FAGS1007 Voice and Speech I (3 units)
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This course is designed to give students an overview of the voice and speech issues and some training on fundamental skills required for the development of an actor/actress. Students will engage in exercises and explorations to develop their vocal production by releasing tension, connecting to the breath, and opening their natural resonance. With continued release work on the body, coupled with a larger array of vocal skills and increased imaginative capacity, students will have access to their expansive selves which can serve the characters in different plays. In addition, students will also learn about vocal health, the anatomy related to voice and speech and phonetics, and a variety of methodologies and extended vocal techniques, which can be applied to resonance, range, and vocal extremes.
Students will be instructed to the way of working on their vocal skills into a dynamic use of language in vocal production. They will increase their proficiency in sight reading and the imaginative use of language and text for the building of a foundation for the acting career. This course will also focus on applying voice into classical texts. Students will develop increased strength, flexibility and range through their exercises and work in accents, classical poetic text, heightened text, singing, and play, with the implied goal of empowering students to trust their voice, follow their imagination, and bring life to language.
Students are required to keep an individual journal throughout the course. Each lecture will make specific critical demands on the student, and students are expected to develop their ability to form judgments and enhance their understanding of the lectures, readings, and exercises. As a result, the journal will be an articulation of critical analysis, personal reflection and self/peer appraisal.
The progression of in-class exercises/experiences, with two presentations on working with different texts, is designed to further liberate students' natural voice and thereby develop a better vocal technique that finally serves the freedom of students' expression. In this part, students should reflect on and present a voice performance that is a tradition in their cultural origin and see if they are under the influences. And the course will culminate in a play on stage, which is expected to be the outcome of a smooth transition into performance by consolidating, defined and expanding the vocal skills and knowledge accumulated in the course.
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