Tuesday and Thursday 9:30 - 10:50 a.m.
The primary objective in Voice and Diction is specific improvement of the speaking voice. To achieve this, we will A: focus on analyzing the physiology of vocal production communication theory, and B: use phonetics to analyze and discuss speech. Students will learn to use the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) to analyze and transcribe spoken English. By the end of this course students should demonstrate proficiency in the following areas:
Students will also be expected to offer a clear and accurate analysis of their personal speech habits, vocal health, and improvement needs.
This course will be a study of vocal communication, phonetics, voice production, and the IPA. We will investigate characteristics of good and healthy speech, as well as identify and evaluate improper and unhealthy speech techniques and habits. A substantial part of the course will include in-class exercises and activities designed to correct common vocal deficiencies and enhance communication skills. Through application of the IPA students will be able to improve articulation, analyze their speaking habits, and move toward the pronunciation of “General American” speech. Being able to communicate clearly and with a wide range of people is a crucial skill in the current job market. It is imperative that students leaving the university have advanced skills in speaking and communication if they expect to be competitive in the market place.
The Instructor reserves the right to adjust or cancel assignments as the course progresses. If, for some reason, assignments administered total somewhat more or fewer than 1,000 points, the method for obtaining the final grade will remain essentially the same: the total points achieved will be divided by the total points possible to obtain a percentage, and a grade will be assigned according to the percentage scale outlined below.
All assignments will need to be turned in on or before the due date, no exceptions. Late assignments will not be accepted, so please, don’t ask. You will be required to complete assignments on or before the due date.
Attendance is MANDATORY!! Be on time to class. Tardiness beyond ten minutes will be counted as an absence. Excessive tardiness may result in a student being dropped from the course with an F. We have a substantial amount of material to cover and a limited amount of time. Each day we will be covering or presenting NEW material. Since there will be considerable collaboration amongst students your absence will affect the progression and dynamic of the rest of the class. You will receive a two-point grade deduction off of your final grade for each absence. After five absences you may be dropped from the class as per the college policy. Please note that work, non-emergency medical and dental appointments, intramural games, and all other forms of personal engagements do NOT constitute an excused absence.
If you have a university-sponsored function or a religious holiday that will keep you from attending class please see the instructor as early as possible to discuss this. You will be expected to provide documentation for all university-sponsored events that will result in an absence.
Students are expected to be on time to class everyday. Respect will be given to everyone at all times. If you are disrespectful to someone (especially during a performance) the instructor reserves the right to ask you to leave the room and receive an absence for the day.
In this class, we will be reading to each other. It is the hope of the instructor that each student will carefully consider the content of their reading material before presenting said material to the class. The instructor will provide each student with guidelines for choosing materials. In a university environment, an environment in which all are encouraged to grow and develop to their ultimate potential, it is not beneficial to present material that is derogatory to an individual or a group of people because of race, ethnicity, religion, age, gender, or sexual orientation. For that reason, students should avoid reading material that may be offensive to others in the classroom. There is a whole world of marvelous literature from which to choose-let us treat each other with respect due to all persons.
Honesty is paramount. Dishonest work on homework and tests will not be tolerated. Expect disciplinary action to be sought in the event that the instructor discovers dishonesty or cheating. The instructor reserves the right to drop any student engaging in academic dishonesty from the course. Students dropped from the course by the instructor for failure to attend classes or for academic dishonesty may receive an F for the semester. By enrolling in this course, the student expressly grants MSU a “limited right” in all intellectual property created by the student for the purpose of this course. The “limited right” shall include but shall not be limited to the right to reproduce the student’s work product in order to verify originality and authenticity, and educational purposes.
Cell phone use in class is prohibited. If your cell phone goes off during a class you may be asked to leave the classroom and receive and absence for the day. No texting; Again, you may be asked to leave the classroom. Please don’t make this an issue, just turn off the phone during our class. If other commitments are so pressing that they can not wait until the end of the class session, it may be in the student’s best interests to reconsider the priority placed on being this class. In any case, the instructor reserves the right to ask you to leave immediately or to embarrass you mercilessly if your phone/pager/beeper/ etc. makes noise during class.
Students with disabilities or special needs should see the instructor as early in the semester as possible. Please note that in order to qualify for consideration of special accommodations, the student must be registered with the MSU Office of Disability Services, and the instructor must receive a memo on file from that office, along with a Special Accommodations Request form.