ADVANCED VOCAL PERFORMANCE - 2020/1

Module code: MUTM039

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 1st Year MA Modules: Vocal Techniques, Musical Theatre Practice: 1, Musical Theatre Practice: 2 and Public 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’. 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

WILLIAMS Frances (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

N/A

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 two separate classes; Practical Voice and Applied Voice.

 

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.

 

Practical Voice explores, develops and brings together all elements of the voice.

Applied Voice 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. 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, sight-singing 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 Practical Assessment: Spoken Classical Monologue Performance 30
Practical based assessment Practical Assessment: Legit (pre-1967) Solo Song Performance 35
Practical based assessment Practical 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                                                                  

 

Vocal Technique in performance                                                                                            

Technical understanding                                                                                                          

Characterisation                                                                                                                       

Connection with text                                                                                                                 

Breath control                                                                                                                           

Process                                                                                                                                   

 

 

 

‘Legit’(pre-1967) Solo Song Performance (35%)

 

Student Activity                                                                 

 

Vocal Technique in performance                                                                                             

Technical understanding                                                                                                           

Characterisation                                                                                                                       

Connection with text                                                                                                                  

Breath control                                                                                                                           

Process                                                                                                                                     

 

‘Contemporary’ (post- 1967) Solo Song Performance (35%) 

 

Student Activity                                                                  

 

Technique in performance                                                                                                     

Technical understanding                                                                                                        

Characterisation                                                                                                                    

Connection with text                                                                                                               

Breath control                                                                                                                        

Process                                                                                                                                 

 

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                                                                  

Vocal Technique in performance                                                                                       

Technical understanding                                                                                                    

Characterisation                                                                                                                 

Connection with text                                                                                                         

Breath control                                                                                                                     

Process                                                                                                                               

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 Demonstrate integrated skills in acting, singing and dancing to a professional level. KP
002 Develop a sophisticated tool kit of performance techniques. KPT
003 Develop a performance, imagination and understanding of style and genre. CKP
004 Demonstrate discipline and consistency in a professional context. PT
005 Develop a professional profile through selection, preparation and performance material. CKPT
006 Develop and demonstrate the effective application of learned practices. CKPT
007 Demonstrate a continually developing approach to skills acquisition KPT

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

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 ADVANCED VOCAL PERFORMANCE : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/mutm039

Other information

Under the three term structure that commences from academic year 2019/0 – this module’s delivery falls in Semester 1 due to the teaching occurring in Teaching Block 1.

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 2020/1 academic year.