Spring 2021 Course Syllabus
Course: DRAM-2336- Section: 01
Voice for the Theater
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Instructor Information
Instructor Laura Stafford
Phone(409) 984-6331
Location:Student Center - Room: 417
Hours:10:30-12:30 MWF & 10:30-11:30 TR & 1-3pm W
COVID 19 Information The Lamar State College Port Arthur (LSCPA) Student Code of Conduct COVID 19 Policy requires students who have been exposed to COVID 19 or diagnosed with COVID 19 to report their condition on the COVID 19 Notification Form (available via a link on the Student Code of Conduct COVID19 webpage). This information will be provided to the Dean of Student Services. In addition, this policy requires all students to wear face coverings in compliance with the criteria included in the policy. For more information please refer to the COVID 19 link on the LSCPA website.
Course Information
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
Prerequisites None
Learning Outcomes Course Learning Outcomes for Drama 2336 Voice for the Theater
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)

1. Identify the anatomy of the vocal apparatus. ( PSLO 2) measured by embedded test questions.

2. Use techniques to aid in relaxation, muscular release, body alignment, and vocal instrument awareness. (PSLO 1) measured by class exercise, self-reflection analysis and embedded test questions.

 3. Develop articulation and diction for clarity of sound, thought, and intention. (PSLO 1, PSLO 2) measured by Dialect Research Project analysis paper and presentation & First Reading Monologue presentation and Oral IPA Drills

4. Connect emotion, language, and voice as a means of expression. (PSLO 2, PSLO 4, PSLO 5) measured by Teamwork Stage Plot Designs and Shakespearian Monologue Performance, & First Reading Monologue & Observation Exercises.

5. Demonstrate proficiency and safe practices in vocal production. (PSLO 1, PSLO 2) measured by Shakespearian Monologue Performance, & First Reading Monologue, and Oral IPA Drills

6. Identify and apply the International Phonetic Alphabet. (PSLO Alpha, PSLO 2) measured by IPA Lesson Quizzes & Pretest / posttest.
Core Objectives * 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.
* 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.
Program Student Learning Outcomes
Textbooks Textbook Purchasing Statement: A student attending Lamar State College Port Arthur is not under any obligation to purchase a textbook from the college-affiliated bookstore. The same textbook may also be available from an independent retailer, including an online retailer.

I provide all reading materials for this course. No books to buy.
Lecture Topics
Week 1    Read Ch. 1 & 2 Linklater Syllabus Overview/ Pre Test/ Lecture Packet / Phrasing Ex. - How do I Sound to Others? Survey / Select First Reading monologue in class. / Lec. How you sound to others / confirm Shakespeare Selections / Watch “Do You Speak American” video on Blackboard – Notes for Exam I.
Week 2     (Read Ch. 14 & 15 Linklater) Class Vocal Warm up Ex./ Breathing Diagrams / Mechanics Diagrams
Week 3    (Read Ch. 16 Linklater)    Warm up/ Reading Monologue Performance / performance recorded & uploaded to Blackboard (Bb) / Submit Reading Response Self Critique / start IPA charts        
Week 4    IPA Chart Information    Instructions for Internet Dialect Project Research Paper with Mr. Tickle performance in chosen dialect. Instructions for Teamwork /Analysis of Dialect monolog staging plot designs / work on your memorizing your Shakespeare piece in dialect on your own. Instructions for Observation Exercises (PSLO 5) An Actor’s Work Consonant pairs Drill / Single Consonants
Week 5    (Practice Drill sheets at HOME!) IPA Lesson 1 & 2 & 3 / IPA Lesson 4 & 5 & 6 oral    
Week 6    (Start Reading Ch. 19 Stanislavski Part 1 & 2: Find answers) /IPA Lesson 7 & 8 / IPA Lesson 9 Review & oral 7-8
Week 7     IPA Lesson 10 & 11 / IPA Lesson 12 & 13 / Dialect project due after Spring Break     
Week 8    IPA Lesson 14 is Review / Vocabulary Theory Terms: Terms Used in Critique, &“Medial T” exercise packet; The Vocal Track; Communicative Reading (Vocab test & Final Exam) / work on Observation Ex.

Mar. 15 -19- Spring Break

Week 9    / Select costumes for Shakespeare Monologue / Internet Dialect Project & Paper Presentations     
Week 10 (Finish Reading Ch. 19 Stanislavski & questions) / Vocabulary Theory Terms / Discus Ch. 19 Stanislavski Questions p. 381-420     
Week 11 Discus Ch. 19 Stanislavski Questions p.421-455 / Medial T exercises
Week 12 Teamwork Analysis of Dialect monolog staging plot designs in class / Staging & rehearsal of Shakespeare monologues
Week 13 rehearsal cont. / Video Monologues for Auditions / watch video on Blackboard for Performance Self Critique
Week 14 Dress Rehearsal performance /Performance Day 1:30pm & evening 7pm on the Thursday this week    
Week 15 Monday May 3 Recital Dress Rehearsal at Library / Tuesday Recital Performance 1:30pm & 7 pm at Library
Week 16 Final Exam II on Tuesday. May 11th at 11am in Pac 148 (Chapter 19 Stanislavski, Notes, IPA, The Vocal Tract, Theory Vocab. 26-35)
Major Assignments

