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http://parkonline.orgCourse Description: A study of the basic skills in breathing, vocal control, diction, and articulation as applied to the public presentation of the following literary forms: poetry, prose, drama, reader's theatre and choral reading. Selections used as performance options include authors from a wide variety of ethnic and national origins. Open to all students. 1:2:3
Educational Philosophy: The instructor's educational philosophy is one of total intellectual, physical, & emotional engagement in an interactive, safe, non-threatening "studio" setting. Lectures will be brief; there will be no more than two quizzes; and the internet will be used to support in-class activities.
Learning Outcomes:Upon completion of the course, students should have accomplished:
1. An understanding and working knowledge of the basic mechanical skills of breath control, relaxation, placement, diction, enunciation, and projection required for effective vocal communication.
2. A heightened sensitivity of the student's ear to enable him/her to detect and reproduce subtleties in vocal inflection, pitch, rhythm, dialect, etc.
3. A greater awareness of physical self-presentation and impression on an audience and to gain a greater control over the effect of the presentation on an audience.
4. An increased understanding of various literary styles (poetry, prose, drama, etc.) and the varying possibilities in interpreting these styles for presentation to an audience.
5. Increased skills in creating and performing written narrative material to effectively introduce and bridge the above types of literature during formal presentations.
6. Increased ability to transfer the above-specified physical, vocal, and mental skills to such everyday situation as job-interviews, etc.
7. An increased appreciation of the art of theatre and the craft of the actor, which is central to the theatre experience.
Course Assessment: Learning objectives will be achieved through the following:
1. In-class projects and performances (to be videotaped).
3. Guided group discussion.
4. Periodic study guides.
5. One (1) formal written critique of a Park University production.
6. The preparation and performance of one final "concert" performance.
7. Participation in physical and vocal exercises.
8. Attendance and participation in individual and group coaching sessions.
9. Group performances and discussions.
10. Peer and instructor evaluations.
11. A written final examination will enable the student to further demonstrate his/her understanding of the techniques and concepts central to success in this course.
Grading: 20% Daily attendance and punctuality.
20% Daily participation in physical activities and discussions.
20% Classroom performances: degree of professionalism displayed in both rehearsal, preparation, and performance.
10% Quality of written assignments & formal paper.
20% Quality and preparation of final performance.
10% Performance on written final examination.
Late Submission of Course Materials: Performances and written material are due on the dates specified at the time of assignment. For each class period a performance or assignment is late, the student will receive a reduction of one letter grade for the assignment. Exceptions to this standard will be made rarely and only in extreme circumstances and with advance notice to the instructor.
Classroom Rules of Conduct: Students will participate as fully as possible in all physical activities.
Students are expected to be supportive of one another.
No derogatory or sarcastic comments about another's work will be tolerated.
No talking or whispering is allowed during performances.
Students are not to enter or exit the classroom during a performance.
See Park University catalog for further information regarding appropriate student conduct.
Course Topic/Dates/Assignments: Course topics, dates and assignments will be provided to the student on a separate sheet. Modifications to this schedule will occur with at least 48 hours advance notice to the student.
Academic Honesty:Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life. Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87
Plagiarism:Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87
Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89The student is permitted two absences from class without penalty. For each additional absence, the student will receive a zero for that session in attendance and participation. Bear in mind that attendance and participation are worth 40 percent of your grade. Even if you do not have your assignment prepared for the session, I advise you to attend class.
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all learners that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to learners concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding learners with disabilities and, to the extent of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page:
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