Familiarity with the breadth of classical vocal literature
As part of the course, you will create program notes, about a page of double spaced for 10 minutes of music, and give a sung presentation at the end of the term.
Help With Program Notes
The reference area in the Mudd has two books on writing about music:
Cowdery, James R. How to Write About Music: The RILM Manual of Style
Reference Collection, ML3797 .H69 2006
This is a style manual concerned with the proper form of names of movements, keys, people's names, spelling, capitalization, citing, and some examples of good writing.
Holoman, Kern. Writing About Music: A Style Sheet
Reference Collection, ML3797 .W75 2008
This is a similar manual, but does have a section on writing program notes.
Im LUCIA a Subject begins with... search using a composer's last name will get books about that person, but this will result in many books for a lot of composers. For books specifically relating to vocal music, do a Subject Keyword search for "songs" or the title of the work along with the composer's name.
Example: Subject Keyword songs faure
Example: Subject Keyword wolf morike
If you need more information, go to RILM, the index to scholarly periodical literature.