Module code: MUT1022

Module Overview

This module is focused on providing students with a fundamental knowledge and understanding of primary principals of the sung voice and musicianship within the context of Musical Theatre. Classes are practical, with initial exploration of the anatomical, technical and physiological elements of singing. Classes include individual singing tutorials, ensemble singing, single sex singing, vocal anatomy, music skills, and musicianship, and repertoire exploration. As the module progresses, lessons will examine the application of technical control, use of vocal qualities, and musicianship required across a variety of musical theatre genres and styles.

Module provider

Guildford School of Acting

Module Leader


Number of Credits: 30

ECTS Credits: 15

Framework: FHEQ Level 4

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

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 110

Practical/Performance Hours: 190

Module Availability

Year long

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Students must also be studying: Acting 1, Dance 1 and Research and Rehearsal

Module content

The study of vocal anatomy will provide students with an in depth anatomical and practical knowledge of vocal production as related to singing. Individual tutorials and single sex singing classes provide a platform in which students will apply the learned principals of vocal anatomy and voice production, as well as develop individual vocal skill and confidence. Through the study of rudimentary music theory and repertoire, students will cultivate a greater sense of musicality, musicianship and the application of appropriate vocal qualities across a variety of musical theatre genres and styles. Throughout this module students will develop critical and analytical skills of personal practice, application, and awareness. This module includes:


  • Vocal Anatomy: fundaments of vocal anatomy and biomechanics

  • 1 to 1 Singing Tutorials: private tutorials in pedagogy and technique

  • Single Sex Singing: gender specific ensemble pedagogy and technique

  • Music Skills: music theory                                                           

  • Ensemble Singing: musicianship and ensemble vocal skill                                                               

· Repertoire: development repertoire, and musicianship  

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Practical based assessment Continuous Assessment: Singing 60
Practical based assessment Practical Based Assessment: Singing - Technical Singing and Presentation Exam (Teaching Block 3) 40

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The Assessment Strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate vocal progress and a sound development of singing/music skills, singing technique, and theoretical knowledge.


Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:


Practical Based Assessment: Singing – Continual Assessment (Process) 60%


  • Singing assessment based on in class technical development and progress: breath control and support, posture and alignment, voice quality and vocal set up.

  • Inclusive of personal practice habits, evidence of journaling, active engagement in 1 to 1 tutorials, meeting set goals.

  • Formative verbal feedback.


Practical Based Assessment: Singing – Technical Singing and Presentation Exam (Term 3) 40%


  • Singing assessment based on technique and presentation: Demonstration of breath control and support, posture and alignment, voice quality and vocal set up, within the context of solo song presentation.

  • Formative verbal feedback


Formative assessment is crucial to this module. In mirroring industry practice, students are given detailed constant verbal feedback during classes and rehearsal, which enables students to develop and act upon notes given. Students are encouraged to create a reflective journal which encourages and develops their own reflective practice.

Module aims

  • • To broaden the understanding of the vocal mechanism, support system, breath management, and vocal control.
  • • To develop a healthy and robust technique specific to the musical theatre performer conducive to 8 shows per week.
  • • To develop the knowledge of musicianship: music theory, musical styles etc.
  • • To develop the knowledge of musical theatre repertoire across a variety of musical genres.
  • • To develop confidence as a soloist or ensemble member.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 • Examine current and historical practitioners; their theories and practices. K
002 • Examine research theory and its application. C
003 • Develop a performance, imagination and understanding of style and genre. C
004 • Demonstrate discipline and consistency in a professional context. T
005 • Develop a professional profile through selection, preparation and performance material. T
006 • Communicate effectively in a physical, verbal or written forum. T
007 • Develop and demonstrate the effective application of learned practices. P
008 • Demonstrate a continually developing approach to skills acquisition. P

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning


The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:


· Provide students with a fundamental knowledge that will support further development in singing and musicianship. Students will work in ensemble and private learning environments and will receive regular verbal feedback from tutors.

· Encourage and cultivate confidence through instruction and the application of information.

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
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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 2020/1 academic year.