.


  1. Fine Arts personnel will determine criteria for production improvement.
  2. A performance archive insures variety of performance media and works from the public domain.
  3. Production needs are assessed from review.
  4. Technical equipment is evaluated and purchase needs determined.
  5. Longevity plans are formulated from reviewed archives.
  6. Methods of analyzing assessment data: A convened assessment committee views the final product and makes suggestions to chair. The chair and committee reviews are sent to the instructor/director of the class/production.
  7. Method for discussion of data analysis: By midterm of the following semester, the Committee chair or Department chair will meet with course instructor/production director at midterm to assess the implementation of previous evaluation and suggested improvements. Implementation shall be completed no later than the following academic year.
Last Revised: Jun. 09, 2011
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