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urged not to shorten their courses. So much time is required for collateral reading, and for preparing literary interpretations, that the best results cannot be attained by going rapidly through the course, however hard the student may work or however faithful the teachers may be.
General Information An adequate library of books on Expression, Oratory, Dramatic Art, and technical topics, is available, for all students, at the School.
For collateral and extended reading and research, students of the School are granted special privileges at the Boston Public Library, just across the street. This is, for the purpose, the most complete and serviceable library in the world, and its treasures of literature (six hundred thousand volumes), art and history are open to the School as freely, and without cost, as if it were the sole possession of the School. Too great value cannot be put upon such convenient and complete opportunities for reading and study.
READINGS AND RECITALS Recitals with readings, literary interpretations or impersonations, form an important feature in the methods of the School.
The creative studies of different years, classes in rendering, and rehearsals are preparatory to the informal recitals held every Monday at twelve o'clock, and these informal recitals are the studios whence the annual recitals are produced.
Every regular student in the diploma courses is expected to take part in these three and other grades of recital work.
Professional students are allowed, when their work is adequate, to give special public recitals under their own name and for professional purposes..
The entertainments on Monday or Saturday noons, and occasionally in the afternoon and evening, form important courses to which many citizens of Boston have subscribed for reserved seats.
Students are allowed to present satisfactory work to the public at reasonable rates; churches, societies, and lodges will be supplied through the Recital Director.
DIPLOMAS The work of the School is arranged in groups of courses, and diplomas are awarded according to the number and nature of the courses mastered.
1. THE PERSONAL CULTURE DIPLOMA Requires the mastery of first and second years' work. This work is not professional, but personal. It is given for the mastery of the courses which are arranged for the development of every one.
11. THE SPEAKER'S DIPLOMA Requires thirty to forty courses, elective, with special requirements in discussion, extemporaneous speaking, debate, and the special courses in oratory. The professional training given differs somewhat with different professions, for example, preachers receive training in Bible reading and hymn reading, and other subjects separate from the work assigned to lawyers or lecturers.
III. THE PREACHER'S DIPLOMA A post-graduate course for graduates of theological schools requires the mastery of twenty courses which can be accomplished easily in ono year.
IV. THE TEACHER'S DIPLOMA For the first, second, and third year groups of courses, with the exercises in methods of teaching, three school years, or the equivalent, is required. The diploma calls for the mastery of the fundamental training. The courses fit a student to become a teacher of Voice, Vocal Expression, and Speaking. Mature students in good health are permitted to take the three years' course in two years under certain conditions, but the full complement of courses must be completed.
V. THE PUBLIC READER'S DIPLOMA Three regular groups of courses, at least forty-five, are required. Tho amount of work is the same as for the Teacher's Diploma, the differenco being in the amount of creative work required. Emphasis is laid on the Vocal Interpretation of Literature, Platform Art, Dramatic Training, and courses in criticism.
VI. THE DRAMATIC DIPLOMA Three groups of courses, at least forty-five, are required, the amount Training of the Body, Pantomimic Expression, Dramatic Rehearsals, Dramatizations, Stage Business, and Histrionic Expression. Writers of plays may substitute extra work in Dramatization for some of the work in Impersonation.
VII. THE LITERATURE DIPLOMA At least thirty courses, with special emphasis upon English, Literature, Art, and creative work in writing.
VIII. THE ARTISTIC DIPLOMA At least sixty courses, or fifteen after the mastery of the Public Reader's or Dramatic Diploma, with high artistic attainment in Impersonations, Public Reading, or some field of Dramatic Art.
IX. THE PHILOSOPHIC DIPLOMA At least sixty courses, or fifteen after the attainment of the Teacher's Diploma, with special emphasis upon the philosophy of Expression, the relation of all the arts, or the attainment of success in teaching some form of Expression.
DECORATIONS All who have attended the School at least three full years, and have achieved high attainment in their courses, will be decorated as follows: for high personal development and control, the white cross; for broad knowledge of Expression and ability to teach it, the blue cross; for artistic public reading, the red cross; for dramatic and histrionic art, the purple cross; for high attainment as a speaker, the golden cross.
Persons who have attained success in some department of expression, after attending the school four years; from advanced home studies; or from reaching high artistic honor, will receive in artistic and creative work, the purple star; in teaching, the blue star. Any who have made noble sacrifices or rendered great service to their fellow-men, the white star.
By special vote of the Trustees, honorary diplomas or medals are occasionally conferred apon artists who have reached high artistic attainments. Prof. Alexander Melville Bell, Prof. J. W. Churchill, and others, have received them.
These are post-graduate honors and will be granted either at Commencement, the Annual Opening, or at the close of the August Summer Term.
Increase of the loan funds is greatly needed. Worthy students are often unable to complete their studies without some kind of assistance. It has been our endeavor to allow no one to leave the School for lack of funds; but promising students are often compelled to shorten their courses or take positions before finishing their studies. The following loan scholarships are available.
ELIZABETH BANNING AYER SCHOLARSHIP The sum of one hundred dollars to be loaned to some worthy student from the State of Minnesota.
J. W. CHURCHILL ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIP Founded from the receipts of readings given to the School of Expression.
DANA ESTES ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIP The sum of one hundred dollars to be loaned to some lady who shows proficiency in expression.
THE STUDENTS' SCHOLARSHIP FUND, 1902 The sum of one hundred dollars to be loaned to some worthy studeni, who has spent at least one year in the School.
Will others kindly aid these deserving, earnest, pupils?
The corporation is composed of leading citizens and prominent educators in different parts of the country. Their names are a sufficient guarantee that funds given to the Institution will be faithfully administered. Chairs or Scholarships will be established, or buildings erected as permanent memorials to donors.
The adequate endowment and equipment of the School of Expression will further not only the dramatic arts, the improvement of the voices of teachers, and the delivery of speakers, but will be an aid to general education.
The call for assistance is not local. The graduates of the School who come from every state and country are filling positions in all parts of the world. What better use of means than to aid young people to realize their ideals! All who will aid will receive co-operation from the School.,
The advantages of Boston as a place of residence for students are well known. Living is less expensive than in any other city of its size. Students can board either in the same house with teachers, in private families, or in student's home for from $125 to $200 a year.
The placing of students in homes is supervised by the teachers, and a student is not allowed to choose a home without consulting the Registrar. )
One of the teachers acts as matron to the ladies in attendance, and all the teachers keep in personal touch with students. Chaperones will be provided when parents request such supervision,
Students are requested to inform the Registrar of their requirements for accommodations, and price to be paid for board, and accommodations will be selected subject to the student's approval on arrival.
Students will be met at trains when parents request it.
Date of Opening The School year opens on the first Thursday in October each year, and closes on the second Thursday in May. Examinations for Advanced Standing are held on the Wednesday preceding the opening day, at 9 a.m. There is a recess on legal holidays, and for ten days at Christmas.
Applications for Positions Institutions desiring teachers for permanent or temporary positions are requested to apply to the President or Dean. As it is in the interest of the School that every teacher sent out shall be successful, careful attention will be given to all inquiries from schools and colleges, and a thoughtful selection will be made. No other one is so competent to judge of the possibilities of the student as are his teachers.
Please address communications to the Dean, or President S. S. Curry, Ph.D., Pierce Building, Copley Square, Boston.