Voice Production and Phonetics 1

Voice Production and Phonetics 1
Foundational exercises to aid in freeing tensions, habits/patterns, and finding the natural state of the voice. Lab required. Introduction to the use of Standard American Stage Dialect with International Phonetic Alphabet. Identification of speech/articulation problems.
 Hours2.0 Credit, 3.0 Lecture, 1.0 Lab
 PrerequisitesBFA acting or acting pre-major status; or instructor's consent.
 TaughtFall, Spring
 ProgramsContaining TMA 122
Course Outcomes

Methods of Voice Production

Students will practice voice production techniques, including Fitzmaurice and Linklater methods, identifying a "personal voice", integrating voice work, acting technique, emotional dexterity, use of impulses , and self-discovery in performance.

Deconstruction and Reconstruction

Students will deconstruct areas of physical and emotional tension and apply restructured breathing and speaking techniques.

International Phonetic Alphabet and Standard American Speech

Students will identify and articulate key characteristics of the International Phonetic Alphabet and the Standard American Stage Dialect and integrate the Standard American Stage Dialect into acting performance.

Evaluation and Work Ethic

Students will self-evaluate individual progress and performance, practice effective and supportive vocal coaching and peer evaluation, and apply professional work habits.

Tension and Breathing Techniques

Begin to deconstruct areas of physical and emotional tension and apply restructuring breathing techniques to text

Body Awareness

Have a greater awareness of their own bodies address individual problems which can inhibit sound through specific exercises


Gain greater self-awareness and acceptance of their “holistic” self without judgment

Emotional Vulnerability

Increase emotional vulnerability in their acting

Breath Capacity

Increase breath capacity for power and support in monologue work

Spirituality, Voice and Art

Develop a larger concept of spirituality which includes use of their bodies and voices a
well as their spirits; emulate gospel principles in their art as well as in their lives