Lamar State College - Port Arthur

House Bill 2504

Spring 2017 Course Syllabus

DRAM-2336-01 - Voice for the Theater

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Faculty Information
SemesterSpring 2017
InstructorStafford, Laura Johnson
Phone(409) 984-6331
Liberal Arts
Chair:Barbara Huval
Phone:(409) 984-6330
Hours:Hours: 10-12 MWF & 3:30-4:30pm MW Office and 8-9am TR or by appointment
Building:Student Center (SC)
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Course Information
Course Number11816
Course Description Application of the performer's use of the voice as a creative instrument of effective communication. Encourages an awareness of the need for vocal proficiency and employs techniques designed to improve the performer's speaking abilities. Builds vocal development, vocabulary and pronunciation through exercises and analysis of the application of the performer�s use of the voice as a creative instrument of effective communication and cultural expression
Course Prerequisites None
Required Textbooks 1    Textbook Requirement:
* An Actor's Work: A Student's Diary by Konstantin Stanislavski (translated by Jean Benedetti
The lecture packet has additional selected readings and worksheets that are necessary for assignments. Put these notes in a 3 Ring binder! You need bring it to use in class each day.
Access to campus Blackboard is required.
Attendance Policy Attendance & Make-Up Policy: Research has shown a cause and effect relationship between attendance and college success. Each student is allowed three hours (2 class periods) of excused absence, without it having attendance grade penalties. If you miss a performance the points are forfiet. To be excused requires a doctor’s excuse from hospital or return to work letter. Each absence in excess of this ration will result in the loss of points from this category for each day missed. Repeated tardiness (2) will have points taken out of your Audience Participation Etiquette points. After a student has missed 5 hours of class the professor may drop the student officially from the class with the grade you have earned, which may be an “F”. This may affect your financial aid status, or scholarship funding and if this “instructor initiated” drop occurs after the first six weeks you can receive an “F” for insufficient work. Attendance is a required aspect of this course and the student is responsible for the work that is due on the specific dates, which appear on the agenda calendar. This course recognizes court appearance and personal hospitalization as excused absences, not work, or doctor’s appointments, Or waking up feeling “under the weather”, so use your three hours of possible excused absence wisely. Course work is still due on assigned dates. There are 150 pts assigned to your Audience Etiquette- Attendance/Participation and when you violate the expectations of the approved behavior in class you will lose points at the discretion of the Professor. These points are for participating effectively by giving conscientious feedback in rating peers in daily activities. Think of it as 5 points a day.
Course Grading Scale 900-1000 =A; 800-899=B;700-799=C;600-699=D; less than 600 F
No Incompletes 1000 points total
Determination of Final Grade Oral Assignments     200 points
Written Assignments 275 points
Exams              300 points
Quizzes                 75 points
Attendance / Participation 150 points
                     1000 points total

Final Exam Date May 4, 2017 - 11:00 AM   Through  May 4, 2017 - 1:00 PM
Major Assignments Types of Assignments:
Exams: 3 Midterm and Final with objective and short answer questions. (100 each) These cover reading assignments, lecture, and handouts. Total of 200 pts.
Theater Theory Vocabulary Exam consists of terms from 5 source documents provided in class. 100pts.
IPA Quizzes - 3 @ 25pt each for a total of 75pts.

Oral Performance:
Shakespeare Monolog Performance 50pts.
Internet Dialect Project has an oral presentation of 50pts.
10 Lessons in IPA Oral Drills @ 10pts each for total of 100 pts.

Written Assignments: 4 types
Internet Dialect Project consists of researching a dialect of the British Empire on the website. A written analysis report will be submitted and shared with the class. The written report is 100 pts. (Choose Accents & Dialects < in the Search box type Mr. Tickle < then choose a dialect. A copy of the text will be provided)

Observation Exercises will consist of 5 situational experiential learning activities connected to the text, An Actor’s Work by Stanislavski. Each written analysis of the exercise is worth 20pts for a total of 100pts.

Performance Response Self Critique will be written after viewing the performance on Blackboard for the Shakespeare Monolog Performance for 25pts.

Teamwork Analysis 50 pts. In developing the Monolog performance the group decision making process will be analyzed using the teamwork rubric.

