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V3140 Vocal Repertoire, Technique, and Expression

December 17, 2009

McMahan, Jane Silver_nugget
V3140 Vocal Repertoire, Technique, and Expression

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I think this class has the potential to be much better than it was this semester—Jorge Aguilar, our accompanist/coach, was out sick for about two months, so we kept shuffling pianists, which made learning repertoire more difficult than it should have been. It's really too bad that he was out because he's ridiculously talented and the two coachings I did have with him were unbelievably helpful.

The bulk of the repertoire you learn in this class is classical song literature, so if that bores you to tears, don't take this class.

Jane is a sweetheart, but she's off her rocker. 99% of her critiques are very sweet but occasionally she'll give you a correction that'll be weirdly harsh and esoteric. I don't know how much my vocal technique improved, but she did give me a couple of helpful corrections over the semester.

Workload:

1 concert report, 1 comparative song versions paper, 1 fantasy recital program, 1 final concert. The rest depends on how seriously you take the class. If you really want to learn new rep, you can have a coaching and learn a new piece almost every week. If not, that's your prerogative. You do have to sing in front of Jane and your classmates, which can be nervewracking, but you get used to it.

January 24, 2002

McMahan, Jane Silver_nugget
V3140 Vocal Repertoire, Technique, and Expression

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Definitely one of the easiest classes you can take for three credits. You do have to be very self-motivated to actually learn anything from the class. Most of the time, the class was incredibly boring and unproductive. I would definitely question Jane's actual skill in teaching or in knowing technique at all because she certainly doesn't help singers in this respect or seem to know anything about it in general (although she does make you do useless back bends for breathing which look ridiculous). She is also incredibly flaky most of the time and forgets important points such as the dates for papers (good for the student though). If you're looking for an easy A, the class is fine...just don't expect anything riveting. The class is very laid back. Also expect randomly harsh criticisms from her. As a person she is generally nice and seems to be high most of the time. Personally I would rather have taken voice lessons (as long as she wasn't my instructor)

Workload:

Three papers, an ungraded pass/fail test, and a "midterm" (it was easy as hell and pass/fail)

December 16, 2001

McMahan, Jane Silver_nugget
V3140 Vocal Repertoire, Technique, and Expression

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You have to be very self-motivated if you want to walk away from this class having learned something. When you are assigned a new genre of song, you can either go to Gabe Wiener [Dodge] and find a new selection or just sing something you've done a thousand times with your private teacher. The international phonetic alphabet stuff is useful, but you don't spend enough time on it in class. You have to buy three books but there isn't exactly any assigned reading, so I don't think I ever did any. Needless to say, the atmosphere in there is pretty low-key. Jane has the best of intentions, but sometimes her comments are insulting. Don't take it personally. Just figure it's the price you pay for one of the easiest A's at Columbia. Oh, and our accompanist was really hot, so that's a bonus!

Workload:

Show up at the voice audition to be admitted to the class [she takes about 12 kids.] Three papers and a final recital. Not even an issue.

December 11, 2001

McMahan, Jane Silver_nugget
V3140 Vocal Repertoire, Technique, and Expression

Please keep in mind that this review is more than 5 years old.

Definitely the easiest class I have taken at college thus far [if anybody knows of any others, be sure to post 'em on here.] Jane is nice and has some helpful suggestions, but this course is really what you make of it.

Workload:

Not bad. Learn to sing some songs ... NOT a big deal for anybody who has had voice lessons. Three light papers that are graded generously ... some of the material is pretty interesting. A final recital with guests ... you'll either want to crawl under the table or smile prettily for Mom & Dad.

Directory Data

Dept/Subj Directory Course Professor Year Semester Time Section
MUSB / MUSI MUSB MUSI BC3140: Vocal Repertoire, Technique Jane McMahan 2012 Fall F / 2:00- 3:45 PM 1
MUSB / MUSI MUSB MUSI BC3140: Vocal Repertoire, Technique Jane McMahan 2012 Spring F / 12:15- 2:00 PM 1
MUSB / MUSI MUSB MUSI BC3140: Vocal Repertoire, Technique Jane McMahan 2011 Spring F / 12:15- 2:00 PM 1
MUSB / MUSI MUSB MUSI BC3140: Vocal Repertoire, Technique Jane McMahan 2010 Fall F / 2:00- 3:45 PM 1
MUSB / MUSI MUSB MUSI BC3140: Vocal Repertoire, Technique Jane McMahan 2010 Spring F / 12:15- 2:00 PM 1
MUSB / MUSI MUSB MUSI BC3140: Vocal Repertoire, Technique Jane McMahan 2009 Fall F / 2:00- 3:45 PM 1
MUSB / MUSI MUSB MUSI BC3140: Vocal Repertoire, Technique Coralie Gallet 2009 Spring F / 2:00- 3:45 PM 1
MUSB / MUSI MUSB MUSI BC3140: Vocal Repertoire, Technique Jane McMahan 2008 Fall F / 2:00- 3:45 PM 1
MUSB / MUSI MUSB MUSI BC3140: Vocal Repertoire, Technique Jane McMahan 2006 Fall F / 12:10- 2:00 PM 1
MUSB / MUSI MUSB MUSI BC3140: Vocal Repertoire, Technique Lynn Owen 2006 Spring F / 2:30- 3:45 PM 1
MUSB / MUSI MUSB MUSI BC3140: Vocal Repertoire, Technique Jane McMahan 2005 Spring F / 12:10- 2:00 PM 1
MUSB / MUSI MUSB MUSI BC3140: Vocal Repertoire, Technique Jane McMahan 2004 Fall F / 12:00- 2:00 PM 1
MUSB / MUSI MUSB MUSI BC3140: Vocal Repertoire, Technique Jane McMahan 2003 Spring F / 12:10- 2:00 PM 1
MUSB / MUSI MUSB MUSI BC3140: Vocal Repertoire, Technique Jane McMahan 2003 Fall F / 12:00- 2:00 PM 1
MUSB / MUSI MUSB MUSI BC3140: Vocal Repertoire, Technique Jane McMahan 2002 Fall F / 12:00- 2:00 PM 1
MUSB / MUSI MUSB MUSI BC3140: Vocal Repertoire, Technique Jane McMahan 2001 Spring MW / 6:00- 8:00 PM 1