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Survey of Diction for Singers (English)
Course: MUP250AA

First Term: 2023 Fall
Lec + Lab   1.0 Credit(s)   2.0 Period(s)   2.0 Load  
Subject Type: Occupational
Load Formula: T

Description: Introduction to the use of phonetics in the study of English song literature.

MCCCD Official Course Competencies
1. Explain the need for diction training in English, pronunciation rules, and similarities and differences with other languages. (I)
2. Identify, explain, and pronounce International Phonetic Alphabet symbols. (II)
3. Explain rules for pronouncing English, transcribe words into International Phonetic Alphabet symbols, and pronounce words correctly. (III)
4. Perform songs in English. (IV)
MCCCD Official Course Competencies must be coordinated with the content outline so that each major point in the outline serves one or more competencies. MCCCD faculty retains authority in determining the pedagogical approach, methodology, content sequencing, and assessment metrics for student work. Please see individual course syllabi for additional information, including specific course requirements.
MCCCD Official Course Outline
I. Fundamentals of diction training in singing
   A. Enhancement of vocal technique
      1. Proper placement of vowels
      2. Communicable and expressive value
   B. Pronunciation rules
      1. Understanding standardized sounds of English
      2. Awareness of general differences and similarities with other languages
   C. Value of learning repertoire
II. International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA)
   A. History and purpose
   B. Distribution and explanation of IPA symbols
   C. Drill and practice
      1. Recognition of symbols
      2. Pronunciation of symbols
   D. Other systems
III. Study of language idioms
   A. Introduction of rules
      1. Vowels
      2. Vowel blends and/or diphthongs
      3. Consonants
   B. Transcription of words into IPA symbols
      1. Word by word
      2. Line by line
   C. Presentation of exceptions, variations, and inconsistencies
   D. Spoken drill and practice
      1. Word by word
      2. Line by line
IV. Study of songs in English
   A. Transcription of text into IPA symbols
   B. Spoken drill and practice
      1. Speech rhythm
      2. Rhythm of song
   C. Performance
      1. First performance of song
      2. Second performance of song
MCCCD Governing Board Approval Date: December 13, 2022

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