It appears that your browser does not support JavaScript. We use JavaScript on our website to display some information. Please use a browser that supports JavaScript.

Vocal Pedagogy

Course Details

Course Number
MUSC 4833
Section Number
MUSC 4833
Fall 2016
Hardin South
Classroom Number
North 101
Days & Times

T-TH 3:30-4:50

Aug  30    Introduction:  HIstory of Vocal Training

Sept   1    Teach

          6     Preface, Intro. Chap 1(pp 1-29)

          8    Teach

         13    Chapters 2, 3 (pp.33-44)

         15    Teach

         20     Chapter 4 (pp. 45-63)

         22     Teach

         27     Chapters 5. 6(pp. 45-63)

         29     Teach

Oct.     4     Chapters 7,8 (pp. 75-92)

           6     Teach

          11     Chapters 9, 10, 11 (pp. 93-113)

          13    Teach

           18    Chapters 12, 13 (pp. 114-123)

           20    Teach

           25    Mid-term Exam

            27    Teach

 Nov.     1     Review Mid-Term, Recordings

              3    No Class- NATS

              8     Visit Throat Doctor

            `10   Teach

              15   Appendices 1, 2, 3(pp[. 124-146

              17 Teach

              22 Experiments, Vocal Rep

               24 Thanksgiving

               29 recordngs

 Dec.       1   Teach

                6 Use of Appoggiatures  review for final

                8    Teach

               13 Final Exam (3:30-5:30)




Dr. Don Maxwell (view Profile)

Course Attachments


Voice: Psyche and Soma
Textbook on the teaching of the art of singing
Course Objectives

Course Content:  A study of the principles and techniques of teaching voice, including methods and procedures for individual and group instruction.  In-class observation and individual teaching required.

Course Expectations

MUSC  Students in this course must demonstrate competency by passing the mid-term and final exams and by showing understanding of vocal teaching methods through written exposition of the clinical teaching assignment.


Weekly Assignments:


Aug.     26        Introduction:  History of Vocal Training


Sept.    2           Preface, Intro., chapter 1 (pp. 1-29)

            9          Chapters 2, 3 (pp. 30-44)

            16        Chapter 4 (pp.45-63)

            23        Chapters 5, 6 (pp. 64-74)

            30        Chapters 7,8(pp. 75-92


Oct.     7          Chapters 9, 10, 11 (pp. 93-113)

            14        Chapters 12, 13 (pp. 114-123)

            21        Mid-term exam

            28        Review mid-term, Recordings


Nov.    1          (Monday)Appendices 1, 2, 3, 4 (pp. 124-146); Start Lessons

            11        Dr. Jerry Giles MD (Otorhinolaryngologist)

            18        Experiments; Vocal Rep

            25        Thanksgiving


Dec.       2        Use of Appoggiatura; Review for Final

              9        Final (5:45-7:45pm)


Outside assignment:  Teach 4 one-half private voice lessons.  For each lesson, record the following data:

            A.  Your overall assessment of vocal condition.

            B.  Describe what you hear and see (be specific).

            C.  Postulate possible causes of observed faults.

            D.  Indicate remedies prescribed to overcome observed faults.

Grading Standards

Grading will be based on scheduled tests, outside teaching assigmment and attendance.

Final Exam 12/13/2016 3:30-5:30
Submission Format Policy

Outside assignment must be typed.

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.
Late Paper Policy

Late outside assignment will be given one lower grade.

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor

All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

Attendance policy:  The student is allowed 2 unexcused absences.  Each additional absence lowers the final grade by one letter grade.

Other Policies

ACADEMIC DISHONESTY:  Cheating, collusion, and plagiarism (the act of using source material of other persons, either published or unpublished, without following the accepted techniques of crediting, or the submission for credit of work not the individual’s to whom credit is given).  Additional guidelines on procedures in these matters may be found in the Dean of Students’ Office.


DISRUPTION OF TEACHING:  Disruption or obstruction of teaching, research, administration, disciplinary proceedings, or other university activities authorized to be held or conducted on the premises of Midwestern State University.  Such activity includes classroom behavior that interferes with either the instructor’s ability to conduct the class or the ability of other students to profit from the instructional program.


INSTRUCTOR DROP:  An instructor may drop a student any time during the semester for excessive absences, for consistently failing to meet class assignments, for an indifferent attitude, or for disruptive conduct.


OFFICE HOURS:  If for any reason you need to talk to me out of class, please refer to the available office hours posted on my door, or schedule an appointment.



SOCIAL JUSTICE:  Social justice is one of Midwestern State University’s stated core values and the professor considers the classroom to be a place where students will be treated with respect as human beings, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Moreover, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided the students can agree to disagree. It is the professor’s expectation that ALL students be able to consider the classroom a safe environment.


If you need course adaptations or accommodations because of a disability, if you have emergency medical information that needs sharing, or if you need special accommodations in case the building must be evacuated, please make an appointment with me as soon as possible.


Federal privacy law prohibits me from releasing information about students to certain parties outside of the university without the signed consent of the student.  Thus, in almost all cases I will not discuss your academic progress or other matters with your parents.  Please do not have them call me.  Regardless of these important legal considerations, it is my general policy to communicate with the students, not their parents even when a student has signed a consent form.  College students are adults and are expected to behave accordingly                











Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.

Campus Carry

Senate Bill 11 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature allows licensed handgun holders to carry concealed handguns on campus, effective August 1, 2016. Areas excluded from concealed carry are appropriately marked, in accordance with state law. For more information regarding campus carry, please refer to the University’s webpage at

If you have questions or concerns, please contact MSU Chief of Police Patrick Coggins at