This course will assist students in meetings these standards:
Clearly define the term “vocal techniques” within and outside the contemporary classical field.
Familiarise themselves with extended vocal techniques from different musical genre.
Investigate vocal techniques in relationship with the musical genre and understand the reason they are used.
Course Content (Syllabus)
The course investigates the vocal techniques met, besides the contemporary classical music field, in environments such as nonwestern civilisations (tibetan monks, shamans), “independent pop” (Tom Waits, Bjork) and more experimental cases (Demetrio Stratos, Diamanda Gallas). Ultimate goal of the course is to make understandable the use of vocal techniques and clarify the term “extended vocal techniques” in regard to the esthetic, music-poetic or functional outcome intended. The process through which these goals are achieved includes i) contact in practice with the object in study (audiovisual media and discussion), ii) familiarisation with the bibliography and iii) critical analysis through writing.
The course is open to all the students of the Music Department, but it is specially encouraged for composition students and singers to attend it.
Composition, Extended Vocal Techniques, Pop, World Music, Analysis.
Final written assignment: 60%
Project presentation: 25%
Attendance and participation: 15%
Through the teaching process, the students will form a small group (2-3 members) and then, after discussion with the tutor, will organise the outline of their assignment. The assignment should investigate the use of extended vocal techniques in any musical genre and examine it in the frame that it is placed (i.e. “Use of extended vocal techniques in Bjork’s voice within British pop music”, “Throat singing technique in Sardegna’s tenore”, etc).
Assignment length: 3000-4000 words. Main parts:
Introductory paragraph pointing out the main parts of the assignment.
Main part, where the bibliography is creatively used and the techniques are analysed with the frame in discussion.
Final paragraph, summarising and concluding.
Bibliography, gathered with tutor’s consultation.
Assignment’s evaluation: Focus on the subject, Validation through analysis, Validation through bibliography, Organisation and syntactic clarity, Interest in Reading.
During the final lectures, the assignments will be presented using powerpoint. During the presentations, the students must point out the main focus parts, using musical examples and short analysis extracts. Duration of the presentation is between 15 and 20 minutes.