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Diploma in Music Performance

The Art House Academy Music Performance Diploma prepares a very select number of students for their artistic careers as singers and performers. Through individualized instruction, students will acquire the necessary technical and creative skills needed to develop their own artistic uniqueness. The end result is a fully recorded and produced EP and artist development plan.

The Program Description – Diploma in Music Performance

The program is taught across an intensive one-year period, which is divided into three 16-week terms. Each term comprises lectures and workshops, for a total of 900 contact hours, divided between the 3 terms of 300 hours each. Throughout the three terms students will go deeper into each of the subject areas so as to fundamentally increase their knowledge and skillset.

Through individual vocal and instrument technique sessions, students are taught breathing techniques, intonation, and the development of a unique style. Ear training is a necessary skill and through repeated lecturers and exercises, students will grasp the design of a melody, recognize chord progressions, and identify the difference between binary and ternary subdivisions of the beat.

Through improvisation pedagogy, students will be able to recognize, absorb and emulate melodic lines and expressive gestures from a selection of different genres. It includes improvising in a variety of contemporary and traditional styles. Developing a body language, relation techniques, setting a scenic style and the ability to manage an audience are all aspects that will be covered throughout the program.

Lectures run from Monday to Thursday, in the evening. Certain lessons are individual 1hr sessions where others are 3 to 4 hours, typically the first half being teacher led, and the second half dedicated to new contents teaching and an additional teacher led hour focused on practical student activities, this aimed to verify students’ understanding of the contents covered in the first block.

We host regular guest-led recording sessions where students will get a chance to gain experience working as a performer. Certain Fridays are reserved for guest lectures, workshops, songwriting lab and production lab. The duration of these session is between 2 hours and 8 hours, depending on the content.
 

The Program Objective – Diploma in Music Performance

Forging a successful career in music performance requires a variety of different skills, techniques and expertise. Our Diploma prepares you for this by focusing on five key industry-relevant subject areas:
– Vocal/Instrument technique
– Ear training
– Improvisation
– Performance
– Music business
 

Course Overview – Diploma in Music Performance

Course NumberCourse TitleClock Hours
VIT 101Vocal/Instrument Technique I16
EAR 102Ear Training I45
COI 103Contemporary Improvisation I60
PER 104Performance I45
VIT 105Vocal/Instrument Technique II16
EAR 106Ear Training II45
COI 107Contemporary Improvisation II60
PER 108Performance II45
VIT 109Vocal/Instrument Technique III14
PER 110Performance III56
COI 111Contemporary Improvisation III56
MBM 027Music Business52
SOP 113Songwriting and Production390
Total:900

 

Course Descriptions – Diploma in Music Performance

VIT 101 – Vocal/Instrument Technique I (16 Clock Hours)
Through individual lessons the students will be able to improve breath management; develop different breathing techniques to create awareness of the sound emission; identify the vocal muscle and learn to control it; produce good tone quality; produce accurate intonation.; build a Balanced Practice Routine, including warming up, technique study, song study and cool down; have a solid understanding of the use of vowels, consonants, accents and other diction specific techniques; and recognize their own vocal register and the differences between head and chest voice. The culmination of each lesson will reinforce all aspects of vocal technique and its application to song styles.

EAR 102 – Ear Training I (45 Clock Hours)
Through the audition and transcription of music excerpts, the students will be able to understand the architectural design of a melody; establish a direct relationship between melody and harmony; recognize basic chord progressions and their interaction with a melodic line; identify clashes between melodies and chord progressions; recognize perfect intervals in a basic melody; identify major and minor keys; recognize I IV V chord progressions; recognize structural and ornamental notes of a key (Schenker); and sing the roots of chords.

COI 103 – Contemporary Improvisation I (60 Clock Hours)
Through the analysis of different singing styles and techniques, the students will be able to recognize, absorb and emulate melodic lines and expressive gestures from a selection of ancient Asian folkloric songs; recognize, absorb and emulate melodic lines and expressive gestures from a selection of ancient American songs; understand text/language and cultural influence in relation to the expressive resources of a vocal performance; develop personal style through the analysis and emulation of music excerpts from diverse genres and cultures; develop a fluent connection between singing and playing.

PER 104 – Performance I (45 Clock Hours)
Through practice and analysis of artistic performances, the students will be able to develop their own body language; develop their own scenic style; develop relaxation techniques; discover an appropriate warm up routine for their mind and body; develop the ability to project a specific emotion in a performance; recognize the style and technical resources of a performance; and understand audience management.

VIT 105 – Vocal/Instrument Technique II (16 Clock Hours)
Through individual lessons the students will be able to improve breath management; develop different breathing techniques to create awareness of the sound emission; identify the vocal muscle and learn to control it; produce good tone quality; produce accurate intonation; build a Balanced Practice Routine, including warming up, technique study, song study and cool down; have a solid understanding of the use of vowels, consonants, accents and other diction specific techniques; and understand the techniques for recording and performing with a microphone. The culmination of each lesson will reinforce all aspects of vocal technique and its application to song styles.

EAR 106 – Ear Training II (45 Clock Hours)
Through the audition and transcription of music excerpts, the students will be able to understand the architectural design of a melody; recognize chord progressions and their interaction with a melodic line; identify clashes between melodies and chord progressions; recognize minor and major 2nd and 3rd intervals in a melody; recognize major and minor pentatonic scales; recognize major keys and their minor relatives; understand the difference between binary and ternary subdivisions of the beat; as well as interpret and analyze 12-measure song forms with A B elements.

