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 Course Title:   Viewpoints II: Vocal Viewpoints

 Title Abbreviation:   VIEWPOINTS II: VOCAL

 Department:    DRMA

 Course #:    141

 Credits:    3

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    3

 CIP:    500501

 EPC:    n/a

 REV:    2017

 Course Description  

Building upon DRMA 140, Physical Viewpoints, Vocal Viewpoints focuses on language from the perspective of pitch, dynamics, tempo, repetition, timbre, and silence. This course provides a new approach to listening and speaking in an age of internet communication.


Prerequisite: DRMA 140 or instructor's permission

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 33

Lab: 0

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Academic Elective  

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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Understand the vocal viewpoints, specifically
    • The functioning of the human voice
    • The musical aspects and potential of the human voice
    • The expressive power of sound and silence
    • The relationship between sound and movement
  2. Use the vocal viewpoints both concretely and abstractly
  3. Work with others to create coherent and expressive sound and movement pictures
  4. Create relationships with others through sound and silence

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

0. Application and Integration

Definition: Applying information from one or more disciplines and/or field experiences in new contexts (Outcome 0.1); developing integrated approaches or responses to personal, academic, professional, and social issues (Outcomes 0.2-0.5).

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
0.2 Identify the strengths and limitations of different fields of study.

2. Critical Thinking

Definition: The ability to think critically about the nature of knowledge within a discipline and about the ways in which that knowledge is constructed and validated and to be sensitive to the ways these processes often vary among disciplines.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
2.1 Identify and express concepts, terms, and facts related to a specific discipline.
2.2 Analyze issues and develop questions within a discipline.
2.3 Identify, interpret, and evaluate pertinent data and previous experience to reach conclusions.
2.9 Apply and/or create problem-solving strategies to successfully adapt to unpredictable and/or changing environments.

3. Communication

Definition: Understanding and producing effective written, spoken, visual, and non-verbal communication.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
3.2 Recognize, produce and demonstrate appropriate interpersonal, group, and public speaking skills.
3.3 Demonstrate effective listening skills.

6. Individual Awareness & Responsibility

Definition: Understanding, managing, and taking responsibility for one’s learning and behavior in varied and changing environments.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
6.3 Apply successful organizational strategies of planning, goal setting, prioritizing, resolving conflict, and managing time to specific goals and/or projects.

7. Aesthetics & Creativity

Definition: Interpreting human experience through engagement with creative processes and aesthetic principles.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
7.1 Demonstrate an understanding of the creative process.
7.2 Demonstrate knowledge of aesthetic principles.
7.4 Demonstrate an understanding of the role of arts and creative expression in societies.

Course Contents

  1. The vocal viewpoints
  2. How the human voice works
  3. Sound and silence
  4. The relationship between sound and meaning
  5. Using sound individually and as part of a group
  6. The relationship between sound and movement
  7. Applying vocal viewpoints to specific vocal tasks