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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

CAP21 (Collaborative Arts Project 21) | Evaluated Learning Experience

Voice and Speech I


Version 1: 60 hours (15 weeks). Version 2: 30 hours (15 weeks). 

CAP21, 18 W. 18th Street, New York, NY.

Version 1: August 2009 - June 2015. Version 1: July 2015 - June 2017.

Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: practice techniques for opening, developing, and freely releasing a a resonant sound; conduct relaxation exercises; recognize/illustrate neutral posture/alignment; develop proper breathing techniques; perform efficient phonation and muscular effort to support sounds for theatrical resonance; apply techniques to extend pitch range and color; utilize resonance for colorful, expressive speech; perform clear articulation; memorize the International Phonetic Alphabet; and demonstrate reduction of accents and regionalisms. 


The objective of this course is to reduce speech regionalisms while developing an ear for neutral American speech, which is achieved by learning the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA). A primary element of the work is the utilization of highly physical exercises involving the entire body, to establish the actors' connection between movement and sound. Instruction focuses on body alignment, efficient muscular effort to produce discrete phonemes, extension of actors' pitch and range and use of melody to communicate ideas, actors' use of center pitch (optimum pitch) to find a presence of tone and the application of all of these skills in lifting literature off the page to performance. 

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category OR in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 2 semester hours in Musical Theatre, Drama, Communication, Speech, and related disciplines (5/10) (7/15 revalidation).