Module code: AMT2008

Module Overview

Building on work from Level 5 Semester 1 this module is designed to deepen understanding of the vocal and physical demands placed on the performer as an actor/musician.

It is founded upon a commitment to the integration of the physical and vocal techniques necessary to the theatre industry.  Work looks at individual singing, ensemble singing, individual vocal technique in spoken text and regular dance classes in ballet, tap and jazz.

Module provider

Guildford School of Acting

Module Leader


Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 5

JACs code: W470

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

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Specific will helps students develop a collection of repertoire specific to them. Practical Voice work continues to further develop and enhance the students understanding of grounding centring and alignment explored at Level 4 but introduces the concept of working with challenging text and how we learn rhythm, intention and patterns of speech through impersonation

Singing continues with Small Group Singing working on technique whilst Ensemble Singing extends and integrates actor musicianship and accompaniment within class and assessment. Students will have two one hour tutorials across the semester as a singer individually to address specific concerns and individual technique.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Practical based assessment UNIT 1: VOICE PRACTICAL ASSESSMENT 30
Practical based assessment UNIT 2: SINGING SOLO PRACTICAL PERFORMANCE 30
Practical based assessment UNIT 3: DANCE PRACTICAL ASSESSMENT 40

Alternative Assessment

Re-submission of task.

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate clear progress and autonomy in taking responsibility for their vocal health, progress and technique.


Unit 1: Voice Assessment

Student Activity                                                                   Link to Learning Outcome(s)

Use of rhythm                                                                                                                    1,4

Use of appropriate qualities                                                                                         1,2,3,4

Projection and clarity                                                                                                      2,3,4

Technical security                                                                                                     1,2,3,4,5

Engagement with narrative                                                                                                3,4

Engagement with process                                                                                           1,2,3,4




Unit 2: Singing Assessment

Student Activity                                                                   Link to Learning Outcome(s)

Use of rhythm                                                                                                                 3,4,5

Use of appropriate qualities                                                                                            3,4,5

Projection and clarity                                                                                                      3,4,5

Technical security                                                                                                           3,4,5

Engagement with narrative                                                                                             3,4,5

Engagement with process                                                                                        1,2,3,4,5


Unit 3: Dance Assessment.

This is a practical assessment that provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate skills learnt in terms of…



Student Activity                                                                  Link to Learning Outcome(s)

Posture & placement                                                                                                                                                                3,4,5

Strength                                                                                                                                                                                    3,4,5

Use of legs & feet                                                                                                                                                                     3,4,5

Musicality, style & presentation                                                                                                                                                3,4,5

Use of Facility                                                                                                                                                                           3,4,5

Applying correction & work ethic                                                                                                                                              3,4,5

Progress                                                                                                                                                                                   3,4,5



Each class sequentially builds toward the assessment and throughout individual learning outcomes are covered by tutors and students receive regular verbal feedback 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 which becomes a valuable strategy for visual, auditory and kinaesthetic  learning. Students receive summative feedback within 3weeks of the assessment taking place and this is received through SURREYLEARN or directly from Registry.

Module aims

  • A secure, systematic and healthy personal technique in voice and dance
  • To enable the student to produce a variety of work in dance and vocal work
  • To increase knowledge of dramatic texts which are more complex and vocally demanding in nature
  • The ability to project the voice and realise dance in performance contexts.
  • Building upon the fundamental aspects of singing, begin developing vocal agility and elasticity of the instrument to employ more advanced technique
  • Continuing to apply performance skills in a secure and assured way.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Present a dance assessment that expresses ability in technique and creativity
2 Perceive and produce the speech qualities for accent presentation
3 Demonstrate accurate and consistent dance technique.
4 Display a proven ability of secure technical control of the vocal mechanism, whilst integrating characterisation and crafting vocal performances specific to genre and style, incorporating voice qualities, now more advanced.
5 To be able to apply a strong understanding of the application of technique within class and performance

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 20

Tutorial Hours: 120

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching methods include:


Across the semester this module is delivered over 150 hours study across the semester

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 specific bias toward visual, auditory and kinaesthetic learning enabling differentation of techniques within the class.


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 AND DANCE STUDIES 2 : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/amt2008

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.