Module code: POVM020

Module Overview

This module builds upon the knowledge and skills developed across Vocal Fundamentals and Voice and Singing Pedagogies to enable students to advance and sophisticate their individual teaching and/or coaching practice. Through assisting an internal project and then critically evaluating their process, students can expect to develop a growing independence and autonomy in their teaching, further develop their ability to link theoretical concepts into practical action, and to develop effective communication skills, both verbal and written.

Module provider

Guildford School of Acting

Module Leader


Number of Credits: 30

ECTS Credits: 15

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

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

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 78

Tutorial Hours: 22

Practical/Performance Hours: 200

Module Availability

Year long

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Students will undertake placements assisting with internal projects across GSA programmes in the capacity of either Voice or Singing consultants alongside a member of the Voice or Singing faculty. Students will receive support and supervision within any teaching practice, and in the form of tutorials. Students will be expected to practice ongoing critical reflection of their experiences on placement in order to complete the written portion of the assessment for this module.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework Critical evaluation of practice 60
Practical based assessment Internal placement 40

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to enable students to engage in and reflect on their application of knowledge and skills learned to the internal placement.

Thus, the summative assessments are:

  1. Written submission of a critical evaluation of practice and process within the student's internal placement. This may take the form of a broadly focused discussion of overall themes and observations, or a more narrow focus on a specific experience or individual case.

  2. Internal Placement - Teaching and coaching practice.

Formative assessment and feedback:

Students receive continuous verbal feedback throughout their placement enabling ongoing opportunities for formative assessment of and feedback on students' knowledge, understanding, and application.

Module aims

  • To integrate and apply pedagogical practices of Voice and/or Singing to a high level within a practical professional context
  • To develop and deliver appropriate strategies that positively affect the practice of others
  • To develop critical evaluation and analysis skills around personal teaching practice and the vocal practice of others

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of key theoretical and methodological developments in the practice of voice and singing KC GLOBAL & CULTURAL, SUSTAINABILITY, EMPLOYABILITY
002 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of practical voice and singing techniques KCP SUSTAINABILITY, EMPLOYABILITY
003 Demonstrate knowledge, understanding, and development of integrated professional practice and approach to voice and singing KP EMPLOYABILITY, SUSTAINABILITY
004 Ability to critically analyse and evaluate personal practice and the practice of others CP RESOURCEFULNESS & RESILIENCE, EMPLOYABILITY
005 Develop discipline and consistency within a professional context PT RESOURCEFULNESS & RESILIENCE, EMPLOYABILITY

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 develop students' teaching and/or coaching practice and professional skills. Delivery will include internal placement hours, teaching supervision, and tutorials.

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

GSA delivers its provision across three teaching blocks, within the University of Surrey’s existing semester structure.

Resourcefulness and Resilience

TaPoVaS students will be encouraged to develop a motivated, self-starting attitude towards their academic studies, and to their professional practice alike. They will be expected to engage with other students, seek out opportunities for further research, case studies, and participate in activities that develop self-awareness and their own unique professional brand.


Throughout the program students will be taught by, and exposed to, a variety of internal and external practitioners, exposing students to the variety of specific roles that voice teachers have in the workplace. Students will cultivate a uniquely diverse set of professional level skills that cater to a wide range of related career opportunities. These skills will best equip students with the tools to succeed in meeting industry expectations and allow for career advancement.

Global and Cultural Capabilities

Students will engage in both study and work relationships that will represent a range of ability, cultural background and gender from expectation, and experience. Students will develop and demonstrate sensitivity and respect within all contexts.

Digital Capabilities

Students will engage in numerous formats of teaching and learning, including online lectures and discussion forums. Following contemporary trends, students will learn to deliver methods of teaching and coaching online and to develop an online profile within the professional sphere of work. through the module students learn to navigate and utilise the Virtual Learning environment at Surrey (Surrey Learn) and other digital resources and online databases to aid their learning and undertake research. Students are encouraged to use media such as Teams, Zoom, and cloud/file sharing for communication and team working. Appropriate use of digital media and communication platforms is increasingly important for the modern voice/singing teacher/coach and, through use and discussion of these platforms, students will gain an awareness of their roles as well as their limitations and misuse which can have a wider impact, including digital wellbeing.

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 2025/6 academic year.