German Diction for Singers


GERMAN DICTION FOR SINGERS

MUS 4523/ MUS 5523Austin Peay State University

1 hour credit Spring 2014 DR. T. KING office M/MC 322    221-7648    cell 931-220-2853      kingt@apsu.edu FaceBook Group=King German Diction  www.drthomasking.com CLASSROOM 232  Mon/Wed 12:20-1:15 (FRIDAYS can be extra)

Required Text:  Diction for Singers first edition – Joan Wall    [second edition has different page numbers! and fewer typos]   suggested: Hand held recorder

CHECK WEB SITE, FACEBOOK REGULARLY Strongly suggested:  German dictionary  FYI:  German Dictionary in the library  PC 1640 reference

UNDERGRADUATE OBJECTIVES:  UNDERSTANDING THE DICTION RULES SPECIFIC TO GERMAN &  DEMONSTRATING THESE RULES THROUGH SPEECH AND SONG

THERE WILL BE SONG PRESENTATIONS THROUGHOUT THE SEMESTER TO SHOW THE STUDENT’S MASTERY OF  IPA, A PARTICULAR SONG AND PRONUNCIATION.

THERE WILL BE QUIZZES THROUGHOUT THE SEMESTER TO CHECK THE STUDENT’S KNOWLEDGE OF THE MATERIAL.   QUIZZES WILL BE WRITTEN AND ORAL.   STUDENTS MUST BE ABLE TO PRONOUNCE THE LANGUAGE CORRECTLY, WHILE SPEAKING AND WHILE SINGING.

GRADUATE OBJECTIVES: (see undergraduate above)

The student will begin to collect materials to teach diction courses for singers.

The student will begin to collect techniques for teaching pronunciation (in any language).

GRADES: Grades will be based on attendance, willingness to work, classwork, homework, and the accumulation of assignments turned in ON TIME.  Anyone missing more than three classes will receive a lower grade.  Anyone missing more than six classes should consider dropping the course.

There will be two (and a super advanced TRACK 3)  tracks (courses of study) for this class. Anyone choosing Track 2 must be able to work independently & with self-motivation. Anyone choosing Track 2 who loses self-motivation WILL change to Track 1.   Track 2 = has had German grammar and/or a diction class of any language.

Track 1 = anyone who is new to German and to diction study.

Students must read the “Code of Student Conduct” in the new Student Handbook for an understanding of what will be expected of them within the academic stetting.  THERE WILL BE NO FOOD, DRINK, MINORS IN CLASS. PLEASE TURN OFF CELL PHONES AND BEEPERS. Arrive on time and be ready to work.  Any student who has a condition that may affect his/her academic performance in this class is encouraged to make an appointment with me to discuss this matter, or with the Coordinator of Disability issues, who is located in Clement 131, VOX 221-6230  VOX TTY 221-6278   The professor reserves the right to change parts of this syllabus, should warranted circumstances arise.

TRACK 2 TRACK 2 TRACK 2

Fuller Explanation for German Diction  TRACK 2

Buy the book. Buy a German dictionary. Get one of my hand held recorders OR send by e mail attachments.

Correct the book = Read my corrections and enter them in your book.

Record ch, ch, ä, é (German closed e), o (German closed o), ö, ü, = record yourself speaking ch, ch p. 140 Compare and contrast, 141 compare and contrast, 141 Speak.

Record = Say each word or sound Slowly TWICE, TWICE

ä 149 Read aloud and second Read aloud.

é (German closed e) 150 only the second Read aloud 151

Compare and contrast, read aloud. o (German closed o) 154 Read aloud, compare and contrast

ö 155 Read aloud and second read aloud.

ü 157 Read aloud and second read aloud.

Record short and irregular word lists = pronounce the IPA correctly for words too short to have rules.

Write the IPA chart with 16 German vowel symbols, and an example German word for each.

Listen to a TK LIST a few times, then record yourself using the handy sheet provided. Pronounce each word or group of words TWICE in a row.

Listen to another TK LIST a few times, then record yourself. (Same as above TWICE)

Videos on YouTube (TK will suggest them)  THE GERMAN DICTION FACEBOOK GROUP HAS A LIST OF VIDEOS.  OR (VHS Ludwig, Komische Oper, Schneewittchen, Fidelio, Flute, Nacht, Ludwig, Rosenkavalier) Watch 30 minutes of it, listening carefully for sung German (or spoken). Make a list of 15 words from the video.

