VOCAL STUDIES 2 - 2018/9

Module code: MUT1019

Module Overview

This module is designed for the student to speak a selection of texts demonstrating appropriate vocal technique and emotional connection to character, space, historical contexts and a level of cultural surety. It is founded upon a commitment to the integration of the physical and vocal techniques for work in the theatre and recorded arts. Relevant vocal anatomy, physiology, and phonetics, underpin this work.

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

Technical singing classes cover anatomical and theoretical knowledge of vocal production, incorporating systems/models related to the individual and their singing practise.  These classes will continue to develop technical and musical confidence with reference to the musical and textual demands of the music. Ensemble singing classes will develop advances choral skills including harmony, counterpoint and musical literacy. Voice and Text work enables the actor to communicate from a characters’ or writers perspective, Work commences on developing an ear for accents developed via practical exercises, recordings, written materials and analysis of one’s own and others voices. Students learn about phonetics and will be required to understand the relationships between phonetic notation, speech sounds and speech physicality.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Practical based assessment SINGING EXAM 50
Practical based assessment POLITICAL SPEECH 50

Alternative Assessment

In the event of a student being unable to complete any specific component of the module a new poem/singing piece will be assigned by the module tutor. This will then be assessed in a practical setting.To be determined by the unit(s) that are incomplete.

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate continuing vocal progress and a sound development in terms of skills, technique and theoretical knowledge.


Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:



Solo Performance (Practical)



Singing Assessment based on technique and performance.

Continuous assessment of technical progress. (Practical)


American Political speech (Practical)


Singing Assessment based on technique and performance.


Student Activity                                                                   Link to Learning Outcome(s)


Vocal Technique in performance                                                                              3,4,5,6,7

Technical understanding                                                                                           3,4,5,6,7

Characterisation                                                                                                        3,4,5,6,7

Connection with text                                                                                                 3,4,5,6,7

Breath control                                                                                                           3,4,5,6,7

Process                                                                                                                    3,4,5,6,7

Political Speech (Practical)

Student Activity                                                                   Link to Learning Outcome(s)


Vocal Technique in performance                                                                                1,2,4,7

Technical understanding                                                                                            1,2,4,7

Characterisation                                                                                                         1,2,4,7

Connection with text                                                                                                   1,2,4,7

Breath control                                                                                                             1,2,4,7

Process                                                                                                                       1,2,4,7


Formative assessment and feedback

Feedback is verbal and utilised in a class format for all formative assessments with notes to be taken by peers.


Formative assessment and feedback

Feedback is verbal for all formative assessments with chances for peer to peer feedback.



Solo Performance (Practical)


Student Activity                                                                   Link to Learning Outcome(s)

Vocal Technique in performance                                                                        1,2,3,4,5,6,7

Technical understanding                                                                                    1,2,3,4,5,6,7

Characterisation                                                                                                 1,2,3,4,5,6,7

Connection with text                                                                                           1,2,3,4,5,6,7

Breath control                                                                                                     1,2,3,4,5,6,7

Process                                                                                                              1,2,3,4,5,6,7

Module aims

  • Continue the development of and work towards a balance of healthy vocal function and towards Optimum Vocal Function (OVF)
  • Develop the students awareness of the demands placed on the voice and body with a variety of texts, genres and spaces
  • Analyse and produce a variety of sounds for various accents
  • ┬áTo broaden the understanding of the vocal mechanism, support system, breath management, vocal anchoring and development the middle (or mixed) voice.
  • Develop a healthy and robust technique specific to the musical theatre performer, conducive to 8 shows a week.
  • To continue developing the knowledge of musical styles specific to the contexts where song is required. Again, repertoire will be specific to the individual.
  • Maintain confidence as a soloist or ensemble member.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Demonstrate breathing technique, dynamic articulation and appropriate vocal technique.
2 Evidence the ability to perceive and produce the consonants and vowels of specific accents and begin to apply auditory skills for accent.
3 Evidence a developing understanding of singing anatomy in practice.
4 Consolidate the foundations of healthy and sustainable vocal production in performance; including effective support, breath management, vocal anchoring, use of voice qualities, and developing the middle (or mixed) voice.
5 Effectively apply an understanding of music theory and the ability to use these skills when sourcing varied repertoire and in rehearsal/performance.
6 Perform with confidence as a soloist and ensemble member, integrating skills
7 Develop a healthy and robust technique specific to the musical theatre performer, conducive to 8 shows a week.

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Workshop Hours: 113

Independent Study Hours: 37

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Place an emphasis on the practical development of skills that are required for extended and best practice in the profession. To enable students to acquire skills in character building, physical presence and intention in the space all of which lead on to a firm foundation moving toward the study of acting at Level 5. 

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 specifc 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 STUDIES 2 : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/mut1019

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Musical Theatre 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.