Appropriate for First Year students.

TimeDaysLocationInstructorGERCreditOPUS Class NumberSyllabus (Tentative)
Rich Building 210
Fristoe, Adam Stewart. HAP. 43145 TBA.

January 18, 2012- May 01, 2012

Catalog Description: An overview of voice and diction for actors. Through group exercises and individual instruction, students will learn techniques to achieve proper breath support, vocal production, vocal range, and articulation necessary for stage performance.

Semester Details:

NOTE: 4 additional spaces in this course are reserved for Business School students. For enrollment, contact John Ward at

(Total enrollment for the course: 8 spaces for College students, 4 spaces for Business School students.)

This course is designed to help develop a healthy, expressive, and flexible vocal technique, clear articulation and to find your natural voice.  Students will learn to free their voices through vigorous physical exercises and text work.  Breath freedom, capacity and support; vocal range, power, and expressiveness; articulation; sensitivity to text will be developed. 

This semester will focus on rhetorical structure, connecting with an audience and strategies for effective communication. 

Required Textbooks, Articles, and Resources

  1. Edith Skinner, Timothy Monich (Editor), Lilene Mansell (Editor). December 1991. Speak with Distinction / Edition 1.
    ISBN: 9781557830531.


Assignment/ExamDetails% of Total Grade
Area of gradingStudents are graded heavily on class attendance and participation. Other requirements: One paper on vocal awareness and text analysis; reading assignments; and multiple prepared speeches and presentations will be worked on and performed in class, but will also require out-of-class rehearsal. Students may also want a yoga mat for use in class. Students will perform famous speeches from history and literature, as well as present and analyze business presentations and training videos.

The schedule of courses on O.P.U.S. is the official listing of courses, including days and times they meet and the General Education Requirements they satisfy. Students should use course descriptions as general guidelines. Course requirements, grading details, book lists, and syllabi are subject to change.