Course Objectives: This course is designed as a beginning 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 Italian and Latin. The student is expected to apply and integrate what is learned in this class into the singing of Italian and Latin song literature.
Aug. 27 Introduction to IPA(IPA for Singers, pg. 7-34)
Sept 3 Labor Day-No class
10 IPA vowel drills
24 IPA word drills
Oct. 1 IPA test- 1. Aurally translate IPA into English; 2. Transcribe
English into IPA
Oct. 8 Italian diction (pp. 51-124)
15 Italian diction
22 Italian diction
29 Italian diction
Nov. 5 Italian diction
12 Italian test
19 Latin diction (126-60)
26 Latin diction
Dec 3 Latin pronunciation test
Grading Policies: Grade will be based on scheduled tests, daily participation and attendance. This class will not use the plus-minus system. The following numbercil equivalents for grades are used: A= 100-90%; B=89-80%. C=79-70%; D=69-60%; F=59-0%.
Late assignments will be lowered one letter grade than earned.
Absence Policy: You are encouraged to attend all classes. More than 1 unexcused absence will result in an automatic drop of one letter from your final grade in class. Each additional unexcused absence will result in successive lowering of the final grade.
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DISHONESTY: Cheating, collusion, and plagiarism (the act of using source material of other persons, either published or unpublished, without following the accepted techniques of crediting, or the submission for credit of work not the individual’s to whom credit is given).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, or set up an appointment.
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.