Week 1    PreTestHow do I Sound to Others? Survey / Submit Feedback #1 on blackboard /Discuss Ch. 1 & 2 Review Questions Due \ Watch “Do You Speak American” video on Blackboard DUE– Notes for Exam I.
Week 2 Discuss Ch. 14 & 15 Review Questions Due / Vocal Warm up Ex. DUE
Week 3    Discuss Ch. 16 Questions Due /Reading Monologue Performance Due / Submit Reading Response Self Critique / Bb due by Sunday of this week. / Consonant pairs Drill / Single Consonants DUE/ EXAM I (Ch. 1,2,14-16, Notes on DVD, Diagrams open on Blackboard Feb.11-closes Feb.16 at 11:59
Week 5    (Practice Drill sheets at HOME!) Observation Ex. Instructions given due on March 23rd!! / IPA Lesson 1 & 2 & 3 due/ IPA Lesson 4 & 5 & 6 oral due    
Week 6    QUIZ over 1-5 (sheet provided)/ IPA Lesson 9 Review & oral 7-8 due
Week 7 QUIZ over 7-8 (sheet provided) / IPA Lesson 10 & 11 oral due
IPA Lesson 12 & 13     / Dialect project due after Spring Break     
Week 8 QUIZ over 10-13 sheet provided/ IPA Lesson 14 is Review due
QUIZ over 14 sheet provided / work on Observation Ex.
    Mar. 15 -19- Spring Break
Week 9 Observation Ex. Due on Blackboard Internet Dialect Project Due & Paper Presentations Due    
Week 10 Vocabulary Theory Terms Due / Discus Ch. 19 Stanislavski Questions p. 381-420 DUE / Theory Vocab Terms 1-25 Exam on Blackboard open April 1 – April 4th at 11:59pm    
Week 11     Discus Ch. 19 Stanislavski Questions p.421-455 DUE / Medial T exercises DUE
Week 12    Teamwork Analysis of Dialect monolog staging plot designs in class DUE    /submit Teamwork Analysis Charts in Blackboard by 11:59pm / Staging & rehearsal of Shakespeare monologues DUE
Week 13     rehearsal cont. DUE / Video Monologues for Auditions DUE/ watch video on Blackboard for Performance Self Critique DUE
Week 14 Dress Rehearsal performance DUE / Performance Day 1:30pm & evening 7pm    
Week 15    Monday May 3 Recital Dress Rehearsal at Library /Recital Performance 1:30pm & 7 pm at Libray
Week 16    Final Exam II on Tuesday. May 11th at 11am in Pac 148 (Chapter 19 Stanislavski, Notes, IPA, The Vocal Tract, Theory Vocab. 26-35) in class

Final Exam Date May 11, 2021 - 11:0 AM   Through  May 11, 2021 - 1:30 PM
Grading Scale 900-1000=A 800-899=B 700-799=C 600-699=D Below 599 =F No Incompletes
Determination of
Final Grade
Oral Assignments     225 points
Written Assignments 300 points
Exams & Quizzes     400 points
Attendance / Participation 75 points
Total 1000 points or 100%

Types of Assignments:
Exams: 400 points
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 - 4 @ 25pt each for a total of 100pts.

Oral Performance: 225pts
Shakespeare Monolog Performance 50pts.
2 Shakespeare Monologue Rehearsals 25 pts each = 50 pts.
Internet Dialect Project has 2 oral presentations of 25 each = 50pts.
15 Lessons in IPA Oral Drills @ 5pts each for total of 75 pts.

Written Assignments: 5 types 300 pts.
    Phrasing Ex. - How do I Sound to Others? Survey Feedback 25pts.
    Internet Dialect Project consists of researching a dialect of the British Empire on the British Library website. A written analysis report will be submitted and shared with the class. The written report is 75 pts. A copy of the Mr. Tickle 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 20 pts for a total of 100pts.
    Performance Response Self Critique will be written after viewing the performance on Blackboard for the First Reading Monolog Performance for 25pts. Shakespeare Performance Response Self Critique for 25 pts.
    Teamwork Analysis 50 pts. In developing the Shakespearian Monolog performance stage plot designs the group decision making process will be analyzed using the teamwork rubric.

Course Policies
Instructor Policies I answer emails and texts up until 8pm in the evening. If you contact me after that time it will be the next morning before you hear from me.

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.
Check your Blackboard Class Announcements for messages from me about class materials. Check your LSCPA email often for campus updates. You must be able to access the Lamarpa.edu site and Blackboard to complete this course. You must have access to a printer to complete assignments. The Gates Library Computer Lab is available to all students with current ID cards.

Any material for each week on the agenda calendar that I do not cover in class or Collaborate session is your responsibility to complete in Blackboard. Any days you miss must be completed in blackboard. Blackboard is set up in Weekly Modular Units.
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!!!
If there is any student in this class who has need for test-taking accommodations, please contact me with the appropriate documentation from the Disability Services Office (984- 6241)
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 75 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 2.5 points a day.
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
  1. No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

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

  3. Use of electronic devices is prohibited.
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 the Office for Disability Services Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.
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Other 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.
If you forget your password or have log in problems call Kenneth Lisbey at 409-984-6150. (8-5pm week days only)
HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.
Commercial Music, Visual and Performing Arts
Chair:Richard Vandewalker
Phone:(409) 984-6520

If you have a grievance, complaint, or concern about this course that has not been resolved through discussion with the Instructor, please consult the Department Chair.