Listen to Dein = listen and watch, fill in the IPA on the handy sheet provided.

Record Song #1 = Choose your first song, write out IPA and translation, speak it on tape, each phrase TWICE,  AND sing it on tape.

Meet with me three times = meet with me three times =  meet with me three times  How many times?   3

Full Song Sheet #2 = turn in second song, text, IPA, and translation.#3 ditto    #4 ditto

Present songs = Have a corrected copy of the German words, the IPA, and the translation. Be ready to sing some of the song and have 9 song sheet handouts for the class.

There will be five quizzes given in late March and early April..

By now (April 15) you should have 94 points and an A!

TRACK 1 TRACK 1 TRACK 1

Fuller Explanation for German Diction     TRACK 1

Buy the book. Buy a German dictionary.  Come to class EVERY DAY

Correct the book = Read my corrections and enter them in your book.  Get one of my hand held recorders OR send by e mail attachments.

Write the IPA chart with 16 German vowel symbols, and an example German word for each.

Record short and irregular word LIST, pronounce the IPA correctly for words too short to have rules.

RECORD = SAY EACH WORD OR SOUND SLOWLY TWICE, TWICE

Listen to one of TK’s LISTS = we will work on it in class

Please meet with me = please meet with me = Please meet with me = please meet with me

Videos on YouTube (TK will suggest them) = THE GERMAN DICTION FACEBOOK GROUP HAS A LIST OF VIDEOS.  OR (VHS Ludwig, Komische Oper, Schneewittchen, Fidelio, Flute, Nacht, Ludwig, Rosenkavalier) Watch 30 minutes of it, listening carefully for sung German (or spoken). Make a list of 15 words from the video.

There will be five quizzes given. You may take any quiz a second time to increase your points, if needed.

Listen to one of TK’s LISTS a few times [see above!], then record yourself using the handy sheet provided. Please pronounce each word or group TWICE, one after the other.

Present songs = Have a corrected copy of the German words, the IPA, and the translation. Be ready to sing some of the song and have 9 song sheet handouts for the class.

Quiz #2

Listen to another LIST of TK’s a few times, then record yourself. (same as above, TWICE)

Present Song #2, Quiz #3, Quiz #4, Quiz #5

Listen to Dein = listen and watch, fill in the IPA on the handy sheet provided.

Present Song #3 and/or #4

Review for Final = discussion and practice tests in class.

Final = Final

By now you should have accumulated 105 points for an A!

Track 2 [add your points]

Book = 3

recorder = 1

Record ch, etc = 6

record short and irregular word LIST = 4

IPA chart = 6

LIST #1 =5

Video on YouTube =3

Dein and IPA = 2

Song #1 sing, speak, present = 10

Meet w/ TK 3 times before Feb 19 = total 9

Song #2 = 5

Song #3 = 5

Song #4 = 5

any extra credit, master class, recitals, etc.–   could total up to 6 points

64 total by FEB 28  with any EC? up to 70?

THEN between March 14-April 8

TK LIST #2 =5

Present Song #2 = 5

Present Song #3 = 5

Quizzes March 21,23,25,28,30              3 points each, total = 15

This would add up to 94+ by April 11, ENOUGH FOR AN A!

If you haven’t reached this much by April 10, you must take the *final OR
be satisfied with your grade on April 10 (lower than 90?, lower than 80?)

*(Final counts =10)       Where do you stand?


TRACK 1

Track 1 [add your points]

Book = 3

recorder = 1

record short and irregular word LIST = 4

IPA chart = 6

Listen to TAPE A in class =5

LIST #1 =5

LIST #2 =5

Video on YouTube =3

Quiz #1  March 21 = 3

Quiz #2   March 23 = 3

Song #1 sing, speak, present = 10

Meet with TK in January = 6

any extra credit, master class, recitals, etc.–   could total up to 6 points

48 total by FEB 28  with any EC? up to 60?

THEN between March 14-April  8

Present Song #2 = 5

Quizzes #3, #4, #5   (March 25,28,30)  3 points each, total =9

Dein and IPA = 2

Present Song #3 OR #4 =5

This would add up to 75  by April 20.

Review for Final = 5

Final exam = 10

easily  (with an  Extra Credit or two) enough to make an A!

Where do you stand?

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