COI 107 – Contemporary Improvisation II (60 Clock Hours)
Through the analysis of different singing styles and techniques, the students will be able to recognize, absorb and emulate melodic lines and expressive gestures from a selection of ancient Africa; recognize, absorb and emulate melodic lines and expressive gestures from a selection of ancient Jazz and Blues; understand text/ language and cultural influence in relation to the expressive resources of a vocal performance; develop personal style through the analysis and emulation of music excerpts from diverse genres and cultures; develop a fluent connection between singing and playing; and improvise in a variety of contemporary and traditional styles.

PER 108 – Performance II (45 Clock Hours)
Through practice and analysis of artistic performances, the students will be able to develop their own body language; develop their own scenic style; develop relaxation techniques; discover an appropriate warm up routine for their mind and body; develop the ability to project a specific emotion in a performance; recognize the style and technical resources of a performance; and perform audience management.

VIT 109 – Vocal/Instrument Technique III (14 Clock Hours)
Through private lessons the students will be able to understand how vowel shapes affect tone quality in contemporary styles, understand breathing techniques; use consonants and percussive singing for effect; use legato and staccato, and vibrato or straight tone for effect; perform clean and breathy tones; understand how microphones affect the quality of the voice; use dynamics for style; and start to identify one’s own style.

PER 110 – Performance III (56 Clock Hours)
Through practice and analysis of artistic performances, the students will be able to develop their own body language; develop scenic style; recognize and practice relaxation techniques; practice a warmup routine for mind and body; recognize basic understanding of emotion in a performance; practice conditioning for mind and body; analyze different contemporary styles of performance; recognize the techniques and influences in contemporary styles of performance.

COI 111 – Contemporary Improvisation III (56 Clock Hours)
Through the analysis of different singing styles and techniques, the students will be able to recognize, absorb and emulate melodic lines and expressive gestures from a selection of Flamenco tunes from Spain; recognize, absorb and emulate melodic lines and expressive gestures from a selection of Portuguese Fado songs; understand text/language and cultural influence in relation to the expressive resources of a vocal performance; develop personal style through the analysis and emulation of music excerpts from diverse genres and cultures; develop a fluent connection between singing and playing; improvise in a variety of contemporary and traditional styles.

MBM 027 – Music Business (52 Clock Hours)
Music Business teaches students the general attributes of the music industry; identify the different roles of professionals operating in the music industry; discuss the concepts of intellectual property and copyright; explain the fundamentals of music publishing; discuss the concepts of royalties and licensing; perform basic music royalty calculations; recall fundamentals aspects of music business; analyze small business accounting-related documentation; draft simple business plans; recall the fundamentals of marketing; analyze small-scale marketing strategies; draft simple marketing plans; assess historical examples of artist management; recall the basic concepts of artist management; evaluate current trends in the music industry; engage in discussions about possible future developments in the music industry; identify key aspects of efficient teamwork; work in teams collaboratively, maximizing group-based outcomes; recall the main characteristics of good presentations; and present their ideas in front of a small audience.

SOP 113 – Songwriting and Production (390 Clock Hours)
Students will develop a strong sense of form, melody, harmony, bass line development, and rhythm; proper integration of lyrics and melody; and expansion of tonal materials used in songwriting including modulation and modality. The program also focuses on writing effective arrangements built around a lead vocal with a contemporary rhythm section including percussion, background vocals, and synthesizer(s). Topics include conceptualizing and establishing a groove, writing effective introductions and fills, and supporting the style and structure of the song with appropriate instruments.
It then goes further into the addition of production elements to enhance a production. Students are expected to spend additional time in the studio and/or other institute facilities working on assigned projects.
 

Terms Syllabus – Diploma in Music Performance

TERM 1

SYLLABUS
VIT 101 – Vocal/Instrument Technique I (16 Clock Hours)
EAR 102 – Ear Training I (45 Clock Hours)
COI 103 – Contemporary Improvisation I (60 Clock Hours)
PER 104 – Performance I (45 Clock Hours)
SOP 113 – Songwriting and Production (134 Clock Hours)

ASSESSMENT (total weight of 25%)
• Written song assignment (50% weighting)
• Improvisation assignment (50% weighting)

TERM 2

SYLLABUS
VIT 105 – Vocal/Instrument Technique II (16 Clock Hours)
EAR 106 – Ear Training II (45 Clock Hours)
COI 107 – Contemporary Improvisation II (60 Clock Hours)
PER 108 – Performance II (45 Clock Hours)
SOP 113 – Songwriting and Production (134 Clock Hours)

ASSESSMENT (total weight of 25%)
• Song Productions assignment (100% weighting)

TERM 3

SYLLABUS
VIT 109 – Vocal/Instrument Technique III (14 Clock Hours)
PER 110 – Performance III (56 Clock Hours)
COI 111 – Contemporary Improvisation III (56 Clock Hours)
MBM 027 – Music Business (52 Clock Hours)
SOP 113 – Songwriting and Production (122 Clock Hours)

ASSESSMENT (total weight of 50%)
• Full EP Assignment (50% weighting)
• Business / Marketing Plan Presentation (25% weighting)
• Live Performance of EP (25% weighting)

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