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Breath Control and Projection

Created by Elisabeth Oppelt

In this course, you will learn what breath control and projection are, how to breathe from your diaphragm and speak loudly without yelling, and how to teach these skills to your students. Led by teacher and singer Elisabeth Oppelt, this course will be helpful both in your teaching practices and in creating material to teach your students. This course also includes both formal and informal assessments for you to use in your classroom.

8 Modules
53 minutes
2 Credit Hours

Course Outline

Lesson 0: Introduction 2:25 FREE PREVIEW
Meeting the instructor and learn more about the overall arc of the course.
Lesson 1: Preparing the Body to Breathe 7:35 FREE PREVIEW
“Preparing the Body to Breathe” focuses on posture and how proper air flow aids in projection and ultimately protecting the voice.
Lesson 2: Anatomy of Breathing 7:08
“The Anatomy of Breathing” reviews the function of the lungs and diaphragm and demonstrates how we tend to try and use our chests to breathe rather than the diaphragm
Lesson 3: Using the Diaphragm 8:44
“Using the Diaphragm to Breathe” contains a series of exercises aimed at training you to use the diaphragm and help to strengthen it as well.
Lesson 4: Yelling vs. Projection 10:16
“Projection” starts to determine the difference between yelling and projecting and includes exercises that help you and your students learn to project.
Lesson 5: How to Teach Students to Use the Diaphragm 6:41
“How to Apply What You’ve Learned to Your Students” focuses on how to guide your students to use their diaphragm muscle. Take what you’ve learned so far and apply it to how you’ll work with your students.
Lesson 6: Teaching Students How to Project 6:27
“How to Teach Students to Project.” Sounds daunting doesn’t it? Don’t worry, this module guides you in working with your students to enhance their projection. It even introduces you to some common challenges students face when learning to project.
Lesson 7: Assessments for Understanding 4:36
“Possible Assessments to Test for Understanding.” In this module you gain tools so that you can assess your students’ progress.

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Standards Addressed

National Core Arts Standards

Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation - Grade 6

TH:Pr5.1.6.a - Recognize how acting exercises and techniques can be applied to a drama/theatre work.

Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation - Grade 8

TH:Pr5.1.8.a - Use a variety of acting techniques to increase skills in a rehearsal or drama/theatre performance.

Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation - Grade HS Proficient

TH:Pr5.1.HSI.a - Practice various acting techniques to expand skills in a rehearsal or drama/theatre performance.

Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation - Grade HS Accomplished

TH:Pr5.1.HSII.a - Refine a range of acting skills to build a believable and sustainable drama/theatre performance.

California VAPA Standards (2019)

6.TH:Pr5 Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation.

6.TH:Pr5.a - Recognize how acting exercises and techniques can be applied to a drama/theatre work.

8.TH:Pr5 Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation.

8.TH:Pr5.a - Use a variety of acting techniques to increase skills in a rehearsal or drama/theatre performance.

Prof.TH:Pr5 Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation.

Prof.TH:Pr5.a - Practice various acting techniques to expand skills in a rehearsal or drama/theatre performance.

Acc.TH:Pr5 Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation.

Acc.TH:Pr5.a - Refine a range of acting skills to build a believable and sustainable drama/theatre performance.

Georgia Performance Standards - Theatre Arts

Tennessee Theatre Curriculum Standards

Tennessee Theatre standards (2018) standards were built using the framework of the NCAS which is built on four key domains: Creating, Performing/Presenting/Producing, Connecting, and Responding. Within each of these domains are foundations and standards to support the development of curriculum, programs, and learning.
(source: Tennessee Department of Education, Tennessee Academic Standards for Fine Arts, Summer 2018)

Please refer to National Core Arts Standards to determine the standard that best suits your needs.

Alberta, Canada

Improvisation/Acting Level III - Advanced

31 - recite text from memory

British Columbia (2018)

GRADE 9 - DRAMA - Reasoning and reflecting

Receive, offer, and apply constructive feedback

GRADE 9 - DRAMA - Connecting and expanding

Demonstrate respect for themselves, others, and the audience

GRADE 10 - DRAMA - Reason and reflect

Apply feedback to develop and refine ideas

GRADE 10 - DRAMA - Connect and expand

Demonstrate respect for self, others, and the audience

GRADE 11 - DRAMA - Connect and expand

Demonstrate awareness of self, others, and audience

GRADE 12 - DRAMA - Connect and expand

Demonstrate respect for self, others, and audience

Ontario, Canada

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