ADVANCED TECHNIQUES - 2019/0

Module code: MUT3015

Module Overview

In this module students are offered a co-ordinated series of technique classes, workshops and master classes that aim to encourage and foster the skills needed for continuing professional practice within the industry.
It is envisioned that each year classes will be responsive to the needs of specific cohorts of students.
The module includes compulsory individual singing tutorials and group classes in Jazz, Ballet, Tap and Specialised Movement Skills such as Social Dance and Double-work (pas de deux)

Module provider

Guildford School of Acting

Module Leader

CRIPPS Kevin (GSA)

Number of Credits: 30

ECTS Credits: 15

Framework: FHEQ Level 6

JACs code: W312

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

Module Availability

Year long

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

N/A

Module content

Indicative content includes:

Jazz

To include advanced technical exercises to maximise mobility, strength, and control, isolation work, compound steps, jazz pirouettes and the establishment of integrated technique in preparation for industry standard audition routines which may include current or emerging musical theatre repertoire.

Ballet

To further develop advanced Barre-work, Centre Practice, Adage, Pirouettes, Petit & Grand Allegro, Batterie, En Manèges. In special circumstances Pointe-work may be included if appropriate.

Tap

To include advanced work on traditional and emerging tap vocabulary and technique - to include shuffles, time-steps, riffs, pick-ups, turning steps and the establishment of integrated technique in preparation for industry standard audition routines which may include current or emerging musical theatre repertoire.

Double-work

To include an advanced repertoire of lifts and partner work incorporating counter-balances, pressage, drags, pull/throw & catch lifts and promenades.

Singing

Technical Singing Classes.

 

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Practical based assessment 1 - Practical – Jazz, Ballet, Tap and Singing techniques Technical Assessment – in the form of a mock audition 50
Practical based assessment 2 – CONTINUOUS ASSESSMENT: Dance and Singing techniques Continuous Assessment 50

Alternative Assessment

N/A

Assessment Strategy

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


an industry entry level of technical skills
a professional level of engagement with the work
the establishment of safe and healthy practices
the establishment of professional conduct
an advanced level of awareness and development of appropriate style within the context of musical theatre dance.


With assessment points selecting from the following criteria:


Develop a sophisticated tool kit of performance techniques. (K)


Discipline specific criteria for jazz includes the ability to demonstrate the technical elements of posture, placing, alignment, use of depth, extension, contraction, elevation, activation of and connection to the core, arms and back, use of legs and feet, control at an advanced/professional level.
Discipline specific criteria for ballet includes the ability to demonstrate the technical elements of controlling and sustaining correct posture, placing and turnout, use of legs and feet, use of breadth and extension, connection to port de bras, upper body and back, turn, elevation, ballon at an advanced/professional level.
Discipline specific criteria for tap includes the ability to demonstrate the technical elements of weight transference, use of knees, ankles and feet, working from and sustaining use of the balls of the feet, clarity of beating, relaxation at an advanced/professional level.


Develop a performance, imagination and understanding of style and genre. (C)

Discipline specific criteria for jazz includes the ability to demonstrate musical elements of rhythm, syncopation, timing and phrasing and choreographic elements of accuracy, isolation and spatial awareness at an advanced/professional level.
Discipline specific criteria for ballet includes the musical elements of rhythm, timing and phrasing and choreographic elements of accuracy and spatial awareness at an advanced/professional level.
Discipline specific criteria for tap includes the musical elements of rhythm, syncopation, accuracy of timing, use of accent and changes in dynamic and choreographic elements of accuracy, rhythm through the body and spatial awareness at an advanced/professional level.





Demonstrate discipline and consistency in a professional context. (T) Evidenced by:-



Regular attendance in classes.
Diligence, focus and work ethic in classes.
The ability to listen to and apply correction.
Establishment of safe practice in vocal and dance techniques.



Develop and demonstrate the effective application of learned practices. (P) Evidenced by:-



Demonstrating further progress and overall improvement.
Further changes in physicality,
A sophisticated level of understanding and knowledge of vocabulary.


Thus, the practical summative assessment for this module in term 2 consists of:


Continuous assessment of classwork in singing, jazz, ballet & tap.


And the practical summative assessment for this module in term 3 consists of:


For Jazz – A mock audition at industry standard.
For Ballet – The practical presentation of prepared classwork.
For Tap – A mock audition at industry standard.
For Singing -


Formative assessment & Feedback

Students receive regular verbal feedback 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 which becomes a valuable strategy for visual, auditory and kinaesthetic learning.

Module aims

  • To provide an environment where continuous practice is encouraged and fostered
  • Prepare students for industry entry level expectation in terms of fitness, flexibility and level of autonomy
  • To consolidate the skills requisite to creating and sustaining performance
  • To encourage students to become reflective and responsive in their ongoing practice after Level 6 study
  • To foster a working environment that encourages shared practice and core professional values

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Demonstrate a sophisticated tool kit of performance techniques. K
002 Demonstrate integrated skills in acting, singing and dancing to a professional level K
003 Develop a performance, imagination and understanding of style and genre. C
004 Demonstrate discipline and consistency in a professional context. T
005 Develop and demonstrate the effective application of learned practices. P
006 Establish an understanding of the performing arts profession and the individuals’ role within it. P

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 41

Seminar Hours: 259

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The approach of the module is vocational in intent 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 and from tutors and industry professionals to help inform their practice.
Students receive regular verbal feedback individually and as a group during each class which they are encouraged to journal within the reflection time which is built in to the schedule.

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.
Enable students to increase versatility in their vocal and physical skills and integrate their knowledge across all musical theatre disciplines all of which prepares the students for the practical and integrated physical demands of the musical theatre industry.


 

The learning and teaching methods include:


Practical, skills based and tutor led individual or group sessions following traditional class formats.
Visual, Audio and Kinaesthetic methods of learning – including use of VLE.
Jazz, Ballet and Tap classes are streamed by ability to ensure appropriate learning contexts for all levels of competence.
Students are re-assessed at regular intervals and may be re-allocated to higher or lower class levels.


Due to Health and Safety implications, it may be inappropriate for some students to participate in Double-work (pas de deux).

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 ADVANCED TECHNIQUES : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/mut3015

Other information

Under the three term structure that commences from academic year 2019/0 – this module’s delivery is year-long due to the teaching occurring in Teaching Blocks 1, 2 and 3.

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Musical Theatre BA (Hons)(YEAR LONG) Year-long 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 2019/0 academic year.