MUSICAL THEATRE - 2017/8

Module code: TDL3004

Module provider

Guildford School of Acting

Module Leader

MCNAMARA AM Mrs (GSA)

Number of Credits

15

ECT Credits

7.5

Framework

FHEQ Level 6

JACs code

W312

Module cap (Maximum number of students)

N/A

Module Availability

Semester 1

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 135

Seminar Hours: 3.6

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework ESSAY: 2500 WORDS 100%

Alternative Assessment

N/A

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Students will take this module alongside the following modules: Theories of Performance TDL3001 Contemporary Actor Training TDL3002 American Political Theatre TDL3003

Module overview

Students will explore how tradition, influence and parody have worked to develop musical theatre to its situation in the early 21st century through the investigation of  the development of the genre in relation to both contemporary and historically seminal pieces of theatre.

Module aims

Introduce the student to the different functions and uses of music in theatre, taking examples of practice from the early Greek Period through to the present day.

Encourage the student to develop a capacity for critical analysis of the mechanisms of musical theatre and, through awareness of the functions of its component parts, to arrive at an understanding of the synthesis and totality of the experience.

Appreciate the development of the genre and it's theatrical influences.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Demonstrate an understanding of key lines of influence in the development of musical theatre. P
Identify and objectively discourse on the development of musical theatre. K
Analyse the musical, choreographic, lyrical and textual elements of the musical theatre form and reach awareness of how the synthesis in performance contributes to the communication of meaning. C
Formulate and communicate objective responses. T

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Indicative content includes:


Home-based study on the module material and required purchase texts.
Seminar sessions amounting to two days at GSA to include writing skills, personal tutorials and target setting and an introduction to the analysis of the genre from a practical performance perspective.

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:


Actively engage distance learners with core concepts, establishing influential theatrical links in performance, through a range of learning and teaching strategies.
Enable the distance learner to access core concepts studied and apply these to selected musical theatre texts and productions.
Allow the distance learner to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the core concepts and associated links and influences through the structured exploration and performance analysis of selected musical theatre productions.


The learning and teaching methods include:


Study based on module content and associated activities via the virtual learning environment (60 hours)
Seminar weekend (15 hours).
Tutor guided distance learning/independent study based on required purchase texts and online Library resources (75 hours).

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate the following through their formal written summative submission, in addition to their engagement with the formative assessment, module content and associated activities

• Demonstrate an understanding of key lines of influence in the development of musical theatre(P)
• Identify and objectively discourse on the development of musical theatre (K)
• Analyse the musical, choreographic, lyrical and textual elements of the musical theatre form and reach awareness of how the synthesis in performance contributes to the communication of meaning (C)
• Formulate and communicate objective responses (T)


Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:
• 2,500 word essay in response to a set question/task – deadline week 11 of semester one


Formative assessment and feedback
Formative Assessment consists of an outline plan for the summative assignment in the students own choice of form, which may include, but is not restricted to an essay plan, poster, PowerPoint or equivalent software presentation, podcast. Informal formative feedback from tutors will be provided by, but is not restricted to, the virtual learning environment, email exchange, personal tutorials in person or via Skype, or equivalent software.
Ongoing informal formative feedback from the tutor is facilitated by, but not restricted to, structured discussion boards on the virtual learning environment and email exchange.

Reading list

Reading list for MUSICAL THEATRE : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/tdl3004

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.