VOCAL STUDIES 2 - 2018/9

Module code: AMT1008

Module Overview

Vocal Studies

This module will provide students with a further exploration of fundamental technique and the skills essential to singing and the delivery of text in theatre. A range of classes will cover the practical and anatomical aspects of singing and voice, whilst others will provide skills in musicianship, giving students all the necessary tools required to begin the process toward a true understanding and ownership of their own voice.

Unit 1: Voice

In this unit students work on Practical Voice work and its application to text, building toward a demonstration of emergent optimum vocal function in a summative practical performance of a piece of text.

Unit 2: Singing

Students study Ensemble Singing in small cohort specific groups, alongside this within Small Group Singing students will study specific vocal styles and the function of the voice.. In Semester 2 students will have two individual singing classes with a singing tutor from within the faculty. The singing unit culminates in a solo performance of a song which is graded by members of the singing and voice staff.

Module provider

Guildford School of Acting

Module Leader


Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 4

JACs code: W311

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:

Unit 1: Voice

Deepens and expands the work undertaken in Voice 1 and opens up the study of text to look at classical forms of speaking, rhetorical text and the attainment of optimum vocal function within a range of contexts.  

Unit 2: Singing

Singing Classes will prepare the students to become aware of and build technical and musical confidence with reference to the musical and textual demands of the music.

Through the study of technical singing exercises, physical & emotional awareness builds, varied song repertoire, this part of the module will begin to train the students to critically assess weaknesses in technique and acceptable voice qualities and tensions. Classes: Small Group Singing, Ensemble Singing, Individual Tutorial (2 per Semester).


Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Practical based assessment VOICE PRESENTATION 50
Practical based assessment SINGING PRESENTATION 50

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

Module aims

  • Analyse the individuals voice and to work towards a balance of healthy vocal function and towards optimum vocal function.
  • Develop an awareness of the demands placed on the voice and body with a variety of texts and vocal genres.
  • Develop an understanding of the vocal mechanism, support system, breath management, vocal anchoring and begin developing the middle (or mixed) voice
  • Lay the foundation of a healthy and robust technique specific to the actor/musician
  • Begin developing knowledge of musical styles specific to the contexts where song is required.
  • Develop and maintain confidence as a soloist and/or ensemble member

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Demonstrate knowledge and technique by presenting spoken text and song in performance.
2 Demonstrate an emergent understanding of singing anatomy both in theory and in practice
3 Display the foundations of healthy and sustainable vocal production in performance; including effective support, breath management, vocal anchoring, use of basic voice qualities, and developing the middle (or mixed) voice
4 Display an emergent understanding of technique and style in song performance.
5 Demonstrate a developing understanding and engagement with singing and voice technique based on active participation in classes, workshops and tutorials.

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Workshop Hours: 54

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Developing an awareness and skill base, leading to an understanding of the core technique that is required for extended and best practice in the profession and higher-level study.

Enable students to acquire versatility in their vocal skills and integrate their knowledge across all theatre and music theatre disciplines leading to a firm foundation moving toward extension of technique at Level 5 of actor/musician study.

The learning and teaching methods include:

Across the semester this module is delivered over 150 hours study across the semester including, class, lecture and self-directed study.

Throughout the module different learning and teaching strategies are applied to enable students to achieve the learning outcomes, including research, reflective practice, peer to peer learning and formative assessment with written feedback.

In depth.

  • The approach of the module is vocational in content and delivery and encourages students to participate in reflection on their own practice, independent study and research and embeds the concepts of peer to peer feedback within the rehearsal room. Students are encouraged to utilise materials on SURREY LEARN and also receive individual tutorials from staff to help in forming their learning experience.

  • Students receive regular verbal feedback both individually and as a group during each class which they are encouraged to journal within the reflection time which is built in to the lesson plan every week.

  • Students are encouraged to self-assess and peer-assess within the class structure and as part of the ethos of training as an actor.

  • Lesson plans are structured to take account of and deliver for students with a specifc bias toward visual, auditory and kinaesthetic learning enabling

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list

Reading list for VOCAL STUDIES 2 : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/amt1008

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Actor-Musician BA (Hons) 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2018/9 academic year.