2000 Level

General Musicianship

  • The student will demonstrate further development in sight-reading skills.
  • Beyond requirements of Level 1000, the student should demonstrate an understanding of the form of each piece studied.

Vocal Technique

  • The student will demonstrate continued development of breath coordination, increased tonal resonance, ability to sing staccato, marcato and legato phrases, and increased flexibility and freedom.
  • The student will exhibit, both in the studio and in performance, the ability to sing with careful attention to good diction as well as correct vocal production.

Repertoire

At the 2000 level of study, all music majors and minors will be assigned pieces in English, Italian and German, and one piece may be from the music theatre repertory. Students are encouraged to work on repertory in other foreign languages, particularly those previously studied.

Interdisciplinary majors and Music Theatre Performance majors will be assigned pieces in English and Italian, and at least 50 percent will continue to be from the standard classical repertory. Once minimum requirements have been satisfied, a student may select repertory from other genres with the permission of the Performance Studies instructor. It is recommended that 75 percent of the selections be memorized.

2000 Level Minimum Repertory Assignments

Degree Semester I Semester II Semester III (& subsequent sems.)
B.A./Music: Voice Perf./
Ped. Other Options
7-8
5-6
8-90
6-7
Same as Sem. II, if required
Same as Sem. II, if required
B.S./Music Ed. 5-6 6-7 Same as Sem. II, if required
B.A./B.S. Interdisc. 5-6 6-7 Same as Sem. II, if required
B.A./Theatre Music Theatre Perf. 6-7 7-8 Same as Sem. II, if required
Music Minor & Voice/
2nd Inst.
4 4-5 4-5
Non-Music Major/or Minor
& Voice/ 2nd Inst.**
4 4-5 4-5**

** Study beyond the 1000 level is optional for these students.

Performance Studies Notebook: Voice (2000 Level)

All students at 2000, 3000 and 4000 levels will maintain a Performance Studies notebook that includes the following:

  • Verbatim (word for word) translations of texts of each foreign language song studied during the semester.
  • Phonetic (IPA) spellings of texts, foreign language and English (this may be combined with the verbatim translation)
  • A paraphrasing, in English, of each text. This is to be done for English texts as well as foreign.
  • A brief historical sketch of your character (in the song or aria), leading up to the time you express yourself in the song or aria being studies. (The purpose of this exercise is: 1) to acquaint students with varied ways of approaching the study and interpretation of vocal literature through a) analysis of text and music, and b) the application of acting techniques; and 2) to explore ways of personalizing material while fulfilling the composer’s intent.)
  • A paragraph giving a brief biographical sketch of the composer of each song or aria, and any significant information about the song or aria studied (Is it from a song cycle? Which opera or oratorio? etc). Indicate also whether or not you have located and listened to a recording of the piece.
  • All materials related to voice Performance Studies (notes on lessons, and photocopies in use, vocalizes and repertory lists, as well as the information above).
  • Other materials as required by individual Performance Studies instructors.
  • This notebook will be graded on its completeness, organization and legibility.

End of Semester Evaluations

All students will perform for the faculty at the end of each semester of study. Students should be prepared to sing from memory selections that are representative of the repertoire studied. Majors may be asked to sing appropriate scales and intervals during the exam. All voice students seeking to advance to the 3000 level of study must perform literature in both English and Italian. Voice Performance/Pedagogy and Music Education majors must offer at least one selection in German, French, or a language deemed appropriate by the performance studies teacher.

Please note: The 2000 level advancement jury is a particularly important one. It is at this point that the appropriateness of the major for each student will be evaluated. A student’s performance in other course work within the major may be factored into the faculty recommendations.

  • If significant vocal progress has not been achieved but future success in the major seems to remain a possibility, then a third semester of study at the 2000 level will be the most likely recommendation.
  • If significant vocal progress has not been achieved and future success in the major appears to be unlikely, then the student will be counseled to consider other academic options.
  • Students must advance to the 3000 level in order to perform a Junior Recital.

2000 Level Minimum Repertoire for End of Semester Evaluations

Degree Semester I Semester II Semester III (& subsequent sems.)
Music: B.A./B.S.**
& Theatre: M.T option**
3 4 (level change) Same as Sem. II, if required
Interdisciplinary 3 4 (level change) Same as Sem. II, if required
Music Minors 2 6 (completion jury)
Non-Music Majors 1 1 1

**All Music/Voice and Theatre/Music Theatre Performance majors seeking to advance to the 3000 level of study will be assigned one selection which must be prepared for jury performance without the aid of the Performance Studies teacher or the accompanist (for note learning). The studio teacher will select the piece and give it to the student three weeks prior to Jury Examinations. This requirement is in addition to those stated in the chart above. Students may have one short (15 min.) rehearsal with their assigned accompanist prior to the jury for the purpose of creating a musical/expressive performance. The accompanist may not assist with the learning of pitches and rhythms, but may coach the singer regarding issues of performance.

Student Recitals

  • 1. B.A. Music, B.S. Music Ed., and B.A. Theatre/Music Theatre Performance majors are required to perform on at least one Student Recital each semester.
  • Music minors and Interdisciplinary majors must perform on at least one Student Recital during the 2000 level of study.
  • Any waiver of these requirements is at the discretion of the Performance Studies teacher.

Additional Performances

As proficiency and self-confidence increase, the student should take advantage of additional performing opportunities, e.g., soloist with major ensembles, church soloist, chamber music with other student musicians. The student must discuss with the instructor any proposed solo performance.