VOCAL STUDIES 2 - 2017/8

Module code: AMT1008

Module provider

Guildford School of Acting

Module Leader

WILLIAMS FR Ms (GSA)

Number of Credits

15

ECT Credits

7.5

Framework

FHEQ Level 4

JACs code

W311

Module cap (Maximum number of students)

N/A

Module Availability

Semester 2

Overall student workload

Workshop Hours: 54

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Practical based assessment VOICE PRESENTATION 50%
Practical based assessment SINGING PRESENTATION 50%

Alternative Assessment

N/A

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

N/A

Module overview


Vocal Studies

This module will provide students with a further exploration of fundamental technique and the skills essential to singing and the delivery of text in theatre. A range of classes will cover the practical and anatomical aspects of singing and voice, whilst others will provide skills in musicianship, giving students all the necessary tools required to begin the process toward a true understanding and ownership of their own voice.

Unit 1: Voice

In this unit students work on Practical Voice work and its application to text, building toward a demonstration of emergent optimum vocal function in a summative practical performance of a piece of text.

Unit 2: Singing

Students study Ensemble Singing in small cohort specific groups, alongside this within Small Group Singing students will study specific vocal styles and the function of the voice.. In Semester 2 students will have two individual singing classes with a singing tutor from within the faculty. The singing unit culminates in a solo performance of a song which is graded by members of the singing and voice staff.

Module aims

Analyse the individuals voice and to work towards a balance of healthy vocal function and towards optimum vocal function.

Develop an awareness of the demands placed on the voice and body with a variety of texts and vocal genres.

Develop an understanding of the vocal mechanism, support system, breath management, vocal anchoring and begin developing the middle (or mixed) voice

Lay the foundation of a healthy and robust technique specific to the actor/musician

Begin developing knowledge of musical styles specific to the contexts where song is required.

Develop and maintain confidence as a soloist and/or ensemble member

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Demonstrate knowledge and technique by presenting spoken text and song in performance.
Demonstrate an emergent understanding of singing anatomy both in theory and in practice
Display the foundations of healthy and sustainable vocal production in performance; including effective support, breath management, vocal anchoring, use of basic voice qualities, and developing the middle (or mixed) voice
Display an emergent understanding of technique and style in song performance.
Demonstrate a developing understanding and engagement with singing and voice technique based on active participation in classes, workshops and tutorials.

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content


Indicative content includes:

Unit 1: Voice

Deepens and expands the work undertaken in Voice 1 and opens up the study of text to look at classical forms of speaking, rhetorical text and the attainment of optimum vocal function within a range of contexts.  

Unit 2: Singing

Singing Classes will prepare the students to become aware of and build technical and musical confidence with reference to the musical and textual demands of the music.

Through the study of technical singing exercises, physical & emotional awareness builds, varied song repertoire, this part of the module will begin to train the students to critically assess weaknesses in technique and acceptable voice qualities and tensions. Classes: Small Group Singing, Ensemble Singing, Individual Tutorial (2 per Semester).

 

Methods of Teaching / Learning


The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Developing an awareness and skill base, leading to an understanding of the core technique that is required for extended and best practice in the profession and higher-level study.

Enable students to acquire versatility in their vocal skills and integrate their knowledge across all theatre and music theatre disciplines leading to a firm foundation moving toward extension of technique at Level 5 of actor/musician study.

The learning and teaching methods include:

Across the semester this module is delivered over 150 hours study across the semester including, class, lecture and self-directed study.

Throughout the module different learning and teaching strategies are applied to enable students to achieve the learning outcomes, including research, reflective practice, peer to peer learning and formative assessment with written feedback.

In depth.


The approach of the module is vocational in content and delivery and encourages students to participate in reflection on their own practice, independent study and research and embeds the concepts of peer to peer feedback within the rehearsal room. Students are encouraged to utilise materials on SURREY LEARN and also receive individual tutorials from staff to help in forming their learning experience.

Students receive regular verbal feedback both individually and as a group during each class which they are encouraged to journal within the reflection time which is built in to the lesson plan every week.

Students are encouraged to self-assess and peer-assess within the class structure and as part of the ethos of training as an actor.

Lesson plans are structured to take account of and deliver for students with a specifc bias toward visual, auditory and kinaesthetic learning enabling

Assessment Strategy

Reading list

Reading list for VOCAL STUDIES 2 : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/amt1008

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 2017/8 academic year.