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Voicing the Text

Semester and Year SP 2019
Course Number ARTS-UG1011
Section 001
Instructor Jessie Austrian
Days F
Time 2:00 PM - 4:45 PM
Units 4
Level U



Now more than ever young people need to know how to use their voices in a way that will have the greatest impact on the listener. In this class we study vocal and performance technique, as well as the art of rhetoric and persuasive communication. We will put these two studies together to practice and investigate how to communicate thought and evoke pathos, understanding and action from our audiences. Students will discuss, analyze and perform texts from classic and modern plays and poetry, as well as ancient and contemporary political texts and youth activist speakers to study how one's voice can have the greatest impact on audiences. This course will ask questions such as: What is the difference between texts that are intended to be heard versus texts that are intended to be read? How do the musical qualities of the voice (such as tone, timbre and inflection) affect the content and reception of the message? How does a performer give voice to a playwright's words? How do our vocal habits affect our ability to communicate clearly? How can we each use our natural voice to its best and most profound effect?


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Arts Workshops (ARTS-UG)