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Vocal Music

"I have an undying belief that the universe takes care of people who do what they love and love what they do."

- Kenneth Kellogg, class of 1997

Vocal music students receive vocal training in classical style (four years) and are required to take music theory (Sight singing and music reading and writing, four years), a choir (four years chosen from: Female Ensemble, Male Ensemble, Jazz Vocal Styles, Chamber Singers, Show Choir) and class piano (sometimes combined with music theory). Electives include Opera Workshop, Dance Orientation, Introduction to Acting, Songwriting, Music Composition, Music Technology, Music History, and African-American Music History. Students are required to attend elective classes as chosen or assigned.  Students perform occasionally as soloists (as designated by their teachers) on recitals, and if they demonstrate excellence in their semester jury, on Honors Recitals, and prepare a solo recital in the senior year.

Students majoring in Vocal Music at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts study the following five major components of the discipline:

  • Vocal Technique: The how-to of breath management, tone, vowel placement, diction in English and other languages, physical technique, stage deportment, vocal health, etc.
  • Performance: Stage presence, auditioning, musical style
  • Music theory: Reading and writing musical language
  • Ensemble: Working as part of a group to produce music
  • Piano: The instrument essential for every singer

By practicing each of the above daily, Ellington students learn rigor, cultivating a professionalism that enables them to succeed in virtually any style or situation.

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Curriculum

Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4
Vocal Techniques I Vocal Techniques II Vocal Techniques III Vocal Techniques IV
Choir I Choir II Choir III Choir IV
Piano Theory* Music Theory II* or Piano Theory II Music Theory III* Music Theory IV*, AP Theory, Music Tech, or Composition
Sight Singing I Sight Singing II Acting/Movement
 Electives Electives
Minimum of 3 Credits Minimum of 3 Credits Minimum of 3 Credits Minimum of 3 Credits

2014 Summer Packets

Music Theory I
Music Theory II
Music Theory III
Music Theory IV
AP Music Theory

CourseInstructorSyllabusUnit Overview
Computer Music ApplicationsSteven AllenSyllabus coming soonOverview coming soon
Concert Choir/Chamber SingersSteven AllenSyllabus coming soonOverview coming soon
Dance OrientationMonique HolmesSyllabus coming soonOverview coming soon
Female EnsembleSylvia TwineSyllabus coming soonOverview coming soon
Introduction to TheaterMary Jane AyersSyllabus coming soonOverview coming soon
Jazz EnsembleMark MeadowsSyllabus coming soonOverview coming soon
Jazz TechniqueMark MeadowsSyllabus coming soonOverview coming soon
Male EnsembleSteven AllenSyllabus coming soonOverview coming soon
Music CompositionSteven AllenSyllabus coming soonOverview coming soon
Music History (African American Music)Steven AllenSyllabus coming soonOverview coming soon
Music History ISylvia TwineSyllabus coming soonOverview coming soon
Opera WorkshopMary Jane AyersSyllabus coming soonOverview coming soon
Senior Project: DictionMonique HolmesSyllabus coming soonOverview coming soon
Show ChoirMonique HolmesSyllabus coming soonOverview coming soon
SightsingingSylvia TwineSyllabus coming soonOverview coming soon
Sightsinging IStephen MooreSyllabus coming soonOverview coming soon
Sightsinging I & IILester GreenSyllabus coming soonOverview coming soon
Sightsinging I & IIRamon BraxtonSyllabus coming soonOverview coming soon
Sightsinging IIStephen MooreSyllabus coming soonOverview coming soon
Vocal Technique I, II, & IVSylvia TwineSyllabus coming soonOverview coming soon
Vocal Technique I-IVEdward JacksonSyllabus coming soonOverview coming soon
Vocal Technique I-IVMonique HolmesSyllabus coming soonOverview coming soon
Vocal Technique IIMary Jane AyersSyllabus coming soonOverview coming soon
Vocal Technique IVMary Jane AyersSyllabus coming soonOverview coming soon

Calendar

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Department Chair

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