Maricopa Community Colleges  COM271   19956-99999 
Official Course Description: MCCCD Approval: 12/13/94
COM271 19956-99999 LEC 3 Credit(s) 3 Period(s)
Voice and Diction
Exercises and techniques to free the voice and improve projection, resonance, and articulation. Covers international phonetic alphabet and standard stage speech. Prerequisites: None.
Cross-References: THP271
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MCCCD Official Course Competencies:
COM271   19956-99999 Voice and Diction
1. Describe the physiological factors that govern breath control and sound production. (I)
2. Demonstrate exercises for improving breath control and sound production. (I)
3. Identify the purposes and applications of the International Phonetic Alphabet, and explain its relevance to American English. (II)
4. Apply techniques for vocal and speech improvement, based on individual need. (III)
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MCCCD Official Course Outline:
COM271   19956-99999 Voice and Diction
    I. Physiological Basis of Voice Production
        A. Speech mechanisms and their biological functions
        B. Breath control
          1. Tone production
          2. Vocal projection
          3. Exercises for improvement
        C. Sound production
          1. Resonance
          2. Pitch
          3. Exercises for improvement
      II. Physiological Basis for Articulation and Diction
          A. Articulated sounds
            1. Vowels
            2. Diphthongs
            3. Consonants
          B. American English
            1. Development of speech patterns
            2. International Phonetic Alphabet and its uses
        III. Application of Techniques
            A. Vocal variety
            B. Individual specialization
              1. Broadcast, public speaking, and daily usage
              2. Theatre and dialect applications
              3. Individual improvement
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