VOICE & ACTING - 2018/9

Module code: MUTM016

Module Overview

During this module the various acting classes work to create solid psycho-physical, imaginative and technical foundations. This module is designed to appreciate and explore the vocal and physical demands placed on the performer in any given space.

The work on text focuses on the basics of practitioners such as Stanislavski, looking at how the actor can use organic processes to convert words on a page into playable actions and objectives, and how these are affected by the given circumstances.  Improvisation is explored to encourage spontaneity, creativity, complicity and releasing the imagination.

The work in voice is founded upon a commitment to the integration of the physical and vocal techniques necessary for work in the theatre and for recorded media.  Designated texts (sonnets, poetry, political speeches and accent monologue other than own) will be explored and performed. The classes are practical and are heavily biased towards learning and training through ‘doing, reflecting, understanding and adapting’.  Relevant vocal anatomy and physiology, as well as phonetics, communication psychology and the use of the whole body, underscore the work. 

Module provider

Guildford School of Acting

Module Leader


Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

JACs code: W311

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

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Enrolment on Dance Techniques, Singing and Audition Techniques, Research and Rehearsal.

Module content

Dedicated classes in voice and acting prepare the student for a profession where the spoken voice and ability to act are key skills.

Dedicated classes in acting and relevant approaches to textual analysis and character research will prepare the student the student to approach a variety of texts with confidence and versatility.  Students will focus on a psycho-physical approach to acting along with focus text-based exercises and techniques. Acting training is delivered via the class: Acting Techniques

Acting Technique classes develop the performers understanding of textual analysis in relation to developing character and utilises the theoretical and praxis of practitioners such as Stanislavski, Brecht and Meisner. Students will become familiar with techniques such as Actioning in a practical environment. Other techniques, such as Improvisation are covered to facilitate an understanding of acting that is not textually based and develop skills in building a character, spontaneity and imagination which is vital to ensemble work in musical theatre. 

Voice work is delivered via three separate classes; Practical Voice, Voice and Text, and Speech and Accent. 

From the outset students are required to begin the process of understanding their own habitual voice use, and to challenge and develop their vocal capability.  The target is Optimum Vocal Function (OVF). This requires that the speaker allows his/her voice to function naturally and effectively in a wide range of everyday and professional situations. Additionally students must also learn how to alter the balance of OVF to satisfy a range of professional challenges in varied performance environments.

Practical Voice explores, develops and brings together all elements of the voice. Breathing underpins all work in the module so that the voice is full connected. 

Speech and Accent sets out to explore, awareness of speech, speech sound and speech physicality. Students learn about phonetics and are required to understand the relationships between phonetic notation, speech sounds and speech physicality.

Voice and Text classes enable the actor to communicate from a characters’ perspective, responding to the way in which an author manipulates character and story through text form and structure.


Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Practical based assessment SONNET PRESENTATION 25

Alternative Assessment

In the event of a student being unable to complete any specific component of the module a practical resit opportunity will be arranged where the student will be required to present a new piece or pieces in HRP and/or verse for a panel of staff in the manner of an audition.To be determined by the unit/module that is incomplete.

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate

Their personal methodology and reflective process. To assess mixture of practical and ongoing assessment is key.


Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

 Unit 1: Acting classroom exercises (Summative – 50%)

Week 10


Student Activity                               Link to Learning Outcome(s)

Characterisation                               4,5,6

Projection and clarity                     1,2,3

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  


Unit 2: Sonnet Presentation in RP (Practical) (Summative – 25%)

Week 14


Student Activity                               Link to Learning Outcome(s)

Projection and clarity                     1,2,3

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


Unit 3: Classical text with HRP presentation (Practical) (Summative 25%)

Week 10


Student Activity                               Link to Learning Outcome(s)

Characterisation                               4,5,6

Projection and clarity                     1,2,3

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


Formative assessment and feedback


Formative: Continuous classroom assessment & Self-assessment


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.

Module aims

  • To explore the potential for individual and collaborative spontaneity, creativity and play, and to understand these skills within the context of the rehearsal room
  • To enable accurate and skilful analysis of characters in text
  • To develop a structured rehearsal process, exploring the three threads of text, character and world
  • To engage with the concept of ‘being in action'
  • To examine the factors indicative of and conducive to effective vocal practice
  • To develop students' awareness of the demands placed on the voice and body by a variety of texts.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 An ability to occupy space with a fully energised presence and body confidence  KCPT
2 A secure and systematic personal technique in voice with a centred physicality with core stability and ease of alignment  KCPT
3 The ability to project the voice safely and effectively in a range of performance spaces  KCPT
4 The ability to work solo and in an ensemble with creativity, spontaneity and flair  KCPT
5 The ability to analyse and extract character from text, working from facts and statements from the text, converting these into conjectures about the character, and exploring an embodiment of these conjectures  KCPT
6 The ability to play these action and objectives within a set of given circumstances, which influences the ‘how' KCPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Workshop Hours: 112

Independent Study Hours: 38

Methods of Teaching / Learning

Group workshops and seminars

Individual tutorials

Lectures and masterclasses

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 VOICE & ACTING : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/mutm016

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Musical Theatre MA 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Musical Theatre MFA 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% 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.