Diction II

Course Details

Course Number: 1221  Section Number: 01

Fall 2013

Location: Music Building

Classroom Number: C117A

Days & Times:

Monday 1:00-1:50pm

Course Attachments


International Phonetic Alphabet
A manuel for English and Foreign Language Diction
  ISBN: 1-877761-50-8

Diction for Singers
An IPA reference for Elglish, Italian, Latin, German, French and Spanish pronunciation
  ISBN: 978-1934477700

MSU Faculty Member
Dr. Don Maxwell   
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Course Objectives

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.

Course Expectations

(see above)

Grading Standards

Grade will be based on scheduled tests, daily participation and attendance.

Final Exam12/9/2013  3:30-5:30pm

Submission Format PolicyNote: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy

Assignments turned in late will be lowered a grade for each day late. 

Plagiarism Policy Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception. Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters. We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student. We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed. Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

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Safe Zones Statement The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

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.

Other Policies

Weekly Assignments:


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.



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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.




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