Rollins Applied Lessons Syllabus

Applied Voice Lesson Syllabus


  • To gain a full understanding of your singing voice by developing your body as your instrument, strengthening your vocal technique, improving your performance skills, and intensively studying vocal literature.
  • The student will learn various basic vocal techniques and exercises conducive to the improvement of the student’s ability to sing, accomplished by practical use of appropriate repertoire. Ideally, such accomplishments include artful and musical expressive singing, a balanced resonance and tone quality of the voice, balanced posture and breathing techniques, and a feeling of full-body awareness.


  • Students study for one contact hour (50 min) each week for a total of 12 lessons each semester.
  • The student must fulfill a minimum of 10 lessons per semester to earn a passing grade.
  • Students perform applied vocal literature in both Music at Midday (3 times per semester) and Studio Class, as indicated in the course requirements, as well as in the final Jury.
  • Students must rehearse regularly with an accompanist on their own (see Collaborative Accompanist Policies for more details).

Required Materials:

  • Sheet music, whether from a book or a binder with photocopies.
  • A pencil.
  • A few extra blank pieces of paper for notes and weekly assignments.
  • A completed Song Analysis Sheet for each song assigned upon the immediate subsequent lesson.
  • A recording device.

Attendance Policy:

  • Each student is expected to arrive promptly at his or her agreed lesson time. Consistent tardiness will result in a letter grade dropped. Tardiness of more than 10 minutes, without forewarning, will be considered an absence and the lesson will not be made up.
  • Only in the event of an emergency should students cancel. Generally, I need 24 hours notice for any foreseen cancellations. If you are ill, you must notify me immediately via text or call to communicate the situation so we can discuss whether or not you should come to your lesson. If such is the case, the lesson will be made up at a later time.
  • If I cancel a lesson, it will always be made up.
  • Lessons cancelled, which are not an emergency, will not be made up.
  • The student is required a minimum of 10 lessons per semester to earn a passing grade.


60% – Instructor Applied Grade (Lesson Attendance & Preparation, Song Analysis Worksheets, Studio Class & Music at Midday Attendance and Performances, Rehearsals with Accompanist)

40% – Jury

Collaborative Accompanist Policies:

Music majors and minors with voice as their primary instrument are required to have an accompanist attend the second half of your lesson. You pay the pianists directly, and the Department rate is $15.00 per half an hour. There are various other amounts for midday recitals, juries, and recitals. These can be found in the Music Department handbook.

Students should carefully prepare copies of music for your pianist, making sure the entire score is copied, is aligned, and is arranged so the pages are back to back. Your work with your assigned pianist is very important, so make a real effort to communicate with your collaborator.

Cancelling rehearsals for no reason, showing up unprepared, or asking pianists to sight-read are not acceptable behaviors and are reported back to me. In your weekly rehearsals, you and your pianist should discuss the poetry, including translations, musical markings in the score, as well as ways to improve expressivity, balance, and accuracy. Simply running through pieces is a waste of time.

Students are to learn ALL your music on their own. Once you have tried and are still having trouble, you should ask for help from your pianist or me. If your learning skills are sub-par, you have to work HARDER than others, so accept this reality. No pianist should be asked to teach you music during your rehearsal time, but pianists typically can suggest ways to improve your reading skills, so feel free to ask for that kind of help.

The Department of Music has staff accompanists who are approved by the Department of Music full time faculty. Music must be given to a staff accompanist 7 days before the first rehearsal. If playing for a student solo recital, a set of the recital music is due to the chosen staff accompanist on Friday of the third week of classes. Due to the large volume of accompanying assignments, a staff accompanist cannot accommodate last-minute changes of performance repertoire.

Students must arrive on time to scheduled rehearsals. There will be no make-up rehearsals due to tardiness. Students must notify the staff accompanist 24 hours in advance via email, text, or phone call if the rehearsal must be canceled due to illness.

Standard Accompanist Fee List:

$15 = 30 min lesson or rehearsal

$30 = 1 hr lesson or rehearsal

$30 = Music at Midday performance (includes a run-through of the piece)

$40 = Standard Jury (includes a 30 min. rehearsal)

$55 = Promotion Jury (includes a 1 hour rehearsal)

$75 = Half Recital (includes a dress rehearsal)

$150 = Full Recital (includes a dress rehearsal)

**Staff accompanists are independent contractors and any payment schedule agreed upon between the accompanist and student are not the responsibility of the Department. **

Studio Class:

Students are required to perform in one of our voice studio classes, in addition to attending two other voice studio classes which may be from other instructors. Attendance and participation of all three will count towards the applied portion of the grade. A list of dates for these will be posted in the music hall.

Students must obtain permission from the applied voice instructor they intend to visit before attending the class.

Each student will be required to perform in our own studio class. These performances must be memorized and professionally executed. This is a great opportunity for you to sing your pieces in a supportive environment to prepare for juries.

