Fall 2012

The Craft of Speaking I: Vocal Freedom

Listed in: Theater and Dance, as THDA-125H

Formerly listed as: THDA-32H

Moodle site: Course

Faculty

Ronald Dean Bashford (Section 01)

Description

A beginning studio course in the development of voice for speaking. Students develop range and tone through regular physical exercises in relaxation, breathing technique, placement, and presence. Individual attention focuses on helping each student develop the physical, mental, and emotional self-awareness needed for expressive vocal production. Practice is oriented toward acting for the stage, but students with a primary interest in public speaking, teaching, or improved interpersonal communication will find this course valuable. Three class meetings per week. A modicum of reading and written reflection is required.  Only 20 students who attend the first class will be admitted based on class and major.

Fall semester.  Professor Bashford.

Keywords

Fine arts for non-majors, Artistic practice, Community based learning, Speaking attentive

Offerings

2015-16: Offered in Fall 2015
Other years: Offered in Fall 2010, Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Fall 2014

Syllabus

Submitted by Ronald Dean Bashford on Wednesday, 9/5/2012, at 1:13 PM

Download the course syllabus:

CLASS LIST AND WAIT LIST

Submitted by Ronald Dean Bashford on Thursday, 9/6/2012, at 3:21 AM

Please click on the PDF below to see the students admitted to this course, and the wait list.  Some notes follow.


After consideration of a plan to address a larger enrollment, I have raised the class size limit on this course from 20 to 28.  In determining the order, I also used prior coursework as a criterion.  Then I chose randomly within categories.  Still, even raising the cap, I could take only a few juniors and no sophomores.

My apologies to those not admitted, especially the juniors.  This is only the third year this course has been offered and today's turnout was unprecedented.  If some of you would like to get together and arrange some workshops with me throughout the year, please let me know.

Since the group is larger than usual, it is especially important that you all be on time -- or slightly early to class, so that set up of yoga mats can be complete by the class start time.

Given the high demand, if you are not 100% interested and committed to striving for near perfect attendance, please give your spot up to someone else who may take more advantage of the opportunity, or let me know if you would like to be removed from the wait list.

Some reminders:
  • IF YOU HAVE BEEN ADMITTED ABOVE, BUT DECIDE YOU ARE NOT TAKING THE COURSE, PLEASE LET ME KNOW IMMEDIATELY.
     
  • ALSO PLEASE REMEMBER THAT IF YOU SKIP CLASS WITHOUT PERMISSION BEFORE THE END OF ADD/DROP, YOU WILL BE DROPPED.
     
  • ALL REGISTRATIONS MUST BE CORRECT BY WED. SEPT. 12.  IF YOU ARE NOT PRE-REGISTERED, YOU MUST REQUEST PERMISSION FROM ME VIA AC DATA BEFORE YOU CAN REGISTER.  IF YOU ARE NOT TAKING THE COURSE, YOU MUST DROP IT FROM YOUR REGISTRATION IF YOU ARE ALREADY REGISTERED.
     
  • IF YOU ARE ON THE WAIT LIST AND A SPOT OPENS FOR YOU, I WILL CONTACT YOU ASAP.  THERE MAY BE ONE OR TWO.  PLEASE RESPOND PROMPTLY IF THIS HAPPENS.

This course will not be offered in 2013/14, but will be offered in 14/15 and 15/16.

Please note this is a HALF COURSE, and cannot count as a full "fourth course" to fulfill your minimum enrollment obligations (with some exceptions).