SINGING & AUDITION TECHINIQUE - 2017/8

Module code: MUTM015

Module provider

Guildford School of Acting

Module Leader

HICKEN E Ms (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

Overall student workload

Workshop Hours: 120

Independent Study Hours: 30

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Practical based assessment CLASSROOM EXCERCISES 40
Practical based assessment FORMAL SINGING ASSESSMENT 60

Alternative Assessment

In the event of a student being unable to complete any specific component of the module a practical resit opportunity will be arranged where the student will be required to present a song or songs for a panel of staff in the manner of an audition.To be determined by the unit/module that is incomplete.

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Enrolment on Dance Techniques, Voice and Acting, Research and Rehearsal.  

Module overview

 

Singing & Audition Technique develops and refines technique in the practices of singing, music and begins to prepare the student for professional auditions.

The Singing and Music element consists of the initial building blocks necessary to sustain an eventual career and will equip the student with the necessary tools in order to perform a song convincingly, safely and with emerging confidence.  The module will include classes in vocal anatomy, weekly individual singing tutorials and weekly group singing classes.  Progress and subsequent assessment strategies 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 fundamental technique. It will focus not only on the anatomical & physiological elements of singing, but also on the understanding and application of terminology and the ability to incorporate all aspects of technique into an integrated performance.

The Audition Technique begins to prepare students in vital techniques required to secure a professional career in Musical Theatre and supports the later Professional Development and Advanced Practice Modules.

Priority is initially given to song audition technique, and the formation of a broad audition portfolio suited to the individual student. Also included is an overview of current market demands and seminars that enable a heightened awareness of the casting process. Professional casting directors and agents are brought in for a number of seminars and mock-auditions, designed to prepare the student for the professional development module.

Module aims

To be able to recognise the basics of musical notation, including note values and rests, keys and their key signatures and Italian terms and to gain confidence in sight-reading music

To gain a competent understanding of the anatomical mechanisms of the singing voice, including breath control, support & resonance.

To gain a comprehensive knowledge of different vocal and musical styles which exist within the history of Musical Theatre writing

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

To enable a thorough understanding of the entertainment industry and the responsibilities of the actor/performer working within that industry

To facilitate the development of an appropriate and credible audition portfolio

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 To demonstrate operational ability in the rudiments of music, hold a musical line when singing with others in harmony, and a deepening confidence in sight singing KCPT
2 To demonstrate confident control of singing technique encompassing knowledge of vocal anatomy, robust breath support and resonance control, as well as consistently producing a healthy and sustainable sound KCPT
3 To demonstrate practical use of voice qualities appropriate to the array of styles which appear in the musical theatre repertoire, culminating in strong integration of skills in performance.  KCPT
4 To build and justify a sophisticated portfolio of repertoire appropriate to voice type, covering all genres and styles in preparation for a variety of audition requirements.  KCPT
5 A readiness and ability to take responsibility for managing a career in the performing arts KCPT
6 To analyse a sophisticated understanding of the casting process for musical theatre.  KCPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

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.

Presentation of sung audition material,

Presentation of self: interview technique, appropriate dress; preparation of materials;

Professional preparation – including lectures and seminars on managing a professional career:

Methods of Teaching / Learning

Individual Tutorials

Group seminars and workshops

Integration classes

Individual exercises within group seminars

Lectures

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate Progression and understanding of vocal technique in praxis and cumulative reflective practice based on the classroom assessment.

Unit 1 Summative Assessment of classroom exercises

Week 14 of Semester

 

(PRACTICAL- Summative: Weighting 40%)

This is a practical assessment that provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate skills learnt in terms of…

Student Activity                               Link to Learning Outcome(s)

Sight singing and control                                               1,2,3

Vocal Technique                                                               1,2,3,4

Connection with text                                                     2,3,5,6

Use of voice qualities and harmony etc.                                1,2,3

Integration of disciplines                                              4,5,6

Work ethic                                                                          3,5,6

 

Unit 2: Formal Singing Assessment (Solo Mock-Audition)

Week 14 of Semester (PRACTICAL ASSESSMENT – SUMMATIVE: Weighting 60%)

 

This is a practical assessment that provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate skills learnt in terms of…

Student Activity                               Link to Learning Outcome(s)

Sight singing and technical progress                         1,2,3

Vocal Technique                                                               1,2,3,4

Connection with text                                                    2,3,5,6

Use of voice qualities and harmony etc.                                1,2,3

Integration of disciplines                                              4,5,6

Work ethic                                                                          3,5,6

 

Formative: Individual ongoing tutorial feedback. Self assessment and feedback

 

(PRACTICAL- FORMATIVE: Weighting 0%)

 

This is a practical formative assessment that provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate and receive formative feedback in preparation for the summative assessments. Students receive verbal and written feedback and also benefit from personal tutorials where this feedback can be discussed after reflection.

 

Student Activity                               Link to Learning Outcome(s)

Sight singing and technical progress                         1,2,3

Vocal Technique                                                               1,2,3,4

Connection with text                                                     2,3,5,6

Use of voice qualities and harmony etc.                                1,2,3

Integration of disciplines                                              4,5,6

Work ethic                                                                          3,5,6

Reading list

Reading list for SINGING & AUDITION TECHINIQUE : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/mutm015

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Musical Theatre MA 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
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 2017/8 academic year.