In the case of absence from Studio Class due to illness, proper documentation from a health provider is required for the absence to be excused. Having an outside conflict does not automatically grant you approval for missing studio class – I will approve or deny on a case-by-case basis. Being too busy with schoolwork, work, or involvement in other music events is not a reason for missing studio class. You are required to make up the missed class by attending the class of another teacher.

When you perform and work on your song or aria in studio class, you should:

  • have your selection memorized
  • know what every word means and understand the text’s context
  • have thought about and incorporated into your performance a dramatic interpretation
  • be comfortable with the accompaniment
  • and finally, come with an open mind and a positive attitude!

Music at Midday:

The Music at Midday series is held mid-semester on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 12:30pm in the Tiedtke Concert Hall and programs last approximately 45 minutes. All music majors are expected to perform each semester with each instrument in which they are taking lessons at MUA 201P, 301, or 401.

**Please note: if a student fails to sign up for and perform during a Midday, this will result in a drop of one letter grade in the Instructor Portion of the final Applied Lesson Grade for any student.


Students taking applied lessons at the MUA 201C level are not required to participate in Midday performances. After the deadline has closed for required students to sign-up, an MUA 201C student may request to perform; which may or may not be granted.

Students performing a junior or senior solo recital during the semester are not required to participate in Midday performances.

Choose a Midday Date:

Each student is responsible for signing up to perform on a Midday concert. Sign-up sheets will be located on a table in front of office #135 approximately the fourth week of school. An email will be sent to all students and faculty regarding the availability of the Midday sign-up sheets as well as the deadline.

Midday Form Required:

The teacher’s signature is required on the completed Midday Form. Prior to signing the Midday Form, please check to see it has been completed. “Completed” means all information is present along with the applied teacher’s signature. (The only line on the form that can possibly be left empty is the line written in italics.) Please be attentive to this request. If the Music at Midday Form is incomplete or late, vocal students will receive a 3% reduction and instrumental students will receive a 1-point reduction in the Instructor Grade portion of the final Applied Grade.

Failure to Perform at Midday:

Any student studying at MUA 201P, 301 or 401 that does not provide a Midday performance will receive a one letter grade reduction from the Applied Instructor portion of the Applied Grade at the conclusion of the semester.

Academic Honor Code Reaffirmation: Membership in the student body of Rollins College carries with it an obligation, and requires a commitment, to act with honor in all things. The student commitment to uphold the values of honor – honesty, trust, respect, fairness, and responsibility – particularly manifests itself in two public aspects of student life. First, as part of the admission process to the College, students agree to commit themselves to the Honor Code. Then, as part of the matriculation process during Orientation, students sign a more detailed pledge to uphold the Honor Code and to conduct themselves honorably in all their activities, both academic and social, as a Rollins student. A student signature on the following pledge is a binding commitment by the student that lasts for his or her entire tenure at Rollins College.

The development of the virtues of Honor and Integrity are integral to a Rollins College education and to membership in the Rollins College community. Therefore, I, a student of Rollins College, pledge to show my commitment to these virtues by abstaining from any lying, cheating, or plagiarism in my academic endeavors and by behaving responsibly, respectfully and honorably in my social life and in my relationships with others. This pledge is reinforced every time a student submits work for academic credit as his/her own. Students shall add to the paper, quiz, test, lab report, etc., the handwritten signed statement: “On my honor, I have not given, nor received, nor witnessed any unauthorized assistance on this work.” Material submitted electronically should contain the pledge; submission implies signing the pledge.

Disability Services:

Rollins College is committed to equal access and inclusion for all students, faculty and staff. The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 create a foundation of legal obligations to provide an accessible educational environment that does not discriminate against persons with disabilities. It is the spirit of these laws which guides the college toward expanding access in all courses and programs, utilizing innovative instructional design, and identifying and removing barriers whenever possible. If you are a person with a disability and anticipate needing any type of academic accommodations in order to fully participate in your classes, please contact the Disability Services Office, located in the Mills Memorial Building, Room 217, as soon as possible. You are encouraged to schedule a Welcome Meeting by filling out the “First Time Users” form on the website: and/or reach out by phone or email: 407-975- 6463 or All test-taking accommodations requested for this course must first be approved through the Disability Services Office (DSO) and scheduled online through Accommodate at least 72 hours before the exam. Official accommodation letters must be received by and discussed with the faculty in advance. There will be no exceptions given unless previously approved by the DSO with documentation of the emergency situation. We highly recommend making all testing accommodations at the beginning of the semester. DSO staff are available to assist with this process.

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Rollins College is committed to making its campus a safe place for students. If you tell any of your faculty about sexual misconduct involving members of the campus community, your professors are required to report this information to the Title IX Coordinator. Your faculty member can help connect you with the Coordinator, Oriana Jiménez ( or 407-691-1773). She will provide you with information, resources and support. If you would prefer to speak to someone on campus confidentially, please call the Wellness Center at 407-628-6340. They are not required to report any information you share with the Office of Title IX. Sexual misconduct includes sexual harassment, stalking, intimate partner violence (such as dating or domestic abuse), sexual assault, and any discrimination based on your sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression or sexual orientation that creates a hostile environment. For information, visit