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Let’s start working on Song 1. MUS 401, Voice 1 students will work on four folk

Let’s start working on Song 1.
MUS 401, Voice 1 students will work on four folk songs, listed below, over the next four weeks. Refer to the MUS 401, Song 1.1 The Water is Wide page for your instructions this week.
MUS 402-404, Voice 2, 3, 4 students will work with me to choose their first song. Please see the guidelines and additional information below.
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MUS 401 – Voice I
For the next 5 weeks you will work on each of these 4 songs. Each week you will learn a different folk song:
The Water is Wide (week 1)
Amazing Grace (链接到外部网站。) (week 2)
Scarborough Fair (week 3)
Shenandoah (week 4)
Click on the “Water is Wide” link to get started on your song for Week 1. Next week you will work on Amazing Grace.
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MUS 402, 403 and 404 – Voice II, III, IV
The first song you sing should be something that is straight-forward, lyrical melody, standard rhythm and harmonies. This song will help me to assess and get to know your voice. Choose a folk song, a song from the Great American Songbook, or a classical art song.
Please contact me during this first week of class to set up video conference for a basic assessment & to discuss song options.
All songs used in this class must have legally obtained sheet music. This means you have purchased the sheet music for your song, your song is in the public domain, or your songs is in a score checked out from the library.
Many songs in the public domain can be found on the Petrucci Music Library, IMSLP. (链接到外部网站。)
For example,
Folk Songs from Many Nations (链接到外部网站。)
One Hundred Folk Songs from All Nations (链接到外部网站。)
24 Italian Songs and Arias (链接到外部网站。)
Individual songs for purchase can be found on digital sheet music sites such as:
https://www.musicnotes.com/ (链接到外部网站。)
https://www.sheetmusicdirect.com/en-US/ (链接到外部网站。)
https://www.noteflight.com/marketplace (链接到外部网站。)
Evaluation
MUS 401: Your choices for Song 1 have already been made for you. These songs are pre-determined so that I can better assess your strengths and opportunities for improvement. There is nothing more for you to do. You do not need to submit anything for this assignment.
MUS 402, 403, 404: This assignment is marked “Complete/Incomplete”. A “Complete” earns you 10 points, and “Incomplete” earns you 0 points, but you are encouraged to re-submit Incomplete assignment based on feedback provided to be re-evaluated. This assignment is due Sunday.
This week Voice 1 students are learning a folk song called “The Water is Wide.” You will use pre-recorded accompaniments to help you learn the song.
Here is a video sample of how the song goes:

Accompaniment
Song Set 1 Accompaniments
The Water is Wide, 8 different key options
Each audio file begins with the vocal line alone on piano and then continues as the piano accompaniment with an introduction. Be sure that you don’t sing during the introduction.
Sing along with the vocal line (or me above) several times before trying to sing along with the accompaniment.
You may also watch a “How To” video below.
Finding your key
To find which key you should sing in, I suggest trying them all.
You may start with the MED file.
Then if MED feels too high, try LOW.
If MED feels too low, try HI.
Sheet Music
Please use this sheet music for Water is Wide 下载 Water is Wide. Even if you don’t know how to read music, it can serve as a roadmap.
Practicing
This is not a graded assignment, but suggestion how to practice and learn this song. Keep track ofthe hours that you spend on this so you can log them in your practice log next week.
This How To video is 4 1/2 mins.

https://www.noteflight.com/scores/view/409f2ef5465cea24185faba262e72714a8b87b31
MUS 401 Song 1.3 Scarborough Fair
MUS 401 Song 1.3 – Scarborough Fair
This week we are learning Scarborough Fair. You will use pre-recorded accompaniments to help you learn the song.
Here is a video sample of how the song goes:

Accompaniments
Song Set 1 Accompaniments (链接到外部网站。)
Scarborough Fair, 6 different key options
Each audio file begins with the vocal line alone on piano and continues with the piano accompaniment.
Sing along with the vocal line several times before trying to sing along with the accompaniment.
Which key?
To find which key you should sing in, I suggest trying them all.
You may start with the MED file.
Then if MED feels too high, try LOW.
If MED feels too low, try HI.
Sheet Music
Please use this sheet music for Scarborough Fair Scarborough Fair. Even if you don’t read sheet music, you can use this as a road map.
MUS 401-404 Voice 1-4
This one course includes all four levels of Voice class.
Content
Because there are four levels, your course content will sometimes be broken up into sections:
MUS 401 specific content
MUS 402 specific content
MUS 403 specific content
MUS 404 specific content
Order
Always work through this course content by clicking “Modules” in the left hand column. Then proceed through each Unit, in order, by clicking “Next” at the bottom right of each page.
Click Modules
Click on the newest available week
Click Next at the bottom of each page
Have fun!

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