SRJC Course Outlines

6/25/2024 9:28:22 AMMUSCP 18 Course Outline as of Fall 2012

Terminated Course
CATALOG INFORMATION

Discipline and Nbr:  MUSCP 18Title:  DICTION FOR SINGERS  
Full Title:  Diction for Singers
Last Reviewed:10/6/2008

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum1.00Lecture Scheduled1.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled17.50
Minimum1.00Lab Scheduled1.0017.5 min.Lab Scheduled17.50
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total2.00 Contact Total35.00
 
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  35.00Total Student Learning Hours: 70.00 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade Only
Repeatability:  34 - 4 Enrollments Total
Also Listed As: 
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Catalog Description:
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Study of the literal translation, pronunciation, and interpretation of standard operatic and art song literature in Italian, English, German, and French.  

Prerequisites/Corequisites:
Concurrent Enrollment in MUSCP 17B or MUSCP 40.2


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Study of the literal translation, pronunciation, and interpretation of standard operatic and art song literature in Italian, English, German, and French.  
(Grade Only)

Prerequisites:Concurrent Enrollment in MUSCP 17B or MUSCP 40.2
Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:
Repeatability:34 - 4 Enrollments Total

ARTICULATION, MAJOR, and CERTIFICATION INFORMATION

Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
 Area:
 
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 
CSU Transfer:Effective:Inactive:
 
UC Transfer:Effective:Inactive:
 
C-ID:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Major Applicable Course



COURSE CONTENT

Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
1.  Perform art song and operatic literature with correct singing pronunciation.
2.  Use vocal techniques and musical interpretations appropriate to the style.
3.  Research and explain the literal meaning of song and aria texts within their historical and cultural context.
4.  Produce appropriate phonetic translations for the articulation of song and aria texts according to the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA).
Repeating students will focus on a different language each semester:
1. First semester: Italian
2. Second semester: English
3. Third semester: German
4. Fourth Semester: French  

Topics and Scope
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I. Introduction to the International Phonetic Alphabet
   A. Symbols for vowels
   B. Symbols for consonants - voiced and unvoiced
II. Pronunciation Rules and Guides for Individual Languages and Dialects
   A. Italian
   B. English
   C. German
   D. French
III.  Practical Applications
   A. Deciphering texts
       1. Translations from reference sources
       2. Using the dictionary
   B.  Pronunciation vs. good vocal technique
       1. Vowels and consonants in relation to tessitura
       2. Pronunciation modifications for different applications
       3. Variations with respect to the student's own native language orientation
       4. Facial postures
   C.  Literature and repertoire
       1. Music of the Bel Canto era and into the present
       2. The development of opera
       3. The art song and its history in Western music
IV. Analysis and Evaluation of Recorded and Live Performances of Vocal Repertoire
   A. Professional recordings by various artists
   B. Internet research
   C. Live concerts
V.  The Artist's Process
   A. Literature selection
   B. Preparing the text
   C. Researching the historical context
   D. The role of the coach and accompanist
   E. Procedure and practice - stylistic and technical considerations
   F. Stage deportment and traditions
VI. Repeating students will focus on a different language each semester:
   A. First semester: Italian
   B. Second semester: English
   C. Third semester: German
   D. Fourth Semester: French  

Assignments:
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1. Reading assignments in the text by chapter (10-20 pages/week).
2. Pronunciation practice of International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) symbols and specific language sounds for Italian, English, German, and French.
3. Library research on the literal, poetic, and phonetic translations of the text.
4. Written work showing the correct IPA pronunciation symbols in relation to the language of the text.
5. Attendance at live concerts and recitals by vocal performers, including operatic performances.
6. In class performance of 2-4 arias and/or art songs to demonstrate the application of proper linguistic pronunciation skills.
7. Two to three exams (multiple choice or completion) on phonetic symbols and vocal music terminology.

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
0 - 10%
English translations of song texts
This is a degree applicable course but assessment tools based on writing are not included because skill demonstrations are more appropriate for this course.
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
10 - 20%
Phonetic translations
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
60 - 75%
Class performances and recitals
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
5 - 20%
Exams (completion, multiple choice)
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
10 - 15%
Attendance and class participation


Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Italian Diction:
Gateway to Italian Diction. Patton, John Glenn. Alfred Publishing, 2004.
Gateway to Italian Art Songs. Patton, John Glenn. Alfred Publishing, 2004.
 
English Diction:
Singing and Communicating in English: A Singer's Guide to English Diction. Kathryn LaBouff. Oxford University Press, 2007.
Art Song in English. Kimball, Carol. Boosey and Hawkes, 2007.
 
German Diction:
Gateway to German Diction. Patton, John Glenn. Alfred Publishing, 2004.
Gateway to German Art Songs. Patton, John Glenn. Alfred Publishing, 2004.
 
French Diction:
Sing French: Diction for Singers. Davis, Eileen. Eclaire Press, 2003.
The French Song Anthology. Walters, Richard and Carol Kimball. Hal Leonard, 2001.

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