In Dr. Stafford's class you will be graded with actual points not percentages. Punctual completion of each assignment earns you a number of real points which you will add up to total your final grade. There will be no curving. There are no make-ups for daily drills, quizzes, or performances. There will be no make up exam given in class time, in extreme cases it may be possible to take the mid-term exam in the Student Learning Center, but that must be arranged with Dr. Stafford in advance.
There are NO RE-TESTS.
The order of presentation is up to the Professor so you must be in attendance and ready to perform on performance days. There is no guarantee that there will be any class time available to present a performance outside of the assigned days on the agenda calendar. It is your responsibility to follow the agenda calendar and be ready to present.
No SHOW means NO SCORE!!!
For Weekly details see the next section.
Calendar of Lecture Topics and Major Assignment Due Dates DRAM 2336 Spring Agenda T-R (LSCPA) 2017
(2336-01 at 11 am)
(Yes, We stay for the whole time and Test material is covered in class. Quizzes are given at the beginning of class, if you arrive late you will not be able to take the Quiz and will forfeit the points. Be Early or ON TIME!!! It is your responsibility to get material you miss from other students and turn in required papers on the due dates listed below.) Doctor’s appointments and going to work are NOT excused absences, make appointments outside of class time. There is no Make Up Time!
{My cell number is 409-550-8945 -- call with questions, if you TEXT ME, give your name}

Week 1    (Handout Linklater chapters)    
T Jan. 17    Syllabus Overview/ PreTest/ Lecture Packet / Phrasing Ex. / start DVD
        Reading Report Instructions
R 19     DVD cont. / Select Shakespeare monologs / IPA Charts
Week 2    (Read Ch. 1 & 2 Linklater)    
T Jan. 24     Instructions for Internet Dialect Project- Due Mar. !/ Mr. Tickle
         Teamwork Analysis of monolog presentation order /
R     26     Discuss Ch. 1 & 2 Reading Questions Due (TETA)
Week 3    (Read Ch. 14 & 15 Linklater)    
T Jan. 31    Class Vocal Warm up Ex./ Breathing Diagrams / Mechanics Diagrams
R Feb. 2 Monologue Performance Due / Teamwork Cover & chart Due /
        performance recorded & uploaded to Blackboard (Bb)
Week 4    (Read Ch. 16 Linklater)        
T Feb. 7    Discuss Ch. 14 & 15 Questions Due
R     9     Discuss Ch. 16 Questions Due/ Reading Response Self Critique Due

Week 5    (Practice Drill sheets at HOME!)    
T Feb. 14    MIDTERM EXAM (scantron) (Ch. 1,2,14-16, Notes on DVD, Diagrams
R    16     Consonant pairs Drill / Single Consonants / Observation Ex. Instructions given due March 21st!! (can do it over spring break!)
Week 6    
T Feb. 21    IPA Lesson 1 & 2 oral do Lesson 3
R    23     IPA Lesson 3 & 4, 5 and 6
Week 7    (Start Reading Ch. 19 Stanislavski)    Mar. 1st (Last day Drop no Grade)
T Feb. 28    Lesson 3, 4, 5 oral / QUIZ over 1-5 (sheet provided)
R Mar. 2    IPA Lesson 7 & 8    
Week 8        
T Mar. 7    IPA Lesson 9 Review& oral 7-8 / Observation Ex. due Mar. 21st!!!!
R     9    UIL Duties

Week 9     Mar. 13-17 Spring Break Campus closed

Week 10    
T Mar. 21    Observation Ex. Due / QUIZ over 7-9 (sheet provided) Vocabulary for
         Voice Packet &“Medial T” exercise packet (for Final Exam)
R     23    UIL Duties    
Week 11        
T Mar. 28     Internet Dialect Project Due & Presentations!!!!!!!!!!!
R 30     IPA Lesson 10 & 11/
Week 12    (Finish Ch. 19 Stanislavski)        
T Apr. 4     IPA Lesson 12 &13
R     6    KVLU Studio

Week 13    
T Apr. 11    IPA Lesson 14 is Review/ Theory Vocab Terms Exam.
R    13    QUIZ over 10-14 sheet provided / Discus Ch. 19 Stanislavski Questions

Week 14    (last day to drop with grade April 19th )        
T Apr. 18    HH show rehearsal
R    20    HH show rehearsal

Week 15            
T Apr. 25    HH show rehearsal
R     27 No day class – Evening dress rehearsal
Week 16            
T May 2     Discus Ch. 19 Stanislavski Questions p.421-455

Final Exam on Thursday. May 4th at 11am in Pac 132 (Chapter 19, notes, IPA, Diagrams, Theory Vocab.)

