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Vocal Production & Performance Basics - Chapter Summary
Our instructors use short, focused lessons to teach you the basics of vocal production and performance. You'll study dramatic terms and styles, as well as character dialogue and nonverbal communication in drama. You'll also review the elements of producing a dramatic work. When you are done with this chapter, you will be able to:
- Improve the aesthetic and rhetoric of vocal performances
- Share the benefits of using drama activities in the classroom
- Outline the history of drama and describe important movements, including modern drama
- List types of performance art
- Explain the production concept in theater and discuss the principals of theatrical design
- Summarize approaches to dramatic acting
- Assess the role of the audience in theater
- Analyze dramatic works for theme, character and staging
Lessons are in both text and video formats. A quiz is provided for self-assessment after each to verify your understanding. The video lessons average 5-10 minutes in length and have a timeline tool that makes it easy to go back and replay any specific portion. We provide a feature for you to ask the instructor any questions that you might have.
1. Improving Rhetoric & Aesthetic of Vocal Performances
Learn about how to improve vocal performances with evaluation and strategies. Explore the many ways singers and speakers have the opportunity for evaluation, the multiple areas of evaluation, and the evaluation strategies.
2. What is Drama? - Terms, Time Periods and Styles
Ever wonder why we use the word 'drama' when referencing people who overreact to a situation? Discover the definition of drama, its different styles, and why your friends might belong on the stage in this overview of the dramatic genre.
3. Analyzing Dramatic Works: Theme, Character Development & Staging
If 'All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players,' then why does analyzing a dramatic script seem so difficult? Find out how to make analyzing dramatic works easier with a four-step process in this video lesson.
4. Approaches to Dramatic Acting
Public speaking is something that terrifies many people, but some of the greatest public speakers got that way by thinking of speaking as a performance. In this lesson, we'll look at some approaches to acting that can help improve public speaking.
5. Principles of Theatrical Design
If you've ever been to the theater, you know it's about much more than just the acting on stage. The set design, costumes, lighting, and sound all go a great distance in making the show. In this lesson, we look at those principles of theatrical design.
6. Producing a Dramatic Production: Strategies & Elements
If you have ever thought that a producer simply sits back and watches the money flow in, think again! In this lesson, we will go over all the responsibilities of a producer when it comes to producing a dramatic production, such as a play.
7. Production Concept in Theater: Definition, Function & Example
This lesson defines production concept as it applies to dramatic theater and provides an overview of the basic elements and principles that go into its creation and use. See how important a cohesive plan is to the success of a production.
8. Types of Performance Art
In this video, we'll discuss a variety of different kinds of performance art in terms of their purpose, style and theme and the media used, along with the location or size of the audience. After, check your new knowledge with the quiz questions.
9. Modern Drama: Definition & Examples
Modern drama, which developed around the turn of the twentieth century, focused on alienation and disconnection. These themes can be seen in some of the most famous plays of playwrights such as Henrik Ibsen, George Bernard Shaw, and Eugene O'Neill.
10. History of Drama: Dramatic Movements and Time Periods
Today's theatre is a mix of many styles that have been popular for hundreds of years. In this lesson, learn how each time period contributed to what we now see during a live, dramatic performance.
11. Character Dialogue & Nonverbal Communication in a Drama
Characters in plays have two ways of communicating with the audience and each other. They can use verbal or nonverbal forms of communication. In this lesson, you'll learn about how both are used in drama.
12. The Role of the Audience in Theatre
From the outside, an audience may appear to be a passive participant in the theatre. However, this couldn't be further from the truth. In theatre, the audience plays a crucial role in driving and even participating in the performance.
13. The Benefits of Using Drama Activities in the Classroom
Teachers can use a variety of methods to promote learning in the classroom. This lesson outlines how drama can be a tool to help students develop speaking, listening, and comprehension skills.
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