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DICTION FOR SINGERS FAM 255 Course Syllabus Ms. Melissa Thorburn Spring 2016 Contact Information Classroom: LY 309/Office: LY 404 Office Hours: TBA Music Office: LY 405 Telephone: 888-2542/888-2536 E-mail: [email protected]/[email protected] Course Materials Diction for Singers, 2nd edition (Wall et al) The Bantam New College Italian and English Dictionary Binder Course Objectives At the conclusion of this course, students will be able to do the following: Understand and utilize basic symbols of the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) as applied to English, Latin, Italian, German, & French Correctly pronounce song texts in the above languages Sing more clearly, accurately, & meaningfully in the above languages Critique vocal performances of Classical music, with particular attention to diction, style, and interpretation Evaluate the criticism of professional music critics and/or student colleagues Understand the forms, styles, and subject matter of the poetry and music presented in class, and how they reflect the overall musical and literary characteristics of the period as well as the values and mores of the time in which they were written Course Assignments & Evaluations Classwork: Learn/perform songs in Italian, German, & French, 2 of which must be sung by memory for exams; listen to/discuss/critique recordings of professional singers in English, Latin, Italian, German, and French Homework: Reading assignments in textbook & IPA transcription of song texts Research Project: Each student will prepare a written report on the composer and poet of one of the songs studied in class. In addition to biographical material, the report will include a discussion of the style, form, and techniques of the work and how they relate to the historical period to which it belongs. (OBJECTIVES 1A, 1B, 1C) Concert Reports: 2 critiques of live solo vocal events (OBJECTIVES 2A,2B) Quizzes: 1 on each of 5 languages above Exams: Midterm (Italian) & Final (German & French) DICTION FOR SINGERS FAM 255 Course Syllabus p.2 Attendance Policy 2 absences permitted without penalty 3rd absence will result in 5% final grade reduction; 4th 10% More than 4 absences will necessitate withdrawal to avoid an FX grade Grading Classwork 15% Homework 20% Reports 15% Quizzes 25% Midterm Exam 10% Final Exam 15% Approximate Schedule No classes on Feb. 16; Mar. 24, 29, & 31 Concert Report due dates: Mar. 22 & May 3 (OBJECTIVES 2A, 2B assessed) Research Project due date: Apr. 7 (OBJECTIVES 1A, 1B, 1C assessed) Unit I: Introduction to IPA/English diction Jan. 19 Basic vowels/Vowel triangle/Read pp. 1-12 in text Jan. 21 Read pp. 13-22 Jan. 26 Read pp. 23-49 Quiz: Jan. 28 Unit II: Latin diction Jan. 28, Feb. 2, 4, 9 Quiz: Feb. 11 Unit III: Italian diction Feb. 11, 18, 23, 25 Quiz/Sing Italian song: Mar. 1 Midterm Exam: Mar. 3 (Written/Sing Italian song by memory) Unit IV: German diction Mar. 8, 10, 15, 17, 22; Apr. 5, 7 Quiz/Sing German song: Apr. 12 Unit V: French diction Apr. 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28; May 3 Quiz/Sing French song/Review: May 5 Final Exam: TBA by Administration during exam week (Written/ Sing German or French song by memory) DICTION FOR SINGERS FAM 255 Course Syllabus p. 3 Field 3 Goals & Objectives Objectives 1A,1B,1C: Covered by Units 2-5, research project, and class discussions involving analysis of forms, styles, and performance practice for a variety of songs, as well as musical style and its relationship to its historical period Objectives 2A,2B: Covered by Units 4&5 and concert reports, which teach critical analysis and use of terms specific to performance practice of solo vocal music Field 3 Arts and Literature Goals & Objectives: Content: Goal: Students will demonstrate an understanding of the aesthetic dimension of human life through the study of literature, art, or music and the ways in which they mirror and shape the human experience. Objectives: Students will: Identify specific techniques, styles, or formalistic properties of particular examples of literature, art, or music. Identify the relationship of particular examples of literature, art, or music to the traditions from which they have emerged. Demonstrate an understanding of how creative work in literature, art, or music mirrors and shapes human experience. Skills: Goal: Students will demonstrate knowledge of the methods of literary and artistic criticism and interpretation. Objectives: Students will: Critically evaluate the methods of literary and/or artistic criticism and interpretation employed in the study of literature, art, or music. Employ the methods of literary and/or artistic criticism and interpretation in the study of literature, art, or music.