Attendance/Participation is worth 150 pts. (5 pts per day) – Audience Etiquette – disrupting a performer/partner in drills can lose your points and it can go into the negative numbers!!!!
All performers must be ready to perform on the Day of the assigned performance and turn in any written assignment on time or lose points!!!!
If you are absent the day a performance is due you will lose points!!! Turn off cell phones PLEASE!!!!
Supplies:     3 Scantron Forms #882, Bring the lecture handouts in a binder to class every meeting with a highlighting pen, a regular pen, and paper for extra notes.
General Education/Core Curriculum Student Learning Outcomes
Communication skills:Students will demonstrate effective written, oral and visual communication.

Critical Thinking Skills:Students will engage in creative and/or innovative thinking, and/or inquiry, analysis, evaluation, synthesis of information, organizing concepts and constructing solutions.

Empirical and Quantitative Skills:Students will demonstrate applications of scientific and mathematical concepts.

Teamwork:Students will demonstrate the ability to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal and consider different points of view.

Social Responsibility:Students will demonstrate intercultural competency and civic knowledge by engaging effectively in local, regional, national and/or global communities.

Personal Responsibility:Students will demonstrate the ability to connect choices, actions and consequences to ethical decision-making.

Program Student Learning Outcomes PSLO ALPHA: Reading skills - Demonstrates comprehension of content-area reading material.
Identifies all main ideas, supporting details, and vocabulary in reading material; demonstrates a full understanding of the reading.
PSLO 1: Critical Thinking Skills ďż˝ Uses creative thinking, innovation, inquiry and analysis, evaluation and synthesis of information.
Creatively identifies problem, argument, or issue (to determine extent of information needed); differentiates the facts from opinions as relates to situation; constructs possible solutions or prediction or consequences; uses logical, sound reasoning to justify conclusion.
PSLO 2: Communication Skills ďż˝ Demonstrates effective development, interpretation and expression of ideas through written, oral and/or visual communication.
Expresses a strong thesis; organizes information with effective transitions & sequencing of ideas; uses substantial, logical & specific development of ideas; details are relevant, original, credible and correctly documented when appropriate to show an effective development and interpretation of ideas; and presents ideas in appropriate mode of expression for the task.
PSLO 4: Teamwork Skills- Shows the ability to consider different points of view and to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal.
Helps the team move forward by discussing merits of alternative ideas; Treats team members respectfully; uses positive facial, vocal or written tone, or language to convey a positive attitude; Motivates teammates by expressing confidence about the importance of the task; Provides assistance/encouragement to team members; Completes all assigned tasks by deadline; Addresses conflict constructively; or helps the group avoid conflict completely.
PSLO 5: Social Responsibility Skills - Expresses intercultural competence, knowledge of civic responsibility, and the ability to engage effectively in regional, national, and global communities.
Identifies cultural characteristics (including beliefs, values, perspectives and/or practices); demonstrates knowledge of civic responsibility; provides evidence of experience in civic- engagement activities; and describes what she/ he has learned as it relates to a reinforced and clarified sense of civic identity in local, regional, national, or global communities; and shows awareness of one�s own culture in relation to others.
Course Student Learning Outcomes After taking DRAM 2336, the student(s) will be able to:
CSLO ALPHA: Demonstrate comprehension of content-area reading material and vocabulary acquisition through pretest / posttest of content material. (PSLO Alpha)
CSLO 1: demonstrate skills to understand and apply basic principles of critical thinking, problem solving, reflective thinking, and technical proficiency in the development of the analysis of a text in preparation for vocal performance and in self-reflective analysis of one's own voice for improvement of production. (PSLO 1) Measured by dialect research project written report; monolog performance self-critique and evening performance analysis.
CSLO 2: communicate effectively orally or in writing, individually or in groups, for a variety of purposes including articulation of a personal reaction to works in the arts and humanities and the ability to demonstrate the pronunciation of vowels and consonants according to the IPA system. (PSLO 2) Measured by IPA quizzes; embedded exam questions; class monolog performance; oral report of dialect research project; evening performance.
CSLO 3: demonstrate the ability to consider different points of view and to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal in preparation for group or public performance. (PSLO 4) Measured by teamwork rubric for monolog performance
CSLO 4: demonstrate expressions of intercultural competence, knowledge of civic responsibility, and the ability to engage effectively in local, regional, national, or global communities through participation in supporting the Arts. (PSLO 5) Measured by Observation Exercise Reports, the dialect research project, and participating in a culturally diverse performance.
CSLO 5: Demonstration of preparation for theater audition or interview
The student will demonstrate preparedness for a theatrical audition or job interview by preparing a monolog which demonstrate knowledge of vocal control and production of sound that is appropriate for the character portrayed in the text. (PSLO 1 & 2) Measured by monolog performance
Academic Honesty Academic honesty is expected from all students, and dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the LSC-PA policies (Section IX, subsection A, in the Faculty Handbook) for consequences of academic dishonesty.
Facility Policies
  • No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

  • Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom, except by special instructor permission.

  • Electronic devices (including but not restricted to cell phones, MP3 players, and laptop computers) shall not be used during examinations unless specifically allowed by the instructor.

  • Use of electronic devices during normal class hours distracts other students, disrupts the class, and wastes valuable time. Instructors have an obligation to reduce such disruptions.

  • Turn your cellphones to vibrate when you enter the classroom.

    Cell Phones & IPODS: Turn off all communication devices that make noise during class. No Texting or Listening to Music during class. No doing other subjects homework during class. No Laptops during lecture. You will lose Audience Etiquette points if this policy is violated.
Additional Information Check your Lamar email and Blackboard for messages from me about class materials.    

Student ID Cards: It is required for this class that you have a current Lamar State College Port Arthur Student ID card and an Internet Password to enable you to use the library and internet on campus for research purposes. The ID card can be obtained with a copy of your receipt on the 2nd floor of the student center and the Internet Password is given out at the Library. Library Hours: Call (409) 984-6222.
Information about Grants: You are a partner with the Federal Government when you accept grant funding. Remember the 60% rule that if you stop attending before the 60% date you will pay back the grant. Contact the campus financial aid office for the details. Instructors will be keeping accurate attendance records to verify your last date of attendance if you stop coming to class.
Class Honesty Policy: Plagiarism in presentations will not be acceptable. The oral or written work will not be accepted and the points for that assignment will be forfeited. Protect yourself by documenting and giving credit to the source of your material. Do not use other studentsďż˝ reports, they are recognizable. That earns a zero. Cheating on exams will result in a grade of zero for that exam.
If there is any student in this class who has need for test-taking accommodations, please feel free to come and discuss this with me.
Important Information
ADA Considerations The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Coordinator, Office for Disability Services, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.
Copyright Violations Some material in this course may be copyrighted. They may be used only for instructional purposes this semester, by students enrolled in this course. These materials are being used fairly and legally. No one may distribute or share these copyrighted materials in any medium or format with anyone outside this class, including publishing essays with copyrighted material, uploading copyrighted material to Facebook or YouTube, or painting or performing copyrighted material for public display.

Copyright violation is not the same thing as plagiarism. Plagiarism is intellectual dishonesty. Offenses of plagiarism result in lower grades or failing scores, and professors and the college strictly enforce plagiarism rules. There is never any acceptable use of plagiarism. Copyright violation is a legal offense, punishable by large fines and penalties.

Copyrighted material can be used if permission from the material’s creator is obtained, or if its use meets the standards of fair use in an educational setting. For example, a student can quote a line from Shakespeare’s Hamlet in a report without violating copyright but still be guilty of plagiarism if the quotation is not properly documented.

