Date of Award
Curriculum and Instruction (MAE)
Dr. Dee Knoblauch
First Committee Member
Dr. Susan Millsap
Second Committee Member
Dr. Bethany Vosburg-Bluem
Speech, Theatre, Performance, Projection, Clarity, Lessons
Curriculum and Instruction | Secondary Education | Theatre and Performance Studies
This study compared two classes and their responses to a controlled curriculum versus an experimental curriculum based on teaching high school students in acting classes to project and speak with clarity during onstage performances. The experimental group had fifteen days of instruction, extensive feedback and an additional two lessons, while the control group participated in two out of the four lessons and had eight days of instruction with limited feedback. The driving question of this study was, “How do you get teenagers to project and speak with clarity on stage, so the audience is not left asking, ‘What did they say?’” The lesson plans were based on vocal projection, vocal clarity, the mechanics of speech, and vocal performance efficacy. The experimental group participated in all the lessons, while the control group participated in vocal projection and the mechanics of speech. The study also looked at how confidence can improve performance efficacy. The data showed that both groups of students made improvements in confidence and vocal performance, however the experimental group made high gains in all area assessments.
Hagerman, James, "Speak the Speech: Lessons in Projection, Clarity and Performance" (2020). Masters Theses/Capstone Projects. 47.