TH-153: Voice and Speech for the Actor

Course Information

Course, prefix, number, & title: TH-153 Voice and Speech for the Actor

Hours (Class, recitation, Laboratory, studio): 2 class hours, 2 studio hours

Credits: 3

Pre-requisites (if any): None

Co-requisites (if any): None

Course Description in college catalog:

Practice of vocal training techniques for use in everyday life and performance. Students will be introduced to the voice as an instrument for communication. Concepts include: training for self-use and self-expression, coordinating breath with support, and articulating sound and text.

Academic programs for which this course serves as a requirement or an elective:

A.S. Theatre, (Concentration: Acting) Required

A.S. Theatre, (Concentration: Technical Theatre) Required

General Education Outcomes: Below is a listing of General Education Outcome(s) that this course supports.

  1. Communicate effectively in various forms

  2. Use analytical reasoning to identify issues or problems and evaluate evidence in order to make informed decisions

Course-specific student learning outcomes:

a. Practice self-use and self-expression.

b. Coordinate breath and support for vocal communication.

c. Identify guides and tools to support pronunciation.

d. Practice articulating sound and text.

e. Apply vocal technique to convey given circumstances and action.

f. Create relaxed, flexible, and intentional vocal performance.

g. Apply discipline-specific vocabulary to self-reflections and analysis of vocal communication.

Program-specific outcomes

I. Engage in the creation and execution of works of theatre.

IV. Develop and defend informed responses to theatre.

Concentration-specific outcomes: Acting

B. Employ the body and voice as an instrument for communication.

Supplemental Information

Required attire

Clothing that allows for a full range of movement for the work; no hats, heels, or jewelry.

Methods by which student learning will be assessed and evaluated; describe the types of methods to be employed; note whether certain methods are required for all sections:

Required for all sections:

High & Low stakes performance
High & Low stakes writing
Rubrics will be used to track progressive development of outcomes.

General Education Outcomes Assessment: College-developed Rubrics.
Programmatic, Concentration, and Course-specific Outcomes Assessment: Department-developed Rubrics. 

Jury Requirement

This course is part of the department’s student jury assessment process. At the end of each semester, students present a capstone project, a demonstration of technique, for a panel of theatre faculty. Acting courses present a monologue, scene, or other demonstration of acting technique. Technical theatre courses present a portfolio of course content, or other demonstration of technical theatre technique. The jury provides an opportunity for students to showcase their work and for faculty to celebrate and assess progressive development.

Formal grading of the jury is left to the discretion of the course professor. The department’s course syllabus will identify if a course requires a jury presentation. The professor's course outline will identify how a jury presentation may impact the final course grade. The jury is scheduled outside of regular course meetings.

Academic Integrity policy (department or College):
Academic honesty is expected of all students. Any violation of academic integrity is taken extremely seriously. All assignments and projects must be the original work of the student or teammates. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Any questions regarding academic integrity should be brought to the attention of the instructor. The following is the Queensborough Community College Policy on Academic Integrity: "It is the official policy of the College that all acts or attempted acts that are violations of Academic Integrity be reported to the Office of Student Affairs. At the faculty member's discretion and with the concurrence of the student or students involved, some cases though reported to the Office of Student Affairs may be resolved within the confines of the course and department. The instructor has the authority to adjust the offender's grade as deemed appropriate, including assigning an F to the assignment or exercise or, in more serious cases, an F to the student for the entire course." Read the University's policy on Academic Integrity opens in a new window(PDF).

Any student who feels that he or she may need an accommodation based upon the impact of a disability should contact the Office of Accessibility Services in Science Building, Room S-132, 718-631-6257, to coordinate reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities. You can visit the Office of Accessibility Services website.

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