VOCAL STUDIES 3 - 2018/9

Module code: MUT2016

Module Overview

Building on work from Level 4, this module is designed to appreciate and explore the vocal and physical demands placed on the performer in any given space.

It is founded upon a commitment to the integration of the physical and vocal techniques necessary to the musical theatre industry. Texts studied include poetry and contemporary monologues, whilst musically repertoire will be more advanced with regard to vocal demands, context and narrative. Students are required to explore the emotional, physical and vocal responses to music and text, expressing a delivery that brings together a sense of truth founded on appropriate technical skills.

Module provider

Guildford School of Acting

Module Leader


Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 5

JACs code: W311

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

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Students are required to have attended Vocal Studies 1 and 2 before advancing to this module.

Module content

Singing Weekly classes in ensemble singing at Level 5 will now evolve into Musical Theatre Classes.

In addition to the learning of new musical theatre repertoire at a more advanced level, the students will now receive training in how to apply their singing technique, skills and musicianship as they receive integration from a Choreographer/Musical Stager expanding personal repertoire knowledge, and providing increased confidence in sight reading, aural training, and singing in harmony and counterpoint as part of a theatrical ensemble.

This part of the module seeks to bring the student to an intermediate level of competency. Students will receive a weekly individual technical tutorial, where the student will work with a singing technician to trouble shoot and overcome weaknesses.

Weekly group technical singing classes will further develop individual singing technique, but focussing on the growth of confidence to access skills in an open environment.

Small group repertoire classes, gender specific, will help 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, for example Gerard Manley Hopkins.

Speech and accent also addresses specific challenges that face the modern actor in terms of text, accent emotion and extension of technique.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Practical based assessment SATIRICAL PROSE 40

Alternative Assessment

In the event of student being unable to complete all or any specific component of the module a practical resit opportunity will be arranged. The re-sit will consist of a practical piece commensurate to the unit and learning outcomes missed.To be determined by the unit/component that is incomplete.

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.


Formative: Monologue Delivery

Student Activity                                                                   Link to Learning Outcome(s)

Use of rhythm                                                                                                                 1,4,

Use of appropriate qualities                                                                                      1,2,3,4,6

Projection and clarity                                                                                                   2,3,4,6

Technical security                                                                                                  1,2,3,4,5,6

Engagement with narrative                                                                                                3,4

Engagement with process                                                                                       1,2,3,4,6



Unit 1: Singing Test based on technique and performance.

Student Activity                                                                   Link to Learning Outcome(s)

Use of rhythm                                                                                                              3,4,5,6

Use of appropriate qualities                                                                                         3,4,5,6

Projection and clarity                                                                                                   3,4,5,6

Technical security                                                                                                       3,4,5,6

Engagement with narrative                                                                                         3,4,5,6

Engagement with process                                                                                          3,4,5,6


Unit 2: Satirical Prose Assessment (practical)

Student Activity                                                                   Link to Learning Outcome(s)

Use of rhythm                                                                                                             2,3,4,6

Use of appropriate qualities                                                                                       2,3,4,6 

Projection and clarity                                                                                                 2,3,4,6

Technical security                                                                                                     2,3,4,6

Engagement with narrative                                                                                        2,3,4,6

Engagement with process                                                                                         2,3,4,6

Module aims

  • A secure, systematic and healthy personal technique in voice.
  • To enable the student to produce a variety of accents and speech qualities. applying them to character
  • To increase knowledge of dramatic texts which are more complex and vocally demanding in nature.
  • The ability to project the voice safely and effectively in a range of performance spaces
  • Building upon the fundamental aspects of singing, begin developing vocal agility and elasticity of the instrument to employ more advanced technique.
  • Continuing to apply the musicianship skills learnt at level 4 but now with conviction and pace, focussing on the aspects of the profession where these skills are essential.
  • Begin to consolidate the vocal skills necessary to deliver vocal performances conducive to 8 shows a week

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Present a poem expressing the alliteration, rhythm and repetition, assonance
2 Perceive and produce the speech qualities for accent presentation 
3 Project the voice safely and effectively in a range of performance environments
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 musical theory and general musicianship, sight singing, harmony and counterpoint work along with song modification.
6 Begin to consolidate the vocal skills necessary to deliver vocal performances 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 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 SurreyLearn 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 differentiation 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 3 : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/mut2016

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Musical Theatre BA (Hons) 1 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.