Vocal music: basic techniques of Lied and vocal interpretation issues

Course Information
TitleΦωνητική μουσική, βασικές τεχνικές του Lied και ζητήματα φωνητικής ερμηνείας / Vocal music: basic techniques of Lied and vocal interpretation issues
FacultyFine Arts
SchoolMusic Studies
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter
CoordinatorEvanthia Nika-Sampson
Course ID600014149

Programme of Study: PPS Tmīmatos Mousikṓn Spoudṓn (2017-sīmera)

Registered students: 2
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
Musicology / Music EducationElective Courses534
Music CompositionElective Courses534

Class Information
Academic Year2017 – 2018
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Total Hours39
Class ID
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Examination)
  • German (Examination)
Required Courses
  • ΙΠ1002 History of music (17th-19th century)
  • ΙΠ1004 Introduction to music studies
Learning Outcomes
By the end of the course, the students should be in a position: • To understand the basic principles of the anatomy and physiology of the vocal and breathing system. • By theoretical and practical application to understand the basic vocal methods. • Through practical application and performance of vocal and breathing exersices, to understand the technical aspects of voice ambitus, volume, strength as well as the parameters that allow the free vocal and body expression. • To acquire knowledge on the development of the technique and performance of singing as well as the role of the opera singer in the development of the operatic genre. To acquire knowledge concerning the categorization of voices and the correspondence of voices to the operatic repertoire. • By practical applications through exercises, to acquire knowledge of the usages of the vocal organ the aim being performance of operatic repertoire and not only that. • To perform pieces of operatic repertoire and Lied through the preparation of concert.    
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in an international context
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Be critical and self-critical
Course Content (Syllabus)
The aim of the course is to offer, both at a theoretical and practical level, basic techniques of singing to undergraduate students. The focus of the course is on issues of anatomy and physiology of the vocal and breathing system. It contains issues of the basic parameters of vocal education, such as body stance, the function of breathing and the production of sound, the function of voice resonance among many others. The course also aims at the definition and the understanding of the parameters of the basic methods of vocal education (Gesangspädagogik). Moreover, the course deals with aspects of vocal care. Apart from the theoretical tools provided, at a first stage, the course offers the practical application through the performance of vocal and breathing exercises aiming at the voice ambitus, volume, strength as well as the parameters that allow the free vocal and body expression. At a second stage, the course offers the possibility of practical application through the performance of repertoire(Lied).
Vocal music, techniques, Lied, interpretation
Educational Material Types
  • Audio
  • Multimedia
  • Interactive excersises
  • Book
Course Organization
Reading Assigment160.5
Artistic Workshop160.5
Written assigments301
Artistic creation30.1
Student Assessment
• physical presence in class • participation in exercises • successful application of theory and practice in the final oral examination • open presentation in the concert in the end of the semester
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Assignment (Formative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative, Summative)
  • Artistic Performance (Formative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
• Σώχος, Αν., Ο., (2000), Η Φωνητική Ορθοφωνία, Αθήνα: Έκδοση Β’
Additional bibliography for study
• Cantieni, B., (2012), Tigerfeeling, München: Südwest Verlag, Random House GmbH. • Groos, A. & Parker, R., (1988), Reading Opera, New Jersey: Princeton University Press. • Stein, D. & Spillman, R. (2010), Poetry into Song. Performance Analysis of Lieder, Oxford University Press. • Warren, R., (1995), Opera workshop: studies in understanding and interpretation, Aldershot, Hants, England: Brookfield, Vt.: Scolar Press.     • Cambridge Opera Handbooks, Cambridge University Press.     • Εκδόσεις του Μεγάρου Μουσικής Αθηνών. • Grove Music Online, Oxford Music Online. • Sadie, S., (Ed.) (1992), The New Grove Dictionary of Opera, New York: Grove's Dictionaries of Music. • The book of 101 opera librettos: complete original language texts with English translations, New York: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, 1996.
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