MUSC 1610 Diction for Singers I Tuesday, Thursday 9:00 a.m.
One credit hour
Instructor: Dr. Philip L. Copeland Office: Bolding 318 Contact information: 205.726.2486 CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Introduction to IPA and its application to Italian, English, German, and French diction for singers. Offered: Fall (1610); Spring (1620) OBJECTIVES/METHODOLOGIES/ASSESSMENTS LEARNER OUTCOME (Objective) 1. Students will learn the sounds used in singing English, Latin, and rudimentary Italian 2. Students will understand the basic principles needed to transcribe the text from these languages into symbols used from the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) 3. Students will individually apply these sounds and principles to solo and choral singing PROCESS (Methodology) Classroom discussion, listening exercises, demonstration Classroom teaching, assignments from textbook. ASSESSMENT Quizzes and tests will assess knowledge of the IPA symbols and basic rules of Diction. Transcriptions and score preparation. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Office Hours: by appointment
Performances of spoken word, chanted word, and sung word.
Video and audio recordings of student performances will assess the student‟s ability to reproduce the correct sounds.
By the end of the course, students will be able to: 1. Demonstrate understanding of English, Italian, and Latin sounds through solo performance. 2. Prepare phonetic transcriptions and score preparation for English, Italian, and Latin vocal music. 3. Listen analytically to recorded and live performances. 4. Pass a final exam of detailed pronunciation, IPA rules, and understanding of the „vowel triangle.‟ COURSE TEXT AND MATERIALS 1. International Phonetic Alphabet for Singers by Joan Wall 2. 26 Italian Songs and Arias (with CD) John Glenn Paton, editor 3. 15 American Art Songs (with CD) published by G. Schirmer Supplemental: 1. Love, Catherine E. Webster‟s New World Italian Dictionary. New York: Prentice Hall, 1992. 2. Kenyon, John S. and Thomas A. Knott. A Pronouncing Dictionary of American English. Springfield, Mass: Merriam-Webster, 1953.
MUSC 1610 Diction for Singers I Tuesday, Thursday 9:00 a.m. One credit hour EXPECTATIONS Musical: It is the responsibility of each student to prepare themselves musically for sung performances. Your books include accompaniment CDs – you should practice with these consistently before you perform the piece in class. Attendance: 3 tardies* = 1 absence 1. You are allowed 1 absence with no questions asked. 2. You are allowed 3 additional excused absences** (4 absences total) 3. Five absences = FA in course (Failure due to lack of attendance) * If you arrive to class more than 5 minutes late, it counts as an absent. You are still welcome to join the class. **Excused absences include illness, family emergency, jury duty, military service, and religious observances – with paper documentation. Make-up work may be negotiated for absences due to medical or emergency reasons. For illness on a class day, please notify the instructor at the above contact information (both by phone and email, please do not text me). EVALUATION 1. Class Participation 2. Quizzes and Tests 3. Transcriptions/Score preparation; chanting, singing 4. Final Examination A = 94-100 A- = 90-93 B+ = 87-89 B = 83-86 B- = 80-82 C+ = 77-79 C = 73-76 C- = 70-72 D+ = 67-69 D = 63-66 D- = 60-62 F = below 60
Classroom Etiquette: This is a “no screens” class. You have to take notes with pencil and paper – no laptops, ipads, or smart phones are allowed. The “no screens” rule also includes texting in your lap. Please refrain from eating during class. Water and liquids in closed containers are fine. Academic Integrity: As stated in the Samford University catalog, “students, upon enrollment, enter into voluntary association with Samford University. They must be willing to observe high standards of intellectual integrity; they must respect knowledge and practice academic honesty.” Unless specified otherwise, students are expected to do theirown independent work, and to refrain from cheating, copying, or plagiarizing the work of others. When drawing from various resources for assignments, students must provide citations, footnotes, and bibliographic information.
MUSC 1610 Diction for Singers I Tuesday, Thursday 9:00 a.m. One credit hour Quizzes will be given in the first ten minutes of class. At the ten-minute mark, the quizzes will be turned in. No additional time will be given for those tardy. Accommodation: Students registered with Disability Support Services need to make an appointment with the instructor at the start of the semester to discuss accommodations that may be necessary. Please bring an official accommodation letter. Disability Support Services is located within Career Development, Room 205 of the University Center (726-2980/4078). Adjustment to Daily Schedule: Inclement weather or other events beyond the control of the University that might cause risk or danger to students, faculty, and staff may occasionally result in changes to normal University operations, including cancellation of classes or events; the calendar schedule may be adjusted. Schedule: The professor reserves the right to alter this schedule with at least one week‟s notice by announcement or email. August 28 August 30 September 4 September 6 September 11 September 13 September 18 September 20 September 25 September 27 October 2 October 4 October 9 October 11 October 16 October 18 October 23 October 25 October 30 November 1 November 6 November 8 Explanation of syllabus and introduction to the course Introduction of IPA, description of score preparation Basic principles of lyric Italian diction; Italian vowels Italian vowels and consonants Italian vowels and consonants, score preparation due for “O cessate di piagarmi” Syllabic and rhythmic chanting of “O cessate” Group singing with score of “O cessate” Performance of “O cessate” Performance of “O cessate,” group review in preparation of test Test on Italian lyric diction English pure vowels: Front, middle, back English diphthongs FALL BREAK, no class English Triphthongs Introduction to English consonants Plosives Nasals Fricatives, and score preparation due for “The Lamb” Fricatives, syllabic chanting of “The Lamb” Lateral and glides, rhythmic chanting of “The Lamb” Affricatives; spellings “qu” and “x” Group singing with score of “The Lamb,” and letter in IPA due (10 full sentences)
MUSC 1610 Diction for Singers I Tuesday, Thursday 9:00 a.m. One credit hour November 13 November 15 November 20 November 22 November 27 November 29 December 4 December 6 December 11 Disclaimer: This syllabus is intended to reflect accurately the course description, content outline, course objectives, grading criteria, activities to be evaluated, major exam dates, policy on absences, course bibliography and other information necessary for students to appraise the course. However, during the course of the semester the instructor reserves the right to modify any portion of the syllabus as may appear necessary because of events and circumstances that change during the semester. Performance of “The Lamb,” edited letter due back Test on English Lyric Diction Latin Vowels THANKSGIVING, no class Latin Vowels and Consonants Latin Consonants, and score preparation of Latin Song Performance of Latin Song, Review for final Test on Latin Lyric Diction, Review for final