MUSIC AND DANCE IN THEATRE - 2019/0

Module code: TDLM015

Module Overview

This module will engage students in the study of music and dance forms in Western theatre.  Movements and practitioners studied include, but are not restricted to, Musical theatre (the Book Musical, the Concept Musical, the Revue Musical, the Juke Box Musical and the Rock/Pop Musical, the Mega Musical, the contemporary musical); opera; ballet; modern and contemporary dance; contemporary mixed dance/physical theatre companies.

Module provider

Guildford School of Acting

Module Leader

TRINGHAM Anna (GSA)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

JACs code: W440

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

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Students will take this module following these modules: The Background to Theatre, The Greeks, Naturalism and the Actor, Shakespeare. Students will take this module alongside the module: Professional Development.

Module content

Indicative content includes:


Online and Distance study arising from the module material and Essential Reading  texts, as laid out in the module reading list. Practitioners and movements studied include, but are not restricted to the Book Musical, the Concept Musical, the Revue Musical, the Juke Box Musical and the Rock/Pop Musical, the Mega Musical, the contemporary musical; opera; ballet; modern and contemporary dance and dance/theatre crossover companies such as Merce Cunningham, Trisha Brown, Twyla Tharp, Pina Bausch, DV8, Russell Maliphant, Akram Khan.
Seminar sessions amounting to two full days at GSA (also available remotely and online)   to include writing skills, personal tutorials and target setting and the study of Musical Theatre movements and productions

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework Coursework: Essay 2,500 words 100

Alternative Assessment

N/A

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate the following through their formal written summative submission, in addition to their engagement with the formative assessment, module content and associated activities:


Demonstrate the ability to retrieve and process information and to communicate clearly in writing (T)
Apply key theories of performance, theatrical reception and critique to own critique of theatrical productions (P)
Apply critical thought and understanding to analyse and evaluate key historical, political, social and ethical developments in theatre (P, C)
Analyse and evaluate a broad range of influential theatrical texts and their contexts (K, C)
Analyse and evaluate key theories of performance, theatrical reception and critique (C)
Analyse and evaluate the impact of past traditions and contexts upon contemporary theatrical practices with critical objectivity (C,T)


Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:


2,500 word essay in response to a set question/task


Formative assessment

Formative Assessment consists of an outline plan for the summative assignment in the students own choice of form, which may include, but is not restricted to an essay plan, poster, PowerPoint or equivalent software presentation, podcast (1000 words or equivalent)

Feedback

Informal formative feedback from tutors will be provided via, but is not restricted to, the virtual learning environment, email exchange, personal tutorials in person or via Skype, or equivalent software.

Ongoing informal formative feedback from the tutor is facilitated by, but not restricted to, structured discussion boards on the virtual learning environment and email exchange.

Summative formal written feedback will follow submission of the summative assessment.

Module aims

  • This module aims to enable students to engage in the study of music and dance in the theatre, in order to gain and evidence a knowledge of:
  • • Theatre as a political, moral, social, cultural, ethical voice
  • • Critical analysis of theatre
  • • The relationship between the actor and audience
  • • The construction of stages and performance platforms
  • • The construction of theatrical and social meaning
  • Through exploration of a range of music and dance forms for theatre, students will engage with principles of key practitioners and teachers.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Demonstrate the ability to retrieve and process information and to communicate clearly in writing T
002 Apply key theories of performance, theatrical reception and critique to own critique of theatrical productions P
003 Apply critical thought and understanding to analyse and evaluate key historical, political, social and ethical developments in theatre CP
004 Analyse and evaluate a broad range of influential theatrical texts and their contexts CK
005 Analyse and evaluate key theories of performance, theatrical reception and critique C
006 Analyse and evaluate the impact of past traditions and contexts upon contemporary theatrical practices with critical objectivity CT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:


Actively engage online and distance learners with music and dance in theatre through a range of learning and teaching strategies
Enable the online and distance learner to access core concepts studied and apply these to selected contexts
Allow the online and distance learner to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the core concepts of music and dance in theatre through the structured exploration of performance possibilities and production history of selected texts, movements and practitioners 


The learning and teaching methods include:


Study based on module content and associated activities via the virtual learning environment during Teaching Block 2 (83 hours).
Seminar weekend (7 hours).
Tutor guided distance learning/independent study based on required purchase texts and online Library resources (60 hours).

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 MUSIC AND DANCE IN THEATRE : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/tdlm015

Other information

Under the three term structure that commences from academic year 2019/0 – this module’s delivery falls in Semester 2 due to the teaching occurring in Teaching Block 3.

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Theatre MA 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 2019/0 academic year.