Music Appreciation : Voice Types & Ranges

OSH 186 / Non Credit
Course taught in: English
Locations: TBA
Instructor: Dr. Eugene Greco

Course Description

Have you ever wondered what exactly makes a soprano different from an alto? Or more specifically the difference between a lyric soprano, a dramatic soprano, a coloratura soprano or a mezzo soprano? The purpose of this class will be to investigate the certain qualities or characteristics of vocal range, vocal weight, tessitura, vocal timbre and passagio that are associated with each vocal type. This vocal classification system is also a tool for composers, venues, and listeners to associate certain voice types with roles and employment opportunities.  The purpose of this class will be to identify each of the various vocal types and listen to and examine repertoire that suits each and discuss some singers who have made their careers based upon these particular vocal qualities. 

Week 1                 Introduction and Soprano Voices (Part I)

Week 2                 Soprano Voices (Part II)

Week 3                 Alto, Contralto Voices

Week 4                 Countertenor and Tenor Voices

Week 5                 Baritone Voices

Week 6                 Bass voices

Dr. Eugene Greco graduated cum laude from Union College as a Humanities major, concentrating in music and art history. He holds an MME degree in Choral Music Education from Ithaca College and a second masters from State University of NY at Albany in Educational Administration. Additionally, Dr. Greco holds a PhD in Musicology from UM. He teaches at both Miami Dade College and UM.

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