Italian Diction for Singers

Italian Diction for Singers

Spring 2012 MUS 4522/5522

1 credit hour,      Mon,Wed 12:20-1:20         M/MC 232   

DR. T. KING     M/MC 322     VOX 221-7648     CELL 220-2853    KINGT@APSU.EDU

FACEBOOK GROUP is called       ITALIAN a CANTARE

Thomas King facebook has suggestions throughout the course.  If you are on Facebook, check it out now and contact me to show you read it.  If you are NOT on Facebook, please join now. It is an ideal way to communicate. There will be a class discussion group on Facebook.

Required Text:  Diction for Singers by Joan Wall

Strongly suggested: Italian dictionary [3]   FYI: Italian Dictionary in the library  PC 2440  reference section.

TK will furnish hand held recorders for assignments. There will be a deposit collected. ($30)

UNDERGRADUATE OBJECTIVES:

STUDENTS WILL LEARN TO PRONOUNCE THE LANGUAGE CORRECTLY, IN SPEECH AND IN SONG.

STUDENTS WILL LEARN THE IPA SYMBOLS.

EACH STUDENT WILL BE REQUIRED TO PERFORM SEVERAL TIMES TO DEMONSTRATE SKILLS ACQUIRED IN THE LANGUAGE.

STUDENTS WILL SUCCESSFULLY DEMONSTRATE THEIR KNOWLEDGE BY TAKING QUIZZES THROUGHOUT THE SEMESTER. QUIZZES WILL BE WRITTEN AND ORAL.

GRADUATE OBJECTIVES:  (All undergraduate objectives above plus)

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, class work, 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.

Students must read the ‘Code of Student Conduct’ in the new Student Handbook to understand what will be expected of them in the academic setting.  NO FOOD, DRINK, MINORS IN CLASS.  PLEASE TURN OFF CELL PHONES & PAGERS.  Arrive on time, 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 to discuss this matter, and/or contact Disability Services, located in Clement 131, VOX 221-6230  VOX  tty  221-6278   Please, no minors in class.

The numbers [ ]  =  points for the semester. 90_100 = A,     80_89 = B,    70_79 = C,    lower?  

Solid work = full points     Less than solid work = fewer points 

POINTS FOR ITALIAN DICTION

Own Dictionary 3                     Own Book & make corrections 4

IPA chart 6                              Common verbs 3                                  In class recording 5

Video words 3                         Meet with TK 6                                    Quiz #1 3

Recording A  5             Song #1 10                                          Quiz #2 3

Recording B 5 

total 56

Song #2 10                              Quiz #3 3         Quiz #4 3                     Quiz #5 3                    

IPA project 2 

total 77                                    Song #3 10      Review 5          Final exam 10 Grand total 102

FIND TRACK 1, 2, AND 3.

CALENDAR    TRACK 1

The class schedule is subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances.

Jan 18  Book and corrections, explain Track 1, Track 2

Track 1 = new diction students, attend all classes  Track 2 = Italian and/or Diction experience.

Anyone in Track 2 may come to class more often AND may switch to Track 1 at any time.

MISSING CLASS WILL MEAN MISSING POINTS.  ATTEND CLASS REGULARLY.

Jan 18 Bring Book, correct it, see pp. 3, 4   [4]  Write out full IPA chart, 7 vowels (+ glides) and word examples [6]   Common verb list, study it and record it for [3]  I will provide handheld recorders.   $30 deposit for these.

Jan 23  Watch some of  Italian video/DVD/YouTube.. Notice vowel sizes and vowel purity.   Listen to Italian recording in class, speak, pronounce, listen. [5]     Choose Song #1

Jan 25 Write Song #1 in class (text, IPA, translation)

MEET WITH ME INDIVIDUALLY IN JANUARY   (15 minute session) [6] This private session helps me evaluate what you need from this class. Missing this session means you are NOT serious about the course. NO HOMEWORK in January.     ALL WORK WILL BE COMPLETED IN CLASS.  You may do extra work.  Work ahead.   Choose all four songs. Listen to recordings.  Watch videos, DVD’s, YouTube.  Meet me more than once in January.

Jan 30              assignments Listen to 30 minutes of a Video or DVD – THREE times.  WRITE 5 Italian words you heard and be prepared to pronounce them in class.

Feb 1               Bring in Video words [3]    QUIZ #1 on IPA and glides  [3]

Feb 6               Finish Song #1   turn in

Feb 8               Listen to D aria  Begin IPA for the aria.

Feb 13             Finish IPA for D.  Turn in Recording  [5]  Present Song #1  [10]

“Presenting a Song” means to have a **COMPLETELY corrected copy of the Italian words, the IPA, and the translation. Be ready to sing some of the song and have 4 song sheet handouts for the class. **COMPLETTELY CORRECTED = Turn in the written version to TK. Turn in a recording of the song – spoken AND sung – to TK

Feb 15             QUIZ #2  [3]                Present Song #1

Feb 20             Turn in next RECORDING  [5]     Present song #1

Feb 22             Choose Songs #2 and #3.

                        You should have 56 points by now.  You are working for 100 = A

Feb 27             COMPLETE Songs #2  and  #3. Turn in.

Feb 29             COMPLETE SongS #2  and #3    Finish IPA, translations, recordings.

Spring break  We all need it!

