VOCAL STUDIES 4 - 2018/9

Module code: MUT2020

Module Overview

Students continue development of all technical and practical aspects of their vocal practice. Context and genre of the repertoire supply the technical requirements expected of the voice, whilst integration skills are developed to ensure technique is not apparent to the untrained eye. Texts tackled are complex in nature, and range from the early 17th century to modern day, whilst song choices are made based upon vocal ability and appropriate casting. 

An appreciation of euphony, assonance, onomatopoeia, and alliteration will be explored to further develop the students understanding of complex texts, whilst musically students will be encouraged to develop an ever – expanding portfolio of songs and repertoire as well as further development and technical work on their voice.

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 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

It is a pre requisite of the course that students will have passed all Vocal Studies BA Musical Theatre modules at Level 4.

Module content

This module seeks to bring the student to an advanced level of competency.

In singing students will receive technical tutorials, where the student will work with a singing tutor to consolidate their technical work and develop advanced practice.

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 but at an advanced practise level.

Small group repertoire classes will help students develop a diverse range 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.

Voice and Text work explores the works of 16th to the 21st century.

Muscular dexterity and dynamic articulation underpins this work. Text that compliments the physiological musculature of the voice.

Working on heightened text in an accent or speech quality such as change of gender in order to enhance the students’ capacity for vocal variety.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Practical based assessment MONOLOGUE 20
Practical based assessment ACCENT MONOLOGUE 20

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 solo monologue and a dramatic song that is intended to be performed to demonstrate technique and range.

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: Singing Test based on technique and performance.

Student Activity                                                                   Link to Learning Outcome(s)

Use of Technique                                                                                                        2,3,5,6

Use of appropriate qualities                                                                                         2,3,5,6

Projection and clarity                                                                                                   2,3,5,6

Technical security                                                                                                        2,3,5,6

Engagement with narrative                                                                                          2,3,5,6

Engagement with process                                                                                           2,3,5,6


Unit 2: Monologue 


Student Activity                                                                   Link to Learning Outcome(s)

Use of Technique                                                                                                         1,2,3,5

Use of appropriate qualities                                                                                         1,2,3,5

Projection and clarity                                                                                                   1,2,3,5

Technical security                                                                                                        1,2,3,5

Engagement with narrative                                                                                          1,2,3,5

Engagement with process                                                                                           1,2,3,5


Unit 3: Accent Monologue 


Student Activity                                                                   Link to Learning Outcome(s)

Use of Technique                                                                                                      1,2,3,4,5

Use of appropriate qualities                                                                                      1,2,3,4,5

Projection and clarity                                                                                                1,2,3,4,5

Technical security                                                                                                     1,2,3,4,5

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

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




This is a practical formative assessment that provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate and receive formative feedback in preparation for the summative assessments. Students receive verbal and written feedback and also benefit from personal tutorials where this feedback can be discussed after reflection.


Formative: Solo Piece 

Student Activity                                                                   Link to Learning Outcome(s)

Use of technique                                                                                                    1,2,3,4,5,6                                                                                                              

Use of appropriate qualities                                                                                   1,2,3,4,5,6

Projection and clarity                                                                                             1,2,3,4,5,6

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

Engagement with narrative                                                                                    1,2,3,4,5,6

Engagement with process                                                                                     1,2,3,4,5,6

Module aims

  • To further secure a systematic and healthy personal technique in voice.
  • To produce an expanded 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.
  • Continuing to develop and maintain the key elements of life long technique, whilst beginning to establish vocal versatility with regard to industry requirements and expectations.
  • To develop a varied and unique portfolio, alongside a developing knowledge of musical theatre and pop/rock repertoire, that is varied both chronologically and musically and appropriate to future auditioning.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Display the process of working on Optimum Vocal Function(OVF)
2 Present and create a character with contextual understanding.
3 Perceive and produce the vocal qualities for clear presentation of meaning. 
4 Project the voice safely and effectively in a range of performance environments.
5 Display the vocal versatility, health and stamina essential to meeting industry requirements based upon an 8 shows a week.
6 Display a wide, varied and unique portfolio of repertoire, covering all eras of musical theatre, pop/rock in style and song genre.

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

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. The module aims to introduce Level 5 students to the application of critical theories to text and interpretation of text as well as widening their cultural understanding and sensitivity to socio-political context all of which lead on to a firm foundation moving toward the further study at Level 6 and a fully realised integration of disciplines. 

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 detailed 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 4 : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/mut2020

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.