VOCAL PERFORMANCE - 2019/0
Module code: MUTM017
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.
Guildford School of Acting
HICKEN E Ms (GSA)
Number of Credits: 15
ECTS Credits: 7.5
Framework: FHEQ Level 7
JACs code: W311
Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
Students must have completed Voice and Acting (MUTM016) and Singing Techniques Module (MUTM015).
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 type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
|Oral exam or presentation||SPOKEN MONOLOGUE PERFORMANCE||50|
|Oral exam or presentation||SMALL ENSEMBLE (DUET OR TRIO) SINGING PERFORMANCE||50|
- 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
|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|
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
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 for VOCAL PERFORMANCE : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/mutm017
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.