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MUS 137 – Fall 2018 Section 02: MW 8:00-8:50am – Room 1051 – Mason Hall

English Diction for Singers Monday, August 27th – Wednesday, October 17th

Section 01: TR 8:00-8:50am – Room 1080 - Mason Hall

Tuesday, August 28th – Thursday, October 18th
Contact Information:

Prof. Sarah Luebke

2035 Mason Hall
Note: When sending an e-mail related to the class, always identify the course number (MUS 137).

Student Learning Objectives / Intended Learning Outcomes:

o Command of the Sounds & Symbols of the International Phonetic Alphabet for English
o Proficiency in transcription of English texts using IPA
o Ability to diagnose & suggest corrections (in self as well as others) for common English diction errors.
o Ability to speak & sing IPA sounds in English

Description of Activities:

o Reading Assignments: You are expected to have read the chapter that corresponds with the date on the following
o Homework/ In Class Work: At each class meeting we will have a combination of spoken, sung and written work.
Homework will be reviewed and self-graded in class. Activities will focus on the chapter for that date, but will also
build on concepts from previous chapters.
o Guidelines for IPA Transcriptions:
 write IPA above the text 

 do not repeat any text unnecessarily 

 leave spaces between each line of text/IPA 

 write legibly / big enough for me to read easily 

 write word-for-word translation underneath the text 

o Quizzes: There will be two quizzes given on the dates specified in the schedule below.
o Performance: There will be an in-class performance and coaching of a French piece from your studio repertoire.
Please provide an IPA transcription and word for word translation of your piece. You will sign-up for your
performance time- please confirm your performance date with your accompanist. Missed performances will not be
able to be rescheduled.
o Final Exam: This written exam will be given in class on Wednesday 10/17 and Thursday 10/18.

Course Materials:

o Labouff, Kathryn. Singing and Communicating in English: A Singer’s Guide to English Diction. New York, NY:
Oxford University Press, Inc., 2008.
o Companion Website: http://global.oup.com/us/companion.websites/9780195311389/

Grading Criteria: Grading Scale:

Attendance / Participation 30% 90-100 A 70-73 C-
Homework Assignments 15% 87-89 B+ 74-76 C
Quizzes (2) 25% 84-86 B 64-66 D
Performance 10% 80-83 B- 67-69 D+
Final Exam 20% 77-79 C+ 60-63 D-
<60 F
Course Policies:

Attendance/Participation will account for 30% of your grade for the course. You will receive an Attendance/Participation
grade for each class. Excused absences must be approved in advance – In case of illness, please send an email before the
class you miss. Additionally, more than 3 absences (excused or not) will result in a failing grade for the class. There will
be no exceptions.

Late assignments will not be accepted. If you must miss a class, you are responsible for obtaining & turning in any
homework assignment on time. In-class assignments or quizzes you miss will only be made up if absence is excused.

Class Schedule:
1. Monday 8/27 + Tuesday 8/28 9. Tuesday 9/25 + Wednesday 9/26
Chapter 1: Introduction to Diction Chapter 11: The Fricatives
2. Wednesday 8/29 + Thursday 8/30 10. Thursday 9/27 + Monday 10/1
Chapter 2: Communicating the Thought Quiz #2
Monday 9/3: NO CLASS Chapter 12: Nasal Consonants + Lyrical L
3. Tuesday 9/4 + Wednesday 9/5 11. Tuesday 10/2 + Wednesday 10/3
Chapter 3: Introduction to Vowels English Performances #1
Chapter 4: The Fronting Vowels 12. Thursday 10/4 + Monday 10/8
4. Thursday 9/6 + Monday 9/10 English Performances #2
Chapter 5: The Backing Vowels 13. Tuesday 10/9 + Wednesday 10/10
5. Tuesday 9/11 + Wednesday 9/12 English Performances #3
Chapter 6: The Mixed Vowels Thursday 10/11: NO CLASS
Chapter 7: Diphthongs 14. Monday 10/15 + Tuesday 10/16
6. Thursday 9/13 + Monday 9/17 Final Exam Review
Quiz #1 15. Wednesday 10/17 + Thursday 10/18
Chapter 8: The Three Semi-Vowel Glides Final Exam
7. Tuesday 9/18 + Wednesday 9/19
Chapter 9: Introduction to Consonants
8. Thursday 9/20 + Monday 9/24
Chapter 10: The Plosives

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