Incoming voice students now have the opportunity to focus on special topics within their field of study with a weekly voice block class.
The music department introduced the Friday Foundations program this semester to help voice students in degree programs such as music, music education, voice performance and musical theatre get to know their professors and peers.
Students work with faculty to hone skills
Topics include how to practice effectively, tips to accessing library and online resources, health and wellness, professional decorum and more.
Voice Coordinator Dr. Chris Thompson said the 8 a.m. class has been well attended, and students are accessing a wealth of information they will use in school and their careers.
“In essence: knowledge creates individual empowerment, power instills confidence, and confident students ask questions, seek help, and are less fearful of the unknown or failure. We hope that this class creates better artists, citizens, and does wonders for our retention!”
‘Takes great craft to become superlative artist’
Each voice professor takes on a different topic which helps students become acquainted with faculty and their expertise.
“Each class is quite specific and essential for success,” Thompson said. “However, just as essential for incoming students is their connection to caring faculty, their sense that MSU faculty work well together and have students’ best interest at heart, and the notion that it takes great craft to become a superlative artist.”
Meet for Friday Foundations
The class will meet at 8 a.m. each Friday through Oct. 2.