VOCAL PERFORMANCE 2 - 2018/9

Module code: MUTM023

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, and Vocal Performance 1.
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’. 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.
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

WARD BJ Miss (GSA)

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

Students must have completed Voice and Acting and Singing Techniques Module

Module content

Singing: Weekly classes in group singing and singing tutorials. Integration 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; Primitive 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. 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.
Primitive Voice explores, develops and brings together all elements of the voice.
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.
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, classes in Ensemble Singing which utilises skills such as listening, sightsinging
and harmony singing; Small Ensemble Singing which focuses on the skilful performance of duet and trio
works, and Integration which focuses on the demonstration of acting skills within sung scenes.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Practical based assessment Spoken Classical Monologue Performance 30
Practical based assessment ‘Legit’(pre-1967) Solo Song Performance 35
Practical based assessment ‘Contemporary’ (post- 1967) Solo Song Performance 35

Alternative Assessment

N/A

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate
Spoken Classical Monologue Performance (30%)
(Practical)
Student Activity Link to Learning Outcome(s)
Vocal Technique in performance 1,2,3,4
Technical understanding 1,2,3,4
Characterisation 1,2,3,4
Connection with text 1,2,3,4
Breath control 1,2,3,4
Process 1,2,3,4
‘Legit’(pre-1967) Solo Song Performance (35%)
Student Activity Link to Learning Outcome(s)
Vocal Technique in performance 1,2,3,4
Technical understanding 1,2,3,4
Characterisation 1,2,3,4
Connection with text 1,2,3,4
Breath control 1,2,3,4
Process 1,2,3,4
‘Contemporary’ (post- 1967) Solo Song Performance
Student Activity Link to Learning Outcome(s)
Technique in performance 1,2,3,4
Technical understanding 1,2,3,4
Characterisation 1,2,3,4
Connection with text 1,2,3,4
Breath control 1,2,3,4
Process 1,2,3,4
Formative assessment and feedback
Feedback is verbal and utilised in a class format for all formative assessments with notes to be taken by peers. Students
may also undertake a formative self-assessment exercise.
Continuous Assessment
Student Activity Link to Learning Outcome(s)
Vocal Technique in performance 1,2,3,4
Technical understanding 1,2,3,4
Characterisation 1,2,3,4
Connection with text 1,2,3,4
Breath control 1,2,3,4
Process 1,2,3,4

Module aims

  • To enhance the students’ understanding of the creative, physiological and emotional contribution of the voice
    to performance
  • To further secure a systematic and healthy personal technique in voice
  • 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 (20’s & 30’s) to the present day
  • 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

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 CKPT
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 CKPT
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 CKPT
004 Display the process of working on Optimum Vocal Function(OVF) CKPT
005 Display the vocal versatility, health and stamina essential to meeting industry requirements based upon an 8 shows a week CKPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 70

Lecture Hours: 80

Methods of Teaching / Learning

Lectures and masterclasses
Individual Tutorials
Group classes and workshops
Integration classes
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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 2 : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/mutm023

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
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.