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DRAM7014 - Voice 4

Title:Voice 4
Long Title:Voice 4
Module Code:DRAM7014
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Intermediate
Field of Study: Drama
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2017/18 ( September 2017 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: JOHN O CONNOR
Module Author: Irene OMara
Module Description: The application of vocal techniques to specific characters and texts from different periods. Learners will be introduced to the area of phonetics, accents and regional dialects.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 apply principles of physical relaxation and alignment to performance
LO2 utilise specific breath control and resonance techniques
LO3 apply principles of voice technique to a specific performance space
LO4 demonstrate knowledge of phonetics and an ability to reproduce diverse accents and dialects
LO5 manipulate vocal mechanisms to create character - from all appropriate periods
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named CIT module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).
Voice Module 2 or equivalent successfully completed.
Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
No incompatible modules listed
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.

No requirements listed
No Co Requisites listed

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Linklater - vocal warm-up techniques
Responsive Voice
Responsiveness of the voice to both physical and emotional impulses and to the performance space
Increased clarity of speech
The study and classification of speech sounds - monophthongs, diphthongs, phonemes
Character Voice
Adapting the voice to specific characters
Voice and Text
The application of voice work to period texts
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Reflective Journal Documentation of and personal response to practical sessions 1,2,3,4,5 20.0 Every Week
Practical/Skills Evaluation Lead a vocal warm-up for a set space or text and present a set text 1,2,4,5 40.0 Every Week
Practical/Skills Evaluation Continuous assessment of student participation and development 1,3,4,5 20.0 Every Week
Short Answer Questions A series of short answer questions on phonetics 4 20.0 Week 9
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Coursework Only
This module is reassessed solely on the basis of re-submitted coursework. There is no repeat written examination.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lab Studio session twice weekly two hours 4.0 Every Week 4.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Individual study and practice 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Linklater, K. 2006, Freeing the Natural Voice, Drama publishers Hollywood,CA [ISBN: 0896762505]
  • Coliani, L 2000, The Joy of Phonetics, Joy Press USA [ISBN: 0972745009]
  • Paul Meier 2012, Accents & Dialects for Stage & Screen, 19th Ed., Paul Meier Dialect Services [ISBN: 0578004526]
  • Edda Sharpe, Jan Haydn Rowles, 2009, How To Do Accents, 2nd Rev. Ed., Oberon London [ISBN: 9781840029574]
  • Jan Haydn Rowles, Edda Sharpe 2012, How To Do Standard English Accents: From Traditional RP to the New 21st-Century Neutral Accent, Oberon Books Ltd; Pap/Com edition [ISBN: 978184002990]
  • Beverley Collins and Inger M. Mees 2008, Practical phonetics and phonology, Routledge London [ISBN: 9780415425148]
  • Cicely Berry; with a foreword by Michael Boyd 2008, From word to play, Oberon Books London [ISBN: 9781840026016]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Berry, C 1991, Voice and the Actor, Wiley London [ISBN: 0020415559]
  • McCallion, M 1998, The Voice Book, Routledge London [ISBN: 0878300929]
  • Patsy Rodenburg; with a foreword by Antony Sher 1993, The need for words, Methuen Drama London [ISBN: 9780413681607]
  • Peter Roach 2009, English phonetics and phonology, Cambridge University Press Cambridge [ISBN: 9780521786133]
  • J. Clifford Turner 2007, Voice and speech in the theatre, A & C Black London [ISBN: 9780713681888]
  • J Rogers 2002, The Complete Voice and Speech Workout, Applause books [ISBN: 9781557834980]
  • Barbara Houseman, 2008, Tackling Text, Nick Hern Books London [ISBN: 9781854597991]
  • Edda Sharpe, Jan Haydn Rowles, 2009, How To Do Accents, 2nd Revised Ed., Oberon London [ISBN: 9781840029574]
  • J. C. Catford 2001, A Practical Introduction to Phonetics, 2nd Ed., O.U.P Oxford [ISBN: 9780199246359]
  • Peter Roach 2009, English phonetics and phonology, Cambridge University Press Cambridge [ISBN: 9780521786133]
  • Beverley Collins and Inger M. Mees 2008, Practical phonetics and phonology, Routledge London [ISBN: 9780415425148]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_GTHDR_8 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Theatre and Drama Studies 4 Elective

Cork Institute of Technology
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