Vocal Techniques Grades 9-12

This course is open to any student who wishes to learn to sing properly. This course concentrates on introducing vocal music through vocalizes, solo, and part-singing.

Performing and Creating
1-4a. Develop nuances of music notation, style, and interpretation.
1-5b. Gain a working knowledge of voice through individual and small ensemble performance.
1-4c. Demonstrate proper solo practice techniques, concentration skills, and well-developed voice skills.
1-4d. Perform a large and varied repertoire of literature with expression and technical accuracy at a difficulty level of 4-5 on a scale of 1-6, including pieces performed from memory.
1-5e. Perform music written for solo presentation with and without accompaniments.
1-4f. Improvise stylistically appropriate harmonic, rhythmic, and melodic variations.
1-4h. Demonstrate ability to read a vocal score (up to four staves), and sight-read accurately and expressively at a difficulty level of 4, on a scale of 1-6.
7968i. Investigate careers in music fields.
History and Culture
33a. Explore a variety of repertoire including examples from each music period: Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Contemporary.
3,41-3, 7-8b. Classify by genre or style and by historical period or culture, unfamiliar but representative aural examples of music and explain their classifications.
1,2,4c. Identify sources of American music genres, trace their evolution, and cite well-known musicians associated with them.
4,6d. Identify various roles musicians perform and describe those musicians’ activities and achievements.
1-6e. Explore music from various historical periods.

*Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor

Evaluation and Analysis
1a. Develop advanced vocal techniques: pitch matching, interval study, scales, diction, enunciation, and breath control.
3b. Set personal goals.
1-4c. Develop individual discipline.
31d. Learn the fundamentals of music notation: note and rest values, names, articulations, simple and compound meters and rhythms, dynamics, tempos, time and key signatures, interval and chord structures.
3,41,2e. Analyze aural examples of a varied repertoire of music representing diverse genres and cultures by describing the uses of music and expressive devices.
1-31f. Demonstrate extensive knowledge of the technical vocabulary of music.
3,461,2g. Identify and explain compositional devices and techniques used to provide unity, variety, tension, and release in a musical work, and give examples of other works that make similar uses of those devices and techniques.
3,41-42h. Develop specific criteria for making informed, critical evaluations of the quality and effectiveness of performances, compositions, arrangements, and improvisations.
31-42i. Evaluate a performance, composition, arrangement, or improvisation by comparing it to similar or exemplary models.
Aesthetic Appreciation
3a. Develop and maintain an individual practice discipline for self-enrichment.
32b. Recognize aesthetic values of the eras: Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionistic, and Contemporary.
31,42c. Explain how elements of imagination, craftsmanship, unity, variety, repetition, and contrast are used in various ways in all the arts; cite examples.
3,6d. Compare characteristics of two or more of the arts within a historical period or style, and cite examples from various cultures.
2,5e. Attend various musical events.


  • Participation
  • Progress reports
  • Rehearsal discipline
  • Self-evaluation
  • Teacher evaluation of overall performance
  • Vocal proficiency

*Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor

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