Module code: MUTM017

Module Overview

This module founded upon a commitment to the integration of the vocal techniques necessary for work in the theatre and for recorded media and builds on work undertaken in the previous Voice and Acting Module and Singing Techniques Module.  It also begins to integrate physical performance with vocal performance.

In Voice, designated texts will be explored and performed. The classes are practical and are heavily biased towards learning and training through ‘doing, reflecting, understanding and adapting’.

Students will examine technical control, use of voice qualities and communication and performance in a number of genres and styles.

The elements of this module aim to develop and extend existing knowledge and ability and to develop a secure and consistent technique.

It will focus not only on the anatomical & physiological elements of singing and speech, but also on the understanding and application of terminology and the ability to incorporate all aspects of technique into an integrated performance.

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 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Students must have completed Voice and Acting (MUTM016) and Singing Techniques Module (MUTM015).

Module content

Singing: Weekly classes in group singing and singing tutorials.  Classes in the sung and spoken voice enabling an advanced understanding of musical theatre techniques.  Practical classes and workshops that apply all of the above to an ever-growing knowledge of repertoire based on a gradual progression through the History of Musical Theatre, from the Classics (20’s & 30’s) to the present day.

Voice work is delivered via three separate classes; Audition Technique Voice and Text, Voice Maintenance 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.  As with the Voice element of the Semester One Voice and Acting Module 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.

Voice Maintenance explores, develops and brings together all elements of the voice as well as sustaining a healthy voice within the context of a production.  

Speech and Accent further explores awareness of speech, speech sound and speech physicality.  It is delivered via practical exercises, recordings, written materials and analysis of one’s own and other people’s voices. 

Audition 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.

Singing includes private singing tutorials, smaller group repertoire classes, classes in Ensemble Singing which utilises skills such as listening, sight-singing and harmony singing and Gender Specific  Ensemble Singing which focuses on the details of the male/female voice.


Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Oral exam or presentation SPOKEN MONOLOGUE PERFORMANCE 50

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

Module aims

  • To enhance the students' understanding of the creative, physiological and emotional contribution of the voice to performance
  • To gain a comprehensive knowledge of different vocal and musical styles which exist within the history of Musical Theatre writing
  • To apply all the appropriate techniques to an ever-growing knowledge of repertoire based on a gradual progression through the History of Musical Theatre, from the Classics (20s & 30s) to the present day

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 The ability to integrate creative and effective voice and speech techniques as elements of the acting process in a range of rehearsal and performance contexts KCPT
002 To demonstrate practical use of voice qualities appropriate to the array of styles which appear in the musical theatre repertoire, culminating in strong integration of skills in performance KCPT
003 To build a sophisticated portfolio of repertoire appropriate to voice type, covering all genres and styles in preparation for a variety of audition requirements KCPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Workshop Hours: 60

Independent Study Hours: 50

Methods of Teaching / Learning

Lectures and masterclasses

Individual Tutorials

Group classes and workshops

Individual exercises within group seminars

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 PERFORMANCE : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/mutm017

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Musical Theatre MA 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Musical Theatre MFA 2 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.