This course is designed as a study of the principles of diction as it relates to the training of the singing voice. The International Phonetic alphabet will be learned as a tool to be applied to the pronunciation of German and French. The student is expected to apply and integrate what is learned in this class into the singing of German and French literature.
Grade will be based on scheduled tests, daily participation and attendance.
Assignments turned in late will be lowered a grade for each day late.
You are encouraged to attend all classes. More than one unexcused absence will result in an automatic drop of one letter grade for your final grade in class. Each successive unexcused absence will result in successive lowering of the final grade.
Aug. 26 Introduction to IPA (IPA for Singers, pp. 1-12)
Sept. 2 Labor Day No Class
Sept. 9 IPA vowel drills
Sept. 16 IPA consonant drills
Sept. 23 IPA word drills
Sept 30 IPA test
Oct. 7 German diction (Diction, pp. 161-165)
Oct. 14 German diction (IPA, pp. 161-228)
Oct. 21 German diction
Oct. 28 German diction
Nov. 4 German pronunciation test
Nov. 11 French diction (Diction, pp. 229-237)
Nov. 18 French diction
Nov. 25 French diction
Dec. 2 French diction
Dec. 9 French pronunciation test(3:30-5:30pm)
ACADEMIC DISHONESTY: Cheating, collusion, and plagiarism (the act of using source material of other persons, either published or unpublished, without following the accepted techniques of crediting, or the submission for credit of work not the individual’s to whom credit is given). Additional guidelines on procedures in these matters may be found in the Dean of Students’ Office.
DISRUPTION OF TEACHING: Disruption or obstruction of teaching, research, administration, disciplinary proceedings, or other university activities authorized to be held or conducted on the premises of Midwestern State University. Such activity includes classroom behavior that interferes with either the instructor’s ability to conduct the class or the ability of other students to profit from the instructional program.
INSTRUCTOR DROP: An instructor may drop a student any time during the semester for excessive absences, for consistently failing to meet class assignments, for an indifferent attitude, or for disruptive conduct.
OFFICE HOURS: If for any reason you need to talk to me out of class, please refer to the available office hours posted on my door.
SOCIAL JUSTICE: Social justice is one of Midwestern State University’s stated core values and the professor considers the classroom to be a place where students will be treated with respect as human beings, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Moreover, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided the students can agree to disagree. It is the professor’s expectation that ALL students be able to consider the classroom a safe environment.
If you need course adaptations or accommodations because of a disability, if you have emergency medical information that needs sharing, or if you need special accommodations in case the building must be evacuated, please make an appointment with me as soon as possible.
Federal privacy law prohibits me from releasing information about students to certain parties outside of the university without the signed consent of the student. Thus, in almost all cases I will not discuss your academic progress or other matters with your parents. Please do not have them call me. Regardless of these important legal considerations, it is my general policy to communicate with the students, not their parents even when a student has signed a consent form. College students are adults and are expected to behave accordingly.