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MUSIC-140 - Vocal Development for Popular Music - Andrea Vibe

Course:Vocal Development for Popular Music
Professor:Andrea Vibe
  • OnlineLive
  • InPerson
Course Length:
  • 16 Week


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Welcome. I'm Andrea Vibe and will have the pleasure of guiding you through Vocal Development of Popular Music. I love working with students of ALL levels and will look forward to sharing with you!

Singing professionally since the age of twelve, Andrea Vibe has performed on nearly every continent on the globe. A featured soloist with several musical acts including Big Bands and Orchestras, Andrea toured the United States, Europe, South America, the South Pacific, and the Middle East. A team-up with World Vision took her to Africa for a famine-relief benefit concert tour, and she has performed at both the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland and the North Sea Jazz Festival in Holland.

Andrea's dedication to developing her natural talent led her to legitimate training. Pedagogy has become a great passion and because of this love, Andrea founded VIBE Performing Arts in 1994. In June of 2000, VIBE moved to its current location in Valencia Plaza to include a multi-purpose theatre, a dance studio, and seven small studios. With over twenty-five instructors, and three hundred weekly students, VIBE has become the largest performing arts school in the Santa Clarita Valley. Besides directing and teaching at VIBE, Andrea has been an Associate Music Professor at College of the Canyons since 1997, is a published author of two ‘Sing With Confidence’ books and coaches Celebrities and contestants on The Voice and American Idol.

Course Description

Each class includes new material as listed in the schedule (subject to change). Many classes will include voice placement exercises, and a solo performance by at least one singer. Singing experience is NOT a requirement. Although this is a solo performance class, support and attention towards other students will be expected. Each voice is unique, and everyone begins at a different level. Whatever the level, all singers can gain knowledge and success from attending this class. Please do not get up and leave/enter the room during a lecture or performance. 

Class will begin promptly. Tardiness may affect your total participation points. Please email instructor and leave a message by 11am the day of class if you are not attending.   

Schedule (Subject to change):

  • Week 1: Class Format, Grading, Chapter 1 - Psychological Preparation, Vocal Hygiene
  • Week 2: Chapters 2 & 3 - Physical Preparation, Different Learning Styles  
  • Week 3: Chapters 4 & 5 - A Singer’s Breath, Posture
  • Week 4: Chapter 6 - Resonance, Tone 
  • Week 5: Chapter 7 - Registers, Pop Mix 
  • Week 6: Chapter 8 - Vowels, Consonants
  • Week 7: Chapter 9 - Range, Review 
  • Week 8: MID-TERM 
  • Week 9: Studio/Session Singing        
  • Week 10: Explore Different Pop Styles
  • Week 11: Improvisation/Blues 
  • Week 12: Self-Promotion, Networking, Marketing
  • Week 13: Group/Back-up Vocals, 7 Steps to Taking Responsibility. Success takes more than talent!
  • Week 14: The “Biz”, Agents, Producers, Engineers, Unions, Record Deals and Management.
  • Week 15: Review, Singing   
  • Week 16: Written & Singing Showcase FINAL (Invite friends and family)   

What to Expect in this Course

Student Learning Outcomes: 

LAB: Demonstrate proper posture, breathing for popular music singing, intonation, and rhythmic accuracy in popular singing and tone production in a variety of languages.
Course Content Outline:

Throughout the course, the following topics and skills will be covered and practiced:

  • Gathering Confidence
  • Basic Concepts (Anatomy and Breath)
  • Tone Production
  • Breathing and Posture
  • Tone Color (Timbre)
  • The Vocal Line (Legato Technique)
  • Understanding Performance
  • Phrasing
  • Performance Evaluation
  • Controlling Vocal Limitations
  • Accuracy in Singing
  • Musicianship for Singers
  • Interpretation
  • Expression
  • Mood and Phrasing
  • Artistic Singing

Lab: Demonstration 
Methods of Evaluation:
Skill Demonstrations

  1. Students will be required to read SING WITH CONFIDENCE book, which include answers to written test questions.
  2. Students will be required to read biographical writings about the singers and/or composers of the pieces to be sung by each of them. 
  3. Students will be required to read about the lyrics and the poetry used in the music to be sung by each of them.

Writing, Problem Solving or Performance: 

  1. Students will be required to study and to analyze the lyrical content of the music to be sung.

Other: Throughout the semester, students will be practicing and learning different compositions. As the semester progresses, they will develop a repertoire of pieces that they can use when auditioning at four-year universities.

Students will learn to:

  1. Perform individually a popular type song demonstrating good intonation, performance skills and rhythmic accuracy.
  2. Blend and balance vocal quality in a least two styles, (e.g. various standard pop styles, soul/rhythm and blues, country, classical, musical comedy, etc.)

Types of Assessments

Performances, Mid-Term, Promo Assignment, Written Final, Singing Final.

Textbook Information

SING WITH CONFIDENCE  (ISBN 978-1-60743-576-1) available in COC Bookstore or VIBE Performing Arts (

Instructor will provide info in class on purchasing PDF. Current edition is NOT available on

Singing Exercises: 

Other Relevant Course Information

Sheet Music Vendors and Accompanist
Accompanist Mike Saul -

Various Internet Sites -,

Additional Resources


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Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

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Management of Stress and Mental Health

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Last updated: 09/17/2021 Sub#: 678