Mar 12             Listen to Presentations. Mar 14             Listen to Presentations

Mar 19             Present Song #2    [10]  Remember, be thorough, be prepared.

GO TO VOICE RECITALS.  LISTEN FOR ITALIAN & OVERALL GOOD DICTION

Mar 21             Present Song #2

Mar 26             Quiz #3  [3]   

Mar 28             Quiz #4  [3]                  Apr 2   Catch up Day               Apr 4   Quiz #5  [3]

Apr 9               Write the IPA for    D  [2]       77 points by now.

Apr 11             Write Song #4  Present Song  #3    or #4   [10]

Apr 16, Apr 18, Apr 23                       Presentations

Apr 25             Review for Final [5]                  May  X  Final [10]     

CALENDAR     TRACK 2

BOLD= come to class on thos days

The class schedule is subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances.

Jan 18 Book and corrections, explain Track 1, Track 2.

Anyone in Track 2 may come to class more often AND may switch to Track 1 at any time.

Track 1 = new diction students, attend all classes   Track 2 = Italian and/or Diction experience.

The entire idea of self-motivation and completing the course “on your own” and early means that you MUST hand in assignments on time!  If your assignments are late, you will be moved to Track 1 which meets EVERY Mon and Wed, EVERY WEEK. It is your choice! SEVERAL STUDENTS HAVE TRIED THE TRACK 2. SOME DID WELL, SOME DID LESS WELL.  (If you need reminding of assignments, if you procrastinate and have trouble with self-motivation, please ask for my help AND/OR follow Track 1 instead!)

Jan 18 Bring Book, correct it, see pp. 3, 4   [4]  Write out full IPA chart, 7 vowels (+ glides) and word examples [6]   Common verb list, study it and record it for [3]  I will provide handheld recorders.   $30 deposit for these.

Jan 23 Watch some Italian video/DVD/YouTube. Notice vowel sizes and vowel purity.   Listen to Italian recording in class, speak, pronounce, listen. [5]     Choose Songs #1 and #2

Jan 25 Write Songs #1 and #2 in class (text, IPA, translation)

MEET WITH ME INDIVIDUALLY IN JANUARY   (15 minute session) [6] This private session helps me evaluate what you need from this class. Missing this session means you are NOT serious about the course. Come to class THREE times in January.  WORK INDEPENDENTLY ALSO. Pick all songs. Watch videos/DVD’s/YouTube.  Meet with me more than once in January.

Track 2 people  Do this assignment on the first day to prove you are ready for track 2!

Design an IPA chart for English using at least 12 different vowel sounds.

Arrange them in a half circle in a logical manner,   bright to dark, closed to open, etc.

Give an example rhyming word for each vowel.

Hint:  For more variations of the famous a,e,i,o,and u,  remember that the letter r after a vowel in English often “colors” the pronunciation of that vowel.

Here’s a start

[i]……………………………………………………………. [u]

……………………………. .[α]……………………………….

These three given vowels are the cornerstone for all IPA charts. The symbols are taken from Italian spellings.  (  [i]  always closed     [ α ]  always open     [u] always closed)   øλ

Jan 30              assignments Listen to 30 minutes of a Video or DVD – THREE times.  WRITE 5 Italian words you heard and turn them in to me..

Feb 1               Bring in Video words [3] QUIZ #1 on IPA and glides [3], Turn in Songs #1 & #2 Listen to D aria  (cassette and video). Begin IPA for the aria.. Finish IPA for D.  Turn in recorded assignment  [5]  Present Song #1  [10]

“Presenting a Song” means to have a **COMPLETELY corrected copy of the Italian words, the IPA, and the translation. Be ready to sing some of the song and have 4 song sheet handouts for the class. **COMPLETTELY CORRECTED = Turn in the written version to TK. Turn in a recording of the song – spoken AND sung – to TK

Feb 15             QUIZ #2  [3]                Present Songs #1 & #2

            Turn in next RECORDING  [5]      Choose Song #3 and #4.

                        You should have 56 points by now.  You are working for 100 = A

                        Turn in Song #3 and  #4  Finish all IPA,translations, recordings.

Spring break  We all need it!

Mar 12 Mar 14          Present and Listen to Presentations. [10]  Remember, be thorough.

GO TO VOICE RECITALS.  LISTEN FOR ITALIAN & OVERALL GOOD DICTION

Mar 26            Quiz #3  [3]            Mar 28  Quiz #4  [3]         Apr 2  Catch up Day

Apr 4               Quiz #5  [3]   Turn in IPA for    D  [2]       77 points by now.

Apr 11 Apr 16  Present Songs  #3  and #4   [10]

Apr 25             Review for Final [5]

May  X             Final [10]     

POINTS FOR ITALIAN DICTION

Own Dictionary 3

Own Book & make corrections 4

IPA chart 6

Common verbs 3

In class recording 5

Video words 3

Meet with TK 6

Quiz #1 3

Recording A  5

Song #1 10

Quiz #2 3

Recording B 5  total 56

Song #2 10

Quiz #3 3

Quiz #4 3

Quiz #5 3

IPA project 2  total 77

Song #3 10

Review 5

Final exam 10

Grand total 102

TRACK THREE

MAKE AN APPOINTMENT WITH ME BEFORE JANUARY 21, 2012

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