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MUSC 109 Vocal Jazz & Recording Ensemble • 3 Cr.


Develops the vocal techniques, performance, and recording skills necessary to the contemporary recording studio singer. Ensemble members are selected by audition from the college choir. May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credits. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor (audition) by entry code. Students registered in MUSC 109 must be concurrently registered in MUSC 100 unless waived by the department.


Contact Thomas Almli at talmli@bellevuecollege.edu or (425) 564-2089.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Understand how assumptions, value organizations, and conditions of societies influence artistic creation. A successful student:
    • Expresses personal understanding of the importance of the arts in society.
    • Interprets a selected society or culture (its assumptions, values, relationships, etc.) and its influences upon art work created within the society or culture.
    • Analyzes how an artistic work(s) reflects or reacts to needs, beliefs, and trends in a society or culture.
    • Draws and communicates general conclusions about the ways in which artists and the art reflect or react to society and culture.
  • Interpret works of art from various historical periods, cultures, and peoples, analyzing the context in which they were created, the characteristics of the works, and the range of possible interpretations. A successful student:
    • Identifies the historical, cultural, social, biographical, intellectual or artistic context in which a work(s) of art was created.
    • Distinguishes and interprets significant contexts on an artist(s) and artistic work(s).
    • Recognizes and discusses varied perceptions of and responses to an artistic work(s)caused by the social, cultural, historical, or personal perspectives of its audiences.
    • Recognizes artistic forms, styles, and/or qualities which are characteristic of work created within various cultures and/or historical periods
    • Interprets works of art from various historical periods, cultures, peoples, and artists in relation to the context in which they were created
    • Recognizes and interprets examples of influential artistic movements, schools, or styles within a selected art discipline
  • Understand the significance and potential contribution of the arts to the quality of one's life. A successful student:
    • Reflects discovery of personal meaning in the creation or interpretation
    • Makes clear and specific references to aspects of artistic work which are personally meaningful
    • Makes clear and specific references to personal experiences, discoveries, or views in relation to artistic work
    • Discusses and analyzes personal reactions to artistic work in relation to personal experiences and views
    • Articulates discoveries about self, life, and/or the world which have been shaped by artistic work or by experiences with the arts
    • Represents, communicates, or alludes to connections between selected artistic work and her/his own work represents the ways in which the arts contribute to and enrich his/her life.
  • Exhibit skill and understanding of music, defining and responding to artistic problems with insight, technical ability, and quality.
    • Quality of sound
      • Uses excellent tone most of the time, correcting individual problems presented by demanding musical passages
      • Uses consistent and well-controlled tone color, focus and timbre
      • Achieves tonal clarity most of the time
      • Uses consistent melodic and harmonic intonation
      • Establishes and maintains blend and balance
  • Technique
    • Maintains rhythmic accuracy and precision
    • Controls pulse and tempo
    • Correctly interprets rhythm
    • Uses well-developed articulation technique
    • Concentrates and responds to director accurately and appropriately
  • Musicality
    • Uses consistent style and tempo, accurately interpreting the composer's intent.
    • Uses uniform and consistent phrasing throughout the passage
    • Shapes and contours phrases and passages with naturally expressive communication
    • Creates a free-flowing performance through the use of accents, stress, rubato and flexibility in phrasing
  • Performance
    • Plans, rehearses, and prepares for a public musical performance (solo or ensemble)
    • Works responsibly and effectively with others in preparing for a musical performance
    • Performs with skill, control, and expressiveness for a public audience
    • Reflects upon and evaluate public musical performances (one's own and others') plans and implements actions that will help students keep the singing activity in their lives on a consistent basis
  • Analyze and evaluate works of art and performances from functional, structural/formal, historical, and cultural perspectives, using defensible criteria and communicating effectively. A successful student:
    • Describes and explains personal responses to a work(s) of art, extending beyond initial observations and general opinions
    • Investigates and considers the responses of other audiences, and compares them to personal responsesexamines creative choices made within a work(s), and relates them to audience responses
    • Discusses specific aspects, examples, and details from a work(s) in analyzing its effects on an audience(s)
    • Correctly uses concepts and terminology particular to a chosen critical approach and art discipline
    • Uses criteria and sound-critical analyses to evaluate their own work and the work of other artists/performers (both works in progress and final work



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Bellevue College
3000 Landerholm Circle SE Bellevue, WA 98007-6484 U.S.A.
Work: (425) 564-1000