If you are in doubt about what material can be freely used, ask your professor or contact the Dean of Library Services, at (409) 984-6216.
Assessment Statement Assessment is a process by which LSCPA can help you learn better and gauge the level of progress you have made to attain knowledge, skills, beliefs, and values. It also helps your professors understand how to improve teaching and testing methods in your classes, and it helps each department understand and improve degree and certificate programs.

Periodically LSC-PA will collect assessment data for research and reporting purposes, including statistical data and sometimes copies of your work. Be assured that all material the college uses for assessment purposes will be kept confidential. To ensure anonymity, your name will be removed from any material we use for assessment purposes, including video-recorded performances, speeches, and projects.

If you object to allowing LSC-PA to use your material for assessment purposes, submit a letter stating so to your professor by the 12th class day. You will still be required to participate in whatever assessments are being done; we just won’t use your data.

What’s the difference between assessment and grades? The grades you get on papers, projects, speeches, and assignments are specific types of focused assessment. LSC-PA’s assessment efforts include class grades, surveys, standardized tests, and other tools.
Privacy Notice Federal privacy laws apply to college students. This means that college employees, including instructors, cannot divulge information to third parties, including parents and legal guardians of students. Even if the students are minors, information about their college work cannot be shared with anyone except in very limited circumstances.

Anyone requesting information about a student should be referred to the Registrar. Instructors will be notified in writing by that Office about what information may be released and to whom.

Please remember that releasing private information about a student, however innocuous it may seem, can be a violation of federal law, with very serious consequences.

Circumstances under which information may be released:

An adult student may submit, to the Registrar, a handwritten, signed note granting permission for release of information. The note must specify what information may be divulged, and it must specify the name of the person to whom the information may be given.

A parent or guardian may be given access to information about a student by providing a copy of a filed tax return that shows that the student was listed as a dependent of that parent or guardian. The tax return must be for last complete tax year. Again, this documentation must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office.

A parent or guardian may be given access to information about a student if the student logs on to and sends an email to the Registrar granting permission. The email must specify what information may be given and the name of the person to whom it may be given.

Co-enrollment students are protected by the same privacy laws as adult students.

The Registrar’s office is located in the Student Center room 303B, and can be reached at (409) 984-6165.

College-Level Perspectives This course helps add to the students’ overall collegiate experience in the following ways:

  • Establishing broad and multiple perspectives on the individual in relationship to the larger society and world in which s/he lives, and to understand the responsibilities of living in a culturally and ethnically diversified world.

  • Stimulating a capacity to discuss and reflect upon individual, political, economic, and social aspects of life in order to understand ways in which to be a responsible member of society.

  • Developing a capacity to use knowledge of how technology and science affect their lives.

  • Developing personal values for ethical behavior.

  • Developing the ability to make aesthetic judgments.

  • Using logical reasoning in problem solving.

  • Integrating knowledge and understand the interrelationships of the scholarly disciplines.

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HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA’s efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.

Lamar State College - Port Arthur


Lamar State College - Port Arthur, a member of The Texas State University System, is an open-access, comprehensive public two-year college offering quality and affordable instruction leading to associate degrees and a variety of certificates. The College embraces the premise that education is an ongoing process that enhances career potential, broadens intellectual horizons, and enriches life.

Core Values

  • Shared commitment by faculty, staff and administration to a mission characterized by student learning, diversity, and community involvement

  • General education/core curriculum that develops the values and concepts that allow the student to make a meaningful contribution in the workplace or community

  • Academic and technical programs designed to fulfill our commitment to accommodate students with diverse goals and backgrounds, using a variety of delivery methods, on and off campus

  • Technical education programs that provide for the acquisition of the knowledge, skills and behavior necessary for initial and continued employment

  • Student achievement characterized by attainment of individual goals and measured by successful accomplishments and completion of curriculum

  • Co-curricular opportunities that develop social, financial and civic acuity


Lamar State College - Port Arthur operates in the belief that all individuals should be:

  • treated with dignity and respect;

  • afforded equal opportunity to acquire a complete educational experience;

  • given an opportunity to discover and develop their special aptitudes and insights; and,

  • provided an opportunity to equip themselves for a fulfilling life and responsible citizenship in a world characterized by change.

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